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MATH 1010 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

MATH 1010 - Mathematics for General Studies (formerly Mathematics for Liberal Arts)

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course is intended for students whose program of study requires one 3-hour mathematics course. The course provides insight into the nature and applications of mathematics. Topics include, but are not limited to: set theory, logic, personal finance, and probability and statistics. 

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  • Learn and use deductive and inductive reasoning for problem solving and critical thinking.
  • Demonstrate and understand the basic principles of set theory through the use of symbols and Venn diagrams in order to solve problems.
  • Demonstrate and understand logic statements, negation, and conjunction, and successfully build truth tables in order to judge the validity of an argument and answer questions of truth. Successfully apply the concepts and formulas of the mathematics of finance to solve applications in the areas of simple interest, compound interest, annuities, payout annuities, and amortized loans.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the history, basic terminology, and basic rules of elementary probability theory and statistical applications.
  • Understand the fundamentals of elementary combinatorics, including permutations and combinations, and successfully use counting techniques in the solution of problems involving calculations of probability and odds.
  • Solve problems and analyze solutions involving empirical or theoretical probabilities, including conditional probabilities, expected value, and fair price.
  • Produce and interpret statistical charts and graphs, including frequency distributions, histograms, and pie charts (instructor discretion).
  • Correctly identify and calculate measures of central tendency and dispersion (instructor discretion).
  • Demonstrate understanding of elementary properties of the standard normal distribution, and successfully solve a variety of real-life problems involving normally distributed data (instructor discretion). 
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

An acceptable placement score or completion of Learning Support Math Competencies  1-5 (or equivalent).

Course Topics:
  • Deductive vs. Inductive Reasoning
  • Set Theory 
  • Logic
  • Mathematics of Finance
  • Counting Methods and Probability Theory 
Specific Course Requirements:
  • Ability to use the email and the discussion components of Desire2Learn.
  • The textbook is not required, however an access code for MyMathLab must be purchased for Blitzer’s Thinking Mathematically, 5th ed. Pearson Publishing.
  • Scientific or Graphing Calculator is required. 

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:

The Final Exam is proctored and may be taken at any TBR Testing Center. Students must call and make an appointment to take the Final Exam.

Respondus Lockdown browser is not required for any assessments. 


Grading Procedures:

20 Homework Assignments – 20%
10 Quizzes – 20%
4 Non-Proctored Tests – 30%
1 Proctored Final Exam – 30%
Final grade will be calculated as follows:

Final Average = .20(HW Avg) + .20(Quiz Avg) + .30(Non-Proctored Test Avg) + .30(Proctored Final Exam)

Homework, quizzes, and non-proctored tests are graded immediately in MyMathLab and feedback is given. 

Grading Scale:
AverageAssigned Grade
under 60%F


Assignments and Projects:

The course consists of 20 Homework Assignments (any homework problem may be attempted three times), 10 Quizzes (any quiz may be taken two times), Four Non-Proctored Tests (taken only once), and a Proctored Final Exam (taken only once.) 

Class Participation:

Students are expected to participate in all interactive aspects of the course. This includes completing all assignments on time, communicating with the instructor on a regular basis, and checking the course frequently for announcements. Active participation in threaded discussions is expected. Students are encouraged to post good questions/answers on the Discussion Board and participate in each of the module Discussions to Ponder. Discussion of homework questions or quiz questions is acceptable on the Discussion Board. Extra credit may be earned for borderline grades if active participation on the discussion board has been consistent throughout the term. Students are expected to work at a pace conducive to collaborative learning. The course is designed to support student interaction. 

Late Policy:

Deadlines are placed on all homework assignments, quizzes, and tests. Assignment deadlines may be found in the How to Proceed Through the Course of the Getting Started Module and in MyMathLab.

Once a deadline has passed, students are “locked out” of the material. Students are encouraged to work at their own pace, however, and are permitted to complete assignments early. Students must make sure they are aware of the assignment deadlines, determine when materials are due, and adjust study schedules accordingly. 

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