## Online Mathematical Diagnostic Tool - Faculty of Science and Technology |

The University of the South Pacific (USP) was set up in 1968 to educate students from its 12 member countries namely Cook Islands, Republic of Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Students come to USP with different level of numeracy skills, thus the Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) has developed the Online Mathematics Diagnostic Tool (OMDT) to help bridge any numeracy gap that students may have. This is very important for the University because most of its courses have some percentage of mathematics. Also the University is working towards getting accredited and one of the accreditation outcome is that graduates should have a certain level of numeracy skills.

The OMDT has two parts, the online test and the online remedial. The test consist of 40 multiple choice questions taken from five topics namely: Algebra, Functions, Differentiation, Integration and Statistics & Probability. The duration for the test is 75 minutes. Immediately after the test students receive their test results. Based on the test results students will be directed to the appropriate remedial. If the test results indicate that the remedial is not needed then students are required to fill in the students feedback questionnaire before they can receive their certificate, badge and transcript.

The remedial is free. It consist of simplified notes, examples, exercises, videos and quizzes. The remedial is contextualised and it consist of games where students have to collect coins if they answer the quiz questions correctly and lose the coins if they do not answer the quiz questions correctly. After completing the remedial students will take a retest before they are directed to fill in the remedial feedback questionnaire and receive their certificate, badge and transcript.

There are two OMDT courses: **(i) OMDT1 ** This course is compulsory for students enrolled in the science programmes listed below. To attempt this course science students have to login with their USP username and password.*Bachelor of Arts Major Disciplines*

Computing Science Information Systems Mathematics

Bachelor of Commerce Major Disciplines

Information System*Bachelor of Science Major Disciplines*

Biology Chemistry Computing Science Electrical/Electronic Engineering Geospatial Science

Information Systems Mathematics Physics*Prescribed Programmes*

Bachelor of Arts (Environmental Management) Bachelor of Arts (Marine Management)

Bachelor of Geospatial Science Bachelor of Science (Marine Science)

Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science)*Accredited Programmes*

Bachelor of Engineering (IPENZ), (Electrical & Electronics), (Mechanical)

Bachelor of Net Centric Computing (ACS)

Bachelor of Software Engineering (ACS)**(ii) OMDT2-** This course is compulsory for non-science students or students enrolled in programmes not given in the list for OMDT 1. To attempt this course non-science students have to login with their USP username and password.

There is a third version of the OMDT known as OMDT3. OMDT3 is open to the general public. Anyone can login to the OMDT3 via social authentication, i.e. through their facebook or gmail account. High school students are strongly encouraged to take the OMDT for their own benefit.

New Bachelor Degree Students

From 2017, all first year Bachelor Degree students are required to complete the OMDT before they are allowed to progress to their 2nd year degree studies. Science students are required to take the OMDT1 test before they commence their studies in Semester 1, 2017 while non-science students are required to take the OMDT2 during Semester 1, 2017. To access the OMDT students need to use the OMDT user manual.

Follow the instructions in the OMDT user manual and go to omdt.usp.ac.fj to access the OMDT.

**ALGEBRA**Simplifying Expressions, Indices, Expanding Brackets, Factorization, Rearranging Equations, Solving Equations, Using Formulae, Proportionality, Linear Equations, Inequalities, Simultaneous Equations, Polynomial Multiplication, Polynomial Division, Sequences and Series, Arithmetic Sequences, Geometric Sequence, Sigma Notation, Binomial Theorem and Partial Fraction.

Types of Variables, Frequency Distribution and Graphical Representation, Measure of Central Tendency, Measure of Spread, Basic Probability, Combinations, Permutations, Probability Trees, Binomial Distribution, Normal Distribution.

The OMDT is compulsory to all new students enrolled in Bachelor Degree Programmes. Students enrolled in the Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) programmes are required to take the OMDT1 test before they commence their studies in Semester 1, 2017 while non-FSTE students are required to take the OMDT2 during Semester 1, 2017.

The OMDT1 for science students is open from 5thDecember, 2016 to 19th February 2017.

The OMDT2 for non-science students is open from 5thDecember, 2016 to 20th May 2017.

The OMDT is open from** **5^{th} December 2016.

Follow the instructions in the OMDT user manual and go to http://omdt.usp.ac.fj/ to access the OMDT.

- The test is FREE.
- The OMDT test is COMPULSORY to all new Bachelor Degree Students. These students are required to take the OMDT before they can progress to their 2nd year studies.
- For new students in Semester 1 2017, the OMDT opens on 5th December, 2016.
- Students can take the test from their personal computers, smart phones and other mobile devices provided there is good internet connectivity. However, it is recommended that they take the test from the USP ITS labs because of good internet connectivity.
- Regional students can take the test from the ITS labs at any regional campuses.
- Students can use the calculator.
- To attempt the OMDT students need to go to omdt.usp.ac.fj and login with their USP user name and password and click on OMDT:Online Mathematics Diagnostic Tool.
- Once students successfully login to the OMDT, they are require to read the test instructions, watch the videos and read the procedures for the test and only then will the test open up.
- There are 5 sections or modules to the test and students are required to complete each module within 15 minutes and complete the entire test within 1 hour, 15 minutes. When the time is up for each section, it will shut down and students are strongly advised to continue to the next section. Students will receive their test marks based on the number of questions they have completed.
- It is important that students begin the test only when they are ready to commit 1 hour, 15minutes.
- The test marks does NOT contribute to any kind of coursework for any course students are enrolled in.
- Students are required to fill in the OMDT test questionnaire in order to receive their marks, certificate, transcript and badge.
**The tool will know that students have completed the OMDT only after they have viewed their certificate.** - If the test results has identified that students need to take the remedial, then they will receive their certificate, transcript and badge only after completing the remedial, taking the retest and completing the remedial questionnaire.

- If the test results have indicated that students need to take the remedial, then it is
**COMPULSORY**for them to complete the remedial. - The remedial is FREE.
- Completing the remedial means completing all the modules recommended to the students.
- Within each remedial module are exercises known as Test Yourself. Students gain coins depending on the number of times they attempt the exercises. At the end of each remedial module the coins are converted to marks and the marks determine if students have passed the particular remedial module or not. Students need to achieve 50% to pass a particular remedial module. If students fail a particular remedial module then they are required to do it again. If they still fail after two attempts then they are allowed to continue.
- After completing the remedial, the retest opens up to students.
- After attempting the retest, students are required to fill in the remedial questionnaire as a condition for receiving their certificate, transcript and badge.

Upon completion of the OMDT, students receive a certificate based on the USP grading mark ranges. The students will be awarded with a pdf e-copy of the certificate. There are four categories of certificates based on the performance of the students:

- Distinction
- Credit
- Pass
- Participation

Students also receive a transcript which shows the grades obtained for each section or module in the test or retest. The students will be awarded with a pdf e-copy of the transcript.

Moreover, badges are also awarded to students upon completion of the OMDT. The badges created in Moodle are displayed on the students profile.

Students who complete the OMDT, go into the draw to win attractive prizes such as smart phones, book vouches, recharge cards and many more.

**Associate Professor Dr. Bibhya Sharma: **

Associate Dean Learning and Teaching

Faculty of Sci., Tech. and Environment

bibhya.sharma(at)usp.ac.fj

Phone: (+679) 3232069

**Ms. Aluwesi Fonolahi:**Student Learning Specialist

Student Learning Support

Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment

aluwesi.fonolahi(at)usp.ac.fj

Phone: (+679) 3231729

**Mr. Akeshnil Bali**Assistant Programmer

Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment

The University of the South Pacific

akeshnil.bali(at)usp.ac.fj

**Mr. Vineet Singh:**

Assistant Programmer

Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment

The University of the South Pacific

vineet.singh(at)usp.ac.fj

**Mr. Aakash Sharma**Graduate Programmer

Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment

The University of the South Pacific

aakash.sharma(at)usp.ac.fj

For any queries or information, please email:omdt@usp.ac.fj

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