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NEW for FALL 2016—Developmental Math Expectation:

All developmental math students at Austin Community College are expected to complete appropriate developmental math coursework AND pass one college credit math course in 4 semesters or less. Students whose degree plan only requires that they become TSI Complete are expected to achieve that in 3 semesters or less. Accordingly, students must work hard every semester, and faculty must customize each student’s course work with an eye toward quality and efficiency. Students will be placed into an ALEKS pie that suits their abilities, as determined by the instructor. Students may also be required to take comprehensive knowledge checks in order to attain their ideal content placement within that pie, as determined by the instructor.

Course:

MATD 0421 Section: 54 Synonym: 11001
MATD 0422 Section: 54 Synonym: 11032
MATD 0423 Section: 54 Synonym: 11054
MATD 0424 Section: 54 Synonym: 12709

Course Prerequisite:

None

Textbook/Required Materials:

The cost of ALEKS software and required student notebook has been included in your tuition payment. There is no textbook to purchase; you will use an online text included with the software.
Please bring the following items to every class:
(1) your ALEKS notebook
(2) pencils, erasers
(3) a calculator (Please refer to the calculator policy below.)
(4) ear buds or head phones

Course Description:

Developmental Mathematics with ALEKS courses offer an individualized developmental math curriculum. Students will take an initial knowledge check which will generate their individualized path through developmental math. Topics include: operations on real numbers, analyzing graphs, relating simple algebraic concepts to geometry, solving simple linear equations, and applications. Prepared students will continue with topics such as exponents, solving linear and quadratic equations, solving systems of linear equations, and operations on polynomials.

Course Rationale:

This course is designed to prepare students for various college-level courses. After mastering all topics in this course, students may enroll in a number of courses in science, mathematics and various technical areas. These include General College Physics, General Chemistry, Magnetism and DC Circuits, AC Circuits, Manufacturing Materials and Processes, Math for Business and Economics, and College Algebra. OR, for students going into MATH 1332 (College Mathematics) or MATH 1342 (Elementary Statistics), they would need to master the topics in Objectives 1 – 8 and then complete the Math portion of the TSI by passing a state-approved test. If the student does not pass this test, he or she may instead take MATD 0385 or MATD-0455, which will prepare the student for MATH 1332 or MATH 1342. See the following website for more information.

https://sites.google.com/a/austincc.edu/math-students/courses/developmental-math-at-hlc-0421/0421-to-devcourse

Calculator Policy for Developmental Math with ALEKS Courses

If you are taking . . .. . . then the policy is . . .
The Initial Knowledge CheckNo calculators of any kind are allowed. On some problems, ALEKS may display . . . . a calculator that you can use for that problem only. If the calculator tab is inactive, then you are working on a no-calculator question and you should work everything out by hand.
Objectives ! & 2. . . no calculators are allowed for any work done in these objectives, including the automatic knowledge checks that occur. Your instructor may check for evidence of work done by hand on knowledge checks.

NOTE: If you end up taking a test over Objectives 1 – 3 or 1 – 4, you will ONLY be allowed to use a 4-function calculator during the test. [These calculators do NOT make calculations with fractions!]
Objectives 3 & 4. . . a 4-function calculator is allowed for any work done in these objectives, including the automatic knowledge checks that occur.

NOTE: If you end up taking a test over Objectives 1 – 3 or 1 – 4, you will ONLY be allowed to use a 4-function calculator during the test. [These calculators do NOT make calculations with fractions!]
Objectives 5 - 12. . . a non-graphing scientific calculator is allowed (and recommended) for any work done in these objectives, including the automatic knowledge checks that occur.

NOTE: If you end up taking a test including any of the Objectives 5 – 12, you will be allowed to use a non-graphing scientific calculator during the test.

Important Note:

I am teaching two sections of MATH 1342 this spring 2017. One section is a 16-week section and one is a 12-week section. Make sure you download the correct calendar and follow any links to the correct materials.

Orientation

All online courses require an orientation. The orientation for this class is to be done completely online using the links in Blackboard.

Orientation Quiz in Blackboard
A little quiz to make sure your read the syllabus and understand all that is in it.

You cannot register for MyMathLab until you pass the Orientation Quiz. The CourseID is only available in Blackboard after passing the Orientation Quiz.

(Students enrolled in the 12-week course: The online course will be available for registration starting the week before the 12-week session so that you can access the eBook. However, due to registration restrictions, you will not be able to start any online assignments until the course officially starts begins. )

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IMPORTANT NOTE:

I am teaching two sections of MATH 1342 this Fall 2016. Make sure you download the correct calendar and follow any links to the correct materials.

Course Description: MATH 1342

A first course in statistics for students in business; nursing; allied health; or the social, physical, or behavioral sciences; or for any student requiring knowledge of the fundamental procedures for data organization and analysis. Topics include frequency distributions, graphing, measures of location and variation, the binomial and normal distributions, z-scores, t-test, chi-square test, P-test, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, regression, and correlation. Skills: S Prerequisites: A satisfactory score on the ACC Mathematics Assessment Test. A second option is completion of any TSI-mandated mathematics remediation.

Required Text/Access/Software

You will need the following:

1. LaunchPad Access/Textbook

Do not purchase a textbook which does not include the LaunchPad access code. In fact, a paper copy of the textbook is optional since you can purchase the LaunchPad access code without the book. LaunchPad includes an eBook. The LaunchPad course ID for this section is TBA. If you wish to purchase a paper copy of the textbook, it is The Basic Practice of Statistics, 7th ed., by David S. Moore, William I. Notz, and Michael A. Fligner. For more information about LaunchPad, visit the Technology in Your Math Class page.

2. Minitab

You will be using Minitab 17 software – You are NOT required to purchase Minitab software, but you are required to use it. It is available in the computer labs and the learning labs on each campus. You can get a free 30-day trial or rent the software for the semester by visiting the Minitab website.

Note: Students with Macs should use Minitab Express instead of Minitab 17.

3. Internet

Internet access will be required to use the material in LaunchPad. Written homework may be uploaded to a drop box in Blackboard if it has been scanned and saved as a pdf. If you do not have internet access at home ,it is available in the learning labs and computer labs on all ACC campuses.

4. Calculator

You are not required to use a calculator of any kind. However, it will be extremely difficult to do much of the work without one. You may use a scientific calculator. Graphing calculators are not allowed on exams.

Course Rationale: MATH 1342

Students will learn to

1. Determine the aspects of a question, if any, for which statistics can provide relevant information.

2. Analyze statistical studies, particularly regarding appropriate sampling and experimental design.

3. Select and use appropriate statistical analyses to get useful information from data.

4. Communicate knowledge using standard statistical language and also interpret it in non-technical language.

This course meets the Core Curriculum requirement in mathematics. It meets the requirement for an introductory statistics course for students in many majors such as business, health sciences, and social sciences.

Statement of Prerequisite Requirements: MATH 1342

Students in MATH 1342 will be expected to:

1. Understand material from the text after reading it.

2. Do homework using fairly complicated formulas after seeing one example.

3. Do some, but not much, algebraic manipulation of formulas.

Please Note: Students who have not completed two years of high school algebra, but meet the prerequisite for the course because of assessment test scores, are likely to struggle.

Instructional Methodology: MATH 1342

This course is a lecture course.

Distance Learning

Not sure if you should take a distance learning class? Here you will find information (and a couple of slides) to help you decide.

Calculators

Trying to decide what calculator to choose? Not sure if there are any smartphone apps to help with math? Click here to learn more.

Advising

Which math class should you take? What are your options? The answers depend on what your are studying. This link may help.

Technology in Class

The technology used in your class will depend on the type of course and the instructor.

FAQs

Still have questions? Maybe some of the answers will be here.

Tech Blog

My own quick reviews of some tools you might find useful. This link will take you away from the ACC site.