Primary Navigation
  • About
  • Academics
  • Continuing Education
  • Admission
  • Student Life
  • Student Services
  • Library
  • News and Events
  • Giving
Foundations of Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MAT 128

       Course Name: Foundations of Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

MAT 120 withminimum grade of C or appropriate score on the Mathematics Placement Test, and MAT 053 or geometry proficiency.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course integrates developing problem solving skills and mathematical reasoning capabilities, highlighted by historical reference and real world applications. Content includes subsets of the real numbers along with mental, written, and electronic computation using these numeric subsets number theory sets functions and their graphs probability and statistics.

IV.   Learning Objectives

1.    To obtain an accurate view of the mathematical concepts demanded by the
    elementary mathematics curriculum and how students can learn them.

2.    To appreciate and understand both the historical developments and the current
    applications of mathematics.

3.    To gain an understanding and appreciation of the National Council of Teachers
of  Mathematics (NCTM) curriculum standards:

•    learn to value mathematics
•    become confident in one’s ability to do mathematics
•    become a mathematical problem solver
•    learn to communicate mathematically
•    learn to reason mathematically

4.    To be prepared to teach mathematics in accordance with the NCTM standards.

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

    1.    Problem Solving:
        Problem solving procedures and strategies

    2.    Sets:
        Basic set concepts, operation on sets, and applications of sets.
   
    3.    Real Numbers:
        Arithmetic operations as subsets of the real numbers and properties of the real numbers.

    4.    Number Theory:
        Tests for divisibility, greatest common factor and last common multiple.
       
    5.    Functions:
        A variety of special functions, their graphs, and applications.

    6.    Statistics:
        Statistical graphs, measures of central tendency and variation, and the normal distribution.

    7.    Probability:
Probability, simple and complex experiments, odds, conditional probability, expected value, and simulation.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

(To be completed by the instructor)

The classroom component of this course will feature lectures on the primary topics highlighted in the outline of topics.  The course will emphasize student participation through individual and group activities, cooperative learning techniques, and problem solving activities.  Use of calculators, computers, and videos will be an integral part of the course.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

(To be completed by the instructor)

Complete assigned readings and homework and attend and participate in all scheduled class lectures and class discussions.

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 by 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

(To be completed by the instructor.)

Evaluation will include class projects, homework, quizzes, tests, and a final examination.

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.