Mathematical and Technological Literacy I
Friday 8:30 - 11:45
Instructor: Jennifer Galka Email: email@example.com
Course Syllabus | D2L
Excel 2008 for Macs | Techniques in Excel
Welcome to DePaul's Mathematical and Technological Literacy Course!
The program addresses the growing need for quantitative and computer literacy in response to the enormous expansion in the use of quantitative methods and information in the social and physical sciences as well as civic life. The use and misuse of quantitative information in public policy and scientific issues are particularly emphasized; students are taught to recognize the limitations of the quantitative methods as well as the insights they provide.
The characteristics of the course are
Emphasis is on reasoning
Context is interdisciplinary
Technology is an integral part of course
Active learning is emphasized
Faculty share across disciplines
Students learn by working with data sets from many different disciplines, such as psychology, environmental science, economics, finance, sociology, history. Students write critiques of quantitative arguments, gather data and present arguments of their own.
Students are introduced to spreadsheets (Excel), word processors (Word), presentation software (PowerPoint), email, and the internet (Netscape & Internet Explorer) in all sections. Specific quantitative skills that are addressed include:
Simple Mathematical Models (linear, exponential)
Financial Management (interest, annuities, loans)
The course is taught by instructors from many disciplines; psychology, communication, geography, history as well as mathematics and computer science. The course is a prerequisite to the Science Inquiry Domain courses in the Liberal Studies Program. It provides a solid foundation upon which subsequent courses in the disciplines and the Liberal Studies Program can and must necessarily build.