MTH 120 Syllabus


Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                                   Date:  February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Administrative Support Technology


Course Number and Title:           MTH 120, Introduction to Mathematics


Credit Hours:   3                  Hours/Wk Lecture:   3        Hours/Wk Lab:                    Lec/Lab Comb:   



I.              Catalog Description:         Introduces number systems, logic, basic algebra, and descriptive statistics.   Prerequisites:  a placement recommendation for MTH 120 and one unit of high school mathematics or equivalent.  (Intended for occupational/technical programs.)  Lecture 3 hours per week.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught: 


MTH 120 equips students with the mathematical skills necessary to solve practical problems in the occupational/technical areas.  Practical applications are drawn from real world problems and employment experiences in the administrative support field.  The course will also address math anxieties and coping techniques to overcome mathematical fears.


III.           Required background: 


A placement recommendation for MTH 120 and one unit of high school mathematics or equivalent.


IV.          Course Content:


A.   Sets of  Numbers

B.   Percents and Problem Solving

C.   Measurement and Problem Solving

D.   Applications of Percent

E.   Sets and Logic

F.    Statistics


V.  Learner Outcomes


The student will:

VI.  Evaluation

A.   Understand the properties of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals and perform basic operations with each while estimating and rounding.

B.   Estimate answers for applied problems and solve literal equations using real-life situations.

C.   Understand the basics of U.S. and metric measurements and be able to calculate perimeter, circumference, area, and volume of various geometric figures.

D.   Be able to solve practical problems involving percentages, ratios, and proportions including interest rates and loan applications

E.   Understand basic sets and logic applications.

F.    Understand basic statistical computations and graphs in applied problems.

Students will be given homework assignments and pencil and paper tests for each chapter.  A final comprehensive examination will be given at the end of the course.


         VII.    This course supports the following  objectives:



DCC Educational Objectives:

Critical Thinking

Quantitative Reasoning