MA-114: College Algebra and Trigonometry for Technical Students

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: MA-114 College Algebra and Trigonometry for Technical Students

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 4 class hours

Credits: 4

Pre-requisites (if any): (or Co-requisite:) Students must complete any developmental requirements in Mathematics (see Proficiency in Math and English) prior to taking this course or enroll in MA-114 ALP while taking this course

Course Description in college catalog:

A basic presentation of the fundamental concepts of college algebra and trigonometry with scientific and engineering applications; linear equations and systems, matrices, functions and coordinate geometry, quadratic equations, trigonometric functions and their graphs, vectors, complex numbers, exponents, and radicals.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.A.S. Computer Engineering Technology

A.A.S. Computer Information Systems

A.A.S. Electronic Engineering Technology

A.A.S. Architectural Technology

A.A.S. Mechanical Engineering Technology

A.A.S. Telecommunications Technology

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Students write, read, listen, and speak clearly and effectively.

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

  3. Students will demonstrate mastery of discipline-specific tools required for entry into or advancement in the job market in their field (career programs);

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

Students will be able to operate on polynomial, rational, and trigonometric functions and apply them to practical problems; students will be able to determine and apply appropriate mathematical methods and skills to solve problems; students will be able to connect problems in their disciplines (electrical and civil engineering, optics, architecture, etc.) with their mathematical models; students will be able to use technology - graphing calculators/computers for data representations and computations; students will be able to express a mathematical problem in a visual format; students will demonstrate self-reliance by reading and interpreting technical information that is expressed mathematically; students will be able to apply to real world problems techniques learned in solving contextual problems and generating project results.


Program-specific outcomes


Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

The general guidelines for assessing grades are as follows:

Examinations and Assignments*: Please note that it is very important to take into account the students use of precision of mathematical language, accuracy of units, andorganization when marking exams and assignments.
Students should write solutions using equations and equal signs, where appropriate: 70%*

Final Examination:
The department uniform Final Exam must count for at least 30% of the grade. If the student receives less than a 55 on the uniform final exam, the highest grade the students can achieve in the course is a C-​.

* It is recommended that 10% of the grade be assignments where students bring in worked-out problems from their technology courses in which they demonstrate how concepts learned in MA-114 are applied to courses in their majors. The department will collect copies of these marked assignments. The assignments are to be left in the Deputy Chairs mailbox.

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.

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