Learning Objectives

Rationale 

The Mathematics and Computer Science Department contributes to the mission of the University by providing a mathematics major, a computer science major, service to other departments and colleges, general education and remedial education.  Each of these five components has somewhat different purposes and objectives; the College has identified Student Learning Objectives for courses contributing to the Quantitative Analysis component of the General Education requirements; the Department has identified Student Learning Objectives for all other categories, and established assessment tools for each. 

Remedial Courses (Math 110 and Math 114) 

Objective: Students will develop arithmetic, algebraic, geometric, and problem-solving skills necessary to succeed in subsequent courses.

General Education Courses

Objective (Set at College Level): Students will express contextual problems in both abstract and symbolic forms as well as analyze relationships through symbolic, graphical, and statistical means.

 Service Courses 

Objective  1: Students will develop a conceptual understanding of appropriate course content. 

Objective 2: Students will develop problem-solving skills appropriate to the level of each course. 

Mathematics Major
 

Objective 1:       Students will demonstrate expertise in the core topics of mathematics. 

Objective 2:       Students will demonstrate ability to solve advanced mathematical problems, apply various methods of mathematical proof, and communicate solutions in writing.

 Objective 3:       Students will demonstrate the ability to comprehend advanced mathematics, and present the material orally and in writing. 

Objective 4:       Students will be aware of and involved with mathematics outside the classroom. 

Objective 5:       Students will be provided a wide range of elective courses from which to choose. 

Objective 6:       Students will utilize their mathematics education in either their careers or in the pursuit of graduate work.

Computer Science Major 

Objective 1: Students will demonstrate expertise in the development and design of software.

Objective 2: Students will have a working knowledge of the theoretical foundations of the discipline.

Objective 3: Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate computer science-related topics in written

Objective 4: Students will be informed, educated citizens in terms of the social and ethical implications of the use of computer technology.

Objective 5: Students will be provided with an up-to-date understanding of the field.

Objective 6: Students will have foundational experiences in a number of sub-areas of computer science.

Objective 7: Students will utilize their computer science education in either their careers or in the pursuit of graduate work.