RHIT  Department of Mathematics
Computer Use Policy  public version
This document is shortened public version of the departmental
computer policy for freshman and sophomore courses. The mathonly version
contains some historical background as well as implementation information
of interest to the mathematics department.
Guiding principles
 The policy will applies to the following courses:
 MA111, MA112, MA113 (MA101, MA102)
 MA221, MA222
 MA223
 The policy will be consistent with and support our goals for student
learning at the foundational level. These are:
 become competent users of mathematics,
 appreciate mathematics as an intellectual endeavor in its own right
 become familiar with basic mathematical and statistical thinking and
modeling,
 understand the use of mathematics in other disciplines, and become
competent at the application of mathematics to these disciplines,
 become effective problem solvers,
 become competent in using the computer as an aid to mathematical modeling
and computation, and
 develop communication skills appropriate in a mathematical context.
 The computer packages used are:
 MA111, MA112, MA113  Maple
 MA211, MA222  Maple
 MA223  Minitab
 Following the "competent users of mathematics" and become competent in
using the computer as an aid ... ", each course will have a minimal
set of by hands fundamentals and by computer use fundamentals that each
student must master.
 In addition, the student will need to develop the following computer
learning objectives
Computer learning objective 
Relevant or supported goals 
computer as a calculator (numerical, symbolic, visual),
CAS as intelligent assistant 
become competent in using the computer as an aid to mathematical
modeling and computation 
computer as tool of investigation and experimentation
including visualization 
become competent in using the computer as an aid to mathematical
modeling and computation, and 
master the process: situation > translate to
math > translate to computer > interpret computer solutions
to mathematics 
become familiar with basic mathematical and statistical
thinking and modeling,
become effective problem solvers 
report writing 
develop communication skills appropriate in a mathematical
context. 
 Students will learn appropriate use of the computer as they progress
through the 6 courses. In the initial classes handson class time will be
devoted to helping students gain experience with the above. In later classes
students will be expected to gain their understanding on their own, through
classroom demonstration and handouts. and less frequent classroom sessions.
The six basic classes are our shot at developing computer skill in mathematics.
Evaluation
Each course will have components of the course that will evaluate competence
in by hands skills and computer skills. Examples of these are:
 by hand quizzes,
 exams which compel the use of the computer
 exams with no use of the computer
 homework and projects involving nontrivial use of the computer
 two part finals
Course materials
Computerbased materials to assist in the instruction of the courses have been
assembled or created on the Roseonly
Math Course Repository (Angel).
