Projects and Reports
These activity reports describe some articulation-related projects and initiatives of members of the larger BCcupms constituency that are completed or ongoing. The results of the projects should be of benefit generally to mathematics/statistics education in BC.
Projects described on this page:
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The Core Linear Algebra Subcommittee (Nora Franzova, Claude Laflamme, Wesley Snider, and Jim Bailey) have compiled the report, analyzing data sent in by participating institutions. The objective of this study was to determine the degree of commonality in Introductory Linear Algebra courses in the British Columbia transfer system. It was hoped that an agreement similar to that found in the Core Calculus Report (2002) could be forged as an aid in writing and articulating curriculum for Introductory Linear Algebra.
The original First-Year Core Calculus Report to the BCcupms was unanimously approved at the May 2002 Meeting of the BCcupms. This Report was prepared by a team representing various sectors of the post-secondary mathematics education community in BC and the initiative was supported by BCCAT under a Transfer Innovations Project grant.
A follow-up report report tabled in May 2003 summarized the experiences of the post-secondary mathematics education community with the Core Calculus Curricula one year after their adoption.
A First-Year Core Calculus Update was tabled in May 2013.
In May 2019, member institutions were invited to participate in a survey regarding which topics they cover in each of Science Calculus I and II, and in each of Business & Social Science Calculus I and II (if they offer those). The survey also asked respondents to classify each topic as "Core", "Optional", or "to be Omitted". (Topics classified as Optional are intended to be those from which some are selected to complement the shared Core topics.)
Some colleges striving to provide for their students a variety of courses sufficient to allow entry into the third year of a Mathematics Major program at university urged that a study of program requirements for a Math Major and of the status of present offerings at BC colleges be undertaken.
In this regard, the Mathematics Flexible Pre-Major Analysis Project Report gives an insight into the challenges and opportunities for students, colleges and universities. It also suggests a set of first-and second-year courses that should form the core of a Math Pre-Major program. The BCcupms approved the recommendations of the original report in May 2006.
At its May 2008 meeting, the BCcupms endorsed an updated version of the course details for the Mathematics Flexible Pre-Major.
At its May 2011 meeting, the BCcupms endorsed an further revised version of the course details for the Mathematics Flexible Pre-Major.
In Fall 2019, the following update to the Mathematics Flexible Pre-Major was submitted to BCCAT, following consultation with those institutions who offer the Math major programs..
The mandate of the subcommittee is to design, test, and validate a first-semester calculus readiness/placement test, which will be available to BC institutions. The timeline for this project is May 2010 - April 2011. This is a collaborative project involving faculty from several BC post-secondary institutions:
Initially, the committee will work toward developing an online computer-graded test to be taken in a supervised setting. The platform for the test is LON-CAPA.
Visit the pages below for more information about the LON-CAPA on-line testing system.
At the Whitehorse (85th) BCcupms meeting, Jim Bailey presented a study comparing the proposed content of the WNCP Mathematics curriculum for BC/Yukon with the mathematics proficiencies expected by post-secondary mathematics/statistics instructors in college and university. The the slides accompanying Jim's presentation are available HERE. As a convenience, the Mathematics Proficiencies study is also available.MFEE web site to see the members, mandate, and meeting schedule of this subcommittee, as well as links to relevant documents.
Completed in April 2001 by David Leeming of the University of Victoria, this report is a summary of the results of a survey of BC's post-secondary educational institutions on their use of Placement Tests for Calculus I If relevant information from your post-secondary institution was not reported, please contact David Leeming providing the questionnaire responses appropriate to your situation.
At its May 1999 Meeting the BCcupms initiated a project to identify suitable web-based learning materials on a more detailed basis than are available in most existing resource guides. It is hoped that this project, chaired by Alan Cooper at Langara College, will enable students quickly to find reliable materials in support of their immediate learning objectives, and that it may also provide an effective medium for faculty to distribute the new mathematics/statistics resources that they create.To check out the Internet Resources for the Mathematics Student site, click HERE.
In 1999, the Centre for Curriculum Transfer and Technology in BC completed a project to review the general and specific mathematics proficiencies recommended by BC's post-secondary educational institutions for entry to selected mathematics/statistics courses. The courses selected for this study werepdf reader.
The IRP for the BC Calculus 12 course is now available. Pierre Gilbert, Manager of the Content and Achievement Branch for the Ministry of Education, chaired the development team and welcomes your comments and input.