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Course Outline
OCSUP 105
Introduction to Quantitative Problem Solving for the Trades

Credits: 5 
Clock Hours per Quarter: 50
AA Discipline:
Lecture Hours:50

Description
An introductory course in problemsolving for vocational and technical programs that uses basic computation (both without and with a calculator), prealgebra, and introductory algebra and geometry skills. Course includes guided and independent practical problem solving, contextualized smallgroup classroom activities and openended projects. A prescribed problemsolving structure will be followed. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score. 
Intended Learning Outcomes
Apply a prescribed problemsolving 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 perimeter, 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 problemsolving process.
Monitoring one's own learning and seeking help when necessary.
Demonstrating an ability to work both independently and in small groups.


Syllabi
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Course 
Year
Quarter

Item

Instructor 

OCSUP 105 
Winter 2015 
6023 
Paul Boyd 

OCSUP 105 
Winter 2015 
8085 
Patricia Messenger 

OCSUP 105 
Fall 2014 
0356 
Chris Michels 

OCSUP 105 
Fall 2014 
0358 
Chris Michels 

OCSUP 105 
Summer 2014 
0355 
Chris Michels 


Two Year Projected Schedule
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Year
Two** 
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Spring 
Summer 
Mini 
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Winter 
Spring 
Summer 
Mini 
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*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.

