Math-Stats Dept meeting
August 15, 2014
1205--1250
M-802
Present: Boyes, Kovacs, Noffsinger, Papin (by phone), Stemmann, Thoo, Wardlaw
Minutes
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1) It was decided that we would meet on third Fridays this year at noon, except initially for September's meeting, when we may meet at 1100 to develop the Spring 2015 schedule of classes.
2) Kirk will talk to Armand about placement test scores. There is some concern about the placement scores for Math 20 and 21. Also, we need to review or approve the validation that was done last semester before placement testing for the Spring semester.
3) Kovacs reported that there were 12 students in the inaugural Math Boot Camp last summer. The boot camp was very successful.
4) We continued our discussion of CSLOs from last semester. Last semester we left off with discussing the Math 50 CSLOs. Also, suggestions for CSLOs were submitted to Boyes, but have not yet been reviewed.
To begin, Boyes confirmed with us that we decided last semester that a student would be considered to have met a CSLO assessment question successfully if he were to score 65% or above on the question. Since each CSLO assessment question is scored 0, 1, 2, or 3, that means that a student would be considered to have met the CSLO assessment question successfully if he were to score 2 or 3 on the question. This holds for all the courses.
Today we decided when a class would be considered to have met a CSLO assessment question successfully. We would determine the percentage of students in the class who met the CSLO assessment question successfully. Then, for
Math 52 and below: 65% to 74% = meets expectations
75% and above = exceeds expectations
Below 65% = below expectations
Above Math 52: 75% to 84% = meets expectations
85% and above = exceeds expectations
Below 75% = below expectations
for that CSLO assessment question.
We also confirmed that we want to record "no answer" on a CSLO assessment question separately from a 0 score on that question.
5) Boyes related that, according to Steven Cox, we do not need to update a course outline in CUNET only to update the CSLOs. We may update the CSLOs in a course outline whenever we update the outline for other reasons. The SLOs in Tracdat, however, must be current.
6) We reviewed the CSLOs for Math 50 that we discussed last semester. These were the CSLOs that we came up with last semester.
Proposed Math 50 SLOs
1. Solve linear equations.
2. Solve systems of linear equations and inequalities.
3. Perform arithmetic operations on polynomial expressions.
4. Apply the properties of integer exponents.
5. Factor a polynomial expression.
6. Graph and analyze linear equations.
7. Derive the equation of a line.
8. Translate an application problem into a linear equation or system of equations.
We changed 1. and 2. above. The CSLOs that we have decided upon are
Proposed Math 50 SLOs
1. Solve linear inequalities in one variable.
2. Solve systems of linear equations.
3. Perform arithmetic operations on polynomial expressions.
4. Apply the properties of integer exponents.
5. Factor a polynomial expression.
6. Graph and analyze linear equations.
7. Derive the equation of a line.
8. Translate an application problem into a linear equation or system of equations.
Boyes will enter these into Tracdat, and we will enter these into the Math 50 course outline in CUNET the next time we update the outline.
7) We noted that last semester for Math 50 we assessed 5. and 7. We will add one more this semester. The plan is to assess three CSLOs every semester, and each semester we would keep two from the previous semester and introduce a new one. To make it easier to keep track of this, Boyes will reorder the CSLOs so that the ones that are being assessed are listed consecutively, with the one to be replaced being the first-listed of the three.
[It was not decided if Boyes would do the same for Math 52, whose CSLOs we decided upon last semester.]
8) It remains for us to review the proposed CSLOs for the following courses. The proposed CSLOs are given below. We will begin with Math 111, then Math 110.
Proposed Math 111 SLOs
1. Perform arithmetic operations on signed real numbers.
2. Convert between fractions, decimals and percents.
3. Identify applications of the field axioms.
4. Solve linear equations in one variable.
5. Solve applied problems involving percents and proportions.
6. Add, subtract, multiply and simplify polynomials.
Proposed Math 110 SLOs
1. Perform arithmetic operations on whole numbers.
2. Perform arithmetic operations on fractions and mixed numbers.
3. Perform arithmetic operations on decimal numbers.
4. Find the prime factorization of a composite number.
5. Solve basic proportion problems.
6. Solve basic percent problems.
Proposed Math 20 SLOs
1. Solve an equation by applying a combination of methods
2. Simplify a difference quotient
3. Analyze a rational function
4. Find the domain of a function (maybe add possible types? Logarithm, square root?)
5. Find the zeros of a polynomial
Other Math 20 topics we thought might make the list:
-Inverses
-exponential or logarithmic applications
-system of equations
-conic sections?
-sequences/series?
Proposed Math 21 SLOs
1. Graph and analyze the graph of a trigonometric function
2. Solve a trigonometric equation
3. Solve an application problem involving right triangles
4. Prove an identity
5. Find the value of a trigonometric function of an unknown angle given the value of a different trigonometric function of that angle.
Proposed Math 25 SLOs
1. Translate word problems into systems of equations and solve those using matrix methods.
2. Translate word problems into linear programming problems and solve those using the Simplex algorithm.
3. Calculate present and future values of account balance, loans and annuities.
4. Solve enumeration problems by applying basic combinatorial principles.
Proposed Math 9 SLOs
1. Graph a rational function, identifying any horizontal and vertical asymptotes.
2. Graph a function, identifying any maxima and minima.
3. Graph a function, identifying any inflection points and the correct concavity.
4. Solve an application problem that involves the marginal cost, marginal profit, or marginal revenue.
5. Find the instantaneous rate of change of a function.
6. Find an equation of the tangent line to the graph of a function.
7. Find the area bounded by the graphs of two functions. One of the functions may be f(x) = 0.
8. Solve an application problem that involves integration. This may involve a separable differential equation.
Proposed Math 1A SLOs
1. Evaluate limits and use them to find derivatives.
2. Evaluate derivatives and interpret derivatives as rates of change and/or slopes of tangent lines.
3. Solve applications that require differentiation such as applied optimization and related rates.
4. Determine the behavior of a function from its derivatives.
5. Evaluate integrals and interpret integrals as total changes and/or bounded areas.
6. Compose simple proofs. (I wasn’t sure how dedicated we were to this one…it was part of the second old SLO)
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