Essentials Learning Outcomes

A pathway for success

JCC’s Essentials are designed to build your knowledge and skills in a number of fundamental areas with the three levels of coursework.

Critical reasoning

  • Develop well-reasoned conclusions based upon available information.
  • Identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments as they occur in one’s own or others' work.

Information literacy

  • Determine the nature and extent of needed information.
  • Access information effectively and efficiently.
  • Evaluate critically the sources and content of information.
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.
  • Recognize that there are economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and information technology.
  • Observe institutional policies and be aware of laws and regulations related to access and use of information.

Technological competency

  • Effectively locate, gather, organize, interpret, and present data and ideas using the appropriate computer software.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use computers and other devices to effectively communicate electronically with others.

College composition (written communication)

  • Produce coherent texts within common college-level written forms.
  • Demonstrate the ability to revise and improve such texts.
  • Research a topic, develop an argument, and organize supporting details.

Oral communication

  • Develop proficiency in oral discourse.
  • Evaluate an oral presentation according to established criteria.

Mathematical reasoning

  • Interpret and draw inferences from mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, tables, and schematics.
  • Represent mathematical information symbolically, visually, numerically, and verbally.
  • Use arithmetical, algebraic, geometric, and/or statistical methods to solve problems.
  • Estimate and check mathematical results for reasonableness, determine alternatives and select optimal results.
  • Recognize the limits of mathematical and statistical methods.

Scientific reasoning in the natural sciences

  • Demonstrate understanding of the methods scientists use to explore natural phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, and employment of mathematical analysis.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how scientific data, concepts, and models are applied in one of the natural sciences.

Scientific reasoning in the social sciences

  • Demonstrate understanding of the methods social scientists use to explore social phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, and employment of mathematical and interpretive analysis.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of major concepts, models, developments, theories, or issues of at least one discipline in the social sciences.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of common institutions, practices, or policies, and how they have affected different social groups/individuals in society.

Cultural understanding

  • Demonstrate understanding of cultural similarities and differences and how cultural norms shape each person’s experience of the world.

Global awareness

  • Demonstrate awareness of global issues and the impact of individual and collective decisions on life around the world.

Diverse perspectives

  • Weigh diverse perspectives in the face of opposing viewpoints and understand the source of one’s own assumptions and biases.

Values & ethical awareness

  • Recognize the importance of ethical behavior in fostering a community of mutual respect and dignity.

Integrative learning

  • Integrate ideas from different theories or fields of study to explain a multifaceted problem or issue.

Applied learning

  • Effectively apply knowledge and skills to a real-world experience, creative project, or independent intellectual investigation.
  • Thoughtfully reflect on connections between concepts studied in the classroom and insights gained from an applied learning experience/project.