Basic Math - Prealgebra


Course Code:  MATU 085
Through Brandman University

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Credit Information
Course Title:Basic Math - Prealgebra
Course Code:MATU 085
Credits:3 Semester Credits
Credit Provider:Brandman University
Transfer:Can be used as prerequisite, but not degree applicable.
Grading Mode:Standard letter grade
See the Transcript & Preapproval tab for more details.

Course Requirements
Enrollment Type:RollingSign up and start any day of the year.
Requires Textbook?NoAll of the course materials are online.
Proctored Final:NoThis course does not require a proctored final.
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Course Description
This course was designed for students who need to build skills in Basic Math and Prealgebra. The course covers all the essential topics needed to be successful in Algebra. Topics include basic operations with integers and real numbers, fractions, decimals, exponents, order of operation, conversion of units, percents, radicals, linear equations, radicals, mathematical modeling, data interpretation and statistics, area, perimeter and volume of geometric figures, and the coordinate plane.
Basic Math-Prealgebra is an Omega MathTM Course.

Prerequisite:   None

Approvals for this Course
Meets Common Core Requirements: Yes

Course Pricing
The full cost of the course is $498.00; however, you may use the payment plan to split the cost into two payments.

Payment Plan:
1st payment: $277.40   (Start your class immediately!)
2nd payment: $227.60   (Automatically charged 30 days later.)

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Westcott Courses is the teacher of the course, and the official transcript with academic semester credits comes from our partner university Brandman University. Brandman University is regionally accredited by WASC. Westcott Courses does not appear on the transcript; the transcript shows our course the same way it would show a traditional class taken on the university's campus.
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Enrollment Information
Enroll any day of the year, and start that same day. Students have five months of access, plus a 30 day extension at the end if needed. Students can finish the self-paced courses as soon as they are able. Most students finish the lower level courses in 1 - 3 months. The upper level math courses, such as Calculus and above, usually take students 2 - 4 months.

Note: The 30-day extension cannot take your total course time six months beyond the date of enrollment. At the end of the six months, we must post a grade with the university.

Textbook Requirement:
No outside textbook is needed. Our Omega MathTM courses contain all the lessons, homework, solution manuals, quizzes, tests and the final. Our lessons start out with the easiest examples, and then move slowly to the more advanced problems. Between examples, there are interactive problems which make sure the student understands the concepts, as well as enables the student to store the information into long term memory.

Proctored Final Requirement:
This course does not require a proctored final.

Student's Requirements:
You must have internet access.
You must have access to email.
Omega MathTM Courses - you must be at or above a 7th grade reading level. Other courses require at least a 10th grade reading level.

Payment Plan:
The cost of each class can be divided into two payments by checking the payment plan box when you enroll. The first payment is 55% of the total amount, and the second payment is 45% of the total amount. Your first payment will be charged when you enroll, and the second payment will be charged in 30 days. Your course is activated once your first payment is made. There is a $3.50 additional fee for the credit card split for each of the two payments.

If paying by check, you can either send in a check for the two payments 30 days apart. Or you may send in both checks at the same time, with one post dated by 30 days for the 2nd payment. Just click on "Check by Mail" under Payment Information when you enroll. The form at the end of your enrollment will give you the address for mailing the checks.

If you plan to finish the class fairly quickly, then we don't recommend the payment plan. Your registration is not sent into the university until both payments are made, and your registration has to be in before the university will issue a transcript. As long as you don't require a transcript in less than a month, you may use the payment plan.
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Westcott Courses/Omega Math is the teacher of the course, and our exclusive partner university is Brandman University. Brandman University is regionally accredited by WASC, and awards the semester credits and transcript for the individual classes. Once you are finished with the course, we will post your grade with Brandman and give you the instructions on how to order the transcript from Brandman's records office. Since Westcott Courses is the teacher, we do not appear on the transcript. The official transcript from Brandman University will show our course the same way it would show a traditional class taken on their campus. See Transferring the Credit for more information.

Taking a course through this program does not require being enrolled in the university as a regular student; anyone can receive the credits for these classes. Any student has the opportunity to earn university credits through Brandman University, part of the Chapman University System!

Transfer Information:   Can be used as prerequisite, but not degree applicable.

Most colleges will accept this course as a prerequisite; however, it too low of a level to go towards a degree.
Your college will require any class you wish to transfer to them to be from a regionally accredited college that awards academic semester or quarter credits. They will also want the course description of the course to match their own. Brandman University is regionally accredited and issues academic semester credits. Our course description will match or exceed your college's description; thus, your college will most likely accept the course. If you would like preapproval from your school, please see the preapproval tab. Your college may be one of the many schools that we are associated with, so check the Associated School link before asking for preapproval.
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Brandman University's Accreditation:
You can verify that Brandman University is regionally accredited via the Department of Education's web site. Enter Brandman University into the search field. Brandman University has 26 campuses, so just click on the first link and it will show they are regionally accredited by WASC.

Preapproval from your College:
If you would like to make sure your college will accept this course from Brandman University, you can ask your school for preapproval. Send the following email to your counselor or registrar's office:

Dear counselor,
I would like to request preapproval to take MATU 085 - Basic Math - Prealgebra through Brandman University. Brandman University is regionally accredited by WASC.
You will find the course description for this course, as well as other pertinent information on Brandman's web site at this URL: https://www.brandman.edu/westcott

Note: Your college may be one of the many schools that we are already have agreements with, so check the Associated School page before asking for preapproval. If your school is listed, it will let you know that they accept the course through Brandman University. If your school is not on this list, it just means they have not contacted us to establish an articulation agreement.

Course Information


Course Title:Basic Math - Prealgebra
Course Code:MATU 085
Credits:3 credits
Credit Provider:Brandman University
Grading Mode:Standard letter grade
Proctored Final: No

Textbook Requirement:
No outside textbook is needed. Our Omega MathTM courses contain all the lessons, homework, solution manuals, quizzes, tests and the final. Our lessons start out with the easiest examples, and then move slowly to the more advanced problems. Between examples, there are interactive problems which make sure the student understands the concepts, as well as enables the student to store the information into long term memory.

Course Description

This course was designed for students who need to build skills in Basic Math and Prealgebra. The course covers all the essential topics needed to be successful in Algebra. Topics include basic operations with integers and real numbers, fractions, decimals, exponents, order of operation, conversion of units, percents, radicals, linear equations, radicals, mathematical modeling, data interpretation and statistics, area, perimeter and volume of geometric figures, and the coordinate plane.
Basic Math-Prealgebra is an Omega MathTM Course.

Prerequisite:   None

Approvals for this Course
Meets Common Core Requirements: Yes

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, student should be able to:

  1. Define and apply basic operations of integers and real numbers.
  2. Use the language of mathematics to communicate ideas and solve real world problems.
  3. Recognize basic geometric figures and calculate area, perimeter and volume for these figures.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in strategic competence, conceptual understanding and adaptive reasoning.
  5. Solve quantitative problems and perform quantitative calculations.
  6. Define and apply basic operations on real numbers.
  7. Use the language of mathematics to communicate ideas and solve real world problems.
  8. Recognize basic geometric figures and calculate area, perimeter and volume for these figures.
  9. Solve quantitative problems and perform quantitative calculations.
  10. Perform order of operations on arithmetic expressions.
  11. Understand the properties of radicals & exponents.
  12. Apply arithmetic principles to solve percent problems.
  13. Apply basic operations on polynomials.
  14. Solve linear equations, conversion of units and proportions.
  15. Demonstrate proficiency in basic Statistics concepts including reading data from charts and graphs.
  16. Demonstrate proficiency in strategic competence, conceptual understanding and adaptive reasoning.
  17. Demonstrate real-world problem solving skills. Analyze a problem by breaking it into parts, recognize the concepts applicable to the parts, recognize the relationship between the parts, write the concepts in proper algebraic representations, solve the problem in symbols, interpret the final results.
  18. Recognize the language description, geometric and algebraic representation, and be able to transfer from one form to the other.


Methods Of Evaluation

Homework quizzes 15%
Chapter tests 60%
Final Exam 25%
Students must get at least 60% on the Proctored Final Exam in order to pass the class with a C or better.*

Homework Quizzes: 15%

Homework assignments are essential in a mathematics course. It is not possible to master the course without a considerable amount of time being devoted to studying the concepts and solving problems. Each lesson contains a set of homework problems, and you are required to do all the odd problems for each section. Work out each problem, and then check the solution manual for a detailed solution. Do not continue to the next problem until you understand your mistake. Once you feel comfortable with the homework set, take the homework quiz for that section. The homework quizzes are revised problems from the homework sets. You may take each quiz twice, and the higher of the two scores is used to calculate your quiz grade. Once you take a quiz, figure out what you did wrong on the problems that you missed and then try the quiz again. It is important to figure what you did wrong before you push forward. If you figure out your errors at this step, you will be less likely to make the same error on the test or the final. The struggle to figure out what you did wrong stores the mathematics into your long-term memory, and aids in building abstract thinking.

Chapter Tests: 60%

After you have completed a chapter, and understand everything in the lessons, homework sets and quizzes, take the chapter test. The chapter tests are revised problems from the quizzes. You may take each chapter test twice, and the higher of the two scores is used to calculate your chapter test grade. Once you take a chapter test, figure out what you did wrong on the problems that you missed and then try the chapter test again. It is important to figure what you did wrong before you push forward. If you figure out your errors at this step, you will be less likely to make the same error on the final.

Assessment

A 90-100 A Clearly stands out as excellent performance and, exhibits mastery of learning outcomes.
B 80-89 B Grasps subject matter at a level considered to be good to very good, and exhibits partial mastery of learning outcomes.
C 70-79 C Demonstrates a satisfactory comprehension of the subject matter, and exhibits sufficient understanding and skills to progress in continued sequential learning.
D 60-69 D Quality and quantity of work is below average and exhibits only partial understanding and skills to progress in continued sequential learning.
F 0-59 F Quality and quantity of work is below average and not sufficient to progress.

Instructional Process

In this course we will explore mathematical concepts, methods and applications from life issues, business and finance, social and environmental issues. Civic and social issues will be used as problems to apply the subject principles. Using the civic, social, and life related examples will help students understand the subject at a deeper level. After an introduction in each section, problems will be solved that start with the easiest examples and move slowly to the more advanced problems with Student Interactive Problems (SIP) in between. The SIPs are important! They give you a chance to slow down and make sure you understand the material. If you get the problem correct, continue on with the next example. If you get the problem wrong, you will be taken to a page that works out the problem in detail. The SIPs play a large part in storing the topics along with their procedures into your long-term memory. Each homework set contains applications for that lesson. These real life applications create a better understanding of math in our world and how it applies to every day life.

Course Content Menu


Chapter 1 - Operations with Whole Numbers

LessonsHomeworkQuiz
 
1.1 - Addition of Whole Numbers1.11.1
1.2 - Subtraction of Whole Numbers1.21.2
1.3 - Multiplication of Whole Numbers1.31.3
1.4 - Division of Whole Numbers1.41.4
1.5 - Division of Whole Numbers - Long Division1.51.5
 
Chapter 1 Test ( 26 questions )
 
Chapter 2 - Exponents, Factoring & Fractions

LessonsHomeworkQuiz
 
2.1 - Exponents2.12.1
2.2 - Factoring & Prime Factorization2.22.2
2.3 - Greatest Common Factor & Least Common Multiple2.32.3
2.4 - Multiplication and Division of Fractions2.42.4
2.5 - Addition & Subtraction of Fractions2.52.5
2.6 - Introduction to Order of Operation2.62.6
 
Chapter 2 Test ( 26 questions )
 
Chapter 3 - Operations with Decimals

LessonsHomeworkQuiz
 
3.1 - Introduction to Decimals3.13.1
3.2 - Addition and Subtraction of Decimals3.23.2
3.3 - Multiplication and Division of Decimals3.33.3
3.4 - Rounding Decimal Values3.43.4
 
Chapter 3 Test ( 22 questions )
 
Chapter 4 - Operations with Radicals

LessonsHomeworkQuiz
 
4.1 - Introduction to Radicals4.14.1
4.2 - Addition and Subtraction of Radicals4.24.2
4.3 - Multiplication and Division of Radicals4.34.3
 
Chapter 4 Test ( 20 questions )
 
Chapter 5 - Operations with Integers

LessonsHomeworkQuiz
 
5.1 - Addition and Subtraction of Integers5.15.1
5.2 - Multiplication and Division of Integers5.25.2
5.3 - Exponents and Absolute Value5.35.3
5.4 - Simplifying Algebraic Expressions5.45.4
5.5 - Evaluating Algebraic Expressions5.55.5
 
Chapter 5 Test ( 27 questions )
 
Chapter 6 - Linear Equations

LessonsHomeworkQuiz
 
6.1 - Introduction to Linear Equations6.16.1
6.2 - Percents6.26.2
6.3 - Ratio and Proportions6.36.3
6.4 - Conversion of Units6.46.4
 
Chapter 6 Test ( 25 questions )
 
Chapter 7 - Geometry

LessonsHomeworkQuiz
 
7.1 - Squares, Rectangles and Parallelograms7.17.1
7.2 - Circles7.27.2
7.3 - Triangles7.37.3
7.4 - Straight Solids7.47.4
7.5 - Pointed Solids7.57.5
 
Chapter 7 Test ( 28 questions )
 
Chapter 8 - Graphing and Statistics

LessonsHomeworkQuiz
 
8.1 - The Coordinate Plane8.18.1
8.2 - Reading Data from Charts and Graphs8.28.2
8.3 - Mean, Median and Mode8.38.3
 
Chapter 8 Test ( 16 questions )
 
Basic Math - Prealgebra Final Exam


Time on Task

This course is online and your participation at home is imperative. A minimum of 8 - 10 hours per week of study time is required for covering all of the online material to achieve a passing grade. You must set up a regular study schedule. You have five months of access to your online account with a thirty-day extension at the end if needed. If you do not complete the course within this time line, you will need to enroll in a second term.

Schedule

Below is the suggested time table to follow to stay on a 17 week schedule for the course. The following schedule is the minimum number of sections that need to be completed each week if you would like to finish in a regular semester time frame. You do not have to adhere to this schedule. You have five months of access plus a 30 day extension at the end if needed. You can finish the course as soon as you are able.

Week Complete Sections
1 1.1 - 1.3
2 1.4 - 1.5
3 2.1 - 2.2
4 2.3 - 2.4
5 2.5 - 2.6
6 3.1 - 3.2
7 3.3 - 3.4
8 4.1 - 4.2
9 4.3 - 5.1
10 5.2 - 5.3
11 5.4 - 5.5
12 6.1 - 6.2
13 6.3 - 6.4
14 7.1 - 7.2
15 7.3 - 7.4
16 7.5 - 8.1
17 8.2 - 8.3
Final Exam


Code of Conduct:


Code of Ethics:

Regulations and rules are necessary to implement for classroom as well as online course behavior. Students are expected to practice honesty, integrity and respect at all times. It is the student's responsibility and duty to become acquainted with all provisions of the code below and what constitutes misconduct. Cheating is forbidden of any form will result in an F in the class.

Respectful communications:

When contacting Omega Math or Westcott Courses, you agree to be considerate and respectful. Communications from a student which are considered by our staff to be rude, insulting, disrespectful, harassing, or bullying via telephone, email, or otherwise will be considered a disrespectful communication and will result in a formal warning.

We reserve the right to refuse service. If we receive multiple disrespectful communications from person(s) representing the student, or the student themselves, the student will be excluded from taking future courses at Westcott Courses/Omega Math.

Grading information and proctored final policies:

The grading rules are put in place to protect the integrity of online education by stopping grade inflation, which is done by demanding a display of competency in exchange for a grade. By agreeing to the terms of service agreement, you agree to read the 'Grading' Policy from within your account, and the 'Proctored Final Information' page, if applicable. You have 24 hours after your first log-in to notify us if you do not agree to the grading policy and proctored final policy ( if applicable ) outlined in the pages inside of your account, otherwise it is assumed that you agree with the policies. There are no exceptions to these policies, and the pretext of not reading the pages will not be deemed as a reasonable excuse to contest the policies.

Examples of academic misconduct:

Cheating: Any form of cheating will result in an F in the class. If there is an associated college attached to the course, that college will be notified of the F due to cheating and they will determine any disciplinary action.

Any form of collaboration or use of unauthorized materials during a quiz or an exam is forbidden.

By signing up for a course, you are legally signing a contract that states that the person who is named taking this course is the actual individual doing the course work and all examinations. You also agree that for courses that require proctored testing, that your final will be taken at a college testing center, a Sylvan Learning center, and the individual signed up for this course will be the one taking the test. Failure to do so will be considered a breach of contract.

Other forms of cheating include receiving or providing un-permitted assistance on an exam or quiz; taking an exam for another student; using unauthorized materials during an exam; altering an exam and submitting it for re-grading; failing to stop working on the exam when the time is up; providing false excuses to postpone due dates; fabricating data or references, claiming that Westcott Courses/Omega Math lost your test and or quiz scores. This includes hiring someone to take the tests and quizzes for you.

Unauthorized collaboration:

Working with others on graded course work without specific permission of the instructor, including homework assignments, programs, quizzes and tests, is considered a form of cheating.

Important Notes:

This syllabus is subject to change and / or revision during the academic year. Students with documented learning disabilities should notify our office upon enrollment, as well as make sure we let the testing center know extended time is permitted. Valid documentation involves educational testing and a diagnosis from a college, licensed clinical psychologist or psychiatrist.


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How it Works

These individual courses are available to anyone in the public who'd like to enroll. Unlike traditional colleges where one must enroll in a degree program, Westcott Courses offers individual courses that are available instantly. Westcott Courses is the teacher of the course, and the official transcript with academic semester credits comes from our partner university, Brandman University who is regionally accredited by WASC. Westcott Courses does not appear on the transcript; the transcript shows our courses the same way it would show a traditional class taken at the university's campus.

Read more about transferring the credits.

Teachers for the course:

The classes are self-paced; however, a teacher is attached to each course who holds at least a master's degree in their field of study (or related). Most of our teachers are teachers who teach the exact same course on either a California State University or California Community college campus.

Omega MathTM Courses:

Courses that have the trademark of "Omega MathTM Courses", are courses that have been written by our Omega Math team, and have a format that students love! These courses contain all the lessons, homework, solution manuals, quizzes, tests and the final. Students can take each test and quiz twice, and only the higher of the two scores counts towards their grade. This feature enables students to figure out what they did wrong before pushing forward, providing them with a deeper understanding of the course material.