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Modes of Instruction: What are A&B, X&Y, and DE?

Math 107, 65 & 55: Pre-Algebra, Elementary & Intermediate Algebra
Which format is right for you?

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. Math 65 and Math 55 each take one semester to complete.  These classes include one hour of lab per week in the Integrated Learning Center.   Math 107 also takes 1 semester to complete and has several hours of lab work each week in the classroom.

Half-paced Lecture A&B

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

  1. I need more time for Math concepts to sink in.
  2. 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. A Math instructor teaches the class. Math 65A&B and Math 55A&B each take 2 semesters to complete. Math 65A and Math 65B 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&Y

Math X & Math Y are designations used to describe courses which are offered in an independent study/self-paced 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 alone.
  3. I need a quick brush up on my algebra skills.

Math 65X, 65Y, 55X, and 55Y are 2.5 units each; Math 107X and 107Y are 2 units each.  Math 65X and Math 65Y comprise Math 65; similarly Math 55X and 55Y comprise Math 55 and M107X and Math 107Y comprise Math 107. Classes meet two times per week. A Math instructor is available to answer questions. There is no lecture. Assigned homework is completed by each student working independently.

Distance Education

Distance education refers to course in which all or part of the course is offered on-line. 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 alone.
  3. It’s very hard for me to come to campus.
  4. I’m computer savvy.

In a Math 65DE or Math 55DE course, all instruction is carried out on-line. Students come to to campus for orientation and to take exams. In a Math 65 Hybrid or Math 55 Hybrid course, part of the instruction is carried out in a face-to-face setting on campus and the rest of the instruction is on-line. Exams are given on campus at designated times. Like the traditional lecture offerings of 65 and 55, the distance education offerings are 5 unit courses and each take one semester to complete. The assigned instructor determines whether the TBA lab hour is to be carried out on-line or in the Integrated Learning Center.

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