At BSRLM we will disseminate here two of the case studies which were funded by MU MAP.
Evaluating assessment practices in a Business and Industrial Mathematics module
Abstract: The Business and Industrial Mathematics module is run in the second year of the mathematics undergraduate degree at the University of Salford. The module is 100% coursework, 20 credits and spans two semesters. The module attempts to prepare and assess students for work related skills important for mathematicians in the workplace. A variety of assessments and delivery are used, including on open-ended problems, on problem solving, group work, presentations, report writing, employer seminars, and on professional studies. The aim of this work is to compare and evaluate the various assessments and assessment practices used, through the eyes of the students. This will be achieved through a questionnaire given to them. To provide a control group, the first year undergraduate mathematicians who haven't taken the module were also asked to complete relevant sections of the questionnaire. The results, together with conclusions drawn from them, are presented.
Performance Assessment in Mathematics – Preliminary Empirical Research
Adrian Simpson and Paola Iannone
Abstract: This talk will outline the experience of introducing a form of oral performance assessment into a first year undergraduate degree module. While oral assessment is commonplace in many countries, it has all but disappeared from undergraduate mathematics in the UK and we will explore some of the issues regarding implementing this form of assessment, some of the potential advantages, and how this particular form of oral assessment was used with a group of first year undergraduates. We will detail the outcomes in terms of students' performance and student and tutor views of the assessment process.
Presented By: Oana Radu, Adrian Simpson and Paola Iannone
Location: Sussex University