Master Course Outline
OCSUP 106
Quantitative Problem Solving for the Trades I

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

Description
A course in problem solving for vocational and technical programs that uses basic prealgebra, 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: Grade of C or better in OCSUP 105, or 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 (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 problemsolving 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 
Fall 2014 
8081 
Chris Michels 

OCSUP 106 
Fall 2014 
8082 
Chris Michels 

OCSUP 106 
Fall 2014 
0357 
Michelle Schmode 

OCSUP 106 
Summer 2014 
9860 
Kara Caicedo 

OCSUP 106 
Summer 2014 
9862 
Julie Wheeler 


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