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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 performance-based, 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, McGraw-Hill, 2002.
Contemporary’s Number Power 1, Jerry Howett, McGraw-Hill, 2000.
Contemporary’s Number Power 2, Jerry Howett, McGraw-Hill, 2000.

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