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Course Outline for Math Skills 1
COURSE DESCRIPTION: (Write a short paragraph
providing an overview of topics covered. Be sure to identify those
students who would benefit most from taking this course.)
This semester course is designed as the first of three courses intended for
students preparing for the GED examination in
math . This course covers: place value, reading and writing whole numbers,
rounding, estimation, addition, subtraction,
multiplication and division with whole numbers, prime numbers, factors and
multiples. This course also covers the concept of
fraction and basic operations with fractions . (R3)
COURSE OBJECTIVES: (These should be stated as
performancebased, measurable objectives. These objectives are
common to all students and should be clearly related to course content,
assignments, and methods of evaluation.)
Upon completion of course, the successful student will be able to:
At the end of the course, the successful student will be able to:
1. Name a whole number or a fraction
2. Identify each place value in a whole number
3. List factors, multiples, prime and composite numbers
4. Demonstrate skills for the basic operations with whole numbers and fractions
and word problem solving skills .
COURSE CONTENT: (Describe course content in terms
of topics or a specific body of knowledge to be covered. Put
topics in outline form with major and minor headings. Instructors must cover all
material listed. )
The number system
Place value
Reading and writing whole numbers
Rounding and estimation for whole numbers
The four basic operations with whole numbers
Rules and properties for
Addition
Subtraction
Multiplication
Division
Strategies for solving word problems involving addition, subtraction,
multiplication and division of whole numbers
Prime and composite numbers
Factors
Multiples
Prime factorization
Greatest common factor ( GCF )
 Least common multiple (LCM)
Fractions and mixed numbers
Concept of fractions
 Equivalent fractions
Conversion between improper fractions and mixed numbers
 Comparing fractions
The four basic operations with fractions
Multiplication of fractions
Division of fractions
The least common denominator (LCD)
 Addition of fractions and mixed numbers
 Subtraction of fractions and mixed numbers
Strategies for solving word problems involving addition, subtraction,
multiplication and division with fractions
TYPICAL ASSIGNMENTS & TESTS: READING, WRITING, COMPUTATIONAL, OTHER
Assignments and tests should be clearly related to course
objectives, content, and methods of evaluation. Please provide
typical examples for each item completed.
1. Describe nature and frequency of reading assignments and tests, if applicable:
Students are required for each class to read and
comprehend word problems and to translate them into arithmetic. Students
are required to demonstrate reading comprehension skills, solving word problems
included in all chapter tests.
2. Describe nature and frequency of writing assignments and tests, if applicable:
Students are required for each class to write the answers for each problem or exercise.
3. Describe nature and frequency of computational assignments and tests, if applicable:
Students are required to learn and use basic addition and
multiplication facts for arithmetic operations. Computational
problems are assigned for each class meeting, and are included in all chapter
tests.
4. Describe other types of assignments and tests, if applicable:
Students are required to analyze and interpret their
homework answers.
Students will use computer software for practice drills and tutorials.
METHODS OF INSTRUCTION: (Methods must be consistent
with content and appropriate to objectives; state in terms
of what instructor will be doing in order to present course content to students:
for example, lecture, demonstration,
present audio/visual materials; facilitate group work , etc. Do not list specific
instructional equipment.)
Lecture with follow up exercises
Directed study emphasizing collaborative learning
Group work facilitated by instructor
Computer assisted instruction supervised by faculty
METHODS OF EVALUATION: Describe specific methods
used for determining whether students have met course
objectives through assignments and tests. What will faculty be looking for when
evaluating a student’s work?
Weekly quiz for covered material ( 1, 2, 3, 4)
Completion of homework assignment (1, 2, 3, 4 )
Completion of class activities and computer based assignments (1, 2, 3, 4 )
Chapter tests to evaluate students progress in meeting course objectives ( 1, 2,
3, 4 )
Final cumulative test to determine students’ proficiency in material covered
through the semester ( 1, 2, 3, 4 )
Suggested Texts or other Instructional Materials (include
titles, authors, publishers, dates, and editions):
Contemporary’s GED Mathenatics, Jerry Howett, McGrawHill, 2002.
Contemporary’s Number Power 1, Jerry Howett, McGrawHill, 2000.
Contemporary’s Number Power 2, Jerry Howett, McGrawHill, 2000.
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