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Course ID: MAT082
Title: Basic Arithmetic
Modality: Internet
Credit Hours: 3.00

Course Section Information

Institution: Rio Salado College

Section: 10466

Term: Fall 2014

Course Materials

Be sure that you have all the necessary materials prior to the start date of your course.

Media and Technology

Computer with minimum specifications:

MyMathLab System Requirements
Note: TestGen® Plug-in is NOT required.

Calculator: Any four-function or scientific calculator may be used. A graphing calculator (such as the TI-83 or TI-84) may be used, but is not necessary for this course. Students are strongly encouraged to work through the majority of the problems without the use of a calculator.

Note: Calculators with symbolic manipulating capabilities, or CAS, such as TI-89, TI-92 or TI-Nspire CAS are not allowed on exams.

Textbook required for Course:

Title: Basic Mathematics (Bundled w/MyMathLab access code)
Author: Akst & Bragg
ISBN: 9781269138406, Basic College Math through Applications Package

Note: The textbook must be purchased through the Rio Salado bookstore where it is bundled with the MyMathLab access code. The MyMathLab access code is required to take this course.

Rio Salado College has developed a unique Textbook Savings Program that uses customized textbooks and saves students up to 50% off the original price of textbooks. This textbook is included in the Textbook Savings Program and has been customized specifically for this course at Rio Salado College by Pearson Custom Publishing so that it contains information most relevant to the course. Your course materials are available through the Rio Salado College Bookstore.  All materials should be verified by ISBN before purchasing at the Rio Salado Bookstore or from another seller.

Course Description and Competencies

Official Course Description
Primary emphasis placed on fundamental operations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, integers, and rational numbers; proportions, and percentages. Other topics include representations of data, geometric figures, and measurement.
Official Course Prerequisites
Satisfactory score on district placement exam.
Course Notes
Students may receive credit for only one of the following: MAT081, MAT082, or MAT083.
Official Course Competencies
  1. Perform order of operations when working with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, integers, and rational numbers.
  2. Estimate and round.
  3. Identify properties of real numbers.
  4. Evaluate arithmetic expressions involving exponents and square roots.
  5. Convert between decimals, fractions, and percents.
  6. Solve application problems using proportions and percents.
  7. Construct and interpret line, bar, and circle graphs.
  8. Determine and interpret the mean, median, and mode for sets of data.
  9. Read and interpret measurement scales.
  10. Identify and describe geometric figures including squares, rectangles, triangles, and circles.
  11. Solve application problems using geometric formulas.
  12. Convert within and between U.S. (Customary) and metric measurement systems.
  13. Model and solve real world problems.

Course Requirements

  1. You must complete all examinations in the course to be eligible to get a passing grade.
  2. Examinations: There are twelve chapter tests, a midterm exam and a final exam. Each of these may be taken on your computer. Each of the chapter tests may be taken three times; only the highest score will be used for your official grade. The midterm exam and the final exam may only be taken once, so it is strongly recommended that students attempt the practice tests until they are confident of the material.
  3. Note: You must earn a combined average of at least 60% on the midterm and final exams in order to pass the course.

*A note about tests and homework: You may use your first attempt at a chapter test either as a pre-test or as your test for a grade. If you choose to use it as a pre-test, your homework will become available and will be automatically adjusted to reflect those areas where you need practice. However, remember that the homework itself carries no point value. Once you have completed the homework with the minimum target value of 70%, the test re-takes will become available to you.

Time Requirements

Remember that this is a three credit-hour class. As such, you will need to dedicate significant time to this course. Plan to spend at least three hours on course content and at least six hours on homework for a total of at least nine hours each week. Be prepared to double your weekly class and study time if you choose an accelerated calendar.

Grading Procedure and Scale

Grading Procedure

Letter grades for examinations and the course will be determined by the following criteria:

Chapter Tests: 12 Chapter Tests, 100 points each = 1200 points
Midterm Exam: 2400 points
Final Exam: 2400 points
Total Points: 6000 points

Grading Scale

The final course grades will be determined by the following scale:

Grade Determination
Grade Points Percentage
A 5400 - 6000 points 90%-100%
B 4800 - 5399 points 80%-89%
C 4200 - 4799 points 70%-79%
D 3600 - 4199 points 60%-69%
F 0 - 3599 points 0%-59%

Please Note: The grading procedure for this course is based on the total number of points possible.

The grading scale is administered equally to all students in the course. Do not expect to receive a grade higher than that earned by your total points. There will be no point adjustments made for such things as "class participation" or other subjective factors.

Extra credit is not available for this course.


There are no in-person exams for this course. All exams, including the midterm and final exams, are completed through MyMathLab.

Final Grade Options

  • Letter grade (A, B, C, D, F) - awarded if the student completes all work, including the final exams.
  • Extension - Students may request an extension because of illness or other extenuating circumstances, if they have been doing acceptable work. The instructor will define the requirements and timelines to complete the course. Please Note: Instructors are not obligated to give extensions.
  • Withdrawal - Students may submit a withdrawal request on or prior to the “Last Date to Withdraw” indicated in their RioLearn Gradebook.  

    Students should not contact their instructor to request a withdrawal. A student wishing to withdraw from a class within the stated timeline must do so by visiting In extreme circumstances, students do have the option of requesting a complete withdrawal from the college by providing Student Enrollment Services with appropriate documentation.

  • Credit/No Credit Option (P/Z) - This course may not be taken on a credit/no credit basis.

Late or Missing Assignments

Assignments that have due dates are due on time according to the due dates in your gradebook. If you need to request an extension for an assignment, a request must be made to your instructor via RioLearn at least one week prior to the due date. You can request a due date change from the "Modify Due Dates" button in the "Due Dates" tab of your RioLearn Gradebook.

Late points may be applied at the instructor's discretion.

Submitting Assignments

All assignments are located in MyMathLab.

Note to students: Keep a record of everything that you submit.

Course Completion Policy

A student who registers for a Distance Learning course is assigned a "start date" and an "end date." It is the student's responsibility to note due dates for assignments and to keep up with the course work.

If a student falls behind, she/he must contact the instructor and request an extension of her/his end date in order to complete the course.

It is the prerogative of the instructor to decide whether or not to grant the request.

Copyright Acknowledgements

Some images used in courses are licensed as follows: Accunet/AP Multimedia Archive,,, EBSCO Image Collection, ARTstor Image Collection.

Library Services

The Rio Salado Library is committed to student success and provides a variety of materials and services to enhance student learning.  Utilizing Rio’s online library for your research is the best way to ensure that your sources are validated, authoritative, and appropriate for college-level coursework. Librarians are available to help you at all times via our Ask a Librarian live chat service. Also, the How Do I..? Streaming Video Series provides instruction on how to use the online library to find books, articles, ebooks, streaming films, and more.

Please note that when library materials (e.g., articles, ebooks, and streaming media) are integrated into your lesson content, you will see the notation “…provided to you through the Rio Salado Library.

Academic Misconduct

Academic Misconduct includes cheating, conspiring to cheat, soliciting to cheat, attempting to cheat, plagiarism, fabrication on an assignment, or other forms of dishonest presentation.

Posting assessments on an unauthorized web site, soliciting assessment answers and the unauthorized acquisition of assessments, assessment answers, or other academic material is cheating.

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.  It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling or sharing of term papers or other academic materials.  Information gathered from the Internet and not properly identified is also considered plagiarism.

We expect every student to produce his/her original, independent work. Any student whose work indicates a violation of the MCCCD Academic Misconduct Policy (including cheating and plagiarism) can expect sanctions as specified in the college catalog.

Rio Salado College uses software that uncovers plagiarism from student to student and other data sources on the Internet. If a student is found to have plagiarized content, grade consequences will be applied in accordance with departmental policies.

Civility Policy

The faculty of Rio Salado place a high value on the importance of general ethical standards of academic behavior and expect that communication between students and instructors or among students shall maintain the level of formality and mutual respect appropriate to any college teaching/learning situation.

Language or behavior that is rude, abusive, profane, disruptive, or threatening will not be tolerated. Activity of this type is Academic Misconduct as defined in MCCCD Policy AR 2.3.11. Students engaging in such behavior will be removed from the course with a failing grade. Additional sanctions may be applied pursuant to AR 2.3.11.

Requirement for Active Class Participation

Please note that students may be withdrawn from class for non-participation.

If you receive financial aid of any kind, it is your responsibility to protect your eligibility to receive financial aid by meeting the active participation requirements of this class.

Change of Address

Please notify Course Support at (480) 517-8243 or 1-800-729-1197 or by email at Please include your name, student number, phone number, and new address including city, state, and zip code.

Disability Statement

Rio Salado provides reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Please contact Disability Services at (480) 517-8562 or


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