Covers fractions, decimals, percents, integers, and measurements necessary to write, manipulate, interpret, and solve application and formula problems. Introduces concepts of basic statistics.. A scientific calculator is required. The TI-30X II is recommended. Prerequisite: (ABE 0782 or placement into MTH 20) and (placement into RD 80 or ESOL 250). Audit available.  (For detailed information, see the Course Content and Outcome Guide ).

Credits:
4.00

Distance Education: Web Course Information

CRN 41204

From the Instructor:

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q) When does this class start and how do I access it?
A) You will have access to Desire2Learn (D2L) Sunday evening the day before the term starts. You log into Desire2Learn from your MyPCC account. There will be a Desire2Learn link at the left on the main screen.

Q) How does the online course work?
A) For this class you will be given regularly scheduled homework, quizzes and exams. All of which must be completed by certain deadlines. You will be given access to a syllabus and online course content and/or video lessons (short clips of an instructor explaining each concept). This online class is not self-paced.

Q) Are the chances of doing well online the same as a course that meets face to face?
A) No. Typically online passing rates are much lower than face to face courses. Online math courses have around a 60% passing rate. On average student do better, in math 20, and in all math classes, when they are able to come to class. The reason for such low passing rates can be attributed to students not being aware of the personal characteristics required to succeed online or ignoring the message I have for you below. If you are taking an online course because the face to face course you wanted to take was full this is not a wise decision. You should take an online course because you have researched it, and it is a good fit for your learning style. Please continue reading.

Q) What type of student should take an online course?
A) An online student should possess the following traits.

1. Has the available time to go over the material, do homework and study. Online math classes take between 10 15 hours each week, on average. Many students will need to put in more than 15 hours weekly to be successful.

2. Can study independently.

3. Can learn mathematics by reading and watching videos.

4. Understands that learning a concept takes time and can persevere when concepts don't make sense.

5. Does not have prior commitments that will make logging in and participating not possible (e.g. getting married, going on vacation, having surgery, other medical conditions, taking too many courses, working too many hours).

6. Can communicate effectively in writing, and is willing to communicate in writing.

7. Is willing to communicate with the instructor and other students in writing via discussion boards.

8. Will not depend solely on tutors, but will take advantage of tutors (on campus and online). Some students are under the notion that having a tutor is all it will take to attain understanding and pass a course. Generally, students need to routinely take advantage of all possible resources to be successful.

9. Can work through computer issues such as a video is not working, need to update Java, is willing to call the helpdesk to work through computer issues.

10. Not a procastinator. Math practice must be done daily, or almost daily, for success in an online class.

Q) I am taking an online course because I do not have much time to study and I am hoping it is easier. Is this correct?
A) An online environment is much harder than a face to face course. You have to be very disciplined and make sure you have a set schedule of when you will study. If you have a hard time motivating yourself to study then an online environment is not for you.

Please note that when you take a face-to-face class you can sit passively and obtain information by the exchange of information between teacher and student. That component is missing here.
Do not take this course if you are taking a full class load and working. Leave yourself free time that you can use when emergencies arise. If you have a schedule that has no free time available, then you are setting yourself up for failure.

Suppose you get ill and fall behind a few days -this occurs in on-line environments as well. If you are only taking two classes it should be possible to catch up. But if you are taking three and working full time, then it will be more difficult to do so. Furthermore, the class starts quickly (a chapter a week 1), and the pace continues throughout. YOU SHOULD START THE COURSE the first day of availability. If you wait five days after the course starts to actually start studying, it is too late. Here is a quote from as student:

This term has been a difficult one for me. I will admit to not having given this class the attention it deserves thus far, and sadly, it is because it is an online class, and because my physical classes serve as a constant reminder twice a week as to what needs to be accomplished

Online math classes take between 10 15 hours each week, on average. Many students will need to put in more than 15 hours weekly to be successful.

Q) When should I start the course?
A) Immediately!! I am expecting you to access and start working in the course the first day of the term. The longer you wait to access the course, the chance of succeeding in the course diminishes. How well you do in the course is determined in the first four days. Also, when you access the D2L course and participate in the activities it is the equivalent of attending a face-to-face course.

Q) When is the first assignment due?
A) The first assignment is due the first Wednessday of the term. This is why beginning the class on the first day is so important. In the first few days you will need to familiarize yourself with all of the course material, find, complete, and submit the first assignment. Students who do not complete the first assignment as directed will be dropped. However, it is up to you do drop the course if you are not planning on attending (i.e. Do not rely on me to drop you.)

Q) Will I be required to come to campus?
A) Yes. Math 20 classes have two on-site exams. The midterm is tentatively scheduled for either 3pm or 6pm, Friday, October 24, 2014. The final exam is scheduled for either Wednesday, December 10, at 6pm, or Thursday, December 11, at 9am.

If you live in the greater Portland/Vancouver area, you will be required to come to the Rock Creek Campus at designated times to take the exams. If you live significantly outside of the greater Portland/Vancouver area, you will be responsible for arranging a place, such as a college or library, to take the these proctored exams.

Q) What material is required for the class?
A) You are required to purchase a new textbook that includes a WebAssign Insert and a scientific calculator.

Math 20 Textbook and Online Access : NEW Basic Mathematics for College Students Textbook Bundle, Custom Edition for Portland Community College. The textbook bundle will include a required and necessary WebAssign access code. This new text at the Bookstore come shrink wrapped. Author: Tussy, Gustofson, Koening, Publisher: Brooks/Cole with Cengage Learning. NOTE: Used books do NOT include the required WebAssign Access Code Insert. Please verify that you are purchasing a book that includes this insert when you buy your book!

Q) Do I actually have to go to the bookstore to get my textbook?
A) No, you can order the text online through the PCC bookstore website. However students choosing to have their book shipped have had difficulty getting it in time in the past. And, you will be responsible for the material regardless of when your book arrives.

Q) I have taken this class in face to face format and not passed. Since I have already seen the material I should do well. Is this true?
A) Consider the required traits/scenarios mentioned above, the warnings issued so far and to follow. Having taken this class before and passed or failed should not be taken into consideration at all. Look at the reasons for your success or failure and ask yourself how you will translate either into the online format.

Q) How do I know if I am ready?
A) If you go to the following link and complete the questions. Carefully follow the directions. If you are not ready for math 20, you should register for ABE 0782.

www.pcc.edu/staff/pdf/552/AREYOUPREPAREDFORMATH20.pdf

Q) How do I get into the class if it is full?
A) Put yourself on the wait list as soon as possible. Prior to the start of the term you may be automatically added to the class. Enrolled students routinely change their mind and move out of the class. When this happens, students from the waitlist are moved into the class. If you are still on the waitlist on the first day of classes, send me an email on that first Monday of the term. I may be able to add students at that time.

Q) What should I do if I want to join the class and the wait list is full?
A) Check the wait list daily. Students often change their mind about their courses. Space often becomes available on the wait list and you will be able to put yourself on it.

Q) What should I do if I am still not in the class on the first day of the term?
A) You should send me an email from your MyPCC email account on the first Monday of the term and let me know that you are interested in joining my class. If you are on the wait list I will let you know if I will be able to add you to my class. If you are not on the waitlist, I will let you know whether or not I am still adding students.

Q) What if I was able to add the class late?
A) You will still be responsible for meeting all of the class deadlines. You will not be able to make up any work if you have already missed the deadline. No deadlines will be extended.

***For Technical questions, go to the college helpdesk site at: http://www.pcc.edu/resources/help%2Ddesk/, or call the helpdesk at 503-977-8222.

Course Specific Requirements:

Technology: You will need a high speed connection from home, access to Microsoft Excel, Word, and be able to download technology as directed. You need to be comfortable with technology and able to learn quickly if not familiar with a piece of software. You will need to have a back-up plan if your computer is not working or available.

Math 20 Textbook and Online Access : NEW Basic Mathematics for College Students Textbook Bundle, Custom Edition for Portland Community College. The textbook bundle will include a required and necessary WebAssign access code. This new text at the Bookstore come shrink wrapped. Author: Tussy, Gustofson, Koening, Publisher: Brooks/Cole with Cengage Learning. NOTE: Used books do NOT include the required WebAssign Access Code Insert. Please verify that you are purchasing a book that includes this insert when you buy your book!


On-Site Proctored Exams: Math 20 classes have two on-site exams. The midterm is tentatively scheduled for either 3pm or 6pm, Friday, October 24, 2014. The final exam is scheduled for either Wednesday, December 10, at 6pm, or Thursday, December 11, at 9am.

If you live in the greater Portland/Vancouver area, you will be required to come to the Rock Creek Campus at designated times to take the exams. If you live significantly outside of the greater Portland/Vancouver area, you will be responsible for arranging a place, such as a college or library, to take the these proctored exams.

Web Technical Requirements:
Please be sure to read the Technical Requirements for this delivery mode.
Students with Disabilities:
Students with disabilities should notify their instructor if accommodations are needed to take this class. For information about technologies that help people with disabilities in taking Web based distance learning classes please visit the Office for Students with Disabilities website.
Registration:
To register, you need the CRNs (ex. 22398) of your selected classes.
Fees:
Please note that for many courses, additional fees may apply.
Textbooks:
To find textbooks, you need the CRN, Campus, Term & Course Number (ex. BA101).
  CRN Campus / Bldg / Rm Time Days Dates
 
WEB » 41204 - 22-Sep-2014 thru 13-Dec-2014
Instructor: Diane T Edwards
Notes: CRN 41204 - New Textbook w/WebAssign REQUIRED.
Tuition: credit Fees: $20.00
For information, contact Rock Creek
 

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