INFORMATION ABOUT MATH116, MATH148 AND CSC102B at SCCC

This page is desgined to give you detailed information about MATH116 at SCCC so you can make an informed decision before you enroll.

Please read this information carefully before requesting an enrollment code. There are detailed instructions at the end of this page, so it may be helpful to print this page.


OVERVIEW

At SCCC, MATH116 and MATH&148 are designed to be a two-quarter sequence for Business Majors. Several years ago, we revised the curriculum in this course to take a very hands-on, real-world approach to mathematics in business contexts. The curriculum incorporates skills and components that a conference of Business School Deans agreed they want included in business math courses. These include:

  • Complex, real-world projects and applications
  • Meaningful application of mathematics to business situations
  • The appropriate use of technology (especially spreadsheets) in context
  • Teams and collaborative projects
  • The development of oral and written skills

PROJECTS

Our courses include these components by the use of four in-depth team projects, two in each of 116 and 148. The projects are as follows:

  • MATH116
    • Using Probability Theory to examine Loan Foreclosure decisions
    • Using Finanical Formulas to advise a financial client on Retirement Planning
  • MATH148
    • Using Calculus to analyze data to determine how to maximize profits on a new product
    • Using Calclus and other mathematics to determine the optimal bid in an oil/gas lease bidding ring

TEAMS

Each of the four projects involves working in a team (typicall 3 or 4 students) for about 5 (five) weeks. Teams are expected to work tegether to complete the project mathematics, generate an oral team presentation of their analysis and results, and submit a written business report that gives a more detailed account of their oral presentation. While instructors typically try to schedule time every week for teams to meet and work during class time, the amount and type of work requires that teams meet OUTSIDE of class on a regular basis (at least once a week) to finish the projects. It cannot be stressed enough that if you are unable or unwilling to regularly meet with your team outside of class and be a consistent and reliable contributor to your team, you should take this sequence of classes at another college where teams are not used in this way.

TECHNOLOGY

Each of the four projects also involves significant use of technology, especially Excel. Many students feel that they "know" Excel when they come into this course, but few actually know it well enough to complete the projects without some extra work. (If you're one of these students, check out this page to get a reality check.) We use trendlines, databases commands, statistical commands, simulations, build histograms, as well as use many commands that are not well known by the common Excel user. Because of the high use of very specialized Excel commands in this course, students who take this sequence are required to enroll in CSC102B or MATH298B when they take MATH116 (or when they take 148 if they did not take 116 at SCCC).

CSC102B (Formerly MATH298B)

CSC102B is a two-credit course that meets in the first five (5) weeks of the quarter. The first session is during the first week of the quarter and is mandatory. Other sessions are offered to help students complete assignments needed to help learn the technology that supports MATH116 and MATH148. There are three assignments in which students reproduce detailed, one-page mathematical reports or Powerpoint presentations using important Excel commands, the Equation Editor, etc. The course does not contain much math at all and is not difficult. However, it does require time and discipline to finish in the five-week time alotted. The course does not meet daily. In fact, only the first course meeting is mandatory. All others (besides the final) are optional and you only attend if you want more instruction or help to complete the three course assignments. You must enroll for either CSC102B before you request an entry code for MATH116.

GETTING AN ENROLLMENT CODE

If you have gotten this far and want to enroll in your Math course, please do the following to request an enrollment code:

  1. Enroll in a section of CSC102B. Make note of the Item Number (which is the 4-digit code that you use to enroll in this specific course). You will need it later. NOTE: The online listings may not have CSC102B listed. If CSC102B is not listed, then look for MATH298B. They are both the same course. It does not matter which one you take.
  2. Go to http://www.wamap.org.
  3. If you have already have a WAMAP account, log in to your account and click the button that says "Enroll in a new class" and then skip to Step 6 below. If you do not have a WAMAP account, make sure you are at http://wamap.org and then click on the link that says "Register as a new student" (located just below the Login button)
  4. On the registration page, pick a unique user name and password that you will remember. Pick something familiar and write it down. You should also enter your FULL name as it appears in your SCCC records. Finally, make sure you enter an email address you check on a regular basis. Click the "Sign Up" button when you are done.
  5. If your username and other information is accepted, you will see a screen that tells you your account has been created. It also gives you a link to return to the login page, which you should do at this time.
  6. At the login page, use your username and password to log in the site. You may want to click the "Force Image based display" before you login to ensure you can see mathematial equations on the site.
  7. The system will ask you for a Course ID and an Enrollment Key. The Course ID is 1473. The Enrollment Key for this quarter is 116. Enter those and then click the Sign In button.
  8. You should then see the Math 116/148 Entry Code Request class listed under "Courses You're Taking." Click on that course link to enter the site.
  9. Follow the directions that appear on that page to get an entry code.
  10. IMPORTANT: Once you get the entry code in email. You must use it at the SCCC registration site to enroll in your math course. Getting the entry code does not put you into the math class. It only gives you a code that allows you to register!

If you're ready to follow the steps above, then go to http://www.wamap.org.