Course Specific Research Support for COMM 112: Home

The purpose of this page is to link curriculum requirements, for developmentally-appropriate and discipline-specific research skills, to matching library instruction and information literacy support outcomes

Argumentation, Advocacy and Debate course outcomes related to research skills:

Other indicators of required research or information seeking:

From the Outcome and Assessment Strategies:

Students will critically analyze and evaluate arguments in oral presentations and will demonstrate their understanding of rhetorical theory and strategies via written and/or oral formats

Other forms of assessment and evaluation may include:

  • Examinations
  • Essays
  • Journals
  • Research papers
  • Portfolios
  • In-class participation
  • Group projects
  • Peer evaluations
  • Service learning
  • Observations

Bridging competencies to support research and information seeking at this level:

  • Ability to narrow a search to a specific topic
  • Ability to identify biased language, specific diction, and vocabulary used in discourse communities connected to the chosen topic
  • Ability to differentiate between types of sources available through the library website, including books, videos, articles

Corresponding research and information seeking outcomes for COMM 112

1. Select credible information sources to support a well constructed argument

2. Identify audience and purpose and point of view of information sources

3. Locate useful images for illustrating aspects of the persuasive argument

Librarian Instructional Objectives:

1. Develop a thesis from a topic statement, identifying the parts of the argument and search terms

2. Identify likely providers of reliable information on the topic, including images and video as well as text

3. Identify indicators of the type of publication, purpose, and authorship and currency

Placement of courses on an Information Literacy Continuum

Courses Instructional Stages Student's Developmental Stage


Connecting to 

1. I know where the library is located and about some of the services provided.



Information Seeking

2. I can identify a topic, and identify useful information sources to read about it.


COMM 112

Literacy Skills

3. I can develop a topic statement, locate and use library sources, and begin  informational research.


COMM 228


Academic or Career/
Technical Related

4. I evaluate the sources I have found for relevancy to my field, and I know who some of the experts are.

Inquiry and Exploration for

5. I can identify pro- and con-positions on a topic. I can identify the perspectives of various experts in a field.

Discipline- or Area
of Study Specific

6. I can support my position on an issue with evidence. I can accurately summarize the scholarly or professional conversation.


Communications courses with outcomes related to research and information seeking

Librarian Liaison to the Communications SAC (Subject Area Committee)

Contact: Roberta Richards,  Librarian at the Cascade campus

Librarian subject collectors for: Communications

Campus Librarians, supporting Communications-related subjects research

For information about this page:

To update Course outcomes, contact: Pam Kessinger