MA-321: Mathematics in Contemporary Society
Course, prefix, number, & title: MA-321 Mathematics in Contemporary Society
Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 class hours
Pre-requisites (if any): (or Co-requisite:) Students must complete any developmental requirements in Mathematics (see Proficiency in Math and English) prior to taking this course or enroll in MA-321 ALP while taking this course
Course Description in college catalog:
Designed to provide students with mathematical ideas and methods found in the social sciences, the arts, and in business. Topics will include fundamentals of statistics, scatterplots, graphics in the media, problem solving strategies, dimensional analysis, mathematics in music and art, and mathematical modeling. EXCEL will be used to explore real world applications.
Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:
General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.
Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions
Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life
Apply information management and digital technology skills useful for academic research and lifelong learning
Course-specific student learning outcomes:
Use numerical, statistical and graphical methods to represent information; determine and apply appropriate mathematical methods and skills to solve problems; apply problem solving techniques, linear modeling and EXCEL to solve everyday situations; express mathematical problems in visual formats; demonstrate self-reliance by reading and interpreting information that is expressed mathematically; understand the important concepts of statistics used in the social sciences and business; recognize the use of mathematics in music and art.
Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:
The general guidelines for assessing grades are below. The distribution may be changed t the discretion of the individual instructor.
- Examinations 45%
- Laboratory Work, Assignments 30%
- Final examination 25%
Computer Lab Requirement: Any type of food or beverage in the computer lab is forbidden.
Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).
Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.