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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 session tue 29 apr 2008

Faculty OBTL Sharing SessionTue 29 Apr 2008

Department of Mathematics

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

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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
Contents
  • Introduction
  • Challenges & Solutions
  • Conclusions

D. Comments by OBTL Consultant

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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)
2001 2007 number of hkale candidates in mathematics subjects
2001 – 2007 Number of HKALE Candidates in Mathematics subjects

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

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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
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How to enhance teaching effectiveness of large classes?

Assign students with similar mathematical background to the same lecture session

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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

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) 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)

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

Classes D & E

(for students with least background)

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How to develop mathematical skills of students?
  • Classes B - E, P & Q benefit from additional class tuition
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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
Supporting Materials
  • A ‘tailor-made’ textbookin 2007

Publisher: Pearson (Custom Publishing)

Selling Price: $229

Discounted Price (15% off): $194.7

supporting service
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
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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
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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
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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
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An OBTL consultant was invited to visit MA in Nov 07

Dr David Easdown

School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Sydney

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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 ’
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