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The Math (B.A.) Program

Learning Outcomes

 
 

Academic Learning Compact

Consistent with its mission and guiding principles, Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to academic excellence and continuous quality improvement, as supported by a sound teaching-learning process. Within this process, students and instructors share responsibility for learning that is a movement from the simple to the complex, the concrete to the abstract, and the dependent to the independent. The Academic Learning Compact (ALC) initiative supports the teaching-learning process by clearly identifying expected core student learning outcomes in the areas of content/discipline knowledge and skills, communication skills, and critical thinking skills; aligning curricula with expectations; and using assessment to guide continuous improvement.
Content/Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Exhibit an awareness of mathematical thought emanating from diverse cultural traditions.
  2. Write logically coherent mathematical proofs, problem solutions, and expository narratives.
  3. Solve mathematical problems in a variety of contexts, pure and applied.

Content/discipline knowledge and skills are assessed at the college and departmental levels.

  1. Exams, problem sets, and other projects completed in the following courses will demonstrate outcome 1: MHF 4404 History of Math and MAT 4937 Senior Seminar.
  2. Exams, problem sets, and other projects completed in the following courses will demonstrate outcomes 2 and 3: MAS 4301 Abstract Algebra I; MAA 4226 Advanced Calculus; MAA 4227 Foundations of Real Analysis; MAP 4231 Intro. to Operations Research; MAP 4314 Dynamical Systems; MAS 4106 Matrix Analysis; MAS 4302 Abstract Algebra II; and STA 4234 Intro. to Regression Analysis.
Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Employ the conventions of standard written English.
  2. Select a topic, and develop it for a specific audience and purpose, with respect for diverse perspectives.
  3. Select, organize, and relate ideas and information with coherence, clarity, and unity.

Communication skills are assessed as part of the General Education Program through papers, exams, and projects completed in ENC 1101 Composition I, ENC 1102 Composition II, and HUM 2510 Understanding the Visual and Performing Arts. Communication skills are also assessed in the capstone course.

Critical Thinking Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Select and organize information.
  2. Identify assumptions and underlying relationships.
  3. Synthesize information, and draw reasoned inferences.
  4. Formulate an appropriate problem solving strategy.
  5. Evaluate the feasibility of the strategy.

Critical thinking skills are assessed as part of the General Education Program through papers, exams, and projects completed ENC 1101 Composition I, ENC 1102 Composition II, and HUM 2510 Understanding the Visual and Performing Arts. Critical thinking skills are also assessed in the capstone course.