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    College of Southern Maryland
  Jan 19, 2018
Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Learning Outcomes

Core Learning Areas

 The Core Learning Areas represent a common body of skills and knowledge to which all graduates with associate’s degrees should be exposed and for which the college may determine certain levels of competency which will be assessed through the general education curriculum.


Oral Communication

Oral Communication requires the ability to develop, express, adapt, and interpret verbal and nonverbal messages clearly in a variety of contexts.


Written Communication

 Written communication is the development and expression of ideas in writing in many genres and styles for various purposes. Written communication requires invention of an idea, coherence of expression, attention to language and technical skill, and focus on the writing process.      


Scientific Reasoning

 Scientific reasoning is the process of solving problems and learning about the world through the quantitative and qualitative analysis of empirical data.

Quantitative Reasoning

Quantitative reasoning addresses the conceptual understanding of numbers, the correct application of proportional reasoning and, the proper interpretation of various representations of statistical data.


Critical Thinking

 Critical thinking is an intentional, reflective process used to make judgments and decisions through reasoning, analysis, evaluation, interpretation, and inference.        


Cultural Awareness

 Cultural Awareness is the ability to discern the interdependence of local and transnational political, social, economic, artistic and cultural networks in the context of their aesthetic and historical importance.

Information Literacy

Information literacy is the ability to recognize a need for information and to use an efficient process to obtain reliable information that meets the need.

Technological Competency

Technological competency is the ability of students to engage in activities that integrate instructional content and relevant technology skills.