UTSA QLP Introduces New Course Offerings

(Aug. 20, 2012) – The Quantitative Literacy Program at UTSA will begin its second year by featuring over thirty course sections for the Fall 2012 semester. The six new disciplines accepted to participate in the program include Chemistry, History, Mathematics, Political Science, and Writing. (See list below)

Developed as part of UTSA’s reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Quantitative Literacy Course Development Program redesigns course curriculum to enhance quantitative reasoning and communication proficiency. These skills allow students to better understand and evaluate data, assess risks and benefits, and make informed decisions in all aspects of their lives.

“Our QLP team has gone back to the basics with regards to skills related to empirical observation, quantification and communication of data.” UTSA anthropology professor Joanna Lambert, a current Q-course instructor, said. “This has yielded very important insights into what our students need.”

The QLP Program Committee provides training workshops for faculty members to review course materials and to assist with the integration of quantitative content in student learning objectives. The workshops offer faculty the opportunity to work on creating assignments that incorporate quantitative literacy. The result of these focus groups determines the modifications of course materials for the next academic year.

>> Course redesigns will be presented 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28 in UTSA Center for Professional Excellence BB 1.01.20 on the UTSA Main Campus. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, email qlp@utsa.eduor call 210-458-8632.

The QLP helps students improve their quantitative literacy skills through core course enhancement. This offers students the ability to analyze, interpret, and evaluate real data to make informed decisions across all fields of study. Students see the applications of these quantitative skills in a variety of different contexts in order to strengthen their understanding and utilization of data reasoning in all of their courses. Through Q-courses, students have the potential to reach a level of quantitative mastery that will help them compete successfully for top professional jobs or admission to graduate schools.

“The Q assignments readjusted the responsibility for their learning back on [the students’] shoulders,” Lambert said. “This has resulted in a more gratifying [learning] experience both for me and for the students.”

QLP is UTSA's implementation of the Quality Enhancement Plan. The QLP redesign team includes Ermine Orta, Kimberly Massarro, Gail Pizzola, Patricia Verdines and Raj Boppana.

Fall 2012 Q-Course List

Intro to Physical Anthropology ANT 2033
Intro to Archeology ANT 2043
Contemporary Biology I BIO 1233
Biosciences I BIO 1404
Introduction to Sociology SOC 1013
Economic Principles and Issues ECO 2003
Introductory Macroeconomics ECO 2013
Introductory Microeconomics ECO 2023
Basic Chemistry CHE 1073
Algebra for Scientists and Engineers MAT 1073
Introduction to American Politics POL 1013
Freshman Composition I WRC 1013
Freshman Composition II WRC 1023
World Civilizations to 1500 HIS 2123
World Civilizations to 1500 IDS 2203