Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Applies arithmetic to a variety of problems found in the business field, including simple and compound interest, annuities, payroll preparation, pricing, invoice preparation, trade discounts, taxes, and depreciation. Scientific calculator required. Prerequisites: MTH 20 and (RD 80 or ESOL 250). Audit available.  (For detailed information, see the Course Content and Outcome Guide ).


Distance Education: Web Course Information

CRN 46728

From the Instructor:
MTH 30 Online Course Information Page - Fall 2015

Q:What book will we use?
A: MyMathLab is required for this course. You may either purchase a standalone MyMathLab access code at http://www.mymathlab.com/ (this comes with an electronic copy of the book and student solutions manual), or you may purchase a new book that comes with MyMathLab from the PCC bookstore. The text is Business Mathematics, 13th edition, by Clendenen and Salzman.

Q: Are chances of doing well online the same as a course that meets on campus?
A: No, typically online passing rates are much lower than on campus courses. I have taught this course for several years now and the average passing rate has been consistently lower than my on campus courses. This is true for other online math courses as well, not particular to my course. This is due to students not being aware of what it takes to succeed online or ignoring the message I have for you below. If you are taking an online course because the on campus 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:When does the class start?
A: You will have access to Desire2Learn (D2L) Monday morning at 9:00 a.m. the day the term starts. If it is possible I will give you access the weekend before the term starts or even earlier. If earlier, I will send an email message to the class via MyPCC email.

Q:How do I access the course?
A:Log into MyPCC. On the main webpage, in the Quick Links window you will see the link to access D2L.

Q:When should I start the course?
A: I am expecting you to access and start the course the day I give you access or the day after. The longer you wait to access the course, the chance of succeeding in the course diminishes. How well you do in the course is usually determined in the first four days. Also, when you access the D2L course and participate in the activities it is the equivalent of attending an on campus course. Students that do not sufficiently participate in the course by Thursday of the first week of the term 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 to me to drop you.)

Q: How I am graded?
A: You will have weekly online quizzes based on assigned homework in MyMathLab, participation in weekly discussions and/or postings on the discussion forums, and on-campus midterm and final exams are given at the PCC Rock Creek Campus. If you reside outside the Portland region (more than 60 miles from the Rock Creek Campus), you may request (within the first week) to have your exams proctored elsewhere. It is your responsibility to find a proctor that is approved by me, typically a testing center at a nearby university or community college).

Q: What are the dates for the two proctored exams?
A: The midterm exam will be on Monday, October 26, 2015 (Week 6) from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. The Final Exam will be during finals week (Week 12) on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. Both exams are hosted at the Rock Creek Campus. Room number(s) to be announced the first week of the term.

Q:Is an online course self paced?
A:The online course is not self paced. The pace is set by the instructor who releases the modules week by week that contain the content for the course. You will typically have a week to turn items in, but this work cannot be done in a day. Students who eventually drop the course, attempt to work on the course only a few times during a one week period. You must realize that you will need to study every other day at a minimum. If your strategy is to do all the work on Saturday and Sunday, for example, this will not work.

Q:Are the assignments due the same time every week?
A:Mostly, yes. With the exception of the first week, where I have a few early due dates to check students for attendance, weekly work is always due on Monday mornings by 9:00 a.m.

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 harder than an on campus 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 an on campus class you can sit passively and obtain information by the exchange of information between teacher and student. That component is missing here.
I would not suggest that you 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 (four chapters in 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 a 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. I do not think algebra is a difficult subject, but there are so many rules! I find my greatest problem to be understanding all of the complicated formulas and knowing when to use them. .
Q:What type of student should take an online course?
A:An online student should possess the following traits.
  1. Should be a strong math student.
  2. Comfortable with technology and able to learn quickly or seek out help if not familiar with something (for example, MS Word, OpenOffice, converting a document to a .pdf file, using an equation editor to properly format math symbols, MyMathLab, etc)
  3. Can study independently.
  4. Can learn mathematics by reading.
  5. Understands that learning a concept takes time and can persevere when concepts don't make sense.
  6. Has the available time to go over the material, do homework, and study.
  7. 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).
  8. Can communicate effectively in writing and is willing to communicate in writing.
  9. Is willing to communicate with the instructor and other students in writing via discussion boards.
  10. Will not depend solely on tutors, that is, some students are under the notion that having a tutor is all it will take to attain understanding and pass a course.
  11. 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.
  12. Not a procrastinator.

Q:Will I have to interact with other students?
A:Yes, part of your grade is to participate in online discussions with your classmates.

Q:How is the material presented?
A:I will provide the student with written notes and videos (create by me or a second party). You also have as a resource the textbook used for this course, as well as the many, many resources including MyMathLab (there are many!) and other online resources.

Q: Is there homework?
A: Yes lots of it. A combination of MyMathLab and textbook problems will be assigned. These will be collected, checked, and returned to you during on-campus 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.
Web Prerequisite | Start Guide for Online Learners:
Before you take your first online class at PCC, you must complete the start guide for online learners. The start guide will help you decide if online classes are right for you. Once you complete the start guide, you will be eligible to register for online classes. To learn more, go to http://www.pcc.edu/osg
To register, you need the CRNs (ex. 22398) of your selected classes.
Please note that for many courses, additional fees may apply.
To find textbooks, you need the CRN, Campus, Term & Course Number (ex. BA101).
CRN Campus / Bldg / Rm Time Days Dates
46728 WEB » - 21-Sep-2015 thru 12-Dec-2015
Instructor: Dennis Reynolds
Tuition: credit Fees: $20.00
For information, contact Rock Creek