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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 05-Jan-23

Spring 2023 | MAT-1030-VG01 - Applied Math Concepts

In Person Class

Standard courses meet in person at CCV centers, typically once each week for the duration of the semester.

Location: Bennington
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Monday, 06:00P - 08:45P
Semester Dates: 01-30-2023 to 05-08-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 02-18-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 03-29-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Jesse Herbert
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Debra Grant

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following VSC General Education Requirement(s) for Catalog Year 21-22 and later:
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course develops students’ ability to think quantitatively and use mathematics as a problem-solving tool in their professional and personal lives. Mathematical applications are selected from a range of business, human services, health, and political topics. Concepts include: set theory, visual representation of data, operations in the real number system, geometry, linear and nonlinear equations, linear systems, personal finance, probability, and statistics. Students must take a math assessment for placement purposes prior to registration. Prerequisite: Math & Algebra for College or equivalent skills.

Essential Objectives

1. Apply basic concepts of set theory and use Venn diagrams to solve problems related to surveys and probabilities.
2. Utilize real number system operations (fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, proportions, and unit conversions) in the interpretation and analysis of problems from a variety of fields.
3. Analyze and interpret linear and nonlinear relationships using graphs and equations, and apply algebraic techniques and models to a variety of problems.
4. Apply geometric concepts including angles, areas, volumes, and the Pythagorean Theorem.
5. Examine and apply the concepts of probabilities using a variety of methods including counting techniques, frequency tables, probability distributions, pie charts, and graphs.
6. Apply basic statistics, using sampling, tables, charts, graphs, means, standard deviation and normal distribution, to interpret and draw conclusions from data.
7. Compute and analyze the impacts of simple and compound interest, and analyze finance applications related to savings, taxes, discounts, loans, and purchases.
8. Select and perform appropriate procedures to solve mathematical problems arising in various disciplines, and demonstrate proficiency in interpreting, evaluating and presenting quantitative data and information.
9. Demonstrate proficiency on the quantitative reasoning graduation assessment.
10. Apply mathematical reasoning to analyze social justice problems in a variety of different contexts and consider whether these approaches are just and equitable.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

This course only uses free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials. For details, see the Canvas Site for this class.


Instructional methods will include online lecture, sample problems, and guided practice. Some group work may be utilized, and a final presentation serves as an in depth learning experience.

Evaluation Criteria

A final average of 60% or higher is needed to Pass. Note that I simply keep a running average of your graded performance throughout the semester, as follows:

· Homework Quizzes 30%

· Tests 50%

· Final Presentation (Real Application of Mathematics or RAM) 20%

Note: Late work earns 80% credit.

Homework: Each week, a homework quiz consists of several multiple choice questions. These scores are used in the homework grade calculation. The lowest two (of 13 total) weekly homework quiz scores are dropped prior to the final grade posting (i.e. a total of 11 weekly homework quizzes make up your final homework average). Each quiz has two attempts allowed, with the higher of the two retained. The time allotted for each attempt is 60 minutes.

Tests: Two tests (20 questions, multiple choice/online/1.5 hours) are given per semester (a midterm and a final), taken online during that week. Emergencies are handled on a case-by-case basis, but missing one of these two exams without prior arrangements generally requires documentation of a medical emergency. Each test has two attempts allowed, with the higher of the two retained. The time allotted for each attempt is 90 minutes.

Final Project (RAM): The final project, a 5-7 minute presentation, is given at the semester's end. Final presentations will not be accepted beyond the term end date without documented need*. Details on these projects are in our Canvas modules section near the top. Ultimately, keep this low stress. While a rubric is provided, it is graded generously. This is new territory for many. Students have complete freedom to select a topic of interest, assuming one shows clearly how math is related to the subject (and it must go beyond simple "accounting" or scoring type math, such as tabulated costs for anything, an athlete's stats, etc.).

· *As emergencies arise, serious setbacks are discussed case-by-case.

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Week 1: Introduction and Review of the Quantitative Reasoning Assessment (QRA)



Week 2: Number Theory Part A



Week 3: Number Theory Part B



Week 4: Linear and Nonlinear Problem-Solving



Week 5: Number Theory and Geometry



Week 6: Linear and Nonlinear Problem-Solving Continued



Week 7: Exam #1 and QRA Practice



Week 8: Statistics



Week 9: Probability



Week 10: Probability and Statistics Application Problems



Week 11: QRA Practice



Week 12: Consumer Math



Week 13: Set Theory



Week 14: Review for the Final Exam, Completing the QRA & Presentations Part 1



Week 15: Finish Line--Presentations Part 2 & Final Exam


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Late work earns 80% of full credit.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.