MTH 121 Syllabus


Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                                                                       Date:  February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Information Systems Technology, Programming or Networking Tracks


Course Number and Title:           MTH 121, Fundamentals of Mathematics I


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



I.              Catalog Description:         Covers concepts of numbers, fundamental operations with numbers, formulas and equations, graphical analysis, binary numbers, Boolean and matrix algebra, linear programming, and elementary concepts of statistics. Prerequisites: a placement recommendation for MTH 121 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: 


This course teaches students the relationship between the application of logical and mathematical structure to circuit design.  Students will understand the structures of computers as a result of taking this course.


III.           Required background: 




IV.          Course Content:


A.   Basic algebra review

B.   Number systems

C.   Sets and logic

D.   Arithmetic structures

E.   Storage schemes/structures

F.    Circuit design and gates

G.   Elementary matrices


V.  Learner Outcomes


The student will:

VI.  Evaluation

A.   Acquire basic understanding of computer design and structures

B.   Understand limitations imposed by structures

C.   Be able to solve basic logic problems

D.   Be able to formulate logical structure of applied computer system problems



         VII.    This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:

Critical Thinking

Quantitative Reasoning