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FOUNDATION MATH SYLLABUS
Course Description and Objectives:
Math 20 is a selfpaced, independentstudy course covering material from
basic arithmetic operations through solving simple algebraic equations, working
with percent, ratios and proportions. The class time and lectures are intended
to keep you on track to earn the 3 credits in one semester.
Student Learning Outcomes
Math 20B
Common Fractions :
1. Compare the sizes of simple fractions to determine their order.
2. Simplify common fractions and mixed numbers.
3. Convert mixed numbers to improper fractions and improper fractions to mixed
number.
4. Add , subtract, multiply, and divide fractions and mixed numbers.
5. Solve application problems involving fractions and mixed numbers.
Decimals:
1. Translate decimal numbers into words and vice versa.
2. Determine the comparative size of decimal numbers.
3. Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimal numbers .
4. Round decimal numbers to a given place value.
5. Solve application problems involving decimal numbers.
Math 20C
Signed Numbers :
1. Determine the relative value of signed numbers and plot them on a
number line.
2. Find the absolute values of signed numbers.
3. Add, subtract, multiply, and divide signed numbers.
4. Simplify expressions using the appropriate order of operations.
5. Solve application problems involving signed numbers.
Calculator Skills :
1. Enter real numbers into a scientific calculator.
2. Read the number displayed on a scientific calculator and determine its value.
3. Add, subtract, multiply, and divide real numbers using a scientific
calculator.
4. Simplify expressions involving parentheses using a scientific calculator.
5. Compute the square root and powers of real numbers using a scientific
calculator.
6. Store and recall values using the memory function of a scientific calculator.
7. Solve application problems using a scientific calculator.
Simple Algebraic Equations:
1. Define the basic terminology of algebra.
2. Evaluate algebraic expressions.
3. Simplify algebraic expressions.
4. Solve basic algebraic equations.
5. Solve equations involving more than one variable term, variable terms on both
sides of the equal sign, and grouping symbols.
6. Solve application problems using algebra.
Math 20D
Percent:
1. Convert fractions and decimal numbers into percent numbers.
2. Solve the percent equation for the amount, base, or rate.
3. Compute markup and discount using percents.
4. Calculate simple interest.
5. Solve application problems involving percents.
Ratio & Proportion:
1. Compute a specified ratio and simplify it.
2. Compare the values of ratios.
3. Write and solve proportions .
4. Solve application problems using ratios and proportions .
GRADING
Upon completion of the each course you will earn a CR (credit) grade. Letter
grades affecting the student's GPA are not given. If you do not complete the
required units you will receive an N grade. It is a policy of the College Skills
Center that students are not allowed to repeat Math 20B, 20C or 20D more than
once. Please make every effort to complete the course this semester.
REQUIRED SUPPLIES
Foundation Math Packet .
Available in the HCC Bookstore. Be sure you have the current semester’s version.
Pencils and binder paper for doing problems
and assignments.
A scientific calculator (preferably with a
fraction key).
CALCULATORS ARE NOT TO BE UNTIL YOU REACH THE
“CALCULATOR SKILLS” UNIT.
ATTENDANCE
Regular attendance is expected and important to successful completion
of the course. You are to attend two classes per week in the College Skills
Center. Each class will consist of approximately one hour of instruction in the
classroom and the remaining time in the lab doing the assignments. In addition
to this you may spend as many additional hours in the College Skills Center Lab
as you choose to keep up or move ahead in your work. This time and place is used
to accomplish a variety of the requirements of the course. Here you will work on
math assignments or use supplementary materials to help you understand the topic
you are studying, get your assignments corrected and take the posttests.
LAB HOURS
Mondays and Wednesdays:  7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
Tuesdays and Thursdays:  7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Fridays:  7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
COURSE CONTENT
All students are required to complete the BASIC SKILL UNITS. Some
students may be required to do APPLICATION BASED UNITS based on your major (See
registration advice sheet). Do the basic skill units in the order shown below.
Don’t skip around. You will earn one credit for the first three units you
complete, one credit for the next three units and one credit for the last two
units completed. You must do the units in order. You may register for and
complete additional units for additional credits.
Units
BASIC SKILLS UNITS
Math 20B  Math 20C  Math 20D 
COMMON FRACTIONS DECIMAL FRACTIONS 
SIGNED NUMBERS CALCULATOR SKILLS EQUATIONS 
PERCENT RATIO & PROPORTION 
All units have a posttest. The posttest must be passed before you will be allowed to move on to the next unit. You may take a maximum of one (1) test each day. Passing score on each test is 70%.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS
Basic skills units
On the last page of each unit is an assignment checkoff sheet. As you
complete each assignment, you must bring it to the tutors to be corrected. Once
it is all correct the tutor will initial and date the appropriate line of the
assignment sheet. After completing all the assignments for one section, you must
bring your binder with the completed assignments to an instructor for approval
before taking the posttest. If you do not pass the posttest, supplementary
assignments must be completed before you may retake the test.
You may only use a calculator for units after CALCULATOR
SKILLS. For all units, study the objectives and glossary. Then read and study
the information pages and do all practice problems as they come up. Now you can
start doing assignments. Be sure to do them in the order shown, starting with
viewing videos when called for. When you have completed an assignment, check
your answers with the answer key. You must show all work.
Answers alone will not be accepted. DO NOT START A NEW ASSIGNMENT UNTIL ALL
PREVIOUS ASSIGNMENTS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED.
Using The Unit Checkoff Sheet
When you have completed the last assignment and have it checked take the
checkoff sheet to your instructor for the posttest. You will be given a
posttest only if all your work is shown for each assignment. After passing the
posttest, the instructor will sign the bottom of the checkoff sheet.
Quality of work
You are expected to show your solutions to math problems in a neat,
organized manner. We will not accept only the answer to a problem. You MUST
show your work either in the space provided or on a separate sheet of
paper. Always number your problems and label your answers. This will help remind
you of what you were looking for in the first place, and it will help you to
find and make corrections if needed.
Conduct
Please review Honolulu Community College’s policy on Academic Dishonesty.
The College Skills Center will not tolerate cheating in any way.
The College Skills Center rooms are activity rooms
and not quiet rooms. However, students and staff are expected to maintain a
reasonable level of conduct and courtesy toward others. Only registered students
are allowed in the math activity rooms. Anyone not engaged in math activities,
using inappropriate language or in any way disturbing other students will be
asked to leave. Harassment of any student or staff member will not be tolerated
and will be reported to security and/or administration for appropriate action.
The following are categories of impermissible behavior taken from the Honolulu
College Student Conduct Code:
Category 1 – Interference with the Rights of Others
Category 2 – Interference with University Processes
A. False of Fraudulent Information
B. Personal Misconduct
C. Theft of Mutilation of University Property
D. Disruption
E. Abuse of a Controlled Substance
F. OffCampus Behavior
G. Academic Dishonesty—includes cheating and plagiarism
H. Violation of Other Existing University Regulations
Sanctions: Warnings, Probation, Restitution, Temporary Suspension, Suspension, Expulsion, Rescission of Grades or Degree.
University of Hawaii Policy on Sexual Harassment
The UH Sexual Harassment Policy has been established to ensure a safe
and respectful learning environment for all students. Sexual harassment
is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or
other verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual
harassment includes intimidating, threatening or offensive verbal or
physical conduct of a sexual nature that is unwelcome and interferes
with a student’s learning. Sexual harassment will not be tolerated in
the any of the College Skills Center’s programs or activities.
Complaints regarding situations that occur in the College Skills Center may be
made
by contacting the College Skills Center Coordinator at 8459400 or the Dean of
Students at 8459235.
(Adapted from the Sexual Harassment brochure distributed
by the Office
of the Senior Vice President and Chancellor for Community Colleges.)
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