Undergraduate Program Evaluation & Renewal Projects

TitleReview and Evaluation of Baccalaureate Programs in Mathematics at UBCV
Faculty/College/UnitScience
Dep't or UnitMathematics
StatusCompleted
Duration2 Year
Initiation04/01/2019
Completion03/31/2021
Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2019/2020
Year 1: Project TypeProgram Renewal
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorPhilip Loewen
Year 1: Funded Amount44,358
Year 1: Team Members

Philip Loewen, Professor and Head, Mathematics, Faculty of Science
Young-Heon Kim, Project Co-Lead / Professor, Mathematics, Faculty of Science
Elyse Yeager, Project Co-Lead / Instructor, Mathematics, Faculty of Science
Eric Cytrynbaum, Associate Professor, Mathematics, Faculty of Science
Joel Feldman, Professor, Mathematics, Faculty of Science
Costanza Piccolo, Instructor / Math-CWSEI Director, Mathematics, Faculty of Science
Andrew Rechnitzer, Professor, Mathematics, Faculty of Science
Patrick Walls, Instructor, Mathematics, Faculty of Science
Matt Coles, Science Education Specialist, Mathematics and Skylight, Faculty of Science
Mark Mac Lean, Professor of Teaching / Undergraduate Chair, Mathematics, Faculty of Science

Year 1: Summary

The Mathematics Department offers a number of baccalaureate programs, tailored to the needs and intentions of a variety of students. We offer Major and Honours degrees in both Arts (B.A.) and Science (B.Sc.), a Dual Degree in Mathematics and Education, and an elite Combined Major in Economics and Mathematics. We collaborate with Statistics and Computer Science to deliver the Major in Mathematical Sciences.

In this project, we will articulate a shared core of learning outcomes for all mathematics programs, and identify a set of competencies shared by all of our graduates. Given the expectation that our graduates will bring their competencies to bear in their future careers, we will also examine how well the learning experiences in MATH courses prepare students to use their knowledge of mathematics in new contexts.

To research mathematicians, mathematics is all about conceptual structures, reasoning, and proof; applications and algorithms link into every member of this trio. Outside the academy, the proportional roles of these elements differ. This leads to a critical issue in the design of our programs and courses: how shall we balance experiences in which students learn how to understand the inner workings of the mathematics they study, and experiences in which their conceptual facility is transformed into computational skills and the ability to deploy their mathematical knowledge and problem-solving skills in complex new situations? This question naturally considers the relationships between the competencies we expect graduates to have and the learning experiences we provide them in our programs, and we expect it to animate discussions between faculty, and between faculty, students, and alumni throughout this project.

Year 2: Project YearYear 2
Year 2: Funding Year2020/2021
Year 2: Project TypeProgram Renewal
Year 2: Principal InvestigatorPhilip Loewen
Year 2: Funded Amount35,948
Year 2: Team Members

Philip Loewen, Professor and Head, Mathematics, Faculty of Science
Young-Heon Kim, Project Co-Lead / Professor, Mathematics, Faculty of Science
Elyse Yeager, Project Co-Lead / Instructor, Mathematics, Faculty of Science
Eric Cytrynbaum, Associate Professor, Mathematics, Faculty of Science
Khanh Dao Duc, Assistant Professor, Mathematics, Faculty of Science
Greg Martin, Professor, Mathematics, Faculty of Science
Costanza Piccolo, Instructor / Math-CWSEI Director, Mathematics, Faculty of Science
Andrew Rechnitzer, Professor, Mathematics, Faculty of Science
Geoffrey Schiebinger, Assistant Professor, Mathematics, Faculty of Science
Patrick Walls, Instructor, Mathematics, Faculty of Science
Matt Coles, Science Education Specialist, Mathematics and Skylight, Faculty of Science

Year 2: Summary

The Mathematics Department offers several baccalaureate programs, tailored to the needs and intentions of students. We offer Major and Honours degrees in both Arts (B.A.) and Science (B.Sc.), a Dual Degree in Mathematics and Education, and an elite Combined Major in Economics and Mathematics. We collaborate with Statistics and Computer Science to deliver the Major in Mathematical Sciences.

In this project, we will articulate a shared core of learning outcomes for all mathematics programs, and identify a set of competencies shared by all of our graduates. Given the expectation that our graduates will bring their competencies to bear in their future careers, we will also examine how well the learning experiences in MATH courses prepare students to use their knowledge of mathematics in new contexts.

Mathematics is about conceptual structures, reasoning, and proof; applications and algorithms link into every member of this trio. The proportional roles of these elements differ in various circumstances. This leads to a critical issue for designing our programs: how shall we balance experiences in which students learn how to understand the inner workings of the mathematics they study, and experiences in which their conceptual facility is transformed into computational skills and the ability to deploy their mathematical knowledge and problem-solving skills in complex new situations? This question naturally considers the relationships between the competencies for our graduates to have and the learning experiences we provide them in our programs. It will animate discussions between faculty, and between faculty, students, and alumni.

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