Supported Site Boston University: Assessment
For each course, give the course number, the course name, and a brief description (eg. Calculus-based, mostly engineering students, etc), then provide out the following information for each semester the course is offered:
PY105: Elementary Physics I. Algebra-based, mostly biological and health science majors. The Spring 2012 course was fairly traditional. FMCE pre/post.
Semester |
Number of sections taught* |
Number of matched students** |
Pre-test average (%) |
Post-test average (%) |
Average normalized gain g*** |
Standard error of g**** |
Fall 2011 |
4 |
309 |
29.9 |
61.1 |
0.462 |
0.018 |
Spring 2012 |
1 |
44 |
26.2 |
43.8 |
0.243 |
0.041 |
Fall 2012 |
4 |
255 |
28.5 |
58.6 |
0.448 |
0.020 |
PY106: Elementary Physics II. Algebra-based, mostly biological and health science majors. CSEM pre/post.
Semester |
Number of sections taught* |
Number of matched students** |
Pre-test average (%) |
Post-test average (%) |
Average normalized gain g*** |
Standard error of g**** |
Spring 2012 |
4 |
251 |
24.0 |
48.5 |
0.322 |
0.014 |
Spring 2013 |
5 |
259 |
25.0 |
47.1 |
0.298 |
0.012 |
PY211: General Physics I. Calculus-based, mostly science and engineering majors. FMCE (43).
Both sections taught by Manher Jariwala, who is a leader in pedagogical reform in the department.
Semester |
Number of sections taught* |
Number of matched students** |
Pre-test average (%) |
Post-test average (%) |
Average normalized gain g*** |
Standard error of g**** |
Fall 2011 |
2 |
133 |
46.0 |
76.7 |
0.60 |
0.03 |
Fall 2012 |
2 |
134 |
47.5 |
73.8 |
0.51 |
0.03 |
PY212: General Physics II. Calculus-based, mostly science and engineering majors. CSEM (32).
Both sections taught by Manher Jariwala, who is a leader in pedagogical reform in the department.
Semester |
Number of sections taught* |
Number of matched students** |
Pre-test average (%) |
Post-test average (%) |
Average normalized gain g*** |
Standard error of g**** |
Spr 2012 |
2 |
111 |
39.7 |
57.8 |
0.33 |
0.02 |
Spr 2013 |
2 |
66 |
36.9 |
58.4 |
0.34 |
0.03 |
*If multiple sections of a course are taught by different instructors in a particular semester, please separate assessment data from sections taught by instructors who employ reformed or interactive curriculum and teaching methods and data from sections taught by instructors who employ traditional curriculum and teaching methods.
**If possible, calculate average scores only from students whose pre-tests and post-tests can be matched.
***Use the following formula to calculate the average normalize gain for matched pre- and post-test pairs:
Average normalized gain g =
****Standard error =