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OCSUP 106
Quantitative Problem Solving for the Trades I


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 50

AA Discipline:

Lecture Hours:50


Description
A course in problem solving for vocational and technical programs that uses basic pre-algebra, 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: Grade of C- or better in OCSUP 105, or 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 (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. Ratios and proporations. b. Percents (finding an unknown part, base or rate; percent change). c. Unit conversions within and between English and metric unit systems. d. Simplify compound units. e. Direct measurement calculations either conceptually or with measuring tools. f. Choose the appropriate formula and solve for perimeter, area, and volume of various geometric shapes. g. Solve for an unknown side length of a right triangle using the Pythagorean Theorem. h. Solve for a given variable by rearranging both simple and complex formulas.

  • 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 106
    Summer 2014
    9860
    Kara Caicedo
    OCSUP 106
    Summer 2014
    9862
    Julie Wheeler
    OCSUP 106
    Spring 2014
    9860
    Mrs Smith
    OCSUP 106
    Spring 2014
    0355
    Michelle Schmode
    OCSUP 106
    Spring 2014
    9861
    Michael Kovis


    Two Year Projected Schedule

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