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Modesto Junior College

Math Emporium

Math Emporium

Math 911 – 924 Overview

 

Math 911 - 913 and Math 921 – 924 are 2 sequences of non-credit modules designed to allow students to place out of introductory credit math courses.  Students who register for 911 are automatically registered for 912 and 913, and those who register for 921 are automatically registered for 922 – 924.  Completing the last course in each sequence allows students to reassess; if successful, they place into the next higher level. 

 

 

 

 

Introduction to Math sequence (used to replace Math 9 or 10)

Math 911 – Whole Numbers

Math 912 – Fractions

Math 913 – Decimals and Percents

 

Prealgebra sequence (used to replace Math 19 or 20)

Math 921 – Integers

Math 922 – Fractions, Decimals, and Integers

Math 923 – Percents, Ratios, and Proportions

Math 924 – Graphing and Measurement

 

The setting of the course is in a computer lab with an instructor and a student tutor.  Students work at their own pace using an adaptive software program.  A diagnostic tool determines which topics need to be reviewed.  Any questions that can't be answered by the videos or the computerized explanations and examples, can be answered by the instructor and tutor.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q:  What is the cost, and how many units are earned?

A:  There is no tuition cost, and no units are earned, since the modules are non-credit.  During the initial pilot (Summer 2017), there is no charge for materials.  After the initial pilot, students will be required to purchase an online access code which will allow access to the computerized course and eText.

  • Q:  Am I required to attend every class period?

A:  Yes, while you are still working on modules, you should attend every class for the full period, unless you have an unavoidable situation, such as illness or jury duty.   If you are absent for a significant time, you may be dropped to make room for another student. If you finish the modules early in the semester, you are not required to attend once you have placed at the next level.

  • Q:  Can I work at home on my own?

A:  Absolutely!  Your access code can be used on any computer.  The more work you do at home, the sooner you will finish the modules.

  • Q:  What happens if I finish the modules before the semester ends?  

A:  If you finish Math 913, you have the option to reassess immediately to place out of Math 9 or 10 (Intro to Math), or to continue with the 921 - 924 modules (Prealgebra) and attempt to place out of Math 19 or 20 as well. Once you place into your desired level, you don't need to attend any longer.  It's possible that you could finish 3 or even 7 modules in a week or 2.

  • Q:  What happens if I'm on the waiting list?  Is it possible that I could get into the class this semester?

A:  Yes -- as students complete the modules, empty seats will become available in the room, and you may be added.  At the end of each week, invitations to add will be sent to fill the empty seats, and new students will be added on Mondays.  Check your e-mail to see if you have been invited to add, and be sure to attend on Monday if you want that space.  If you don't receive an invitation, you are allowed to attend on Mondays -- it's possible that an invited student will "no-show", and you might be eligible to claim the space.

  • Q:  What are the advantages and disadvantages of taking the non-credit modules, rather than the credit courses?

A:  Math 9/10 (Introduction to Math) and Math 19/20 (Prealgebra) are credit courses taught in traditional lecture style with an instructor.  Students who like to receive information and take notes in a sequential way with a textbook, homework, quizzes, and tests for review may find that this best fits their learning style.  Because units are earned, students who need to meet a certain unit load for financial aid may prefer credit courses.  The non-credit modules, are best suited for students who like to work at their own pace.  In particular, it works well for students who know most of the course material, with just a few gaps in knowledge, as the computer can determine those gaps and only instruct the student in those areas.  New content is delivered by video, and students who prefer to learn from this format would benefit.  In addition, students who feel that a traditional class moves too quickly and need a slower format could also benefit from the modules, as the course is self-paced.  Incomplete modules receive a "satisfactory progress" grade, so the student can pick up where they left off, rather than having to repeat all of the course material.  Finally, students who don't want to use too many units on prerequisite courses will find that they can place at a higher level without accumulating as many non-transferrable units.

  • Q:  What happens when the semester ends?

A:  If all modules in a sequence are completed by the last class period, the student reassesses to place at the next level.  If you don't finish all modules in a sequence in a given semester, you can take the incomplete modules again the following semester.  Suppose you complete Math 911 and 912, but not 913.  The following semester, you would only need to complete Math 913 to reassess at the next level.