# 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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