Intellectual Foundations Program (IFP) Assessment - Foundations of Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning

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Foundations of Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning description: Mathematics is a peculiarly human endeavor that attempts to organize our experience in a quantitative fashion.  It aids and supplements our intuitions about the physical universe and about human behavior.

The Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning requirement is intended to give students an appreciation of mathematics and to prepare them to think precisely and critically about quantitative problems.

Learning objectives are associated with each category of the Intellectual Foundations Program.  For each learning objective listed below, please describe how and where the course will meet each learning objective.  In other words, provide the assessment committee a “road map” of where each objective can be found in the course.  Some objectives might be readily seen in student papers or exams.  Other objectives, however, might be far less “visible.”  They might come through course lectures or class discussions, for example.  Your responses below need not be lengthy, but you should be as explicit as possible.


Learning objective #1:  Students will demonstrate an understanding of mathematical theories and their applications.

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Learning objective #2:  Students will be able to identify and apply mathematical concepts most appropriate to solving quantitative problems.

 

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In addition to the learning objectives associated with each category, the Intellectual Foundations Program has specific overall objectives:

The FAU general education curriculum is a carefully devised program that draws on many subject areas to provide and reinforce essential skills and values from different points of view. It equips students with the academic tools they will need to succeed, not only as undergraduates in their degree programs but also as responsible citizens in a complex world. The courses that comprise the FAU general education curriculum combine to develop:

1. Knowledge in several different disciplines;
2. The ability to think critically;
3. The ability to communicate effectively;
4. An appreciation for how knowledge is discovered, challenged, and transformed as it advances; and
5. An understanding of ethics and ethical behavior.

We do not expect every course to meet all of these objectives.  We do hope, however, that in the future you will explore ways to better integrate the learning objectives into your course.

 

Please describe below how the course will meet these objectives.

General Education objective #1: Knowledge in several different disciplines.


The course approaches the subject from the standpoint of the following discipline, disciplines, or sub-disciplines:

 

 

 

General Education objective #2:  The ability to think critically.

 

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General Education objective #3:  The ability to communicate effectively. 

 

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General Education objective #4:  An appreciation for how knowledge is discovered, challenged, and transformed as it advances.

 

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General Education objective #5:  An understanding of ethics and ethical behavior.

How and where will the course meet this objective?
 

 

 Last Modified 3/6/14