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UCORE: University Common Requirements Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement

Quantitative Reasoning

Course designator within the area of Foundational Competencies

Individuals who develop strong quantitative reasoning skills possess the ability to reason and solve quantitative problems from a wide array of authentic contexts and everyday life situations. They understand and can create arguments supported by quantitative evidence and they can clearly communicate and explain those arguments in a variety of formats (using words, tables, graphs, mathematical equations, etc., as appropriate).

Quantitative Reasoning represents one of the three UCORE foundational competencies [QUAN, WRTG, COMM – 9 total credits] intended for completion in a student’s first year of study.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students, regardless of major, who successfully complete a [QUAN] course should be able to:

  • Apply quantitative principles and computational methods to solve quantitative problems (quantitative reasoning).
  • Convert relevant information into various mathematical forms, such as equations, graphs, diagrams, and tables (quantitative reasoning).
  • Communicate mathematical information in writing (e.g. interpret data in a graph, table, or chart) (written communication).
  • Identify when, and what type of, quantitative data are appropriate to support claims in given contexts (information literacy).
  • Interpret and/or apply with accuracy, as well as recognize the limitations of quantitative information in real-world and/or multidisciplinary contexts (e.g., political, economic, scientific, social) (critical thinking).

Revised outcomes approved Spring 2022.

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For Faculty

Learning Outcomes Grid

Whether submitting a course for the first time or resubmitting an updated course as part of the UCORE committee’s periodic re-review, faculty should submit a completed QUAN Learning Outcomes Grid embedded in the course syllabus in order to demonstrate clearly the relationship among WSU/UCORE learning goals, UCORE category designation learning outcomes, course learning outcomes, assignments, and assessment of student learning. Consult the sample ROOT syllabus with learning outcomes grid as a model.