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OCSUP 105
Introduction to Quantitative Problem Solving for the Trades


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 50

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Lecture Hours:50


Description
An introductory course in problem-solving for vocational and technical programs that use basic computation (both without and with a calculator), pre-algebra, and introductory algebra and geometry skills. Course includes guided and independent practical problem solving, contextualized small-group classroom activities and open-ended projects. A prescribed problem-solving structure will be followed. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Apply a prescribed problem-solving structure, which includes: interpreting given information, translating given information into mathematical language, predicting a quantitative outcome, performing the calculations (by hand and with a calculator) using a prescribed methodology, and judging the results.
  • Develop and organize problem solutions in writing.
  • Use one or more of the following methodologies to solve applied word problems: a. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, rounding, estimating, and order of operations for whole numbers, signed number, fractions and decimals. b. Ratios and proportions. c. Percents (finding an unknown part, base or rate; percent change). d. Unit conversions within and between English and metric unit systems. e. Direct measurement calculations, either conceptually or with measuring tools. f. Choose the appropriate formula and solve for the parimeter, area, and volume of various geometric shapes. g. Solve for a given variable by rearranging a simple formula.

  • Course Topics
  • Solving quantitative word problems pertaining to various trades programs and communicating solutions in writing.
  • Locating and using reliable resources in the problem-solving process.
  • Monitoring one's own learning and seeking help when necessary.
  • Demonstrating an ability to work both independently and in small groups.

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    OCSUP 105
    Summer 2014
    0355
    Chris Michels


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini 
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini
    X
    X
    X
    X
     
    X
    X
    X
    X
     

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    **
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.