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Quantitative Reasoning Course Proposal

Quantitative Reasoning

The ability to make sense of numerical information is essential in our data-driven world. Due to our increasing reliance on data, poor quantitative reasoning skills can lead to serious consequences when numerical information is misunderstood or deliberately made misleading. Also due to the ubiquitous nature of data, this skill is one that is increasingly necessary for all adults.

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In the Integrations Curriculum a course can be designated as either:

    1. A Way of Thinking, AND/OR
    2. A Thematic Encounter or Thematic Focus
    3. CSD: Identity (CI) or CSD: Systems (CS), OR
    4. INTG 100: Learning Foundations (LF), INTG 205: Transfer Seminar, or INTG 300: Learning Integrations (LI)
    5. Theological Explorations (TE) or Theological Integrations (TI).

Any course carrying one of the above designations may also have one engagement^, except for TE, CSD:I, LF, and LI, which cannot carry engagements):

    1. Artistic engagement (AR)
    2. Experiential engagement (EX)
    3. Global engagement (GL)A

Any course may satisfy the Quantitative Reasoning (QR) skill requirement.

Any course (except courses that fulfill Theological Explorations, Theological Integrations, Learning Foundations, or any course with a THEO course number) may also satisfy the Benedictine Raven (BN).

Any 2xx or 3xx, 4-credit course (except for INTG 100: Learning Foundations, CSD:I, INTG 105: College Success, and INTG 300 Learning Integrations) may satisfy the Writing Skill (WR) requirement.**

^Semester-length study abroad courses may carry both GL and EX.

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Learning Outcomes

Quantitative Reasoning is the construction, communication, and evaluation of arguments involving numerical information.  Quantitative Reasoning involves applying numerical information to real or authentic contexts. Specifically, students will:

    1. Interpret graphs, tables, and/or schematics and draw conclusions from them. 
    2. Represent data visually, numerically, and verbally.
    3. Analyze/estimate numerical information in order to determine reasonableness, identify alternatives, and/or select optimal results.
    4. Draw conclusions, in context, based on analysis of numerical information.
    5. Use and understand quantitative arguments.

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A.  The committee understands that some courses may still be in development. Prompts that ask for examples of assignments seek information about the spirit of what students will do and instructors are not bound to the specific details (e.g. writing prompts) provided.

B.  The committee includes faculty from a variety of disciplines. Please remember to briefly explain disciplinary terms, contexts, and/or texts to allow all the members of the committee to best understand how your responses address the question.

C.  As you are answering these questions, please keep in mind that students will need to produce work to assess their fulfillment of the related learning outcomes if applicable.