Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) concerning Math Learning Support (MLS) are listed below.
What is an emporium model classroom?
The emporium model replaces the traditional lecture class with lab-based instruction utilizing interactive computer software and individualized instruction from faculty members.
Is this an online class?
No, students are required to attend classes at the designated times/days and will receive individualized instruction by math faculty.
Why am I being charged an access fee for MLS after paying it last semester?
The access fee applies to only one semester. Students must pay the fee for every semester they take MLS. Fee information is listed in the syllabus for both MATH0810 and MATH0820 as follows:
- "Students in all Math Learning Support Courses are charged an access fee each semester for a MyLabsPlus Access Code."
Fee information is listed in the class schedule search for MLS courses as follows:
- "Textbook and materials are included in the course fees. Please check your Southwest email for details after registering."
What is the attendance policy?
The attendance policy in math learning support is the same as for the college in general: students are expected to attend classes, arriving on time and staying the entire length of class.
What is an "N" grade?
An "N" grade is an "in-progress grade." This grade helps the college to distinguish between an "F" grade for a student who does nothing versus a student who truly made an effort but just fell short of completing the course. This will help with advising, Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), scholarship renewals, etc. However, financial aid considers the "N" grade as an unsuccessful attempt (like an "F" or a "W".) Thus, the grade simply reflects progress or no progress for the student.
What are the required materials?
Students enrolled in math learning support must purchase a MyLabsPLUS student access code and a graphing calculator.
Note: The code must say MyLabsPLUS. A code without the "PLUS" will not work.
Can I test out of some of the modules I think I already know?
Yes, each module has a diagnostic test. If you pass a module diagnostic test, you do not need to work in that module.
Can I finish the course early?
Yes, if you finish all five competency modules in math learning support you can exit the course early.
If I finish the course early, can I begin my next math course in my program of study?
Yes, you can purchase a new MyLabsPLUS code and begin working on your college-level math course in your program of study. Please call or visit the Mathematics Department to begin your next course.
Note: If you do not finish the college-level math course, then you will need to register and pay for the college-level math course in the next semester/term and pick up right where you left off.
Can I finish both math learning support and a college-level math course in one semester?
Yes, it is possible to finish both math learning support and your next college-level math course within one semester. Since you will not be charged additional tuition for another course, your transcript will only reflect the grade for the college-level course.
How do I know if I need to take MATH 1000 Essentials of Algebra?
The five competency modules in math learning support do not prepare students for algebra intensive courses. Therefore, if you need to take: MATH 1710 Pre-Calculus I, MATH 1740 Algebra & Trig I, MATH 1830 Calculus, or MATH 1910 Calculus & Analytic Geom I then you will need to remediate in MATH 1000 Essentials of Algebra.
Who needs to take MATH 1000 Essentials of Algebra?
The competency modules in MATH 0810 Math Learning Support I and MATH 0820 Math Learning Support II do not prepare students for algebra intensive courses. Therefore, if a student's program of study includes MATH 1710 Pre-Calculus I and/or MATH 1740 Algebra & Trig I and/or MATH 1830 Calculus and/or MATH 1910 Calculus & Analytic Geom I, then the student will need to take the remediation course MATH 1000 Essentials of Algebra.
Note: MATH 1000 Essentials of Algebra will not satisfy general education math requirements for associate degrees or technical certificates.
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Is MATH 1000 Essentials of Algebra a general education math course?
No, MATH 1000 Essentials of Algebra is not a general education math course. It can, however, be counted as an elective credit towards graduation.
For additional information contact the Mathematics Department.