Quantitative literacy (Q) designation
The WOU requirement for students seeking a bachelor of science degree is completion of a combined total of 12 credit hours in mathematics, computer science, and/or a designated quantitative literacy course (Q) course. A minimum of one course in mathematics at the level of MTH 111 or above and one course in computer science is required. The remaining required credit hours may be from either discipline or designated quantitative literacy courses. CS 101 may not be used to meet any portion of this 12 credit requirement. Quantitative literacy courses used to complete this requirement carry a special Q designation in the schedule of classes and on the transcript.
The goal of Quantitative Literacy (Q) courses at WOU is to expose students to the wide range of applications of mathematics and/or statistics in various disciplines and to produce students who are proficient in a core set of mathematical competencies (e.g. reasoning, argumentation, communication, modeling, representation).
In a Q course, college level mathematical and/or statistical concepts will be developed and used as an integral part of the course. The course should provide ongoing opportunities for the student to develop the mathematical/statistical skills and investigate the role, application, and limitations of the specific mathematical and/or statistical concepts in the relevant discipline.
It is highly recommended that MTH111 is a pre-requisite for a Q course.
The objectives of a Q course should include the following:
* College level mathematics is mathematics with a content level of MTH 105 or above.
Students must have regular, frequent, assessable opportunities to use the mathematical and/or statistical related concepts.
* Courses basing their approval for Q on covering statistical concepts should cover most of the following topics:
The Faculty Senate's Academic Requirements Committee (ARC) recommends the Q designation for courses based on statements and syllabi submitted by individuals or departments. A completd Q form should be submitted to the chair of the ARC. Please attach a syllabus and supporting documents to facilitate the process. Useful supporting materials are anything that could help the committee determine the level of mathematical content and percent of course grade dependent on mathematics. Examples include copies of exams, the table of content of books used in the course, detailed project guidelines and scoring rubrics, etc.
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