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Course Syllabus

Lackawanna College

Dev 030: Basic Math Skills

Online Classroom: 3 credits

  Fall 2015: August 31-September 25


Shelley Crotti




Angeli Hall Suite 110, Office D


Office Hours

Online through Chat or by phone at a mutually convenient scheduled time.



Required Items:

WebAssign – online homework


  1. Scientific Calculator (Graphing calculators and Smartphone calculators are prohibited)    
  2. Student Edition DEV 030 – Course Pack will be provided.



DEV 030 (Formerly DE 030) - Basic Math Skills This three-credit course is designed to reinforce basic arithmetic skills while introducing some fundamental algebraic concepts in preparation for college level math. Concepts and skills are developed through the integration of algebra and arithmetic problem-solving applications.

Students enrolled in Basic Math DEV030 must successfully complete the course with a C- (70%) or better in order to enroll in Introduction to Algebra MAT110 or Mathematics of Finance MAT105. Students who earn a D, D+, or F must repeat the course in the next semester. Students may not withdraw from a DEV course without the permission of the Chair of Academic Development. DEV 030 earns institutional credit only, but counts toward your GPA.

Students will not be allowed to enroll in MAT 106 Math for the Early Years, MAT 120 College Algebra or MAT 115 Mathematical Reasoning without completing MAT 110* Introduction to Algebra.

*An exception may only be made based on instructor recommendation, final exam performance, significant improvement in course post-test, high school transcript/transfer credit review, and Division Chair approval.



A DEV 030 student will:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of how to correctly utilize basic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) involving whole number concepts and integers, using order of operations.
  2. Evaluate and simplify algebraic expressions and formulas using the distributive property; and apply the properties of equality to solve equations.
  3. Add, subtract, and multiply polynomial expressions, including multiplication rules of exponents.
  4. Add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions including changing mixed numbers to improper fractions, and simplifying to lowest terms.
  5. Write ratios and solve proportions; re-write fractions to decimals and percents; and solve problems involving real-world applications.  
  6. Develop, utilize, and demonstrate effective note-taking skills, study skills, and test-taking strategies.


Online Course Attendance Policy:

Students enrolled in credit-bearing courses at Lackawanna College will fail any course(s) in which they accumulate absences beyond the maximum number allowed. This pertains to online courses as well.

Attendance is defined by participating in an academic activity within the online classroom, which includes posting in a graded discussion forum or submitting a written assignment. Postings not related to the aforementioned activities will not count for attendance purposes.

 # of Days Required for Discussion in an Online Course

Maximum # of Weeks Allowed without Discussion


Twice on any four days in a week (8 total)




 You are required to engage in discussion at least TWICE on FOUR days throughout the week for a total of EIGHT posts in all, minimum.

  • You should respond to the initial DQs posted AND respond to your classmates.
  • Responses MUST be substantive. See the document titled Good Discussions in your Handouts and Links.
  • Responses that do not move the conversation forward by providing information to which others can respond and build upon will NOT be counted toward your weekly score.
  • Students who miss one week of discussion will be DROPPED from the course.
  • Students who do not log on to the course within the drop/add period for the course will be DROPPED from the course. In order to understand, remember, and benefit from what we learn in class, discussion and interaction are critical. Responses such as, “I like what you said.” “I agree.” Or “Good thinking.” are NOT acceptable. Also, you should NOT simply repeat what someone else has already said.Good Discussions in Handouts and Links will help you, but you should also use this rubric to gain all possible points for your contributions and, more importantly, to get the most out of our class discussion!Online Classroom Discussion and Interaction Rubric
  • 20% of Final Grade
  • You MUST post no less than 8 times per week – twice on any four days.
  •  Online Course Discussion Policy

What Should I Do?

Points Available

Did I do This?


Points Earned

Answer both Discussion Questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material, support your response with research or reading, and promote conversation (2 posts)

DQ 1: 10

DQ 2: 10




Respond to at least two classmates’ posts (2 posts)





Continue both conversations with at least one additional reply to each peer (2 posts)





Respond to at least one of the teacher’s secondary questions, conversing with a classmate who responds to the same question (2 posts)





Be sure all responses are detailed and clear and are posted twice on four separate days.





Be sure that all responses relate to the course reading and notes, your own everyday life, or to both





Provides the class with a response that is non-generic and inspiring – meaning that they learn from what you have contributed and can continue the conversation





Use proper grammar, spelling, and netiquette










Withdrawal Policy:

A student has the privilege of withdrawing from any courses or from the College itself without academic penalty up to and including the final date for withdrawal indicated on the College calendar.

To withdraw officially from a course or from the College, a student must obtain the proper withdrawal form from the Student Affairs Office or from your Center Director, complete this form and submit it to the Registrar's Office before the final day for withdrawal without academic penalty as indicated on the College calendar. If a student stops attending a course for which he/she is registered after the published census date (end of drop/add) without having officially withdrawn from the course, the student will be assigned an AW (penalty-grade failure) for the class. No exceptions will be made.

Students who violate the College's Academic Integrity Policy and fail a course in consequence may not exercise the withdrawal privilege in that particular course.

Financial obligations to the College will be determined according to the Refund Policy.

 Instructor Policies:


  • WebAssign is an internet based homework supplement used in this course. It is a program for the Prealgebra, 4th edition by Tussy, Gustafson and Koenig from Cengage Learning. Homework is graded instantly and grades are automatically sent to the Instructor.  
  • With its purchase, students gain online access to the above textbook as well as the online homework problems created by the Instructor. Multiple resources are available for each homework problem, including online videos, textbook resources, and practice examples.
  • All DEV 030 students will be assigned homework problems on WebAssign. This is a REQUIRED program and must be purchased by each student enrolled in this course. Successful completion of WebAssign assignments will result in 15% of the course grade.




  • Grading:


Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Quality Points


96 – 100



90 – 95



87 – 89



83 – 86



80 – 82



77 – 79



73 – 76



70 – 72



67 – 69



60 – 66



0 – 59




Due Dates and Late Penalties:

Late assignments will earn a penalty. Technical difficulties are NOT a justification for lateness.

  • The grace period for late assignments is as follows:
    • 1 day late-10% deduction off of the assignment grade
    • 2 days late-20% off of the assignment grade
    • 3 days late-the assignment will receive a grade of 0%
  • There will be no “extra credit.”Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated either in the online or traditional classrooms. Sanctions will include an automatic F for plagiarism, but the severity or frequency of the violation may result in dismissal from the College as well.
  •  The following are among the forms of dishonesty, in a classroom of any type, for which sanctions may be applied:
  • Academic Integrity:
  • Using books, notes or other materials during an examination, unless expressly permitted;
  • Using purchased essays, term papers or preparatory research for such papers;
  • Copying others' work or engaging in unauthorized cooperation during an assignment or examination;
  • Allowing another student to copy from an examination or other assignment intended to be performed independently;
  • Borrowing from published works, whether material is taken verbatim or with minor alterations, without proper and/or sufficient acknowledgment;
  • Submitting as one’s own work originally done by someone else;
  • Submitting the same written report in more than one course without prior approval from the instructor(s) involved;
  • Stealing examinations or assignments;
  • Supplying or selling examinations or assignments;
  • Misrepresenting statements concerning work submitted;
  • Falsifying or fabricating experimental data or results;
  • Falsifying or fabricating the need for extensions on papers or make-up examinations.
  • Misrepresenting identity in an online courseLackawanna College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution. Students with disabilities and other needs should feel free to contact the instructor privately if there are services and adaptations which can be made to accommodate specific needs. Students who are having difficulties with class material are strongly advised to seek assistance in the reading and writing lab. If you feel that you have a disability that has not been formally documented, you may meet with Ms. Christine Kiehart in the academic development office to discuss your options. Please note that disability services do not include exemption from participation requirements in courses considered part of the School of Distance Education, including online and hybrid courses.  Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities or employment practices based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership or any other legally protected classification. Announcement of this policy is in accordance with State law, including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, and with Federal law, including Titles VI and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Inquiries should be directed to Anita Cola, Affirmative Action Officer, at (570) 961-7815 or OR Dan LaMagna, Affirmative Action Officer, at (570) 504-1579 or College will empower you to experience learning by inspiring your critical thinking, assessing your talents and skills, motivating you toward a career choice, and encouraging you to make a difference. In evidence of this learning, the College requires a graduation portfolio containing Career Documents, including a résumé, two letters of recommendation, and a career exploration; Core Coursework, including a research paper from College Writing; three sample papers or projects from Major Coursework; and a Lackawanna College Reflection Paper.    
  • Course Schedule:
  •  Portfolio and Coursework:
  • Equal Opportunity Statement
  •  Disability Statement




Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity


Whole numbers, inequality symbols, rounding, place value, properties of +,-,x. perimeter and area, Even/odd numbers, prime and composite numbers, multiples and factors, prime factorization, exponents LCM/GCF


Objective 1,6

PRETEST, WebAssign, Student Course Pack Unit 1-Guided and Independent Practice


Integers, absolute value, mean, Order of operations. Unit 1 Exam

Objective 1, 2,6

WebAssign, Student Course Pack Unit 1-Guided and Independent Practice, Unit 1 Exam


Combining like terms, solving basic equations. Unit 2 Exam

Objective 2,3,6

WebAssign, Student Course Pack Unit 2-Guided and Independent Practice

Unit 2 Exam


Simplifying expressions to solve equations.

Multiplication rules for exponents. Add and subtract polynomials, multiplying polynomials

Unit 3 Exam

Objective 3, 6



WebAssign, Student Course Pack Unit 3-Guided and Independent Practice

Unit 3 Exam


The rectangular coordinate system, Fractions, converting mixed numbers to improper fractions , Multiply and divide fractions

Add and subtract fractions Complex fractions, fractions review

Unit 4 Exam


Objective 4,6

WebAssign, Student Course Pack Unit 4-Guided and Independent Practice

Unit 4 Exam


Ratios and proportions, Unit rate.

Objective 4,5,6




WebAssign, Student Course Pack Unit 5- Guided and Independent Practice.

Unit 5 Exam


Post Test, Final Exam Review



Objective 1-6





5 tests @ 10% each                                             50%

WebAssign                                                            15%

Discussions                                                            15%

Comprehensive Final Exam                                20%





Required Syllabus Supplement for Distance Education Faculty

Faculty in the School of Distance Education must adhere to the FALCONS model to ensure the most effective, successful experience for teaching and learning through the application of research-based best practice.

As such, faculty should identify the FALCONS tools that they have chosen to apply by marking the strategies used from each menu. Keep in mind that no less than two items per menu are required for each course.  Also, it is required that a third item is added from each menu at least once during the course.

Course Name:

Faculty Name:


 Menu 1

Week in which Menu 1 items are used

Menu 2

Week in which Menu 2 items are used

Menu 3

Week in which Menu 3 items are used









Voice over PowerPoints


Team Project




Interactive PowerPoints


Discussion Debate Teams




Video Lecture or Podcast


Discussion Questions & Interaction










Case Studies


Role Playing




Student Generated Content


Peer Editing/Review





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