Collin County Community College
Developmental Mathematics Department
Course Format Overview
Developmental Mathematics classes are offered in up to five different formats each semester. They are listed in the following table, and described in detail below the table.
|Format Type||May also be described as||Typical Course Section Code at:|
|1. Traditional lecture||.Cnn
|2. Modified lecture||Passport, Passport Express, or Multiple mini lectures||.ZCn||.ZPn||.ZSn|
|3. Self-paced||Flex Entry or AIM Center||.CAn||.PAn||.SAn|
|4. Internet-based||Blended or Instructional Telecommunications (IT)||.BCn||.BPn||.BXn|
|5. Learning community||
Same as Traditional lecture with special note
|Legend: "n" refers to a number|
1. The Traditional lecture format will appeal to you if you need a structured learning environment, a steady pace, an instructor who will present the material, and regular interaction with other students. This format may be offered at different paces, such as: 1, 2 or 3 days/week for 16 weeks, 2 or 3 days/week for 8 weeks (Express), 4 days/week for 5 weeks (Summer I or II), 2 days/week for 10 weeks (Summer III) or 5 days/week for 10 days (Wintermester/Maymester).
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A Modified lecture format,
has one or more instructors, but allows more flexibility within the
classroom setting, by permitting you to attend mini-lectures, which address your
specific mathematics deficiencies. As
a result, you may be able to skip ahead on material where you can already
demonstrate competency. This format
may allow you to complete a course before the end of the semester and perhaps
complete a subsequent course within that semester.
Passport is an individualized, flexible, and responsive mathematics program where learning is self-paced but NOT self-taught. It allows students to receive instruction in the specific segments of mathematics needed to advance to their next level, by allowing them to focus on the topic(s) they need. The students begin the program from their individual current mathematical competence point, rather than from the point the traditional curriculum is designed to begin, determined through a combination of testing and instructor assessment.
This format is also designed for each student to receive instruction on topics “missing” from their understanding of a previous course. During the one-on-one instructor/student “exit” briefings each class day, content progress is assessed and future work session topics are identified. The faculty help students identify how they each learn best by offering a Learning Style Inventory (LASSI). This facilitates an understanding by both student and instructor of the student’s inclination relative to attitude, motivation, time management, anxiety, concentration and test strategies. This format may allow you to complete a course before the end of the semester, and perhaps begin a subsequent course within that semester.
Individualized Mathematics (AIM) Center may appeal to you if you can learn effectively on your own, and
with limited help from an instructor. This
format is computer-based, where material is presented via video or
interactive software. Homework,
labs, projects and tests are also often completed using a computer.
An instructor is available to answer questions in a classroom setting,
but not to teach the material. Often,
you may be able to complete some of your work outside the classroom.
This format may appeal to you if you are a disciplined student who can
manage your time and complete an entire course on your own.
This format may allow you to complete a course before the end of the
semester, and perhaps complete a subsequent course within that semester.
An Internet-based format (Online) is a special type of self-paced
format which enables you to complete all your coursework via the Internet.
This format may appeal to you if can learn effectively on your own, and with limited help
from an instructor. Homework, labs,
projects and tests are completed or submitted using technology (internet or
fax). An instructor is available to
answer questions, but not to teach the material.
The instructor may use a variety of online tools such as email and chat room
technology. Tests are handled in a
variety of ways; however, you may be required to come to campus to complete
them. This format may appeal to you
if you are a disciplined student, who can manage your time and complete an
entire course on your own. Also,
you must have good computer skills and a fast, reliable Internet connection
available to you on a regular basis. This
format may allow you to complete a course before the end of the semester, and
perhaps complete a subsequent course within that semester.
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5. A Learning community format may be available for Beginning Algebra and Study Skills. This format will introduce Beginning Algebra topics while concurrently addressing fundamental Study Skills strategies. In addition to mastery of math skills, techniques will be taught in an effort to enable students to engage in active learning behaviors and attitudes through increased skill development in the areas of: problem solving, study strategies, note-taking and test-taking, time management, active listening, anxiety and learning style awareness, and wellness. Students will learn how to manage anxiety in their active pursuit of learning the content of Beginning Algebra. A specific approach to studying will be developed by each student utilizing individual preferences. This format will appeal to a student needing help learning how to study mathematics.
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