Review the student learning outcomes listed below for this course and discuss how you met these outcomes. The intention here is to provide you an opportunity to “reflect” on the learning achieved during this term and how you successfully met these learning outcomes. If you do not feel you successfully met the objective, discuss your plans to successfully complete the objective in the future. Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

1. Analyze and evaluate arguments using critical thinking skills.

Throughout the duration of this course, I have had the opportunity to develop and apply my critical thinking skills in analyzing and evaluating arguments. One way in which I have met this learning outcome is through the completion of various assignments and class discussions. These activities required me to carefully analyze different arguments, identify their strengths and weaknesses, and evaluate the evidence provided to support them.

In particular, I found the weekly discussions to be a valuable opportunity to engage in critical thinking. These discussions often involved analyzing real-world scenarios or controversial topics and presenting well-reasoned arguments. By participating in these discussions, I was able to practice evaluating arguments from different perspectives and considering alternative viewpoints. I also learned to recognize logical fallacies and biases that can weaken an argument.

Furthermore, the course readings and lectures played a crucial role in developing my critical thinking skills. The readings introduced me to different argumentative techniques and provided examples of effective and ineffective arguments. The lectures, on the other hand, helped clarify key concepts and taught me how to approach argument analysis systematically. By applying the knowledge gained from these resources, I was able to critically evaluate arguments in a more structured and informed manner.

2. Compose coherent and persuasive written arguments.

Another important learning outcome of this course was to develop the ability to compose coherent and persuasive written arguments. Throughout the semester, I had the opportunity to practice this skill through various writing assignments.

To meet this objective, I utilized a systematic approach to writing arguments. I started by clearly defining my thesis statement and outlining the main points that would support it. I then used critical thinking skills to gather relevant evidence and examples to strengthen my argument. By organizing my thoughts in this way, I was able to ensure that my written arguments followed a logical structure and were convincing to the reader.

Additionally, I made sure to revise and edit my written work to enhance its coherence and persuasiveness. This involved reviewing my arguments for clarity, eliminating unnecessary repetition, and ensuring smooth transitions between paragraphs. I also paid attention to the overall flow of the argument, making sure that each point contributed to the overall coherence and persuasiveness of the piece.

Another aspect of composing persuasive written arguments was the use of rhetorical techniques. Throughout the course, I learned how to effectively use rhetorical devices such as ethos, pathos, and logos to appeal to the reader’s emotions, credibility, and logic, respectively. Integrating these techniques into my writing allowed me to engage the reader and make a more compelling case for my argument.

In terms of future plans to successfully meet this learning outcome, I recognize that there is always room for improvement. To further enhance my ability to compose coherent and persuasive written arguments, I plan to continue practicing and seeking feedback from instructors and peers. Additionally, I will actively seek out opportunities to write in a variety of formats and styles, as this will help me develop flexibility in adapting my writing to different audiences and purposes.

Overall, I feel that I have successfully met the learning outcomes of this course in analyzing and evaluating arguments using critical thinking skills, as well as composing coherent and persuasive written arguments. Through active engagement with the course materials, discussions, and assignments, I have developed a deeper understanding of these skills and their application. Moving forward, I am confident that the knowledge and experience gained from this course will continue to shape my ability to think critically and communicate effectively through written arguments.