Essential Learning Outcomes for Mathematics
Stockton University’s 10 Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs) combine Stockton’s flexible andStockton's ELO logo distinctive liberal arts education with real-world, practical skills. They guide all Stockton University students from first-year through graduation to the intellectual and marketable talents needed to prepare for personal and professional success in the 21st century. As a set of values shared by everyone in the campus community, students encounter opportunities to develop ELOs in all Stockton majors, career preparation, professional experiences both on and off-campus, and academic as well as social activities.
Demonstrate mastery of a range of Mathematical skills spanning foundational concepts to advanced topics of study; engage in mathematical inquiry as a tool for self directed study; possess an understanding of contemporary mathematical topics and modern mathematicians; recognize and appreciate the interdisciplinary aspects of mathematics and the interrelations of mathematical topics.
Develop the reasoning skills to construct valid arguments and judge the validity of arguments; take abstract thoughts and turns them into effective, workable solutions; be skilled in the mathematical process: define problems, uncover relevant patterns, form conjectures, and engage in formal proof techniques; use reflection as a tool for understanding the depth of a problem and reassess the approach or redefine the problem relevant to this reflection.
Possess the mathematical expertise required to apply quantitative knowledge, including the technological skills required for computation, the theoretical knowledge needed to understand applications, and maturity as a problem solver; recognize that reflection is part of the reasoning process; recognize the applications of mathematics to a wide range of disciplines and in non-traditional situations.
Possess the skills to make clear mathematical arguments in the form of oral and written communication; be able to present a valid argument using formal proof techniques; express mathematical arguments in an accurate and formal manner with the understanding that a systematic approach to a problem must be represented systematically in the presentation of the solution.
Creativity and Innovation
Recognize that creativity and innovation are important in problem solving; be able to approach a problem from different directions including non-traditional methodology; generate connections between seemingly unrelated concepts; be able to use "positive failures" as a guide to finding alternate approaches; be able to transfer mathematical methodology to solve a wide range of problems.