New Course Proposal
MTH 227 *CALCULUS AND PROBABILITY FOR LIFE SCIENCES I
Status: Draft
Proposal
Proposal ID:
102206
Type:
New Course
Effective Term:
Winter 2018
Justification:
A wider familiarity with mathematics has become desirable for students in the life sciences. Many research universities have responded with new lowerdivision courses with some calculus and also other mathematics used in the life sciences. MTH 227/8 is our version of such a sequence and eight degree programs in three colleges (Agriculture, CEOAS and Science) are interested in this sequence.
Comments:
None
Originators
Name  Title  Department/School 

Mary Flahive  Professor  Mathematics 
Contacts
No contacts
Liaisons
Liaison  Status  Required 

Mary Flahive  Professor / Mathematics  Not Contacted  Yes 
Robert Mason  Administrator 2Assoc Dpt Head / Integrative Biology  Not Contacted  Yes 
J Brock Mc Leod  AdvisorAcademic / Biology  Not Contacted  Yes 
Enrique Thomann  Professor / Mathematics  Not Contacted  Yes 
Course Information
Designator/Course #:
MTH 227
Title:
*CALCULUS AND PROBABILITY FOR LIFE SCIENCES I
College/Department or College/School:
College of Science / Mathematics
Credits:
0 to 4
Short Title:
MATH FOR LIFE SCIENCES I
Grading Mode:
AF (includes I, W, R, S/U)
Courses Taught Schedule:
Winter, Spring
Schedule Types:
Lecture; Recitation; Final Exam; Midterm Exam
Campus Location:
Corvallis Campus
Programs Requiring
this Course:
this Course:
Description:
Review of exponential and trigonometric functions, including examples of exponential and periodic behavior; discrete probability;examples of biologically motivated difference equations; differentiation of polynomials, exponential and trigonometric functions with applications to optimization.
Course Relationships
Designator  Title  Minimum Grade/Score 

Enforced Prerequisites  
MTH 112  *ELEMENTARY FUNCTIONS  C 
MTH 150X  PRECALCULUS  C 
MPT  Math Placement Test  33 
MPAL  Math Placement  ALEKS  75 
Prerequisite Logic  
MTH 112 or MTH 150X or MPT 33 or MPAL 75  
Corequisites  
None  
Equivalent Courses  
MTH 227X  CALCULUS FOR LIFE SCIENCES I  
Slash Courses  
None  
Crosslisted Courses  
None 
Baccalaureate Core Questions
Mathematics
Core, Skills, Math
 Is this course at least 3 credits?
 yes
 Is there a statement on the syllabus of the course’s participation in the Baccalaureate Core Skills category for Mathematics, and that successful completion of the Mathematics category is one of OSU’s First Year Skills requirements?
 Yes
 Have the Baccalaureate Core Category Learning Outcomes for Mathematics been listed verbatim in the syllabus and been clearly identified as Baccalaureate Core Mathematics Category Learning Outcomes (see http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/baccalaureatecore for specific outcome wording)?
 Yes
 Describe how students in this course will develop and demonstrate the ability to identify situations that can be modeled mathematically.

Develop: Almost everything presented will have applications to biology.
Demonstrate: Specific problems on every exam will text this.
 Describe how students in this course will calculate and/or estimate relevant variables in a mathematical setting.
 This will happen specifically when working with probabilities, difference equations, rates of change and optimization problems.
 Describe how students will develop and demonstrate the skills necessary to critique the applicability of a mathematically approach or the validity of a mathematical conclusion.
 On every exam there will be at least one question that analyzes how well a mathematical approach models a biological situation.
 Describe any other ways that students will develop and demonstrate critical thinking skills.
 Group activities during recitation that focus on a discussion of mathematical modeling.

A primary intention of assessment is the continuous improvement of student learning. Describe the assessment activities that instructors will/can use to measure the achievement of the Mathematics Category Learning Outcomes within individual sections of this course. (Note: Different sections and/or delivery modes can feature unique approaches, but all sections must align activities with the Mathematics Category Learning Outcomes).
Describe the process(es) that the unit (school or department) will use to ensure consistency in addressing all Mathematics Category Learning Outcomes in all course sections (for multiple section courses), at all locations (e.g. OSUCascades or Corvallis campus), and in all modes of delivery (e.g. Ecampus, Honors, INTO, EOP).

assessment activities: quizzes; midterm; recitations where problems are solved in groups; clicker activities.
Processes to ensure consistency : regular group meetings of every recitation instructor to discuss material covered in every period between consecutive assessments (as defined above). Common midterm and final exam.
Documents
File Name  File Size  Comment  Date Added 

227Syllabus.pdf  118.95 Kb  Dec 06, 2017 8:26 pm 