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MATH 0810 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

MATH 0810 - Learning Support for Statistics (formerly Learning Support for Introductory Statistics & Learning Support for MATH 1530) - Section R80

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This co-requisite course contains topics which directly support the content in MATH 1530 Probability and Statistics. It contains the five TBR approved mathematical competencies which include: the study of real numbers and operations, operations with algebraic expressions, graph analysis, equations solving, modeling and critical thinking.

Note:  Course title and course number changes are effective Fall 2018.

Note: This course is equivalent to MATH 0530 Support Course for Probability and Statistics.

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

Module 1

  • Use the order of operations to simplify mathematical expressions
  • Write percentages as fractions
  • Read and construct frequency distributions and histograms
  • Identify integers, rational numbers, irrational numbers, and real numbers 
  • Find the absolute value of a real number
  • Define the meaning of inequality symbols

Module 2

  • Find the probability of an event
  • Evaluate algebraic expressions given replacement values for variables 
  • Combine like terms
  • Graph paired data to create a scatter diagram
  • Use the power, product and quotient rules for exponents
  • Add/subtract/multiply polynomials
  • Use the product and quotient rules for radical expressions
  • Factor out the greatest common factor from a polynomial

Module 3

  • Find the missing coordinate of an ordered pair solution, given one coordinate pair
  • Graph a linear equation by finding and plotting ordered pair solutions
  • Analyze the meaning of the x-intercept and the y-intercept
  • Compare the slopes of parallel and perpendicular lines
  • Interpret slope as a rate of change
  • Use the slope-intercept form to write an equation of a line
  • Use the point-slope formula to find the equation of a line
  • Use function notation
  • Determine whether an ordered pair is a solution to a linear inequality in two variables
  • Graph a linear equation by finding and plotting ordered pair solutions 
  • Graph a linear inequality in two variables
  • Use interval notation

Module 4

  • Find an unknown number in a proportion
  • Find the volume of solids
  • Use formulas to solve problems
  • Use the addition and multiplication properties of equality to solve linear equations
  • Graph inequalities on a number line

Module 5

  • Read and construct frequency distributions and histograms
  • Read line graphs
  • Find the median of a list of numbers
  • Find the mean of a list of numbers
  • Find the probability of an event
  • Decide whether an ordered pair is a solution of a system of linear equations
  • Solve a system of linear equations by graphing
  • Use the substitution method to solve a system of linear equations
  • Use the addition method to solve a system of linear equations
  • Solve real-world problems involving systems of linear equations 
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Co-requisite:  MATH 1530 Probability and Statistics

Course Topics:

Module 1 - Contains the Required Topics for Competency 1: The Study of Real Numbers and Operations

  • Apply the order of operations to evaluate expressions
  • Perform operations with rational numbers.
  • Identify and calculate with irrational numbers
  • Recognize and apply magnitude and ordering of real numbers
  • Solve real-world application problems 

Module 2 - Contains the Required Topics for Competency 2: Operations with Algebraic Expressions 

  • Evaluate algebraic expressions when given values
  • Identify and simplify like terms
  • Create a table of values from an expression
  • Simplify an expression containing integer exponents
  • Evaluate expressions involving powers and roots
  • Add, subtract, and multiply polynomials
  • Use the distributive law to write equivalent expressions
  • Factor a polynomial using GCF only 

Module 3 - Contains the Required Topics for Competency 3: Analyze Graphs 

  • Create a table of values and a graph for a given relation
  • Graph a linear equation in two variables using ordered pairs, using the x-intercept and the y- intercept, and using the slope and y-intercepts
  • Analyze the graph of a linear function identifying the x-intercept, y-intercept, and slope
  • Identify and interpret rate of change
  • Write a linear equation in two variables when given information about their graphs
  • Use and interpret function notation particularly as it relates to graphic or tabular data
  • Graph linear inequalities in two variables
  • Solve real-world application problems

Module 4 - Contains the Required Topics for Competency 4: Solving Equations 

  • Solve a linear equation in one variable using multiple approaches - numerical, graphical, and symbolic
  • Solve a linear inequality in one variable and graph the solutions
  • Solve formulas and literal equations for a specified value
  • Solve proportions that simplify to linear expressions
  • Solve real-world application problems 

Module 5 - Contains the Required Topics for Competency 5: Modeling and Critical Thinking 

  • Read bar graphs, histograms, and circle graphs
  • Find the mode, median, and mean of a list of numbers
  • Find the probability of an event
  • Solve a system of linear equations applying graphical methods
  • Solve a system of linear equations applying algebraic methods (using substitution and elimination)
  • Solve real-world application problems
Specific Course Requirements:
  • Good internet connectivity
  • Latest version of flash player (for MyMathLab) 

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:
Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

There will be one proctored competency exam, Competency 5, at the end of the semester worth 40% of the overall final score. (Students will need to make an appointment with the testing center at their home institution to set up their proctored exam.) There will be five quizzes that are not proctored that are worth 10% of the overall final score. There will be four competency exams that are not proctored that are each worth 12.5% of the overall final score. 

The exam in Module 5 for Competency 5 must be proctored and will be closed-book, closed-notes. You will need to contact your home institution's testing center to set up an appointment to have this exam proctored. Any other proctoring arrangements will have to be approved by your instructor. Students who wish to try the "Test Out" exam in Module 5 will need to arrange for a proctor for this exam. The deadline to take the last proctored exam is indicated on your course calendar. This date is the last day that the proctored test may be taken. 

Grading Procedures:

The final overall score for this course is determined by the following weighted averages: 

4 Competency Exams @ 12.5% each50%
5 Quizzes @ 2% each10%
Proctored Exam: Competency 540%


Grading Scale:
Assignments and Projects:
Class Participation:

Students are expected to participate in the discussion boards. Collaboration with fellow classmates is strongly encouraged. 

Late Policy:

Students will be given an assignment due date calendar. Students are encouraged to work ahead of this calendar whenever possible. Students are expected to email their instructor if unforeseen life events occur which prevent their completing assignments on schedule. 

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on July 27, 2018