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Faculty OBTL Sharing Session Tue 29 Apr 2008. Department of Mathematics OBTL coordinators: K.M.Liu & C.O.Lo. MA2176 Basic Calculus and Linear Algebra. Course coordinator: K.M.Liu Lecturers: K.M.Liu, C.W.Woo, P.K.Sun, C.O.Lo, K.C.Chim, C.M.Ma. Contents. Introduction Challenges & Solutions

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Faculty OBTL Sharing SessionTue 29 Apr 2008

Department of Mathematics

OBTL coordinators: K.M.Liu & C.O.Lo


MA2176Basic Calculus and Linear Algebra

Course coordinator: K.M.Liu

Lecturers: K.M.Liu, C.W.Woo, P.K.Sun, C.O.Lo, K.C.Chim, C.M.Ma


Contents

  • Introduction

  • Challenges & Solutions

  • Conclusions

    D. Comments by OBTL Consultant


  • Introduction


  • A foundation MA course for first year FSE students

  • A prerequisite for higher level MA servicing courses

  • Offered in both Sem A & B

  • Other info (as in Sem A 07/08)


  • Challenges & Solutions


2001 – 2007 Number of HKALE Candidates in Mathematics subjects

* A student may take either Maths & Stat or Pure Maths, but NOT both


  • Only 40% of candidates took a maths subject in HKALE!

  • % of candidates with a HKALE maths subject decreases

  • A pass in a HKALE maths subject is NOT an admission requirement of some FSE programmes


  • How to enhance teaching effectiveness of large classes?

    Assign students with similar mathematical background to the same lecture session


i) With HKAL Pure Maths/Applied Maths (Grade E or above)

  • OR

  • i) Mainland students without *MA1002 & *MA1004

Class A

(for students with greatest background)

*MA1002 & MA1004 are two foundation courses for foundation year students


  • )With HKCE Additional Maths/HKAS Maths & Stat (Grade D or above)

  • OR

  • i)Associate degree

  • OR

    • ii)Higher certificate/diploma

  • Classes B & C

    (for students with moderate background)


    • )With HKCE Maths only

    • OR

    • i)With HKCE Additional Maths/HKAS Maths & Stat (Grade E)

    Classes D & E

    (for students with least background)


    • How to develop mathematical skills of students?

    • Classes B - E, P & Q benefit from additional class tuition


    • Regular assignments for practice & tutorial discussion

    • A reading project extends knowledge discussed in lectures

    • Weekly extra tutorial for students wishing to strengthen mathematical background


    Supporting Materials

    • A ‘tailor-made’ textbookin 2007

      Publisher: Pearson (Custom Publishing)

      Selling Price: $229

      Discounted Price (15% off): $194.7


    • More than 100 discipline-oriented applications are posted on MA2176 Blackboard


    Building & Construction


    Electronic Engineering


    Supporting Service

    • Pre-calculus course

      • To bridge gap between high school & university maths

    • Math Help Centre

      • To provide face-to-face consultation of study problems in MA courses

      • A booking system is implemented to facilitate service arrangement


    • How to design assessment activities?

    • Assignments

      • To provide substantial practice in new concepts & techniques

      • Selected problems are discussed in tutorials

    • Reading Project (5%)

      • To extend materials covered in classes

      • To develop skills of self-learning & independent inquiry


    • Biweekly quizzes (25%)

      • To monitor students’ progress throughout semester

      • To assist lecturers/tutors in providing feedback to classes

      • A regularly updated master excel file displays class scores & reflects class performance

      • Average of each quiz 50 – 80 is desired


    • End-of-semester examination (70%)


    C. Conclusions


    • Classification of students with similar maths background enhances teaching & learning effectiveness

    • Integration of web materials engages students in learning

    • Regular assessment allows lecturers to monitor learning progress of classes

    • Learning objectives & teaching expectations are more explicit within OBTL context


    D. Comments by OBTL Consultant


    • An OBTL consultant was invited to visit MA in Nov 07

      Dr David Easdown

      School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Sydney


    • Some comments by Dr Easdown

      • ‘the standards (of teaching & learning) arevery high relative to comparable courses that I am familiar with in Australia’

      • ‘the alignment between course aims & objectives, teaching & learning activities & assessments appears to be very good to excellent’

      • ‘the excellent case studies & reading project for MA2176, …, deserve to be mentioned & their role amplified, especially in the context of other disciplines & programs in which the mathematics is used ’


    Thank you!!


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