Course Syllabus


Name: Jim Matovina

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Title: MATH 120, Fundamentals of College Math

Description: Topics include problem solving, consumer mathematics, geometry, probability, set theory with Venn diagrams, systems of counting and measurement, and statistics. Course is broad in scope, emphasizing applications. Prerequisite: Placement test, or C or higher in MATH 095.

Location: Online classes. All coursework and assessments must be completed in the Active Learning system.

Duration: Monday 10/21/19 through Friday 12/13/19. NOTE: This is an 8-Week Accelerated Course.

Goals:Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Participate in a mathematically relevant conversation.
  • Solve problems involved with the topics of consumer math.
  • Recognize and work with sets and Venn diagrams.
  • Recognize and compute elementary statistical calculations.
  • Recognize and solve elementary probability problems.
  • Recognize and understand various topics of basic geometry.
  • Recognize and understand various techniques in voting and apportionment.
  • Have an ability to apply and extend these concepts.

Required Textbook: This class will use the Seventh Edition of WHEN ARE WE EVER GOING TO USE THIS STUFF?, published by Cognella Academic Publishing. Due to content changes, earlier editions of the book will not be sufficient.

Required Active Learning Access: This class requires the use of the Active Learning System (which is Canvas-based, but not CSN's version of Canvas). All the assessments and coursework MUST be done through the Active Learning System.

Acquiring the Required Materials: You can get the book and Active Learning access in the CSN Bookstore - either on-campus, or through their website. You can, however, get a better deal if you purchase the materials directly from Cognella Academic Publishing by doing the following:

STEP 1: Go to - Be sure to know the section in which you are enrolled.

STEP 2: Check the materials you wish to purchase, along with the correct section, where indicated. Then click the Add to Cart button.

STEP 3: Review your order and click the Proceed to Checkout button.

STEP 4: Sign in if you already have a purchasing account or press the Create an Account button.

STEP 5: Check out by following the prompts. Payment can be made by all major credit cards. After purchasing, you can immediately access a digital copy of the first few chapters (if you selected a print format) or all chapters (if you selected a digital format) by logging into your student store account and clicking "My Digital Materials."

Print orders are typically processed within 24 hours; the shipping time and price will depend on the selected shipping method and day it is shipped (orders are not shipped on Sundays or holidays). If you experience any difficulties with ordering, please email or call 800.200.3908 ext. 503.

After completing your purchase of the Active Learning access, an email with a subject “Course Invitation” will be sent to you to finalize your course access. (Check your SPAM folder if you don't receive it right away.) Within the invitation email, click the link labeled “Get Started,” and then follow the prompts.



Study: You are expected to read the text, do the suggested homework problems, study the indicated website materials, and ask questions when necessary. Answers to assessment questions will come directly, or be derived, from the content found in the textbook and/or presented in the class. DO NOT seek out alternative answers from resources not specified in the class. Answers from such resources that conflict with those presented in the textbook or through the class content shall be deemed incorrect.

Computer Labs: Most of you will probably complete the requisite work for this class at home. If you are having problems with your computer or do not have the required software, feel free to use any of the on-campus Computer Labs. Visit for more information about the Computer Labs.

Online Assessments: Assessments for this class will be completed online. When entering answers, you must provide a single answer, without any attempt to show work. It is also unacceptable to provide multiple answers in a single response and expect the extraneous or incorrect information to be ignored. Any attempt to show work or enter multiple answers (even if they are equivalent versions) into the same answer box shall be deemed incorrect.

Computer Grading: It is important to note that the computer will be grading the assessment questions. It is your responsibility to review your graded work. If you have an answer that you believe has been graded incorrectly, you should send me an email and let me know the specific assessment and problem number(s) you would like me to examine. I will either correct the grading or explain why a deduction was made. Do realize, however, no credit shall be awarded for deductions made because of ignoring or neglecting to follow any listed instructions.

Free Tutoring: Take advantage of the free tutoring offered at CSN. In addition to the free 1-on-1 tutoring offered through Tutorial Services, you could also utilize the free and unlimited group tutoring offered in the Math Resource Centers (MRC) on each campus. CSN also provides students with 24/7 online tutoring through Visit for in-person tutoring information, and, to access the services, follow the link found inside the CSN Canvas class shell.



ADA Notice: If you qualify for "reasonable accommodations" in accordance with the American with Disabilities Act (, you must notify me in writing of such by the end of the first week of class. Visit for more information additional about the CSN Disability Resource Center (DRC).

Calculators: Calculators are allowed in this class. In fact, you will probably need one. A good scientific calculator can be purchased for about $10-15.

Withdrawal: CSN Policy prohibits an instructor from issuing a W grade. If you stop attending class or quit completing the required work, you CANNOT be assigned an automatic W (Withdrawal) grade; you will receive a grade based on the total points you have earned in the course, which, more than likely, will be an F to connote you failed the course. If you wish to be withdrawn from this course, it is your responsibility to officially drop the course by the drop date listed in the college catalog/schedule of classes.

Honesty: Cheating of any kind will not be tolerated. Any incident of academic dishonesty will result in a failing grade for the course, be reported to the College, and the most serious course of action will be recommended.

Disclaimer: As the instructor, I reserve the right to change the course syllabus, schedule, and policies as necessary. You will be given appropriate notification and justification in the event of any corresponding changes.



Syllabus Quiz: You will begin the course by taking a quiz over the information and policies laid out in this syllabus. You MUST get a perfect score on the Syllabus Quiz before you are allowed to continue in the class. If you do not get a perfect score, review your answers and this Syllabus, and then retake the Syllabus Quiz. Any work missed due to a failure to take or get a perfect score on the Syllabus Quiz will be scored as a zero. As an added benefit, the 10 points earned on the Syllabus Quiz will be included as part of your class grade calculation.

Homework: Unless directed otherwise, you are to assume every homework exercise in the covered chapters of the textbook should be completed. Or, at the very least, you should do enough of them so that you understand the corresponding concepts. These assignments are there for your benefit. No textbook assignment will be submitted for grading.

Section Quizzes: During the semester, there will be an online quiz covering every section from the textbook. Each Section Quiz will consist of 5, two-point questions, and will have a 45-minute time limit. Questions appearing on the quizzes will come from the material covered in the textbook and/or presented in the supplemental materials provided in the Active Learning content. Due dates and times for the specific quizzes are indicated in the schedule found at the end of this syllabus.

Time Limits: Unless official alternative arrangements are made in writing and approved by the instructor prior to the posted deadline, each quiz MUST be completed within 45 minutes after its activation. You are not allowed to start a quiz, and then return to it at a later time to complete it. Any quiz activated and then left unattended for more than 45 minutes will be scored as is.

Date of Last Attendance: Due to financial aid guidelines, CSN instructors are required to record a “Date of Last Attendance” (DOLA) for any student issued a failing grade. Any student who receives an F grade in this class shall have the corresponding DOLA recorded as the date on which the last assessment was submitted. If an F is to be issued and all assessments are completed, the DOLA will be recorded as FULLY. If no assessments are submitted, the DOLA will be recorded as NEVER.

Make Up Quizzes: You will be allowed up to four “Make Up Quizzes.” The Make Up Quizzes may be used to take a Section Quiz that was missed or to replace a low Section Quiz score that was earned earlier in the term. Make Up Quizzes may only be taken during the “Make Up Window” which is the 8AM on the Monday through 8PM on the Friday of last week of the term.

To be allowed the opportunity to take a Make Up Quiz, you must email your specific request(s) to me prior to 11:59PM on the Sunday preceding the Make Up Window. In order to be considered, each request for a specific Make Up Quiz MUST be accompanied by an original excuse. Keep the excuses clean, but feel free to be creative; ANY excuse is sufficient, and there will be no attempt to gauge their truthfulness or validity. For example, an acceptable request/excuse may look like, “I am requesting a Make Up for Quiz 3.2. A couple hours before the deadline for that quiz, while I was making my 3-yr old pea soup for dinner he hacked my account and changed my password. Apparently, he does not like pea soup.”

A different and unique excuse must be provided for each Make Up Quiz that is requested. Excuses must be free of vulgar and offensive language. Any provided excuse that is deemed offensive will result in a forfeiture of the opportunity to take any and all Make Up Quizzes, and you will also be subjected to discipline in accordance with the Disruptive and Abusive Student Policy and any other applicable College policies. Any student submitting an excuse hereby agrees to allow the said excuse to be shared with others, without any claim of ownership. Once complied, a list of the excuses, with the students names being redacted, will be posted on the class discussion board for your amusement. The list of excuses may also be presented in future classes or seminars, with the sole intention of making people smile.

Class Grades: There will be a total of 30, 10-point Section Quizzes and one 10-point Syllabus Quiz throughout this class. The Section Quiz with lowest score will be discarded, resulting in a total of 300 possible points to be earned. Point totals will be rounded to the nearest whole point, and +/- grades will not be assigned.

Class grades will be assigned according to the following point scale:

270-300: A
240-269: B
210-239: C
180-209: D
Below 180: F

Important Note About Grades in the Active Learning Environment and Canvas: By default, Canvas (and, hence, the Cognella Active Learning System) displays percentage grades based on only upon completed work. Students who neglect to submit work (thereby earning 0s) are often misled into thinking they are earning a grade higher than their actual grade.

For example, if you submit the first two quizzes and earn 9/10 on both of them, Canvas will display your grade as 90% (18/20 = 90%). Then, if you neglect to submit the next quiz (earning 0/10), Canvas will STILL display your grade as 90%, instead of the correct 60% (18/30 = 60%).

At the end of every semester, I am contacted by at least one student who was issued a grade lower than what they thought they had earned. In every case, the student in question neglected to submit at least one quiz and, hence, was misled by Canvas. Keep in mind, not only are missed quizzes scored as 0s, but the grades in this class are based on point accumulation, instead of the percentage of points earned on completed quizzes.



  • Wednesday, 10/23: Last Day for a 50% Refund
  • Wednesday, 10/23: Last Day to Drop a Class WITHOUT a Grade of W
  • Friday, 10/25: Nevada Day Holiday - College Closed
  • Monday, 11/11: Veterans’ Day Holiday – College Closed
  • Friday, 11/22: Last Day to Change from Credit to Audit
  • Friday, 11/22: Last Day to Drop a Class WITH a Grade of W
  • Thursday-Friday, 11/28-29: Thanksgiving Break – College Closed


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