Related Instruction

The goal of Related Instruction at FVCC is to prepare students for a productive life of work by developing skills in the areas of communication, computation, and human relations that align with and support program-specific outcomes. Related Instruction courses are embedded within the AAS and CAS program curricula and are organized into three categories: Communication, Interactions, and Quantitative Literacy.

Learning Outcomes


Upon completion of the Communication Related Instruction requirement, students should be able to express, interpret, or modify ideas to communicate effectively.


  1. Speaking
    • Develop the main point of a speech/presentation with specific, concrete examples and details
    • Present in an organized manner, connecting sections with effective transitions
    • Use appropriate delivery strategies and techniques
    • Use outside sources, vocabulary, and visual aids with accuracy and relevancy
    • Actively listen using paraphrasing, questions and reflections
    • Recognize that conflict is natural and demonstrate competent methods/strategies of conflict management
    • Employ strategies to overcome communication problems
  2. Writing
    • Effectively use relevant, adequate supporting details, examples, reasons, logical arguments, facts, and/or statistics
    • Organize and connect major ideas with effective transitions
    • Use a variety of sentence structures and appropriate word choice in the expression of ideas for readers and purposes
    • Use appropriate conventions in areas of mechanics, usage, sentence structure, spelling, and format


Upon completion of the Interactions Related Instruction requirement, students should be able to collaborate with others in complicated, dynamic, and/or ambiguous situations.


  1. Self-Awareness
    • Demonstrate responsibility/accountability for one’s actions/thoughts/emotions
    • Display self-initiative
  2. Interpersonal Communication/Teamwork
    • Apply appropriate verbal and nonverbal communication skills
    • Demonstrate methods/strategies of conflict management
    • Respond to changing job demands and help others succeed as needed
  3. Human Relations/Ethics
    • Respect cultural and ethnic differences
    • Maintain positive working relationships
    • Practice integrity and observe confidentiality
    • Apply ethical principles to situations and make decisions appropriately

Quantitative Literacy

Upon completion of the Quantitative Literacy Related Instruction requirement, students should be able to understand and apply quantitative concepts and reasoning using numerical data.


  1. Ratios and Percent
    • Recognize problems as ratios or proportions.
    • Use proportional reasoning when appropriate.
  2. Graphical Interpretation
    • Collect and identify information from graphical representations of data using appropriate terminology/units of measurement.
    • Evaluate graphical information and interpolate and/or extrapolate as necessary.
    • Recognize trends in data from a graphical display.
  3. Problem Solving
    • Represent mathematical information symbolically and numerically as needed to solve a problem.
    • Evaluate results for acceptable solutions and communicate findings using appropriate mathematical language and symbolism.