MA-303: Number Systems

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: MA-303 Number Systems

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 class hours, 1 recitation hour

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): MA-119 with a grade of C or better, permission of the Department, or advanced math placement (see Proficiency in Math and English)

Co-requisites (if any): None

Course Description in college catalog:

This course is designed to instruct students in areas of mathematics that are related to the elementary school curriculum, to enhance understanding of fundamental concepts, and to use current computer technologies with the concepts developed in the course as tools for solving problems. Topics covered will be chosen from numeration systems, number theory, mathematical systems, statistics and geometry. Recommended for future teachers.

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

A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)

A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences

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

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

  2. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life

  3. Apply information management and digital technology skills useful for academic research and lifelong learning

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

Students will develop further perspective and insight into some of the mathematical concepts taught in elementary school. Students will use a variety of representations to communicate mathematically; students will be able to express a mathematical problem in a visual format; students will use Plya's problem-solving principles, deductive and inductive reasoning, and other problem-solving techniques such as geometric reasoning; students will use base-ten algorithms, the properties of basic operations on whole numbers and extend the concept of number to include fractions; students will be able to apply Number Theory to a number of real world problems; students will use technology such as graphing calculators and computer software for data representations and computations.

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 students evaluation will be based upon the quality of written and oral presentations in the form of homework, group work, projects, tests and quizzes.

The general guidelines for assessing grades are as follows:

  • Examinations, Assignments and Classroom Performance: 70%
  • Final Examination: 30%

The distribution may be changed at the discretion of the individual instructor.

Group work, projects, written and oral presentations, use of technology such as the graphing calculator, computer software and the internet supplemented by lecture will be the primary methods of instruction.


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).

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