Meeting expectations - a focus of professional practice in an final year undergraduate mathematics course

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Symposium Proceedings: Science Teaching and Learning Research Using Threshold Concepts, 2007, pp. 34 - 39
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This paper argues that achievement of many of the attributes of graduates in professional practice in operations research, or quantitative management science, can be developed best trhoguh a learning design that reflects current professional knowledge, skills and values. this necessarily places gthe focus of the learning design squarely on the student, with technology and communication at the nexus of the subject learning activities, and assessment tasks tailored to reflect this. The first steps in examination of the effectiveness of this form of learning design are undrtaken for a final year capstone subject in the Quatitative Management Science major in a Bachelor of scienc program. This examination is undertaken from the perspectve of students and teaching staff through the nalaysis of discussions with students conducted at milestones throughout the semester. positive student outcomes can be identified.
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