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Topics in Mathematics

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MAT 290

       Course Name: Topics in Mathematics

       Credits: 1-4 (0-4 lecture; 0-4 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Varies depending on the topic.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course covers variety of different topics during different semesters.  Topics are selected from amongst current advances and faculty expertise.  Typical course concentrations might be History of Mathematics or Introduction to Mathematical Modeling.  Course may be repeated up to three times for a maximum of nine semester credit hours.  Prerequisite may vary by topic.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Students will learn issues, techniques, and/or applications related to the specific topic of the course section.

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

(To be completed by instructor, contingent on course content for specific topic.)

VII.  Methods of Instruction

(To be completed by instructor)

Methods of presentation can include lectures, discussion, experimentation, audio-visual aids, small-group work and regularly assigned homework. Calculators/computers will be used when appropriate.  Mathematica, Derive, and TI-92 Calculators are available for use at the College at no charge.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

(To be completed by instructor)

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”.

A computer algebra system and graphing calculator may be required.  Mathematica, Derive or use of a TI-89 or a TI-92 calculator is recommended.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

(To be determined and announced by the instructor)
Evaluation methods can include grading homework, chapter or major tests, quizzes, individual or group projects, calculator/computer projects 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.

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.