Embedded Skill: Quantitative Reasoning

Requirement – A student will be required to have two QR courses.

Requirement Purpose

Quantitative reasoning is the application of quantitative concepts and skills to solve real-world problems for the purpose of making decisions. To effectively use quantitative reasoning requires understanding how to interpret, evaluate, and use various types of quantitative information in order to support a position or argument. It includes the ability to express quantitative information visually, symbolically, numerically and verbally (including written or oral communication).

In order to perform effectively as professionals and citizens, students must become competent in reading and using quantitative data, in understanding quantitative evidence and in applying quantitative skills to the solution of real-life problems such as choosing the financing for a new home, how to live a sustainable lifestyle, and whether to vote for or against a specific tax. The purpose of embedding the Quantitative Reasoning skills in application courses is to provide our students with quantitative problem-solving experiences at the college level within the context of the content of other college courses. The goal is to instill long-term patterns of interaction and engagement with quantitative problem solving.

Required Course Characteristics

A course in this area will

QR CC1. offer explicit instruction in the use of quantitative reasoning skills
QR CC2. include several opportunities to practice quantitative reasoning skills
QR CC3. provide feedback that is designed to help students evaluate and improve quantitative reasoning skills

 

Embedded Skill Learning Objectives

Through completion of a QR course, students should be able to

QR SLO1. draw inferences, solve problems and make decisions using quantitative methods
QR SLO2. communicate solutions to quantitative questions in oral or written communication that incorporates symbolic, numeric or graphical representations
QR SLO3. analyze solutions to quantitative questions for accuracy, precision, suitability and/or other appropriate criteria
QR SLO4. describe the value, limitations and/or implications of quantitative decision making

 

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