Basic Mathematics


  2. A. Course Title: Basic Mathematics
    B. Course Number: TS 113E - 10084
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: T Th 11:00:00 AM - 12:15:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Tyler, Rhonda
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours: Virtual Monday: 7:00:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST);
    Virtual Tuesday: 1:00:00 PM-4:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Wednesday: 7:00:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST);
    Virtual Thursday: 1:00:00 PM-02:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Friday: 7:00:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST);
    As an adjunct professor, I do not keep physical office hours; however, I do have virtual office hours. If you need me, in-box me through Canvas.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None.
    M. Corequisite(s): None.
    N. Class Location: HH207

    This course develops the skills and concepts of arithmetic for students needing to strengthen their mathematical background. The course includes problem solving using whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, and variables. Coverage will also emphasize equation solving, finding areas and volumes, and the conversion of measures. This course will be taught using lecture, cooperative learning, demonstrations, supervised problem solving, and computer problem sets. This course does not fulfill the mathematics requirements for any of the associate degrees. This is a three credit hour course.


    Basic Mathematics builds the foundations of arithmetic and pre-algebra. It is designed to give students the necessary foundation for success in basic algebra courses. This course does not fulfill the mathematics requirement for any of the associate degrees and is generally not transferable to any university.



    New text and courseware will be required for all Basic Math classes. Students are encouraged to attend class on the first day before purchasing to assure understanding of the format. The text and courseware purchased for this class will be used for Basic Math, Elementary Algebra and Intermediate Algebra.

    Textbook with courseware access 13 digit ISBN:
    Developmental Mathematics, D. Franklin Wright, Hawkes Learning Systems


    Paper for printing in the computer lab
    3-Ring Binder for lecture notes and examples

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending Dr. Rhonda Tyler’s course which is built on MASTERY LEARNING will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:
    89.45% - 100.00% = A
    79.45% - 89.44% = B
    79.44% - 69.45% = C
    and BELOW = F

    For this class your grade will be made up of the following:
    HOMEWORK 10%
    • Attendance is mandatory and will be counted through Canvas Attendance, Hawkes Attendance or any combination of these methods.
    • Be in class on time and stay for the entire length of class.
    • While in class work on math assignments ONLY. Working on other coursework will cause your attendance credit for the day to be changed.
    • Other activities that distract you from assignments will also cause attendance credit to be changed (texting, music, other use of phone…).
    • There are no excused absences. Any activity that prevents you from being in class will cause an absence. The points associated with that absence can only be recovered by making up classes as prescribed by the professor or having all course work completed by the due date. If you are past due on assignments, your absence will count against you and can only be made up as prescribed by the professor. NO CELL PHONE USAGE DURING ASSESSMENTS! NO EXCEPTIONS!
    HOMEWORK 10%:
    • Due dates for homework are set in the Hawkes courseware system. You may view the deadline by accessing Hawkes from the module in Canvas.
    • Your grade will be posted as a zero if it is not complete at the time grades are updated between Hawkes and Canvas, but you may access assignments after a due date has passed.
    • Minimum score of 80% on all HW assignments. Prerequisite settings apply. You cannot skip any assignments because subsequent lessons will not open.

    Dr. Tyler has the ability to view time spent on any Hawkes work. If it is apparent the time spent on an assignment/s is not sufficient for the difficulty of the material by using outside math programs, it may be considered as cheating and will be at the discretion of the professor on how to proceed.
    • NOTE: Hawkes courseware is separate from any Canvas assignments. You must attend class to understand how to navigate it.
    • Chapter tests are required after chapter homework is complete.
    • Minimum score of 80% on all Chapter tests. Prerequisite settings apply.
    • Assessments are paper evaluations taken in the testing center or with the instructor.
    • There are three assessments over the semester according to progress in course material.
    • This class is built on mastery learning, so there is a minimum score attached to the assessments as well. By the end of the course your average for the three assessments must be at least 75%. If your average for assessments is below 75% your instructor will advise you on how to recover your grade, only if time in the semester allows.
    • CAUTION: Credit for assessment scores is dependent on completion of assigned homework and chapter tests. If you cannot earn an average of 75% on assessments by the end of the course, you will receive an F for the course.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    Basic Math (TS113E) is designed to strengthen computational skills and to prepare the student for the study of algebra.

    The course content of Basic Math (TS113E) supports New Mexico Junior College's mission of promoting success through learning by encouraging students to accomplish the following:

    ·         Graph various types of functions.

    ·         Solve various types of equations.

    ·         Use the necessary notation for each topic including showing work for sequences of simplifying expressions.

    ·         Set up and solve various types of application problems.

    ·         Apply each of the above skills as part of the critical thinking and problem solving process.


  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES A student who successfully completes Basic Mathematics should be able to:

    A student who successfully completes Basic Mathematics should be able to:

    ·        Read and write whole numbers, fractions, mixed numbers, and decimals;

    ·        Add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, fractions, mixed numbers, decimals and variables;

    ·        Solve equations using whole numbers, fractions, mixed numbers, decimals and variables;

    ·        Round whole numbers to a selected place;

    ·        Solve application problems involving whole numbers, fractions, mixed numbers, and decimals with variables;

    ·        Use order of operations to simplify expressions involving whole numbers, fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, variables and the operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, roots and powers;

    ·        Solve application problems involving percents;

    ·        Find areas and volumes of geometric figures;

    ·        Convert English and metric units.



    As your instructor I am committed to helping you LEARN! However, LEARNING can only be accomplished by you. I can do a lot of things to try to help you, but only you can make it happen. To help get you started all course work is ready immediately you never have to wait for assignments and you know exactly what needs to be done. I will occasionally add to what you see in the course outline. I will be available during class and in my office to assist you. If you invest the necessary time and effort, you will be successful. Be in class for quality work time, seek help and work independently. This will take consistent effort ALL semester! Here are some helpful things to know: Professors and Administrators at New Mexico Junior College will respond only to Canvas InBox Messages within a 24 hour period. Due to the sensitive nature of academic communication, please do not try to contact this group through any personal email accounts. Please keep this correspondence professional.

    Resources for Assistance (tutoring):

    1. Attend class and work with your instructor.

    2. Use Brainfuse or go see a real person tutor for homework help. Brainfuse is an online tutoring service, click here to check out Brainfuse. Personal tutors are available by contacting the NMJC Academic Success Center. The Academic Success Center is located in room 123 Mansur Hall. The phone number is 575-492-2624.

    3. DO NOT DROP! Get help and keep working no matter how far behind you might feel. Slow progress is better than no progress. (IF you really think you need to drop please visit with me to discuss your options.)


    1. Class time is for MATH only. Do not use phones or other gadgets during class. If you cannot focus on MATH during class time, don’t come!

    2. Cheating will not be tolerated. In this class cheating is defined as not doing work yourself or using unapproved resources during testing. I may not catch all incidents of cheating, but I will act on any I become aware of. Also note, having too much “help” on course work will not benefit you because it will cause you to do poorly on the written assessments. This would cause your grade to drop. If you are caught cheating in any way in the testing center or in the classroom, you will be given a zero on the assessment with no opportunity to retake it.

    Overall Approach to Class:

    Work on assignments DAILY! The course outline is set so we finish a chapter every two to three weeks with time to review and complete assessments. You have all the resources you need to make a great grade in this course. There are two ways to fail: not completing the work or not learning the information. It will be tempting to “just get by” with lots of help from other people, math "help" programs or from the buttons in Hawkes. If you don’t focus, keep notes and make sure you can work each question on your own you will not be able to pass the assessments. Set aside plenty of time to work EACH DAY, stick to it and let me help you. Let’s make it a great semester!


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Basic Math Course Outline

    For Hawkes Developmental Mathematics book- chapters 1-5 and appendices 1, 2, and 3


    This outline is tentative and subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.



    Section number and Title

    Day 1

    Introduction, Sign in to Canvas and Hawkes, Survey and Course Info Quiz

    Weeks 1 and 2


    1.1 Reading and Writing Whole Numbers 

    1.2 Addition and Subtraction with Whole Numbers

    1.3 Multiplication with Whole Numbers

    1.4 Division with Whole Numbers

    1.5 Rounding and Estimating with Whole Numbers

    1.6 Exponents and Order of Operations

    1.7 Problem Solving with Whole Numbers


    1.8 Tests for Divisibility (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10)

    1.9 Prime Numbers and Prime factorizations





    Weeks 3 and 4


    2.1 Introduction to Fractions and Mixed Numbers

    2.2 Multiplication and Division with Fractions and Mixed Numbers


    2.3 Least Common Multiple (LCM)

    2.4 Addition and Subtraction with Fractions


    2.5 Addition and Subtraction with Mixed Numbers


    2.6 Order of Operation with Fractions and Mixed Numbers





    Week 5




    Weeks 6 and 7


    3.1 Introduction to Decimal Numbers

    3.2 Addition and Subtraction with Decimal Numbers


    3.3 Multiplication with Decimal Numbers


    3.4 Division with Decimal Numbers


    3.5 Decimal Numbers and Fractions






    Weeks 8 and 9


    4.1 Ratios and Proportions


    4.2 Solving Proportions

    4.3 Decimal Numbers and Percents


    4.4 Fractions and Percents

    4.5 Solving Percent Problems by Using the Proportion: P/100 = A/B


    4.6 Solving Percent Problems by Using the Equation: (R)(B)=A

    4.7 Applications: Discount, Sales Tax, Commission, and Percent Increase/Decrease

    4.8 Applications: Profit, Simple Interest, and Compound Interest





    Week 10




    Weeks 11 and 12


    5.1 Angles


    5.2 Perimeter


    5.3 Area


    5.4 Circles


    5.5 Volume and Surface Area



    5.6 Triangles


    5.7 Square Roots and the Pythagorean Theorem







    Weeks 13 and 14



    A.1 U.S. Measurements



    A.2 The Metric System



    A.3 U.S. to Metric Conversions





    Week 15

    ASSESSMENT 3 (Final)