New Course Proposals

The following new course proposals have been submitted to the Faculty Senate Office for review and approval and are listed here for faculty review and comment. Comments on any new course proposal should be submitted to Ernest May, secretary of the Faculty Senate, at senate@senate.umass.edu.

EDUC 691C, “Adult Learning Theory and Practice” 3 credits; Instructor: Christine Smith Crispin; The purpose of this course is to explore theories of how people learn – children and adults – and then apply one or more to (a) your own learning, and (b) to a particular context within which you think you will be working, towards this end goal of improving the quality of educational activities for adults, whether they be teachers we trans, staff we supervise, or adult student we teach.

MATH 437, “Actuarial Math Finance” 3 credits; Instructor: Michael Sullivan; Foundational material in mathematical finance. Course covers interest rates, annuities, bonds, forwards, futures, options and other derivative securities. (Basis of actuarial exam in financial math exam fm/2). Prerequisites: MATH 131 and 132

MATH 438, “Actuarial Probability” 3 credits; Instructor: Luke Mohr, Tim Cook, Joanna Jeneralczuk, Michael Sullivan, various statistics faculty; This course is based on the first examination of the Society of Actuaries. Its content is largely dependent on that examination. Presently, it covers: calculus of a single variable (integration, differentiation, infinite series, Taylor’s series, etc.); calculus of several variables (Jacobians, Lagrange multipliers, double and triple integrals, etc.); probability Theory (discrete and continuous distributions, conditional probability and expectations, Bayers’ rule, joint distribution, moment generating functions, the central limit theorem, etc.). The problems are drawn from old SOA examinations and most will have an insurance industry emphasis. Much of the material is a review of several courses, but this review is extensive and probably exceeds most interested students’ backgrounds. Prerequisites: MATH 131, 132 and 233. Knowledge of probability with calculus.

MATH 524, “Introduction to Modern Analysis 2” 3 credits; Instructor: Luc Rey-Bellet, Andrea Nahmod or Robin Young; Topology of the Euclidean space and functions of several variables (implicit function theorem), introduction to Fourier analysis, Metric spaces and normed spaces. Applications to differential equations, calculus of variations, and others. Prerequisites: MATH 523 or equivalent

THEATER 332, “Contemporary Repertory: Africa” 3 credits; Instructor: Professor Megan Lewis; THEATER 332 explores how Africans voice themselves and their concerns through theatre/performance. We read texts and see performances by and about Africans and examine them within their sociopolitical/historical contexts. Prerequisites: Students must have taken THEATER 120 before they can register for THEATER 332. Non-majors need instructor permission to register.

THEATER 334, “Contemporary Repertory: Women” 3 credits; Instructor: Professor Megan Lewis; THEATER 334 explores how contemporary women voice themselves and their concerns through theatre/performance. We read texts and see performances by and about women and examine them within their sociopolitical/historical contexts. Prerequisites: Students must have taken THEATER 120 before they can register for THEATER 334. Non-majors need instructor permission to register.