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Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 08-May-23

Summer 2023 | MAT-1030-VO02 - Applied Math Concepts

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 05-23-2023 to 08-14-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-12-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-10-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Todd Darrow
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Julie Dalley

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 is a no cost textbook or resource class ***

MAT-1030-VO02 Link to Textbooks/Resources Information for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


Online Tools: If you are worried about taking a math course you can relax. This will not be your typical math class. I have built this course to support all types of learners. You will not be left to learn math on your own independently! I will be providing class lessons and support along with video lessons you can watch at your convenience, pause, replay, and use to learn at your own speed. The videos will model the types of problems you will be solving. I have adapted my strengths as a teacher in the classroom to include online tools to make sure you have the tools to be successful in math.

My Approach: When Covid hit my learning took a huge curve when we went from in-person math classes to remote classes overnight. Even though I got positive feedback from my students in this transition I consider myself a learner just like you as I grow my skills as a teacher with 27 years of experience. In the classroom I pride my work as a teacher on meeting the needs of my students and adjusting my teaching strategies to best support them. The online tools I have developed for the online courses I will make available to you during this in person course as well. You will have opportunities to learn at your own pace each week with lessons I teach in person and supplemental ones I upload. It is important that you have the opportunity to get support when you are feeling stuck or lost. Therefore we will use multiple strategies to help you do your best this semester.

Understanding Applied Math Concepts: This course will focus on introducing you to multiple strands of mathematics and solving problems in those strands (Algebra, Geometry, Statistics, etc.). The term "Applied" infers the application of concepts to solve meaningful problems. Good and meaningful problems sometimes take several attempts to solve. Failure to solve a problem the first time is not a failure. Quitting after the first failed attempt is unfortunate and robs you of learning. Persevere and keep trying. I encourage revision of work, until you are happy with the outcome and grade, ultimately. Students who are most successful in this course often retake quizzes and revise problem sets, after I have provided feedback. You are not required to revise or redo work, typically. But don't be shy in taking the opportunity to revise and redo!!!

Active Math Learner: Whether you love math or have math anxiety, the best way to tackle math is be an active learner. To be active means, but is not limited to:

  • Asking questions and participating in class discussions.
  • Checking your understanding: "Todd do I understand this correctly..."
  • Responding to questions and reflections about your current learning.
  • Work with other students via chats and discussions boards.
  • Emailing your instructor with questions or reach out to a fellow student.
  • Access MyTutor if you need some extra support and your instructor is not available.
  • Revising work or looking for other ways to solve problems.
  • Being open minded and challenging yourself to think, accept challenges as opportunities to learn, and not as opportunities to reinforce a negative perception of your math abilities.

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

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.

Participation Expectations

In this course you participate by contributing to discussions and interacting with peers on the discussion board. Participation is also grade by work completion as this is an online course. Your attendance reflects completing work in a timely fashion by the due date. If you do not submit work on time you are marked as absent for that class. Please understand that three absences can equal failing the course. So be diligent about completing your work on time and responding to class discussions. We learn most by interacting with others. So discussions are a critical part of your learning.

Missing & Late Work Policy

I try to give you time and opportunities to continue to grow your learning. When you submit homework or quizzes, you can always do them over again to demonstrate your continued learning in this course. We all learn at different rates. That being said, not turning in work on time is an issue when it comes to retakes. I don't have a hard line on this, but know that my willingness to regrade assignments when you miss deadlines can evolve over the semester. Be timely getting your work in with your best effort. If you need another attempt, that is always welcomed.

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.