CRN: 70884

Credits : 4


The Academic Skills Seminar is designed to strengthen student understanding of basic mathematical concepts including: fractions, positive and negative numbers, exponents, basic algebra and trigonometry, logarithms, graphs, and the metric system. This course also includes the study of number systems and codes, logic gates, Boolean expressions and Algebra.

Goals and Objectives
  • To refresh mathematical skills learned at an earlier time.
  • To feel at ease and comfortable when dealing with material that is mathematical in nature.
  • To understand basic mathematical concepts necessary to take the required courses in the Associate degree program, such as MAT 125 - Technical Math.
  • To become comfortable performing various mathematical skills that involve: fractions, positive and negative numbers, exponents and the metric systems, basic algebra and trigonometry, and logarithms and graphs.

There are no prerequisites.

Course Materials

Course Topics
Fractions  (SLO1) Refresh the mathematical skills of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions “by hand’ and/or with calculator. (SLO2) Recognize equivalent forms of fractions and mixed numbers. Week 1 Final Quiz 
Decimals and Integers  (SLO3) Demonstrate competency in performing basic operations with decimals and integers. (SLO4) Convert percents to decimals, decimals to fractions, and fractions to decimals. Week 2 Final Quiz 
Exponents and Metric System  (SLO5) Calculate roots and powers of numbers and the value of numerical phrases. (SLO6) Convert numbers between powers of ten form, standard form and Scientific Notation form. (SLO7) Perform conversions within and between the metric system and customary system. Week 3 Final Quiz 
Equations and Formulas  (SLO8) Express word problems as equations or inequalities. (SLO9) Solve equations using the fundamental principles of equality. (SLO10) Substitute values in formulas and solve for the unknown. Week 4 Final Quiz 
Geometry and Trigonometry  (SLO11) Apply the Pythagorean Theorem to find the lengths of the sides of a right triangle. (SLO12) Choose the appropriate Trigonometric Function and solve for missing sides and angles in a right triangle. Week 5 Final Quiz 
Midterm Exam Review  Proctored Midterm Exam 
Essentials of Algebra and Linear Equations  Unit VII- Essentials of Algebra and Linear Equations (SLO13) Calculate the prime factors and the least common multiple of two numbers or two monomials. (SLO14) Apply the rules for exponents to compute the product and quotient of two monomials. (SLO15) Solve proportions and equations with roots or powers. Week 7 Final Quiz 
Logarithms  (SLO16) Convert expressions between exponential and logarithmic form and solve the resulting equation for any unknown. (SLO17) Calculate the common logarithm, natural logarithm or antilog of a given number. (SLO18) Apply the Product Property, Quotient Property and Power Property to appropriate logarithmic expressions. (SLO19) Use logarithms in solving decibel gain or loss problems and voltage, current and resistance problems. Week 8 Final Quiz 
Binary numbers and operations with binary numbers  (SLO20) Express binary numbers as decimal numbers and express decimal numbers as binary numbers. (SLO21) Identify the positional weight of any digit of a binary number and express a binary number in Exponential Form. (SLO22) Demonstrate competency in adding, subtracting and multiplying binary numbers. (SLO23) Calculate the One’s Complement Form and Two’s Complement Form of a number and convert from Two’s Complement Form to Decimal Form and from Decimal Form to Two’s Complement Form. Week 9 Final Quiz 
10  Octal and Hexadecimal number systems  (SLO24) Express Octal and Hexadecimal numbers as decimal numbers or binary numbers and decimal numbers or binary numbers as Octal and Hexadecimal numbers. (SLO25) Identify the positional weight of any digit of an Octal or Hexadecimal number and express the Octal or Hexadecimal number in expanded form. (SLO26) Identify which number systems given numbers may be allowed. Week 10 Final Quiz 
11  Logic gates and Boolean Algebra  (SLO27) Use the truth table for an AND, OR, NAND, NOR, or Negation operation to determine the truth value of a statement. (SLO28) Indicate the output expression given a diagram of logic gates and calculate the value of a Boolean Expression given the input values. (SLO29) Identify the output column for the different logic gates and calculate the possible input combinations to the logic gate given the number of inputs. (SLO30) Identify which Law of Boolean Algebra allows you to rewrite one Boolean Expression to another equivalent Boolean Expression. Week 11 Final Quiz 
12  Final Exam Review  Proctored Final Exam 

Proctor Information

Proctor Information

Please note that this course requires a proctor. Specific details are provided under the COURSE INFORMATION section in each Blackboard course.


NACTEL:  You can read more about the proctoring program and steps needed to obtain an approved proctor by clicking on this link:  Proctoring Program.


iPace:  You will use an online proctoring service called ProctorU, whereby you’ll be able to take your proctored exams from home. You will not need to physically go somewhere to take your online exams. Under the Course Information section of your Blackboard course you will find more information on this service and what you need to do to set up your account if you have not done so previously.

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