Course Syllabus

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Lincoln University



COURSE ID: MAT-106
COURSE NAME: Math for the Liberal Arts
CREDITS: 3

TEXT BOOK:

      Bennett, J. & Briggs, W., Essentials of Using and Understanding Mathematics. Addison-Wesley: Boston. 2003.

INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION:

***To be provided for each section***

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

      Math for the Liberal Arts is an introduction to non-technical applications of mathematics in the modern world. The course is designed to cultivate an appreciation of the significance of mathematics in daily life and develop students' mathematical reasoning. Subjects include Quantitative Information in Everyday Life, Financial Management, Statistics, and Probability.

PREREQUISITE:         MAT-098 (Algebra I) or Placement


COURSE GOALS- STUDENT LEARNER OUTCOMES:

    Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
  • Explain ways in which mathematics is relevant to their lives;
  • Improve their self-confidence in dealing with mathematical issues;
  • Reason with quantitative information, such as by explaining the use and meaning of percentages, graphs, probabilities, and averages;
  • Strengthen the critical thinking skills for quantitative reasoning needed in life, for example by solving problems in consumer mathematics.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTS:

Ch. 3 Numbers in the Real World (week 1-3)
          Uses and Abuses of Percentages
          Putting Numbers in Perspective
          Dealing with Uncertainty
          How Numbers Deceive
          Exam 1

Ch. 4 Financial Management (week 4-6)
          The Power of Compounding
          Savings Plans
          Loan Payments, Credit Cards, and Mortgages
          Exam 2

Ch. 5 Statistical Reasoning (week 7-10)
          Fundamentals of Statistics
          Should You Believe a Statistical Study
          Statistical Tables and Graphs
          Graphics in the Media
          Correlation and Causality
          Characterizing as Data Distribution
          Exam 3

Ch 6 Probability: Living with the Odds (week 11-13)
          Fundamentals of Probability
          Combining Probability
          The Law of Averages
          Counting and Probability
          Exam 4

          Final Exam or Project (week 14)


COURSE ASSESSMENT- LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES:*

  • Homework

            Daily homework will be given on material covered in class, reviewed the next day, and may be collected and graded on an unannounced basis. On all assignments, all work must be shown for credit.

            Students are encouraged to work cooperatively. The objective of group work is to develop individual skills while learning to work effectively as a team, to think and talk about problem solving and the underlying mathematical concepts, and to develop the ability to ask and answer questions as they arise. However, each student is responsible for all the assigned material, in other words, students can work together, but should not simply copy work from each other. Students are also encouraged to make regular visits during office hours, to meet in study groups, and to use the Math Lab or the Math Tutors from the School of Natural Sciences.

  • Quizzes, Tests and Final Exam

            Short quizzes or take home projects will be given on an unannounced basis. One hour in- class exams will be announced at least a week in advance. A cumulative two hour Final Exam or a Final Project will be given as scheduled by the Registrar. All work must be shown for full credit.

  • Late Work And Make-Ups

    All graded assignments, quizzes and exams must be completed when scheduled. Late assignments or make-up tests or quizzes will only be allowed with official documentation and grades may be lowered. To qualify for a make-up, a student must have notified the professor and rescheduled in a timely manner.

GRADING STANDARDS- ASSESSMENT TOOLS:

        Participation+ 30%
        Tests 50%
        Final 20%
        (+Includes attendance, homework, classwork, projects, labs, quizzes, etc.)

The grading scale guideline: **
A       92-100%
A-       88-91%
B+      85-87%
B      82-84%
B-      78-81%
C+       75-77%
C       72-74%
C-      68-71%
D+      65-67%
D      58-64%
F      0-57%

UNIVERSITY POLICY:

1) Attendance:

Lincoln University uses the class method of teaching, which assumes that each student has something to contribute and something to gain by attending class. It further assumes that there is much more instruction absorbed in the classroom than can be tested on examinations. Therefore, students are expected to attend all regularly scheduled class meetings and should exhibit good faith in this regard. For the control of absences, the faculty adopted the following regulations:

  • Four absences may result in an automatic failure in the course.
  • Three tardy arrivals may be counted as one absence.
  • Absences will be counted starting with whatever day is specified by the instructor but not later than the deadline for adding or dropping courses.
  • In case of illness, death in the family, or other extenuating circumstances, the student must present documented evidence of inability to attend classes to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. However, in such cases the student is responsible for all work missed during those absences.
  • Students representing the University in athletic events or other University sanctioned activities will be excused from class (es) with the responsibility of making up all work and examinations. The Registrar will issue the excused format to the faculty member in charge of the off- or on-campus activity for delivery by the student(s) to their instructors.
2) Statement on Academic Integrity:

Students are responsible for proper conduct and integrity in all of their scholastic work. They must follow a professor's instructions when completing tests, homework, and laboratory reports, and must ask for clarification if the instructions are not clear. In general, students should not give or receive aid when taking exams, or exceed the time limitations specified by the professor. In seeking the truth, in learning to think critically, and in preparing for a life of constructive service, honesty is imperative. Honesty in the classroom and in the preparation of papers is therefore expected of all students. Each student has the responsibility to submit work that is uniquely his or her own. All of this work must be done in accordance with established principles of academic integrity.

An act of academic dishonesty or plagiarism may result in failure for a project or in a course. Plagiarism involves representing another person's ideas or scholarship, including material from the Internet, as your own. Cheating or acts of academic dishonesty include (but are not limited to) fabricating data, tampering with grades, copying, and offering or receiving unauthorized assistance or information.

3) The Student Conduct Code:

Students will be held to the rules and regulations of the Student Conduct Code as described in the Lincoln University Student Handbook. In particular, excessive talking, leaving and reentering class, phones or pagers, or other means of disrupting the class will not be tolerated and students may be asked to leave. Students who constantly disrupt class may be asked to leave permanently and will receive an F.

4) The Core Curriculum Learner Competencies:

All courses offered through the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science require students to meet at least the following out of the 8 Core Curriculum Learner Competencies:

(1) Listen and effectively communicate ideas through written, spoken, and visual means;
(2) Think critically via classifying, analyzing, comparing, contrasting, hypothesizing, synthesizing, extrapolating, and evaluating ideas;

(6) Apply and evaluate quantitative reasoning through the disciplines of mathematics, computational science, laboratory science, selected social sciences and other like-minded approaches that require precision of thought;

(8) Demonstrate positive interpersonal skills by adhering to the principles of freedom, justice, equality, fairness, tolerance, open dialogue and concern for the common good.



Note:

* The instructor of a given section of the course may make some modifications to the evaluation as well as to the rest of the syllabi including but not limited to; the grade weights, number of tests, and test total points.

**The grading scale guideline includes a 2-point flexibility.

Please consult with the department chairperson for any program updates or corrections which may not be yet reflected on this page _ last updated 9/10/2007.

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