# Modes of Instruction: What are A&B, Math X, and HD?

Which format is right for you?

- Traditional Lecture – all Mathematics Department courses except Math 71A&B
- Half-paced Lecture – 65A&B, 55A&B
- Math X – 107A&B, 65A&B, 55A&B, 71A&B
- Hybrid Education – 65, 55, 40

__ Important Note About Math Course Technology Requirements__As stated on CLASS-WEB, you ought to contact your instructor prior to the start of the semester to find out what the specific technology requirements are for a particular course. Some instructors use the MyMathLab web portal to assign homework and others require the use of technology including graphing calculators and additional software. The cost associated with these products varies by semester, so it is best to contact the publisher or manufacturer directly to inquire about specifics. In the event that a product is available at the campus bookstore, pricing information can be found by visiting their website or contacting them directly at (925) 424-1812.

Traditional Lecture

**Traditional lecture is the mode of instruction with which most students are familiar.** **These courses work well for students with the following characteristics:**

- I learn best when a teacher demonstrates problems.
- I can listen and take notes.
- I like to work in groups.
- I like a structured class.

Most lecture classes are 3 to 5 units and meet two or three times/week. A Math instructor teaches the class. These classes adhere to a pre-defined schedule. Many of these classes include one hour of lab per week in the Integrated Learning Center. The listings in the schedule provide more information.

**Half-paced Lecture A&B**

**These courses are best for student wanting a traditional lecture for whom the following are true: **

- I need more time for Math concepts to sink in.
- It’s been forever since I studied Math, and I need a careful review of the basics.

These are 2.5 unit classes that meet two times/week and are usually scheduled as late start classes (starting in the third week of the semester). A Math instructor teaches the class. Math 65A&B and Math 55A&B each take 2 semesters to complete. Math 65A and Math 65B together comprise Math 65; similarly Math 55A and 55B comprise Math 55. These classes include one hour of lab per week in the Integrated Learning Center.

**Math X**

**The Math X program consists of courses which are offered in an independent study/self-paced mode. These courses work well for students with the following characteristics:**

- I am a self-motivated, dedicated, and organized student.
- I like to work alone.
- I need a quick brush up on my algebra skills.

Students may complete any of the following courses in the Math X program:

Math X |
Equivalent Course |
---|---|

107A and 107B |
107 |

65A and 65B |
65 |

55A and 55B |
55 |

71A and 71B |
71 |

In Math X a Math instructor and an instructional assistant are available to answer questions. Students attend at a specified time, but there is no lecture. Homework and lab assignments are completed by each student working independently. These courses are designated in the schedule by an X followed by the section number (e.g., X01 indicates section one in Math X). For more information about how Math X works, click here.

**Hybrid Education**

**Hybrid education refers to a section in which all or part of the course is offered online. It works best for students to whom the following applies: **

- I am a self-motivated, dedicated, and organized student.
- I like to work alone.
- It’s very hard for me to come to campus.
- I’m computer savvy.

In a Math 65 HD1 or Math 55 HD1 course, all instruction is carried out online. Students come to to campus for orientation and to take exams. In a Math 65 HD2, Math 55 HD2 or Math 40 HD1 or HD2 course, part of the instruction is carried out in a face-to-face setting on campus and the rest of the instruction is online. Exams are given on campus at designated times. Like the traditional lecture offerings of these courses, the hybrid education offerings take one semester to complete. For 65 and 55, the assigned instructor determines whether the TBA lab hour is to be carried out online or in the Integrated Learning Center.