I.     Course Prefix/Number: MAT 060

       Course Name: Prealgebra

       Credits: 4 (4 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Appropriate score on Mathematics Placement Test.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course is preparation for introductory algebra course. Content includes fundamental concepts, operations, and applications of arithmetic in basic algebraic contexts, including linear equations, statistics, square roots, graphing, and polynomials. Arithmetic topics treated include rational numbers, decimals, percents, and measurement.  Course objectives will be achieved using computer-assisted learning, group discussions, and individual tutoring.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Module 1 Objectives:
Perform the fundamental operations with whole numbers and integers.
Solve application problems with whole numbers and integers.

Module 2 Objectives:
Solve simple linear equations using integers.
Perform operations on algebraic expressions.
Solve problems using linear equations.
Simplify fractions.
Multiply and divide fractions.

Module 3 Objectives:
Add and subtract fractions.
Solve simple linear equations using fractions.
Solve application problems with fractions.

Module 4 Objectives:
Perform the fundamental operations with decimals.
Solve simple linear equations using decimals.
Solve basic and application problems using ratios, rates, and proportions.
Calculate square roots and apply them to formulas such as the Pythagorean Theorem.

Module 5 Objectives:
Perform the fundamental operations with percents.
Solve application problems with percentages.
Calculate measurements of geometric figures.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

Module 1 (No Calculator)
Whole Numbers and Integers

  1. Place value, Names for Numbers, Rounding
  2. Dividing Whole Numbers and Introduction to Exponents
  3. Introduction to Variables, Expressions, and Equations
  4. Introduction to Integers
  5. Adding and Subtracting Integers
  6. Multiplying and Dividing Integers
  7. Order of Operations

Module 2 (No Calculator)
Algebraic Equations and Introduction to Fractions

  1. Solving Simple Linear Equations using the Addition and Multiplication Properties
  2. Simplifying Expressions
  3. Solving Linear Equations in One Variable
  4. Applications Using Linear Equations
  5. Introduction to Fractions
  6. Factors and Simplest Form
  7. Multiplying and Dividing Fractions

Module 3 (No Calculator)
Addition and Subtraction of Fractions And Applications

  1. Adding and Subtracting Like Fractions, LCD
  2. Adding and Subtracting Unlike Fractions
  3. Order of Operations with Fractions
  4. Operations on Mixed Numbers
  5. Solving Equations with Fractions

Module 4
Decimals and Ratios/Proportions

  1. Understanding Decimals, Ratios, and Rates
  2. Place value: Reading and Writing Decimal Numerals
  3. Comparing and Ordering
  4. Rounding and Estimating
  5. Adding and Subtracting
  6. Multiplying and Dividing
  7. Conversions: Fractions, Mixed Numerals, Decimals
  8. Solving Equations using Decimals
  9. Proportions and Problem Solving
  10. Square Roots and the Pythagorean Theorem

Module 5
Percents and Geometry Review

  1. Understanding percent
  2. Conversions: fractions, decimals, percent
  3. Solving percent problems using equations
  4. Perimeter
  5. Area, Volume, and Surface Area
  6. Applications

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Methods of instruction include one-on-one and/or small group discussion, and required website ancillaries. Calculators/computers will be used for modules 4 and 5 only.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Mathematics 060, 070 and 110 are sequential courses utilizing a classroom instructor and an interactive computer website. Course participants must attend scheduled class hours as well as one computer lab hour per week. Students may be dropped from the course upon missing more than three class sessions or three lab hours. 

Each course is divided into five modules. Each of the first four modules must be completed with the minimal posttest score as prescribed by the department to proceed to the final module for the course. All course work must be completed in a notebook. Students may complete a course at any time during the semester. Upon completion of a course, the student can start the next sequential course. A new access code must be purchased at that time. 

If all modules of a course are not successfully completed within a semester, the student can re-enroll in the same course the following semester beginning with their first uncompleted module.  Use of calculators will be determined by the department.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

There is a required website in mymathlabsplus for this course.

The required code for this can be purchased in the bookstore or directly on the website using a credit card.

Textbooks can also be found at our Mathematics Textbooks page.

A scientific calculator, notebook, and earphones are required.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

As determined by department and individual instructor.

The following applies to the online section of this course only:
This online course requires that students take their exams as directed by their instructor: either on campus at Oakton's Testing Center, at an authorized testing center with a face-to-face monitor, or remotely through a pre-approved testing service.  (To be customized by instructor.)

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.