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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. Write correct mathematical proofs and coherent expository narratives.
  2. Solve mathematical problems in a variety of pure and applied contexts.

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

  1. Exams, problem sets, and projects completed in one or more of the following courses will demonstrate outcomes 1 and 2: MAS 4301 Abstract Algebra I; MAS 4302 Abstract Algebra II; MAA 4226 Analysis I; and MAA 4227 Analysis II; MAP 3163 Operations Research I; MAP 4314 Dynamical Systems; MAS 4106 Matrix Analysis; MAT 4937 Senior Seminar; and STA 4234 Intro to Regression Analysis.
Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Employ the conventions of standard written English in writing about mathematical topics.
  2. Organize and relate ideas and information with coherence, clarity and unity in an oral presentation.

Communication skills are assessed at the program level.

  1. Exams, problem sets, presentations, and projects completed in one or more of the following courses will demonstrate outcomes 1 and 2: MAS 4301 Abstract Algebra I; MAS 4302 Abstract Algebra II; MAA 4226 Analysis I; and MAA 4227 Analysis II; MHF 4404 History of Math; and MAT 4937 Senior Seminar.
Critical Thinking Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Identify evidence that supports or contradicts a hypothesis; identify new information that is needed to draw conclusions; recognize how new information might change the solution to a problem.
  2. Use mathematical skills in the context of solving a larger real world problem.

Critical thinking skills are assessed at the program level.

  1. Exams, problem sets, presentations and projects in one or more of the following courses will demonstrate outcome 1: MAS 4301 Abstract Algebra I; MAS 4302 Abstract Algebra II; MAA 4226 Analysis 1; MAA 4227 Analysis II; MHF 4404 History of Math; and MAT 4937 Senior Seminar.
  2. Exams, problem sets, presentations and projects in one or more of the following courses will demonstrate outcome 2: MAP 3161 Math for Science and Engineering; MAP 3162 Probability and Statistics; MAP 3163 Operations Research I; and MAT 4937 Senior Seminar