MA-128: Calculus for Technical and Business Students

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: MA-128 Calculus for Technical and Business Students

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

Credits: 4

Pre-requisites (if any): MA-114 with a grade of C or better, or MA-119 and MA-121 with a grade of C or better in both courses, or advanced math placement (see Proficiency in Math and English)

Co-requisites (if any): None

Course Description in college catalog:

Analytic geometry, curve sketching, differen­tiation and integration of algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions, maxima/minima, rectilinear motion, the definite integral, area and introduction to differential equations.

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

A.A.S. Accounting

A.A.S. Computer Engineering Technology

A.A.S. Electronic Engineering Technology

A.A.S. Mechanical Engineering Technology

A.A.S. Telecommunications Technology

A.A.S. Architectural 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

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

Students will be able to operate on polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions and apply them to practical problems; student will be able to work with the concepts of limits and continuity; student will be able to work with the concept of derivatives; student will be able to work with the concept of integration; 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, and organization when marking exam and assignments.
Students should write solutions using equations and equal signs, where appropriate. The use of the symbols should be emphasized. 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 or business courses in which they demonstrate how concepts learned in MA-128 are applied to courses in their majors. The department will collect copies of these marked assignments. The assignments are to be left in the 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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