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COURSE ASSESSMENT REPORT
SEMESTER/YEAR: Fall 2010
DEPARTMENT: Mathematics
COURSE TITLE: Math 101 / Intermediate Algebra
PARTICIPANTS (min. 2): All sections of M101
COURSE-LEVEL SLO(s) ASSESSED THIS SEMESTER:
(1.) Solving equations and inequalities
(2.) Simplifying algebraic expressions
(3.) Graphing functions and relations
(4.) Application problems
(5.) Using formulas of sequences and series
METHODS OF ASSESSMENT: All SLOs were assessed in the common final. The common final is graded and analyzed on a department wide-scale. The scale used is right(1) and wrong (0).
ANALYSIS OF ASSESSMENT: What do these results tell you about your students' achievements on the targeted SLO(s)? The analysis has let us spot the problems that our students are weakest on, as well as insuring that grading is more or less even among sections.
SLO#1 was targeted by questions asking students to solve an absolute value equation, radical equation, quadratic equation and inequality, logarithmic equation, and a rational equation. Average score was 0.272
SLO#2 was targeted by questions asking students to simplify complex fractions, exponential expressions, rational expressions and radical expressions. Average score was 0.34
SLO#3 was targeted by questions asking students to graph a parabola, a hyperbola and a logarithmic equation. Average score was 0.24
SLO#4 was targeted by questions asking students to solve geometric and work related word problems. Average score was 0.13
SLO#5 was targeted by questions asking students about binomial expansions and infinite series. Average score was 0.23
This exam was more difficult than previous exams and the scores reflect that. We are also having some difficulty judging the results with right/wrong grading as even a very small error means the score is 0. Obviously these are then regraded by the instructor. The more esoteric problems seem to create difficulties, as students still seem to have a problem applying concepts. We are concerned that students are in fact skipping word and graphing problems all together, which is a major focus of the course.
PLAN: Indicate if your assessment results reveal a need for course improvement in order to improve student achievement, and what plans your department will make to do so.
We discussed these results at our annual mathematics retreat, and have decided to hold workshops to help instructors deal with the problems that students seem to find most difficult. All these topics will be tested again in the Spring, at the Common Final, which we plan to alter slightly. There will be a higher percentage of word problems so that they cannot be skipped without compromising the grade in the course. Students will be informed of this ahead of time, so that they can spend more of the semester focusing on these problems. We will discuss the results at our next retreat.
WHAT COURSE(s) WILL YOU ASSESS IN THE FOLLOWING SEMESTER (________________________)? You might re-assess for the same SLO(s) with the implementation of your new plan, and/or for another SLO and/or course.
We will be re-assessing M101, as well as M141, M120 and M146.
Please submit this report to the Office of Research and Planning at HYPERLINK "mailto:ekarpp@glendale.edu" ekarpp@glendale.edu
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