Calculus

EXAMPLE 1: FIRST YEAR CALCULUS

This example illustrates the use of the framework showing the thinking of the unit coordinator as he develops assessment criteria for a first year calculus unit and then for a particular problem solving task for his unit.

man teaching classContext: MATHS101 is a first year calculus unit taught within the Bachelor of Science. It is designed for students who come to university with an intermediate mathematics school background, which includes basic knowledge of calculus concepts and techniques.

Arun is the coordinator of MATHS101. He has been teaching this unit for a number of years and has been meaning to review the unit learning outcomes for quite some time. Given that this year he is going to introduce a criteria-referenced approach to assessment, he thought this to be a good time to have a fresh look at what he expects his students to learn.

Setting up the assessment framework, Arun reflects on his process:

“First, I clarified the learning outcomes of the unit. Then I determined the aspects to be assessed (I needed to include Knowledge and concepts, Problem solving and Communication dimensions, too). Finally, I constructed the assessment criteria table for the whole unit.”

mathsassess_iconRead more about Arun’s process and the annotated solution for markers he created in Example 1: First Year Calculus, mathsassess guide [PDF – 6.2 MB]

Create your own rubrics by editing Example 1: Rubrics [Word – 20k]