Quantitative Reasoning – MATH 114

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Applying mathematical tools and analysis to practical context, particularly focusing on using proportions and ratios. Basic statistical tools are developed and employed, including graphs, descriptive statistics, the normal curve, the basics of inferential reasoning and investigating correlation. Financial applications are particularly emphasized, as is the use of spreadsheets.

Prerequisites

 MATH 100 or Placement Score-Math with a score of 070 or (CLST 103 and Assessment - Mathematics with a score of 23)

Rationale

MATH 114 is designed to help the student use mathematics to accurately apply numerical information. The student will learn critical thinking skills, particularly with sophisticated applications of rudimentary mathematical ideas to numerical contexts of everyday life. This is not just in the financial realm, but also other areas where quantitative data is prevalent (from medical studies to energy usage to academic achievement).

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Utilize graphical displays to make accurate conclusions.
  2. Formulate solutions to practical applications using ratios and proportions.
  3. Apply fundamental mathematical concepts and formulas to financial questions regarding investments, comparative costs, and related applications.
  4. Compute basic statistical quantities for correct analysis of data sets.
  5. Construct spreadsheets that employ formulas to derive numerical results.
  6. Analyze real-world situations involving mathematical data and make decisions accordingly.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 200 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 50 words.

The student will complete a homework assignment each module/week in the ConnectMath website that is associated with the course textbook. Assignments will typically consist several multiple-choice questions and questions that require numerical answers. Typically, assignments will cover 2–3 sections from the textbook, but this will vary depending on the length and difficulty of each section included in the assignment.

These projects will apply course concepts to real-life situations and further explore topics introduced in the text. Projects will also incorporate spreadsheet tasks to further develop the student’s ability to utilize this tool to investigate mathematical questions.

Test Review Assignments are a condensed combination of the two previous homework assignments whose content is included on the test.  Reviews cover no new material but provide another opportunity to recall topics and work through the types of problems that will be included in the tests.

Each test will cover the Reading & Study material for two modules/weeks: the material assigned during the test module/week and the material from the previous module/week. Tests are not cumulative. Each test will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 multiple-choice and short answer questions, and have a 2-hour and 45-minute time limit. These tests will be completed in the ConnectMath website that is associated with the course textbook.