Elements of Mathematics – MATH 117

CG • Section • 11/10/2019 to 04/18/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A development of basic concepts of elementary mathematics, including problem solving, logic, sets and binary operations, the natural numbers and their properties, deductive reasoning and the nature of proof, the integers, rational numbers, real numbers and their properties, relations, functions, and graphs.

Prerequisites

Placement Score-Math with a score of 075 or (CLST 103 and Assessment - Mathematics II with a score of 15 and Assessment - Mathematics with a score of 23) or MATH 108 or MATH 110 or MATH 121 or MATH 126 or MATH 128 or MATH 131 or MATH 2XX

Rationale

Geometry, probability, and statistics along with arithmetic skills have long been recognized as important ingredients in determining how well an individual functions in society. In today’s highly complex world, mathematical understanding is more important than ever and is a prerequisite to successful study in many fields. The primary purpose of this course is to provide students with a grounding in the rudiments of mathematics that will enable them to successfully cope with the content taught in modern elementary school mathematics.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

    1. State and apply definitions, postulates, and theorems related to the various concepts listed in the course description above.
    2. Demonstrate the use of the necessary mathematical skills required in order to be proficient in elementary mathematical concepts.
    3. Explain the importance of the relationship between understanding the fundamentals of the elements of mathematics and teaching mathematics to elementary school students.
    4. Demonstrate arithmetic skills both with and without the use of a calculator.

General Education Foundational Skill Learning Outcomes (FSLO): Technological Solutions and Quantitative Reasoning, Critical Thinking (CT)

The student will be able to:

  1. TSQR 1: Analyze data and inform action through a structured method.
  2. TSQR 2: Predict the output based on an input in practical scenarios using technological solutions and/or quantitative reasoning.
  3. TSQR 3: Apply the skills needed for successful financial stewardship in various contexts.
  4. CT 1: Determine the validity and logical consistency of claims and/or positions, using reading comprehension strategies when relevant.
  5. CT 2: Structure an argument or position using credible evidence and valid reasoning.
  6. CT 4: Plan evidence-based courses of action to resolve problems.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings with embedded videos.

Course Requirements Checklist.

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

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create 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 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 50 words.

Enhanced WebAssign Assignments (12)

The student will complete assignments within WebAssign. The student will be allowed multiple attempts to answer each question.

Test Reviews (4)

The student will complete test review problems in WebAssign. For each exam module/week, the student will complete a review that covers the material for that exam. The student must score at least 70% on the review before taking the exam. Each Test Review includes multiple-choice and short answer questions.

WebAssign Quizzes (3)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, and have a 1-hour time limit. The quizzes will be completed in WebAssign. The student will be allowed 3 attempts at each quiz.

WebAssign Tests (4)

Each test will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each test will be open-book/open-notes, and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit (2 hours for the final test). Each test will contain multiple-choice and short answer questions. The tests will be completed in WebAssign.