Yuba Community College District
Yuba College Course Outline
Course Information
Course Number:
MATH 58
Full Course Title:
Quantitative Reasoning
Short Title:
Quantitative Reason
Effective Term:
Fall 2012
Course Standards
Lecture Hours:
54.000
Total Units:
3.000
Total Hours:
54.00
Repeatable:
No
Grading Method:
Letter Grade Only
Course Description
Interpretation of and reasoning with quantitative information. Coverage of logic; units analysis; uses and abuses of percentages, ratios, and indices; financial management; and statistics. This course satisfies the AA and AS degree requirement but does not satisfy the prerequisite for a transferable math course. (L,M)Conditions of Enrollment
Completion with a C or better in: MATH 50
Advisories

Language  recommended eligibility for English 1A

Mathematics  recommended eligibility for Math 52
Content
Course Lecture Content
 Logic and anlysis of arguments that use numbers
 Units analysis and unit conversions
 Problem solving strategies
 Uses and abuses of percentages, ratios, indices, tables, and graphs
 Error analysis
 Financial mangement
 Statistical reasoning
Objectives

Identify an argument's premises and conclusions.

Recognize fallacious arguments.
**Requires Critical Thinking**

Use Venn diagrams

Evaluate arguments that use numbers.

Identify and convert units.

Use units to check answers.
**Requires Critical Thinking**

Apply strategies for problem solving.

Solve problems that use percentages, ratios, indices, tables or graphs and identify abuses.

Identify sources of error.
**Requires Critical Thinking**

Apply rounding rules.

Identify contingency table errors.

Use different interest formulas

Use different types of investments.

Explain bond yield

Calculate loan payments.

Use budget principles.

Recognize different sampling methods.

Interpret different statistical graphs.

Distinguish between correlation and causality.
**Requires Critical Thinking**

Calculate measure of center and variation.

Recognize conditions under which a normal distribution can be expected.

Conduct a basic hypothesis test.
**Requires Critical Thinking**
Student Learning Outcomes
 Critical Thinking – Differentiate fallacious and valid arguments.
Methods of Instruction

Lecture/Discussion
Assignments
Hours per week on assignments outside of the class:
Reading Assignments
Writing Assignments
Other Assignments
Homework
Methods of Evaluation
 Exams
 Homework
 Quizzes
 Research Project
Course Materials
Textbooks:

Bennett and Briggs. Using and Understanding Mathematics: A Quantitative Reasoning Approach, 4th ed. Addison Wesley, 2007, ISBN: 13: 9780321458209