Mathematics

Modes of Instruction: What are Lecture, Math Emporium, and Hybrid?


Which format is right for you?

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:

  1. I learn best when a teacher demonstrates problems.
  2. I can listen and take notes.
  3. I like to work in groups.
  4. 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.

Contact your instructor for more information about their teaching style.

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Math Emporium

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

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

Students may complete any of the following courses in the Math Emporium: 71A, 71B, 107, 65, 55.

In the Math Emporium a Math instructor, an instructional assistant, and a peer tutor 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 the Math Emporium). For more information about how the Math Emporium works, click here.

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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:

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

In Hybrid courses students meet once a week or as scheduled. 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.

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