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MATH 1630 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

MATH 1630 - Finite Mathematics

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This introduction to finite mathematics is intended for students studying Information Systems, Computer Network Technology, and Business Management. This course is also intended to fulfill the general education mathematics requirement for other degree areas. Topics covered include linear equations and systems, matrices, linear programming, finance, set theory, counting methods, probability, and logic.

Course Outcomes:

As a result of successfully completing this course, students will have demonstrated an acceptable level of mastery of the concepts and applications of finite mathematics.

Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Two years of high school algebra and an acceptable placement score or completion of math learning support competencies.

Course Topics:
Rectangular coordinates              
Geometric linear programming                
Simplex method                                    
Systems of linear equations        
Linear programming applications            
Sample space
Substitution method                   
Simple and compound interest                
Elimination method                    
Matrix algebra                          
Sinking funds                                         
Truth tables
Inverse matrices                      
Linear inequalities                    
Logical circuits 
Specific Course Requirements:

Be able to use email and discussion within D2L.

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:

Graph paper, a three ring binder, and a lot of paper. 

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:

Testing and Grading Procedures:

There will be 17 quizzes during the semester. The quiz average will make up 15% of your grade.

There will be 5 tests during the semester. The test average will make up 30% of your grade.

There will be 5 projects during the semester. The project average will make up 5% of your grade.

There will be a proctored midterm. The midterm will make up 25% of your grade.

There will be a proctored final exam. The final exam will make up 25% of your grade.

All assignments will be online. See the course calendar for exam deadlines

Grading Procedures:
Grading Scale:

A: 100-90

B: 89-80

C: 79-70 

D: 69-60

F: 59-0

Assignments and Projects:

Refer to the assignments list for specific homework problems. Refer to the course calendar for specific due dates. The course will be divided into several modules. Upon completion of each module, the student will complete an online test.

Class Participation:

Students are encouraged to actively and constructively participate in online discussions. While these discussions do not count toward your grade in the course, you will find these discussions beneficial when completing assignments and taking quizzes and tests. Students are expected to communicate frequently with the instructor via email or the D2L discussion board. Students must check the course e-mail and the D2L discussion board for announcements. These must be checked every time the student logs into D2L, and they must be checked before any other work is completed. 

Late Policy:

Attendance is calculated based on completing quizzes exams. In general, late work will not be permitted. Exceptions to this rule will be granted by instructor permission only, and extensions will be given on a case-by-case basis. You must communicate with your instructor PRIOR to the deadline for that assignment in order to be granted an extension. Extensions will only be given in extreme situations. See the course calendar for deadlines.

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 December 8, 2017