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Prealgebra

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.

IV.   Learning Objectives

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

Module 2 Objectives:
Perform the fundamental operations with integers.
Solve simple linear equations using integers.
Solve application problems with integers.

Module 3 Objectives:
Perform the fundamental operations with 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.
Interpret and apply simple statistical concepts such as the mean, median and mode.
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.
Graph and interpret points on a Cartesian coordinate system.

V.    Academic Integrity

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.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

Module 1 (no calculators)
Whole Numbers (Chapter 1)
1. Place value and number names
2. Addition, subtraction, and fundamental properties
3. Multiplication, division, and fundamental properties
4. Rounding and estimating
5. Order of operations
6. Exponential notation
7. Introduction to variables, algebraic expressions, and equations
8. Applications including area and perimeter
   
Module 2 (no calculators)
Integers and Algebraic Equations (Chapters 2 and 3)
1. Integers and number lines
2. Addition and subtraction
3. Multiplication and division
4. Evaluating algebraic expressions
5. Order of operations
6. Solving algebraic equations
7. Applications using linear equations
   
Module 3 (no calculators)
Fractions (Chapter 4 skip complex fractions)
1. Understanding fractions
2. Equivalent fractions and simplifying fractions
3. Factors, multiples, primes, and divisibility rules
4. Multiplying and dividing
5. Adding and subtracting
6. Operations with mixed numbers
7. Comparing and ordering
8. Solving equations using fractions
9. Applications
   
Module 4
Decimals and Ratios/Proportions (Chapter 5 & 6 skip 6.5)
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. Applications including mean, median, and mode
10. Proportions and problem solving
11. Square Roots and the Pythagorean Theorem

Module 5
Percents, Introduction to Graphing, and Geometry Review (Chapter 7 skip 7.3 and compound interest in 7.6, Chapter 8 skip 8.4 & 8.5, Chapter 9 ONLY 9.2 & 9.3
1. Understanding percent
2. Conversions:  fractions, decimals, percent
3. Solving percent problems using equations
5. Applications
6.  Tables, pictographs, bar, and line graphs
7.  Ordered pairs and linear equations in two variables

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, media-based, 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 module must be completed with a minimal posttest score of 85% to proceed to the next module. 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.
 
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes. Within the Schedule of Classes, textbooks can be found clicking on an individual course section and looking for the words "View Book Information".

Textbooks can also be found at our Mathematics Textbooks page.

A scientific calculator, notebook, and earphones are required.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Students must complete the following work with the following minimal scores:
Homework, class work, and study plans (unlimited attempts) = 100%
Quizzes (unlimited attempts) = 90%
Module Posttest = 85%

XI.   Other Course Information

Individual instructors will establish and announce specific policies regarding attendance, due dates and make-up work, incomplete grades, etc.

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.