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ERIC Number: ED405922
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jul
Pages: 56
Abstractor: N/A
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Development of a Revised Course Outline in Precalculus for Biological, Management, and Social Sciences at Orange Coast College.
Arismendi-Pardi, E. J.
In response to low completion rates in a calculus course for a biology, management, and social sciences program at California's Orange Coast College (OCC), a project was undertaken to develop a revised course outline for the college's pre-calculus course to better prepare students for success in calculus. Specifically, the project sought to determine appropriate topics for the outline and the most effective sequence of topics. To gather information for the new outline, a literature review was undertaken and outlines from pre-calculus courses at five local community colleges were analyzed. Once the new outline was developed, a summative review was performed to determine appropriateness. The results suggested that the revised outline needed to include the following sequence of topics: a review of intermediate algebra, rational functions, systems of equations, binomial theorem, sequences and series, logarithmic/exponential functions, and probability, with matrices included as an optional topic. It was recommended that OCC's Mathematics Department adopt the revised course outline, evaluate it shortly after implementation, and track the success rate in calculus of students who complete the pre-calculus course under the outline. Contains 35 references. Appendixes provide descriptions of faculty members involved in the formation and evaluation of the new outline, criteria used, and the revised outline. (HAA)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Language: English
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