MATH 0302/1332 STEM Corequisite
Beginning Algebra/Contemporary Mathematics I

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. MATH 0302 Course Description:  The course supports students in developing skills, strategies, and reasoning needed to succeed in mathematics, including communication and appropriate use of technology.  Topics include the study of numeracy and the real number system; algebraic concepts, notation, and reasoning; quantitative relationships; mathematical models; and problem-solving.
      1. This is a mainstreamed intensifier providing contact hours for additional, just-in-time instructional support for the student's success in MATH 1332.
    2. MATH 1332 Course Description:  Topics include introductory treatments of sets and logic, financial mathematics, probability and statistics with appropriate applications.  Number sense, proportional reasoning, estimation, technology, and communications should be embedded throughout the course.
      1. The final overall grade the student earns in Math 1332 will also be the final overall grade the student earns in Math 0302.
    3. Any required prerequisites: Students must have the appropriate placement test score.
    4. Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) learning strategies will be implemented periodically throughout the course.
    5. This course has been designed to prepare students whose chosen field of study requires a STEM mathematical pathway.
    6. Project Base Learning (PBL) is an active learning method in which students gain knowledge and skill by investigating and responding to a tangible, engaging and complex question, problem or challenge.
    7. Online course content is administered through the college’s learning management system (LMS), Moodle, also called eCampus.  A link to Moodle can be found on or the college’s home page, (the big M with a graduation cap).
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Use appropriate symbolic notation and vocabulary to communicate, interpret, and explain mathematical concepts.
    2. Define, represent, and perform operations on real number, applying numeric reasoning to investigate and describe quantitative relationships and solve real world problems in a variety of contexts.
    3. Apply algebraic reasoning to manipulate expressions and equations to real world problems.
    4. Use algebraic reasoning to solve problems that require ration, rates, percentages, and proportions in a variety of contexts using multiple representations.
    5. Use graphs, tables, and technology to analyze, interpret, and compare data sets.
    6. Construct and use mathematical models in verbal, algebraic, graphical and tabular form to solve problems from a variety of contexts and to make predictions and decisions.
    7. Apply the language and notation of sets.
    8. Determine the validity of an argument or statement and provide mathematical evidence.
    9. Solve problems in mathematics of finance.
    10. Demonstrate fundamental probability/counting techniques and apply those techniques to solve problems.
    11. Interpret and analyze various representations of data.
    12. Demonstrate the ability to choose and analyze mathematical models to solve problems from real-world setting, including, but not limited to, personal finance, health literacy, and civic engagement.
  3. Course Requirements
    1. Major Requirements—All major requirements must be proctored.
      1. In-Class Participation
      2. Unit Exams
      3. Midterm Exam
      4. Final Exam
    2. Minor Requirements
      1. Binder Checks
      2. Homework
      3. Quizzes
      4. Projects
  4. Testing Requirements
    1. Students are NOT allowed to use their book or notes of any kind while completing major requirements.
  5. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Required Book: A Survey of mathematics with Applications, 9th edition, by Angel, Abbott, and Runde.  ISBN: 978-0-321-75966-5
    2. Calculators: Students must have a calculator that provides them with the ln (natural log) function key.  A TI-84 or higher is strongly recommended.  However, the TI-89, TI-Inspire with CAS or any other calculator with CAS capability are not permitted.
  6. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates:   Please refer to the WTC Course Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2.  Final exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct
    6. Academic Integrity
    7. Class Attendance
    8. Students with disabilities
  7. Planned Course of Study

Chapters and Sections to be covered throughout the semester

Ch. 2—Sets

2.1 Set Concepts
2.2 Subsets
2.3 Venn Diagrams and Set Operations

Ch. 3—Logic

3.1 Statements and Logical Connectives
3.2 Truth Tables for Negation, Conjunction, and Disjunction

Ch. 5—Number Theory and the Real Number System

5.1 Number Theory
5.2 The Integers
5.3 The Rational Numbers
5.4 The Irrational Numbers and the Real Number System
5.5 Real Numbers and Their Properties
5.6 Rules of Exponents and Scientific Notation

Ch. 6—Algebra, Graphs, and Functions

6.1 Order of Operations
6.2 Linear Equations in One Variable
6.3 Formulas
6.4 Applications of Linear Equations in One Variable
6.5 Variation
6.7 Graphing Linear Equations
6.9 Solving Quadratics Equations by Using Factoring and by Using the Quadratic Formula
6.10 Functions and Their Graphs

Ch. 11—Consumer Mathematics

11.1 Percent
11.2 Personal Loans and Simple Interest
11.3 Compound Interest
11.4 Installment Buying
11.5 Buying a House with a Mortgage
11.6 Ordinary Annuities, sinking Funds, and Retirement Investments

Ch. 12—Probability

12.1 The Nature of Probability
12.2 Theoretical Probability
12.3 Odds
12.4 Expected Value (Expectation)
12.5 Tree Diagrams
12.6 OR and AND Problems
12.7 Conditional Probability

Ch. 13—Statistics

13.3 Frequency Distributions and Statistical Graphs
13.4 Measures of Central Tendency
13.5 Measures of Dispersion
13.6 The Normal Curve
13.7 Linear Correlation and Regression

Disclaimer:  Schedule and content is subject to change at the instructor’s discretion.


Last Modified/Reviewed: August 23, 2019