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MATH 4150W helfera : History of Mathematics - Writing Intensive
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Fri, 16 Dec 2016 22:44:15 GMT
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Proposal Type
I am proposing
Writing Intensive
Contact Information
Proposer User ID:
helfera
First Name:
Adam
Last Name:
Helfer
E-mail:
helfera@missouri.edu
Phone:
573/882-7283
Department:
Mathematics
Are you submitting this proposal on behalf of an instructor?
Instructor for whom you are submitting proposal:
Instructor User ID:
helfera
First Name:
Adam
Last Name:
Helfer
E-mail:
helfera@missouri.edu
Phone:
573/882-7283
Department:
Mathematics
Subject Area’s Department Chair/Director:
Chair/Director User ID:
asmarn
First Name:
Nakhle
Last Name:
Asmar
E-mail:
asmarn@missouri.edu
Phone:
573/882-0634
Department:
Mathematics
Term for Proposal
Semester:
Semester:
Spring 2017
Course Catalog Information
Academic Unit:
A&S
Subject area:
Mathematics (MATH)
Subject (Hiden for filtering CWP committee)
Mathematics
Course number:
4150W
Minimum credits:
Credit hours:
3
Maximum credits:
Expected enrollment:
30
Full course title:
History of Mathematics - Writing Intensive
Catalog description:
This is a history course with mathematics as its subject. Includes topics in the history of mathematics from early civilizations onwards. The growth of mathematics, both as an abstract discipline and as a subject which interacts with others and with practical concerns, is explored. Prerequisites or Cirequisite: MATH 2300 or MATH 2340. Writing intensive sections require ENGLSH 1000.
General education:
Components:
Lecture/Standard
Grading option:
A-F (allow student to choose S/U option)
Prerequisites:
Corequisites:
Prerequisites or Corequisites:
Recommended:
Cross-listed courses:
Instructor Information
Instructor User ID:
helfera
First Name:
Adam
Last Name:
Helfer
E-mail:
helfera@missouri.edu
Phone:
573/882-7283
Department
Mathematics
Employee ID:
(numbers only)
Faculty rank:
Tenured Professor
Campus address:
301 Mathematical Sciences
Attendance at Campus Writing Program workshop:
Yes, but instructor doesn’t recall when or it has been longer than five years
Percent of Course Duties:
The Campus Writing Program conducts a two-day faculty workshop to assist with the design and implementation of your writing intensive course. Once your course proposal has been approved by the Campus Writing Program, you will receive information on time, date and location of the workshop.
Indicate below if additional instructors are planned, but specific individuals have not yet been chosen. Check all that apply
Type of Additional instructors:
Briefly describe the qualifications of the known graduate instructors, or planned qualifications if graduate instructors are still to be selected, bearing in mind that graduate students teaching honors courses should be advanced students with a record of excellent teaching.
Grad Instructor Qualifications:
Honors Course Information
Overview of Honors course content:
How many sections of this course does this instructor intend to teach for this term?
Answer the questions below as they would apply to one section. For all other sections, provide similar information in the Additional Sections Information box below.
Course topic:
Days of class meeting:
Class start time:
Class end time:
Preferred location:
Course assignments:
Detail of other assignments:
Honors enrollment cap:
Cross-listed enrollment cap:
If consent is required, where can it be obtained?
Additional Sections Information
Writing Intensive Course Information
WI course overview:
This is a history course with mathematics as its subject. It includes topics in the history of mathematics from early civilizations onwards. The growth of mathematics, both as an abstract discipline and as a subject which interacts with others and with practical concerns, is explored. Group work is important but there is no direct evaluation of this. Typically, I ask students to work in small groups to try to interpret a text. Some groups are chosen to present their interpretations, and there is class discussion. I provide a summary, making sure to list the important points, and possibly some additional comments.
What changes have you made to your course since its last offering?
The course has been going well; I don not anticipate major changes.
Delivery mode (select one):
Face-to-face
Self paced?
Previous WI enrollment:
27
Expected WI enrollment
25
Should this course be considered for funding?
No
Large Enrollment Courses:
Explain the class structure:
How do you plan to monitor your students' performance?
How will you ensure that GTAs grade and mark as you would
Writing Intensive Assignments
I count the lengths of my assignments by:
Pages
Assignment title:
Microthemes (3)
Purpose:
a) There are several homeworks [3-4], which can be thought of as microthemes, typically 1-3 pages.
Length of assignment:
First Draft #
pages
words
:
3
First Draft Evaluator:
Adam Helfer
Revised Draft(s) #
pages
words
:
Revision Evaluator
Total length of assignment:
3
Assignment title:
Book Report
Purpose:
b) There is a book report, 5-10 pages, two drafts required. Additionally, students are required to submit a brief plan listing the book and at least two outside sources which they will use in evaluating its historical accuracy.
Length of assignment:
First Draft #
pages
words
:
10
First Draft Evaluator:
Adam Helfer
Revised Draft(s) #
pages
words
:
5
Revision Evaluator
Adam Helfer
Total length of assignment:
15
Assignment title:
Term Paper
Purpose:
c) There is a term paper, 10-15 pages, two drafts required. Students are also required to submit a proposal for the paper, describing their topic and giving a tentative bibliography. In all cases, the instructor evaluates all work. Before beginning the term paper, students will submit a 1-page proposal, including a project description and bibliography.
Length of assignment:
First Draft #
pages
words
:
20
First Draft Evaluator:
Adam Helfer
Revised Draft(s) #
pages
words
:
10
Revision Evaluator
Adam Helfer
Total length of assignment:
30
Total pages for all assignments:
First drafts:
Total # of pages:
33.00
Revisions:
Total # of pages:
15.00
Total # of pages for all assignments:
48.00
Additional comments regarding assignments:
Additionally, the mid-term and the final each require some short essays which will total approximately 3-4 pages.
I am attaching scanned copies of two microtheme assignments. (One is identified as an in-class assignment, but I sometimes give it as a microtheme.) Also below is a sample answer for the YBC 8633 assignment. Students find it very challenging to produce responses which are comparably complete and concise. What I am looking for are interpretations and analyses which are both logically rigorous and closely tied to the text.
The other assignment (BM 96957 + VAT 6598) is lengthier and requires more thought; almost all students need two drafts for that one.
If you want to follow the details, you will need to know that the texts are translated from base 60, and this is indicated in the translations by separating the base-60 places by commas (or spaces and a semicolon). (Thus 3,20 = 3 x 60 + 20 x 1 = 200.)
Writing Intensive Teaching
Method for teaching revision:
Other
Peer review
Other method for teaching revision:
I have sometimes used oral presentations, and I may do so again. The difficulty is that they do take a great deal of class time.
If your writing assignments include group writing, please explain how individual work is assessed:
Explain briefly the nature of the assignment(s) which address(es) a question for which there is more than one acceptable interpretation, explanation, analysis, or evaluation:
a) The homeworks typically ask students to interpret texts usually primary sources and discuss their implications. b) The book report requires the students to discuss the historical accuracy of a book or portion of a book. c) The term paper requires the students to write on an approved topic bearing on the history of mathematics, discussing critically the relevant literature.
Explain how the writing is distributed throughout the semester:
The homeworks are given in the first part of the semester. The long writing assignments occupy the latter portion these in turn are broken up so that the students make steady progress: they must first turn in a proposal for how they will do the assignment, which I review and approve, then they have deadlines for turning in their drafts.
Percent of course grade determined by writing-intensive assignments?
60
%
Explain how the remaining percent of course grade is determined:
Estimated number of TAs or graders:
0
Explain how you plan to select and train them and what their role in the course will be:
Course Syllabus
Upload Course Syllabus
Attach syllabus
History of Mathematics Assigments.pdf
Administrative Information
CWP Sub-Committee:
Natural and Applied Sciences
CWP Notes:
Correspondence with Instructor:
Acknowledgement
I have read and reviewed the updated proposal:
I have read and reviewed the updated proposal
Additional Comments
Additional Comments:
Reviewer Comments
Lina Trigos Carrillo (trigoscarrillol) (
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:56:32 GMT
):
Contacted faculty to request more information about individual assignments and microthemes.
Patricia Luckenotte (luckenottep) (
Fri, 16 Dec 2016 22:43:33 GMT
):
I have added MATH 4150W, 01 to the Spring 2017 Schedule of Classes and cancelled the regular section of MATH 4150, 01. The students who were enrolled in MATH 4150 were moved to the new section of MATH 4150W
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