Syllabus for MAT-105

APPLIED LIBERAL ARTS MATHEMATICS


COURSE DESCRIPTION

Applied Liberal Arts Mathematics offers students a broad based overview of mathematics intended for non-math majors.  This course offers a survey of various mathematical topics with an emphasis on the application of real-world problems.  In addition to skill development and review this course will emphasize the application of topics to real-world problems.  The applications will span many disciplines as to support the theme that math is everywhere and impacts much of our everyday lives.  

Topics include organizing data using Venn diagrams, tree diagrams, vertex edge graphs and sets, logic, the real number system, algebra, graphs, functions, numbers of different bases, the metric system, consumer math, probability, statistics and applications to voting and graph theory.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Analyze and apply problem solving techniques
  2. Organize and draw conclusions about data using a variety of methods
  3. Analyze real-world problems by applying mathematics skills
  4. Summarize/debate mathematical concepts and problems
  5. Design and analyze graphs, paths and circuits
  6. Organize/represent data using logic and set notation
  7. Apply properties of real numbers

COURSE MATERIALS

You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College's textbook supplier, MBS Direct, at http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/tesc.htm.

Required Textbook

  • Angel, A., Abbott, C., & Runde, D. (2013). A Survey of Mathematics with Applications (9th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

ISBN: 978-0321759665

Solutions Manual

  • Angel, A., Abbott, C., & Runde, D. (2013).Student Solutions Manual for A Survey of Mathematics with Applications (9th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

ISBN: 978-0321639318

COURSE STRUCTURE

Applied Liberal Arts Mathematics is a three-credit online course, consisting of six (6) modules. Modules include learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in six (6) online discussion forums, complete six (6) written assignments, take six (6) quizzes. You are also required to take a proctored online midterm examination and a proctored online final examination. See below for more details.

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

In addition to an ungraded Introductions Forum in module 1, you are required to participate in six (6) graded online discussion forums.

Communication with the mentor and among fellow students is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online discussions involves two distinct assignments: an initial response to a posted assignment and subsequent comments on classmates' responses. Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate, the reading, or your mentor, state and support your agreement or disagreement. You will be evaluated on the quality and quantity of your participation. Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, professional, and respectful.

Application Assignments

You are required to complete six (6) application assignments. The application assignments draw mostly on even-numbered exercises from the textbook. For each assignment, answer all assigned exercises, and show all work.  

Note: To facilitate assignment preparation and save you typing time, we include with each application assignment an assignment sheet with all questions typed out for you. You can download these sheets to your computer and use them to insert your answers and submit via the Submit Assignment function in each module. To receive full credit for your answers, you must show all work and include complete solutions using an equation editor such as Math Type.

For help regarding preparing and submitting assignments, see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.

Quizzes

At the conclusion of each module, following the application assignment, is an online module quiz consisting of 20 multiple choice questions. You may take the quiz only once.

Examinations

You are required to take two (2) proctored online examinations: a midterm exam and a final exam. Both exams require that you use the College's Online Proctor Service (OPS) (details at http://www.tesc.edu/4808.php). Please refer to the "Examinations and Proctors" section of the Online Student Handbook at https://sites.google.com/a/tesc.edu/general-information/online-student-handbook/examinations-and-proctors for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to schedule your exam within the first week of the semester.

 

Online exams are administered through the course Web site. Consult the course Calendar for the official dates of exam weeks.

Midterm Examination

The proctored online midterm exam covers all material assigned in modules 1, 2, and 3 of the course. It consists of 46 multiple choice items (39 of which are worth 2 points each, 7 are worth 1 point each) and

3 problems (worth 5 points each).

The exam is open book, but not open notes. In this regard you are permitted to bring only a scientific (nongraphing) calculator and the authorized textbook to the exam. The textbook must be an original bound hard copy; electronic textbooks (or printouts) are not allowed. You are also not allowed to bring any loose pages or notes, either typed or printed, or to consult a solutions manual or any other reference sources or sources of information. Programmable calculators are not permitted in examinations.

Final Examination

The proctored online final exam covers all material assigned in modules 4, 5, and 6 of the course. It consists of 45 multiple choice items (40 of which are worth 2 points each, 5 are worth 1 point each) and

3 problems (worth 5 points each).

Like the midterm, the final exam is open book, but not open notes. In this regard, you are permitted to use only a scientific (nongraphing) calculator and the authorized textbook.  You are not allowed to consult a solutions manual, notes of any kind (including graded or ungraded assignments), or any other reference sources or sources of information.

Statement about Cheating

You are on your honor not to cheat during an exam. Cheating means:

If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in an exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.

GRADING AND EVALUATION

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:

A

=

93–100

C+

=

78–79

A–

=

90–92

C

=

73–77

B+

=

88–89

C–

=

70–72

B

=

83–87

D

=

60–69

B–

=

80–82

F

=

Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a non-area of study course), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty takes the following forms:

Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College. Students who submit papers that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized assignment, may receive a grade of F for the course, and may face dismissal from the College.

A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be given oral or written notice of the charge. If a mentor or College official believes the infraction is serious enough to warrant referral of the case to the academic dean, or if the mentor awards a final grade of F in the course because of the infraction, the student and the mentor will be afforded formal due process.

If a student is found cheating or using unauthorized materials on an examination, he or she will automatically receive a grade of F on that examination. Students who believe they have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty should seek redress through informal discussions with the mentor, through the office of the dean, or through an executive officer of Thomas Edison State College.

Plagiarism

Using someone else's work as your own is plagiarism. Although it may seem like simple dishonesty, plagiarism is against the law. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > "Citing Sources.")

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else's. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

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