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Portfolio Requirements For Undergraduate Mathematics and Computer Science Majors

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science has a portfolio requirement which the student must meet at two stages of his/her academic career:

  1. Portfolio A, collected at the time that major approval is requested, which normally occurs near the end of the sophomore year or early junior year, and,
  2. Portfolio B, collected as part of MTH/CIS 495, the Senior Project course.

Purpose:

  • Allows the student and the faculty to assess the student's progress with respect to the program goals and objectives.
  • Allows the faculty to assess their overall success in producing major programs that meet the stated goals and objectives by examining the portfolios of all students in these programs.

Below, you will find a copy of the goals for the undergraduate mathematics majors and the undergraduate computer science majors.  As the student progresses through his/her program, these goals must be kept in mind.  The goals have been designed so that a student who can demonstrate that he/she meets these goals will be a competent entry-level professional upon graduation. 

Portfolio A

  • Submitted to the student’s academic advisor at the time of major approval request.  As already noted, this generally occurs near the end of the sophomore year.  Portfolio A will include a resume which is current at that point in the student’s academic career, a self-assessment of the student’s progress relative to the first three goals for his/her major, and work-samples (artifacts) from each of the courses indicated in the attached grid.  The faculty have determined that the courses on the grid include assignments that address the indicated goals.

Portfolio B

  • Submitted during the Senior Project course (MTH/CIS495).  Portfolio B will also include a resume which should be ready for use upon graduation, a final self-assessment relative to all four goals for the student’s major, and work-samples (artifacts) from each of the courses indicated in the attached grid.  Again, the faculty have determined that the courses on the grid include assignments that address the indicated goals.  Portfolio B should also include any existing standardized test scores or internship evaluations that relate to the student’s major discipline.

Student Responsibilities

  • Save work-samples or assignments (artifacts) for the courses shown in the grids. 
  • Understand why and how a particular work-sample addresses the goal(s) that is (are) indicated in the grids.  The student will be required to briefly explain his/her rationale for including each specific item.
  • Students should consult their academic advisor if they have questions.
  • Review the attached goals, as well as the grids for Portfolios A and B, for their major program. 

Outline of Major Portfolio Requirements – Split Portfolio Version

Download Portfolio Grid Math A - B (xlsx, 12.08KB)

Applied Mathematics & Mathematics for Secondary Education Portfolio A (also includes a current resume and a current self assessment relative to first three goals for both of these mathematics majors)

Course Goal 1 Goal 2 Goal 3 Goal 4 Goal 5
MTH 115 Yes Yes Yes Probable Varies
MTH 120 Yes Yes Yes No Varies
MTH 150  Yes Yes Yes No Varies

Applied Mathematics & Mathematics for Secondary Education Portfolio B (also includes a final resume, a final self assessment relative to all four goals for both mathematics majors, and any standardized test scores or internship evaluations that the student has.)

Course Goal 1 Goal 2 Goal 3 Goal 4 Goal 5
MTH 151 Yes Yes Yes Varies Varies
MTH 200 Yes Yes Yes Varies Varies

MTH 315
or
MTH 316

Yes Yes Yes Yes Varies
MTH 3## Varies depending upon course selected by student.
MTH 360* Varies depending upon artifact selected by student. Yes
MTH 430 Yes Yes Yes No Varies
MTH 495 Varies depending upon choice of project topic. Varies

*Only Mathematics for Secondary Education majors need to include artifacts from MTH360.  Also, these majors need to state whether Goal 5 is being met by any of the other artifacts included in this portfolio.

Portfolio Grid CS A-B (xlsx, 11.28KB)  

CS/MIS Portfolio A (also includes a current resume, and a current self assessment relative to first three goals for CS/MIS majors)

 

Course Goal 1 Goal 2 Goal 3 Goal 4
CIS120 Yes Yes Yes Yes
CIS160 Yes Yes Yes No
CIS161 Yes Yes Yes No

 

CS/MIS Portfolio B (also includes a final resume, a final self assessment relative to all four goals for CS/MIS majors, and any standardized test scores or internship evaluations that the student has)

Course Goal 1 Goal 2 Goal 3 Goal 4
CIS 210 Yes Yes Yes No
CIS 250 Yes Yes Yes Varies
CIS 320 Yes Yes Yes Varies
CIS 3## Varies depending upon course selected by student.
CIS 3## Varies depending upon course selected by student.
CIS 495 Varies depending upon choice of project topic.

 

Portfolio Grid CYB A-B () (xlsx, 12.75KB)

Cyber Security Portfolio A

Course Goal 1 Goal 2 Goal 3 Goal 4
MTH 150 Yes Yes Yes No
CIS 120 Yes Yes Yes Yes
CIS 160 Yes Yes Yes No

 

Cyber Security Portfolio B

Course Goal 1 Goal 2 Goal 3 Goal 4
Under development at this time
CIS 495 Varies depending upon choice of project topic

 

Self Assessment:  The self-assessment is a written account of the student’s achievements in relation to the goals and objectives of the major program, based upon the courses listed in the portfolio.

 

(Artifacts from other required courses may be added to the student’s portfolio.)

 

Goals and Objectives for the Majors in

Applied Mathematics and Mathematics for Secondary Education

 

Goal #1:  Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to think critically in solving mathematical problems and will appropriately apply their knowledge to solve problems outside the discipline of mathematics.

Goal #2:  Students will be able to demonstrate problem-solving skills using mathematical concepts, structures, algorithms, and tools in a manner which meets professional standards.

Goal #3:  Students will be able to communicate accurately and effectively in their professional area.

Goal #4:  Students will be able to identify and articulate ethical guidelines related to the practice of mathematics.

 

Students graduating with a BS in Mathematics for Secondary Education should accomplish goals 1 – 4 listed above, plus:

Goal #5:  Students seeking secondary mathematics teaching certification will demonstrate pre-service teaching competency as outlined by the MoSTEP standards.

 

Goals and Objectives for the Majors in

Computer Science and Management Information Systems

 

Goal #1:  Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to think critically in solving problems in the discipline(s) of computer science and management information systems.

Goal #2:  Students will be able to demonstrate use of tools, algorithms, mathematics and data structures to implement solutions in a professional manner.

Goal #3:  Students will be able to communicate accurately and effectively in their professional area.

Goal #4:  Students will be able to identify and articulate ethical guidelines related to the professions of computer science and management information science.