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Sample Syllabus DS 112



DS 112 - Building Math Confidence

 
Course Description:

Designed for those who want to improve their attitude toward learning math. We explore feelings and develop strategies to overcome math phobia.  Emphasis will be placed on problem-solving approaches to diagrammed, descriptive, and symbolic number problems.  This course is open to all students at all levels of mathematical skills, whether preparing for a job, college courses, a test, or living in a world where numbers matter.  One hour lecture/discussion each week 1 semester hour.

Designed For: This course is recommended for students at any level of mathematical ability who wish to enhance their comfort with numbers. This course is recommended for those students who place into MA090 and MA091.

Taught By: Math & Counseling Departments

 
Course Text & Required Materials:

Text : - WINNING AT MATH, Paul D. Nolting, and Academic Success Press.
 
Goals & Objectives (Student Outcomes)

Course Objectives :

1)       To understand how management of success in mathematics differs from all other academic subjects.

2)       To identify personal strengths and weaknesses in the study of mathematics.

3)        To examine and implement specific math study skills: organizing a math notebook, note taking for math, time management, homework skills, reading math books, math test-taking skills, relaxation techniques, that leads to success.

4)       To learn about math anxiety and how it impacts the study of mathematics.

5)       To assist students with creating a positive learning environment for mathematics.

6)       To develop a math educational plan that is consistent with the student's major.

 

 
Instructional Methods:  Lecture, paired and group discussion, individual counseling, math practice exercises, and online quizzes.
 
Grading:

Challenges 1 & 2:  You will have two formal opportunities to demonstrate your learning in this class.  Each will include math problems and an online math study skills component. 

Counseling Sessions: You are required to meet with the Counseling faculty member before Feb. 28th, 2006 to discuss your Individual Math Plan.  A second counseling session must be arranged before March 28th, 2006. 

Online Quizzes :  You are required to locate a computer for the online quizzes. General Purpose Instructional Technology Labs are located at CS21A240-567-5187and 21A and at HU312 240-567-5156 and 314: Also, at the Math Science Center (HU106),  WebCT course site (http://webct.montgomerycollege.edu) or MyMC to login.

Grades:   Your grade for the class will be based on the following: 100% Total

Attendance/Participation 25%
Challenges 1 & 2/Quizzes       25%
Binder/Materials         25%
Meetings 1 & 2               25%
Extra credit - Completion of the math
survey when class ends
 

 

 

Statement with Disabilities: If you have a disability that will require accommodation, please make your request known. I am reasonably sure we can work out whatever arrangements are necessary, be it special seating, testing, or other accommodations. If you have not already contacted the Disability Support Services Office, please do so to obtain a letter authorizing your accommodations.

 
Policies and Procedures:

How to Earn Your "A" - (In this class and others) 

Students taking this class, because of anxiety, lack of knowledge, or gaps in learning have typically developed habits that hinder their success.  This course is about developing and practicing new habit of success.  These habits have a solid research base.  It takes about two months to develop and maintain a new habit.  That’s all the time we have for this course, so we are starting TODAY!

Attendance:  Attendance is required. You are allowed one absence in case of an emergency.  If you exceed the allowed number of absences (3), your final grade may be reduced or you may be dropped or fail the course. You must inform your instructors in advance that you expect to be absent on a certain day for the absence to be excused.

Assignments:   Assignments are due on the date indicated. Fifteen to twenty minutes of math practice will be required each day, Monday through Friday inclusive (we give you the weekend off). We provide a daily log for this purpose. The math problems assigned will be geared to your skill level.

Online Quizzes:  Research has shown that students who complete reading assignments prior to class, experience a greater level of success.  Quizzes on each chapter are available on line.  These are to be taken in open book format.  The quizzes will only be available until the day of the class that is the due date listed on your syllabus.  The grades on these quizzes will be used in determination of your final course grade.  Please see the section on how to access the quizzes on the web.  If you don’t have access to the internet at home, these are some campus locations to access the web on campus. You are required to locate the resources for the online quizzes. General Purpose Instructional Technology Labs are located at CS25 240-567-5187and 21A and at HU312 240-567-5156 and 314: HOURS 8:30AM-10PM (M-F) 8:30-4PM (S) 8:30-2PM (SUN.) Also, at the Math Science Center (MT02) 9:00-7:00PM (M) 8:00-8:00PM (T-R) 8:00-4:00PM (F) 10:00AM-3:00PM (S) 240-567-5200

Binders:  A three-ring binder is required. It teaches effective organization of notes, homework, tests, and journal entries for this class. It is due by the second class. We recommend that the binder be patterned after Master Students. Binders will be checked periodically during the class and are necessary for each class session.  Please refer to the attachment for the Master Binder for directions. 

Flashcards:  You will be producing a series of flashcards for studying, memory, and developing practice test skills.  You are required to have them at each class and will be graded as part of your math binder.

Challenges:  You will have two formal opportunities to demonstrate your learning in this class.  Each will include math problems and a math study component.

Meetings: You are required to meet with the Counseling faculty member before Feb. 17 to discuss your Individual Math Plan. I will post a schedule on my office door (CB215).  A second meeting must be arranged before March 17.

Audit: Students auditing this class are required to complete all assignments, attend class regularly, and take all exams. While no grade will be recorded, the student is expected to participate in class activities as if he/she was being graded.

Classroom Conduct: The College seeks to provide an environment where discussion and expression of all views relevant to the subject matter of the class are recognized as necessary to the educational process. However, students do not have the right to interfere with the freedom of the faculty to teach or the rights of other students to learn. All students are expected to comply with the Code of Conduct as it appears in the MC Student Handbook.

Standards of College Behavior

The following statement appears in College offices and labs to remind students of the behavior standards and process adopted by the College. All full and part-time faculty are strongly encouraged to include the statement in their syllabi.

  • The College seeks to provide an environment where discussion and expression of all views relevant to the subject matter of the class are recognized as necessary to the educational process.

  • However, students do not have the right to interfere with the free­dom of the faculty to teach or the rights of other students to learn, nor do they have the right to interfere with the ability of staff to provide services to any student.  

  • Faculty and staff set the standards of behavior that are within the guidelines and spirit of the Student Code of Conduct or other College policies for classrooms, events, offices, and areas, by announcing or posting these standards early in the semester.  

  • If a student behaves disruptively in the classroom, an event, an office, or an area after the instructor or staff member has explained the unacceptability of such conduct and the consequences that will result; the student may be asked to leave that classroom, event, office, or area for the remainder of the day. This does not restrict the student’s right to attend other scheduled classes or appointments.  

  • If the student does not leave, the faculty or staff member may request the assistance of Security.  

  • The faculty or staff member and the student are expected to meet to resolve the issue before the next class session.  

  • The Dean of Student Development or designated instructional Dean of Work Force Development and Continuing Education should be informed verbally or via email about any situation that violates the Student Code of Conduct. 

  • If, after a review of the situation and a restatement of the expected behaviors, the student refuses to comply with the stated standards of conduct required, then the faculty or staff member should refer the issue in writing to the dean of student development for action under the Student Code of Conduct.  

  • The faculty or staff member will provide the Dean of Student Development with a written summary of the facts or conduct on which the referral is based, which must include the date, time, place, and a description of the incident.

Cell Phones/Pagers

Cell phones and pagers are very disruptive to the learning environment. The use of cell phones and text messaging is prohibited during class sessions. Please turn off all cell phones or put them on vibrate. If you have an emergency situation, please speak with the Instructor.  

Emergency Class Cancellation Policy: If inclement weather or other emergencies forces the College or any campus or College facility to suspend classes or close, public service announcements will be provided to local radio and television stations as early as possible. If you have checked several stations and have not heard an announcement, you may call the numbers listed below or go to our Web site for closing information:

  • Montgomery County Emergency Information Line ...........................301-217-8800
  • Montgomery College's Institutional Advancement Office .................240-567-5310
  • Montgomery College Web Site ................................www.montgomerycollege.edu

 

Religious Observances : In the event that a student needs to miss class and as a result an assignment for religious reasons, please give the instructor reasonable notice (i.e., a week or more) and the appropriate accommodations can be made. However, it is the student’s responsibility to make up for the work she or he missed.  

Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism : When completing assignments, students are expected to create original pieces of work, without the help of others unless they are otherwise notified, and cite the literature they used themes, ideas, concepts, etc. from. For more information on academic dishonesty and plagiarism please consult the Montgomery College Policy on Academic Integrity at http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/verified/pnp/42001.doc and http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/ctl/Resources/teachingtips/academic_integrity.htm 

Syllabus Amendments : The instructor reserves the right to make any necessary changes, whether they are additions or submissions of assignments, as he sees fit. However, students will be notified of any changes that make occur in a reasonable amount of time. 

 

 

  

 

 


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Last Updated: March 16, 2009
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