Mathematics Assessment

Requirements for Mathematics Faculty, 2011-2012

NOTE:  Each mathematics course taught in the Mathematics Division corresponds to a subset of the outcomes listed below.  Individual course syllabi must list the outcomes matched with the specific courses.   Click here to access that information.

In order to continuously improve the quality of the mathematics curriculum at Georgia Highlands College, mathematics faculty engage in ongoing analysis of what students know, think, and are able to do upon completion of mathematics courses. As part of this process, the mathematics faculty developed the following Goal and Expected Outcomes for the mathematics area of the college.

 Core Curriculum Goals related to Mathematics

Area A-2:  Students will interpret and apply mathematical information, concepts, and principles embedded in verbal, numerical, graphic, and symbolic representations.

Area D :  Students will use appropriate models and quantitative methods to analyze data, explore relationships among variables, and find missing information.

Student Learning Outcomes

 Students will be able to: 

1.   Solve equations

2.   Solve inequalities

3.   a.  Graph functions

     b.  Interpret functions

4.   Model problem contexts mathematically to arrive at solutions.

5.   Use technology appropriately

6.   Use logical, mathematical reasoning

7.    a.  Appropriately express numbers in a variety of ways in given contexts

      b.  Appropriately express algebraic expressions in a variety of ways in given contexts

8.   a.  Interpret data presented graphically

      b.  Make appropriate graphs to summarize data

9.   a.  Calculate and interpret measures of central tendency

     b.  Calculate and interpret measures of variation

     c.  Calculate and interpret measures of position

10.a.  Interpret the meaning of statistical significance

      b.  Perform tests to determine statistical significance

11.  a.  Use set notation and concepts

 b.  Perform set operations

12.  Calculate and interpret the meaning of limits

13.  Calculate and interpret the meaning of rates of change

 Each course taught in the mathematics area connects to a subset of the outcomes listed above.  Individual course syllabi must list the outcomes matched with the specific courses.

To assess the student learning outcomes four Mathematics Assessment teams, organized by class type and level, analyze common final exam questions or common projects disseminated in individual class sections.  The four teams are organized as follows:

TEAM I--Learning Support Mathematics (MATH 0097, MATH 0099)

TEAM II--MATH 1001, MATH 1111, MATH 2008

TEAM III--MATH 1113, MATH 2200

TEAM IV--Calculus and Applied Calculus (MATH 2261, MATH 2262, MATH 2263, & MATH 2040)

Leaders from each team will contact you regarding assessment activities in your classes.