Undergrad curriculum transformed

September 08, 2006, volume 37, no. 1
By Diane Luckow

Document Tools

Print This Article

E-mail This Page

Font Size
S      M      L      XL

Related Stories

Fan x99 is the abbreviation for a new course called Foundations of Analytical and Quantitative Reasoning. FUN x99 would have been better, says award-winning math instructor Malgorzata Dubiel, who designed the course.

She'll be using non-traditional methods to instill some fun into mathematics and other quantitative topics and prepare students for SFU's new undergraduate curriculum.

"We wanted to create a course which will change people's lives," explains Dubiel. "We're trying to demonstrate what's exciting and useful about math and why it's worth knowing."

In fact, the entire undergraduate curriculum, newly revised and introduced this fall, follows the same concept of transforming students' university experience.

Many faculty and staff have spent the past six years rejuvenating the curriculum. Approximately 150 courses are newly designed or redesigned, including the new foundational courses FAN x99 and Foundations of Academic Literacy (FAL x99). FAL, developed by the faculty of education, focuses on university-level writing and learning skills.

Pulling it all together is Sarah Dench, director of university curriculum.

"These changes to SFU's undergraduate degrees are designed to further enrich the high quality of our programs," she says. "The writing, quantitative, breadth, and foundations courses will help students to refine their communication and analytic skills and, just as importantly, expose them to diverse perspectives across disciplines."

All new undergraduate students enrolling in a degree program from this fall onwards must take at least six credit hours of writing-intensive courses, six credit hours of quantitative-reasoning instruction and 18 credit hours in designated breadth courses, including six credits in the humanities, six credits in the sciences and six credits in the social sciences. They must also take six credits in undesignated breadth courses outside their majors.

To learn more about the new curriculum, visit www.sfu.ca/ugcr

Search SFU News Online