RIT's General Education Assignment Library 

The General Education Assignment Library contains samples of assignments created by RIT faculty to assess General Education Student Learning Outcomes. Assignments are collected and shared by the Office of Educational Effectiveness Assessment to support the teaching of General Education courses.  

Thank you to the RIT faculty who gave permission to share their assignments and contribute to the General Education community of practice. As assignment design is an iterative process, many of the assignments posted will be revised and improved by faculty or replaced with newer assignments. Assignment authors are encouraged to submit revised materials.    

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Click here to view our featured assignments and read vignettes about how RIT faculty members developed relevant and engaging assignments that support student achievement of course objectives, including the General Education Student Learning Outcomes. The faculty share the reasons why they like these particular assignments and some of the lessons learned as they’ve modified and improved the assignments over time.

 

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Lightbulb Case Study

Students develop a financial model that calculates the Net Present Cost (NPC) of buying and operating an incandescent (the regular kind), compact fluorescent (CFL, the "swirly" kind), and an LED bulb and develop a summary of their model, including results and some discussion. 

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Outcome: Apply methods of scientific inquiry and problem solving to contemporary issues and scientific questions

RIT Educational Goal: Critical Thinking

Discipline: Social Sciences

Course: PUBL 302 Decision Analysis

Author(s): Dr. Eric Hittinger

Method: Case Study

Literacy Narrative

The purpose of the assignment sequence is for the student to reflect upon their own literacy learning as well as that of their classmates and present their understanding of those experiences in writing.

 

 

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Outcome: Revise and improve written products

RIT Educational Goal: Integrative Literacies- Communication Literacy

Discipline: Humanities

Course: UWRT 325 Writing Genre, Theory, and Practice

Author(s): Dr. David Martins

Method: Essay

Love and Culture

Prior to writing the discussion paper students watched the first 25 minutes of the documentary film 'Human.'

 

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Outcome: Analyze similarities and differences in human social experiences and evaluate the consequences

RIT Educational Goal: Global intercennectedness

Discipline: Social Sciences

Course: SOCI 102 Introduction to Sociology

Author(s): Dr. Vanda Bazdan

Method: Essay

Mammoth De-extinction, GMO bananas, and Hydrofracking

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Outcome: Analyze and construct arguments considering their premises, assumptions, contexts, and conclusions, and anticipating counterarguments

RIT Educational Goal: Critical Thinking, Ethical Reasoning

Discipline: Interdisciplinary

Course: ITSD 150 Metacognitive Approaches to Scientific Inquiry

Author(s): Dr. Elizabeth Hane, Dr. Scott Franklin

Method: Case Study

Minimum Wage Law- A One Act Play

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Outcome: Analyze similarities and differences in human social experiences and evaluate the consequences

RIT Educational Goal: Creative and Innovative Thinking

Discipline: Social Sciences

Course: ECON 101 Principles of Microeconomics

Author(s): Dr. Jeff Wagner

Method: Play

Mission Possible? Deciphering Human Disease

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Outcome: Use relevant evidence gathered through accepted scholarly methods and properly acknowledge sources of information

RIT Educational Goal: Critical Thinking

Discipline: Natural Sciences

Course: BIOL 102 General Biology

Author(s): Dr. Sandra Connelly

Method: Project

Nuclear Deterrence

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Outcome: Analyze and construct arguments considering their premises, assumptions, contexts, and conclusions, and anticipating counterarguments

RIT Educational Goal: Critical Thinking, Integrative Literacies- Communication Literacy

Discipline: Humanities

Course: ENGL 360, The Written Argument

Author(s): Dr. John Dayton

Method: Essay

Persuasive Speech

Students prepare and present a speech designed to persuade the audience for or against a proposition of policy, proposition of value, or proposition of fact on a topic of local, regional, national, or international concern.

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Outcome: Express oneself effectively in presentations, either in American English or American Sign Language, Use relevant evidence gathered through accepted scholarly methods and properly acknowledge sources of information

RIT Educational Goal: Critical Thinking, Integrative Literacies- Communication Literacy

Discipline: Humanities

Course: COMM 201

Author(s): Professor Elizabeth Reeves O’Connor

Method: Speech

Prima Facie Duties in Context

W. D. Ross offers a pluralistic moral theory that acknowledges the situational nature of our moral duties.  Here, students construct a mini-essay in which they apply Ross’ theory to two sets of human social experiences with which they are familiar. 

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Outcome: Analyze similarities and differences in human social experiences and evaluate the consequences

RIT Educational Goal:

Discipline: Humanities

Course: PHIL 202, Foundations of Moral Philosophy

Author(s): Dr. Colin Mathers

Method: Essay

Psychology Research Response Paper

Students are required to read 6 original psychological articles. This gives students the opportunity to gain an understanding of psychological research straight from the source (rather than through the filter of a textbook). Some of these writings are classic work from early researchers, and others are more contemporary work. All are aimed at giving students an understanding of how psychological research is conducted and reported.

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Outcome: Apply methods of scientific inquiry and problem solving to contemporary issues and scientific questions

RIT Educational Goal: Critical Thinking

Discipline: Social Sciences

Course: PSYC 101, Introduction to Psychology

Author(s): Dr. Jessamy Comer

Method: Research Response Paper

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