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Math Skills Program - Information for All Students

Program Description

The Math Skills Program consists of three non-credit courses: M102F, M103F and M104F (expressed collectively as M10XF) and is intended for students who either have a weak background in mathematics or are returning to the subject after some years.

The program enables students to master mathematical operations such as those involving whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, integers, exponents, linear equations, algebraic and rational expressions, formulas, graphs, systems of linear equations, basic trigonometry, exponents, radicals, and quadratics.

These courses are offered on campus, daytime and evenings, and through distance education, in the Fall, Winter and Spring semesters.

Registration Fees

Each individual Math 10XF course carries the same tuition fee as other Memorial University courses. Students pay for whatever course they register for; if students manage to complete two or all three M10XF courses in the one semester they will not be charged additional tuition fees. If necessary, course registration will be changed, at the end of the semester, to reflect the highest M10XF level completed.

Please note that students completing more than one course per semester may have to purchase an additional set of textbooks.

Methodology

The Math 10XF courses are designed to be self-study with tutorial assistance; they are not lecture courses. Students write a set of diagnostic surveys at the beginning of each level of the program (M102F, M103F, M104F) to assess their math skills pertinent to that level. Answers to the survey questions are analyzed and an individualized program is designed for each student based on the results of the diagnostics. Students are then given their personal programs outlining the work to be completed during the semester. Because each student's program is individualized, the content of personal programs will vary.

Please note that these courses are not self-paced; all assigned work must be completed and all tests passed by the end of the semester.

Evaluation

The Math 10XF courses do not have midterm or final examinations. The method of evaluation used is continuous assessment. Students write a series of module tests throughout the semester. The tests are divided into sections or parts and students are required to demonstrate their mastery of topics by passing all tests sections assigned to them. Each test section requires that a minimum number of questions be answered correctly to pass the section. The pass standard for each section varies but can be as high as 80 to 90%. In fact, some sections actually require a mark of 100% to pass.

Answers to test questions are marked right or wrong only; no part marks are given. All questions are worth one mark each regardless of the number of steps involved in finding the solution. Normally marks will not be given for answers only. Students must show how they arrived at their answers unless the questions can easily be done mentally or with the aid of a calculator (for those test sections where calculator usage is permitted). Certain test sections require that students demonstrate the use of a particular method to arrive at their answers. For these test sections, answers that are numerically correct will still be marked wrong if the method specified is not used.

If a student fails to meet the minimum requirements needed to pass a section(s) of a module test, s/he will have the opportunity to rewrite those sections. The student will not have to rewrite the entire test, just a different version of those sections of the test s/he failed. Follow-up work will be given to the student to help him/her prepare to rewrite those sections.

Students will be allowed a maximum of three attempts at each module test they write. Certain restrictions apply and will be explained to the student during the semester. Results of tests written in the last week of the semester and all third attempts of module tests will not be given back to students. Course results can be obtained when final grades are released via Memorial's Self-Service system.

A final grade of P (pass) or F (fail) in the course is assigned at the end of the semester, based on whether or not the student passed all assigned sections of all required module tests, as specified on their personal program.

Since the Math 10XF courses are non-credit, they cannot affect a student’s grade point average but the grade P or F will appear on the student’s transcript.

Effort Required

It takes an average of four hours to complete one unit of work from our textbooks. Students are expected to spend at least eight hours per week working on their personal program. If a student works at this pace; attends classes regularly (if completing the course on-campus) so as to receive additional help, valuable tips and reinforcing materials; and writes his/her module tests in a timely fashion, any one of the Math 10XF courses should be passable.

While the majority of M10XF students complete one course per semester, students who are highly motivated and have a good work ethic may be able to complete two or even all three courses in the same semester. Of course the student's work pace would have to be increased accordingly.

It is extremely important that students organize their time carefully to ensure all work is completed and all tests passed by the end of the semester.

Calculator Usage

Calculator usage is monitored and controlled throughout the Math 10XF program. Students are only allowed to use calculators for specific parts of the program. The Math 10XF course manual lists, in detail, the sections of the textbook and module tests where calculator usage is permissible. At no time, will students be allowed to use graphics or programmable calculators when writing module tests. For this reason, it is also advisable that students not use graphics or programmable calculators while working on their personal programs. A regular scientific calculator will suffice for all Math 10XF work.

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