Syllabus for MAT-105



Applied Liberal Arts Mathematics offers students a broad based overview of mathematics intended for non-math majors.  This course offers a survey of various mathematical topics with an emphasis on the application of real-world problems.  In addition to skill development and review this course will emphasize the application of topics to real-world problems.  The applications will span many disciplines as to support the theme that math is everywhere and impacts much of our everyday lives.  

Topics include organizing data using Venn diagrams, tree diagrams, vertex edge graphs and sets, logic, the real number system, algebra, graphs, functions, numbers of different bases, the metric system, consumer math, probability, statistics and applications to voting and graph theory.


After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Analyze and apply problem solving techniques
  2. Organize and draw conclusions about data using a variety of methods
  3. Analyze real-world problems by applying mathematics skills
  4. Summarize/debate mathematical concepts and problems
  5. Design and analyze graphs, paths and circuits
  6. Organize/represent data using logic and set notation
  7. Apply properties of real numbers


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbook

  • Angel, A., Abbott, C., & Runde, D. (2013). A Survey of Mathematics with Applications (9th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

ISBN-13: 978-0321759665

NOTE: It is recommended that the PowerPoint presentations accompanying each chapter be downloaded rather than viewed through Google or web browser viewers, as some of the math formulas may not render properly through the viewers.

Solutions Manual

  • Angel, A., Abbott, C., & Runde, D. (2013).Student Solutions Manual for A Survey of Mathematics with Applications (9th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

ISBN: 978-0321639318


Applied Liberal Arts Mathematics is a three-credit online course, consisting of six modules. Modules include learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in five online discussion forums, complete six application assignments, and take 24 brief section quizzes. You are also required to take a proctored online midterm examination and a proctored online final examination. See below for more details.

Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

In addition to an ungraded Introductions Forum in Module 1, you are required to participate in five graded online discussion forums.

Communication with the mentor and among fellow students is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online discussions involves two distinct assignments: an initial response to a posted assignment and subsequent comments on classmates' responses. Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate, the reading, or your mentor, state and support your agreement or disagreement. You will be evaluated on the quality and quantity of your participation. Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, professional, and respectful.

Application Assignments

You are required to complete six application assignments. The application assignments draw mostly on even-numbered exercises from the textbook. For each assignment, answer all assigned exercises, and show all work.  

Note: To facilitate assignment preparation and save you typing time, we include with each application assignment an assignment sheet with all questions typed out for you. You can download these sheets to your computer and use them to insert your answers and submit via the Submit Assignment function in each module. To receive full credit for your answers, you must show all work and include complete solutions using an equation editor such as Math Type.

For help regarding preparing and submitting assignments, see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.


Throughout each module there is a series of brief section quizzes to help prepare you for the midterm and final exams. The goal of these assessments is to provide you with targeted practice of specific skills. You will receive feedback at the end of each assessment. If you are struggling with any skill, review the corresponding section of your textbook and consult your mentor for guidance.

You may take these quizzes multiple times for additional practice; the result of your most recent attempt will appear in your gradebook.


You are required to take two proctored online examinations: a midterm exam and a final exam. Both exams require that you use the University's Online Proctor Service (OPS). Please refer to the "Examinations and Proctors" section of the Online Student Handbook for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to schedule your exam within the first week of the semester.


Online exams are administered through the course Web site. Consult the Course Calendar for the official dates of exam weeks.

Exam Study Tools

Ungraded practice exams for the midterm and final exam are available. Since these practice exams contain questions that are similar to those that you will see on the graded exams, they should serve as an effective way to prepare for the exams. In the Examinations section of the course Web site, click on the Practice Midterm Exam link or the Practice Final Exam link to begin.

Midterm Examination

The proctored online midterm exam is multiple-choice and covers all material assigned in modules 1, 2, and 3 of the course. You will have 2.5 hours to complete the exam, and you are permitted to use scratch paper. Formulas needed will be provided in the specific problems on the exam.

Note: You are permitted to use a calculator (scientific, graphing, or financial) but may not use a calculator on a phone, PDA, or any similar device.

Final Examination

The proctored online final exam is multiple-choice and covers all material assigned in modules 4 and 5 of the course. You will have 2 hours to complete the exam, and you are permitted to use scratch paper. Formulas needed will be provided in the specific problems on the exam.

Note: You are permitted to use a calculator (scientific, graphing, or financial) but may not use a calculator on a phone, PDA, or any similar device.

Statement about Cheating

You are on your honor not to cheat during an exam. Cheating means:

If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in an exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:






























Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to maintaining academic quality, excellence, and honesty. The University expects all members of its community to share the commitment to academic integrity, an essential component of a quality academic experience.

Students at Thomas Edison State University are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

All members of the University community are responsible for reviewing the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.

If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism

Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.

If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.

If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.

Possible sanctions include:

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