MTH 126 Syllabus


Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                                               Date:    January, 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught:


Course Number and Title:           MTH 126, Mathematics for Allied Health


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



I.              Catalog Description:         Presents scientific notation, precision and accuracy, decimals and percents, ratio and proportion, variation, simple equations, techniques of graphing, use of charts and tables, logarithms, and the metric system. Prerequisites: a placement recommendation for MTH 126 and one unit of high school mathematics or equivalent. Lecture 2-3 hours per week.


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

This course supports the preparation of students for registered nursing programs.


III.             Required background:  MTE 3


IV.          Course Content:

1.    Fractions

2.    Decimals

3.    Percents

4.    Ratios

5.    Proportion

6.    Metric Measurement

7.    Apothecary Measurement

8.    Conversions between metric, apothecary and U.S. Standard Measurement systems

9.    Dosage calculations in

a.                Tablets and capsules

b.                Liquids in mls, ounces, teaspoons and tablespoons, ccs

c.                Units (U-100 and other)

d.                Injections

10. Symbols and Abbreviations utilized in medical dosages


V.  Learner Outcomes


The student will:

VI.  Evaluation

A.   Perform essential operations using fractions

B.   Perform essential operations in decimal.

C.   Convert between fractions and decimal notation

D.   Calculate accurately with percents

E.   Convert percents to fractions and decimals

F.    Convert ratios to fractions and decimals

G.   Solve simple proportions involving fractions, decimals, and percents.

H.   Convert within the metric system

I.      Know apothecary measurements including drams and ounces.

J.    Convert among metric, apothecary, and U.S. standard measurements.

K.   Using proportions, calculate essential dosages.

Students will be required to demonstrate mastery on the three broad content areas on written non-multiple choice tests.


         VII.    This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Quantitative Reasoning