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MATH 1420 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

MATH 1420 - Geometry Concepts for Teachers (formerly Geometry for Elementary Education)

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course is a conceptual approach to the study of geometry. Students will participate in discussions and submit projects.

The topics studied in this course include:

  • measurement, congruence, similarity, and shape
  • historical development of geometry as a tool
  • probability
  • statistics
Course Outcomes:

Through the study of MATH 1420, the student should acquire the ability to:

  1. recall and state the undefined terms of geometry;
  2. relate the historical foundations of geometry;
  3. use correct terminology and notation associated with lines, rays, and line segments;
  4. recognize angles, including vertices, classifications, angle pairs, and angle measurement;
  5. recognize and reproduce parallel and perpendicular lines and the angles associated with them;
  6. apply the four steps of problem solving in geometric situations;
  7. recognize the parts of a circle;
  8. name polygons and differentiate between concave and convex polygons;
  9. use formulas to find polygonal figures;
  10. define and reproduce regular and semi-regular tessellations;
  11. analyze properties of 3-dimensional figures;
  12. apply Euler's formula to edges, vertices, or faces of polyhedra;
  13. analyze figures to determine symmetry;
  14. explore geometry on the computer using LOGO;
  15. use the American Standard and the International System units of measure in problem solving situations; 
  16. use the Pythagorean Theorem;
  17. find area and perimeter of 2-dimentional figures;
  18. use paper folding to produce various two and three dimensional shapes;
  19. calculate volume and surface area of 3-dimensional figures;
  20. define congruence mappings of polygons;
  21. determine congruent pairs of triangles based on the 5 congruency postulates;
  22. perform basic constructions and manipulations using virtual tools;
  23. relate principles of geometry to manipulatives such as pattern blocks and pentominoes;
  24. perform translations, reflections, and rotations of polygons;
  25. explore tessellations of non-polygonal shapes;
  26. perform similarity mappings;
  27. find missing sides of similar triangles;
  28. analyze networks to identify even and odd vertices;
  29. determine whether or not a network is transversable;
  30. represent data in tables, charts, and graphs;
  31. interpret tables, charts, and graphs;
  32. calculate measures of central tendency to include mean, median, and mode;
  33. recognize a normal distribution and identify skewness; and,
  34. calculate standard deviation and weighted average. 
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Documented eligibility for collegiate mathematics; one high school credit each in Algebra I, Algebra II, and geometry.

Course Topics:

Module 1 - Fundamentals of Geometry

Module 2 - Congruence and Similarity

Module 3 - Measurement

Module 4 - Data Analysis 

Specific Course Requirements:

Basic familiarity with Microsoft Office components such as Word, PowerPoint, and FrontPage will be helpful. 

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:

Students will be downloading and installing FREE public domain software. Some projects will require submitting photographs to the instructor; Photos may be taken with a simple disposable camera and developed at a photo counter which will put them on CD. A digital camera is not required. Several word processing documents will be submitted. They should be submitted in Microsoft Word format. However, many programs such as Microsoft Works and the word processor available for Macintosh computers can save documents in Word format. Although there is no requirement to purchase Microsoft Word, students must discover a way to save documents in Word format. Word Perfect may not be used for assignment submissions. 

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:

Most testing will be done online. Students are honor-bound to produce work which is completely their own. A proctored final exam may or may not be administered. 

Grading Procedures:

Quizzes, Tests and Final Exam:

Module 1:
Quizzes (worth 10 points each):
Test 1: Shapes: 100 points

Module 2:
Quizzes (worth 10 points each):
Tess and Similarity
Test 2: Transformations: 100 points

Module 3:
Quizzes (worth 10 points each):
Perimeter Area
Surface Area Volume
Test 3: Measurement: 100 points

Module 4:
Quizzes (worth 10 points each)
Test 4: Data: 100 points
Final Exam: 100 points

Total Possible Points:

Quizzes: 100 points
Tests: 400 points
Final Exam: 100 points 

Homework Assignments:

Homework assignments will be worked at . The assignments will be averaged at the end of the semester. 100 points possible. 

Grading Scale:
A990-1100 points90-100%
B880-989 points80-89%
C770-879 points70-79%
D660-769 points60-69%
F0-659 points0-59%


Assignments and Projects:

Module 1:
Assignment 1: Essay: 10 points
Assignment 2: Angles: 10 points
Assignment 3: Triangles: 20 points
Assignment 4: Polygons: 20 points
Assignment 5: Polyhedra: 20 points
Assignment 6: Geodesic Dome: 20 points

Module 2:
Assignment 7:Transformations: 15 points
Assignment 8:Transmographer: 15 points
Assignment 9:Tessellations: 15 points
Assignment 10: Similar: 15 points
Assignment 11: Project: 15 points

Module 3:
Assignment 12: Measurement: 25 points
Assignment 13: Area: 25 points
Assignment 14: Volume: 25 points

Module 4:
Assignment 15: Chance: 25 points
Assignment 16: Data: 25 points

Total Possible Points: 300 

Class Participation:

All students must participate in all interactive aspects of the course. Students must communicate with other students through the discussion board, students are expected to communicate with the instructor as a learning resource, and students must check the course bulletin board frequently for announcements.

The participation grade for each module is 25 points.

Module 1:
Student Profile

Module 2: 
Question and/or Helpful Replies

Module 3:
Question and/or Helpful Replies

Module 4:
Question and/or Helpful Replies

Total Possible Points: 100 

Late Policy:

Quizzes and tests must be submitted on time. 

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