COURSE PLACEMENT INFORMATION FOR
INCOMING 14/FA STUDENTS
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Majors that require MATH 1000 and/or require MATH 1044/1054 to fulfill General Education Math Foundation Requirements
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KEAN UNIVERSITY Maxine and Jack Lane Center for Academic Success Phone: (908) 7370340 Website: http://placementtest.kean.edu
v Understanding Your Test Results/Course Placements v
v Individualized Initial Course Placements vStudents enter the University with varying skills levels and differing levels of preparedness for collegelevel coursework. Therefore, each incoming freshman is assessed prior to registration and provided with individualized initial course placements based on criteria such as placement test results and SAT scores. Your individualized course placements tell you:
v Your Reading Course Placement vYour reading course placement is determined by your Reading Comprehension (RC) score on the placement test. Kean offers two developmental (noncollegecredit) reading courses, CS 0409 (Basic Reading Skills) and CS 0412 (Introduction to Academic Reading), as well as a collegelevel reading course, CS 1501 (College Reading and Study Skills).
v Your Writing Course Placement vCollege Composition, the freshman writing course required of all students, is offered in three different formats designed to match students’ skills levels. The format of College Composition you are required to take is determined by your score on the Essay section of the placement test. Kean offers a threecredithour format of College Composition (ENG 1030) and two different extended sixcredithour formats of College Composition (ENG 1031/1032 and ENG 1033/1034) designed for students whose placement test essays indicate they should take the course in a more intensive format that provides additional class time for writing instruction/skills development. ENG 1031/1032 is a sixcredit course taken in one semester; ENG 1033/1034 is a sixcredit course taken in two sequential semesters (i.e., three credits each semester) to give students more time to develop their writing skills.
v Your Math Course Placement vWhether or not you are required to take a developmental math course prior to taking your collegelevel math course(s) is determined by your Elementary Algebra (EA) score on the placement test.
The ACCUPLACER CollegeLevel Mathematics (CLM) test is automatically administered to students with EA scores ³ 100 and, upon request, to students exempt from EA testing due to their SATMath scores. The CLM test score is used to determine preparedness for Precalculus and Calculus I: · If your CLM score is in the 65–94 range, you are eligible to take MATH 1054 (Precalculus) or MATH 1044 (Precalculus for Business).
Whether or not you take any advanced math course for which you are eligible will largely depend on whether the course is required by your particular major.
v Your Foreign Language Course Placement vKean does NOT have a foreign language requirement, but if you want to study French, German, or Spanish at Kean, your score on the WebCAPE Foreign Language Placement Exam determines which course you should take first.
v Descriptions of Courses v
CS 0409 (Basic Reading Skills): This course is designed to develop proficiency in reading to meet the curriculum needs of succeeding courses. Emphasis is on vocabulary development and comprehension skills. Prerequisites: none (placement by ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score).
CS 0412 (Introduction to Academic Reading): In this course, students will focus on improving and refining their reading comprehension skills, increasing their general and specific vocabulary levels, matching reading strategies with their learning styles, and applying appropriate strategies to collegelevel texts. CS 0412 is offered only in a “paired course” format; i.e., students will concurrently enroll in a CS 0412 section and a designated collegelevel course (such as a sociology, health, or psychology course). The skills and strategies studied in the CS 0412 class will be applied to the materials and assignments of the course with which it is paired. Prerequisites: successful completion of CS 0409 or appropriate score on ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension test.
CS 1501 (College Reading and Study Skills): This collegelevel course (three elective credits) is designed to help students increase the efficiency of their reading and learning skills. Topics covered include classroom listening and notetaking skills; reading skills for the content areas, including vocabulary development and speed and accuracy of reading comprehension; study skills, such as textbook notetaking, memory improvement, test preparation, and testtaking; and organizational skills such as time management and task analysis and prioritization. Prerequisites: successful completion of CS 0409 and CS 0412 or appropriate score on ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension test.
ENG 1030 or ENG 1031/1032, or ENG 1033/1034 (College Composition): This course covers expository and persuasive writing for academic purposes. Emphasis is placed on writing as a reflective and social process; writing across the curriculum; critical thinking; and the development of a personal intellectual perspective and style of expression. Prerequisites: none.
MATH 0901 (Basic Algebra): Topics covered in this course include operations with real numbers, simplifying algebraic expressions, linear equations, graphing equations of lines, applications and word problems, operations with polynomials, factoring polynomials, solving quadratic equations, and operations with square roots. Prerequisite: none (placement by ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra score). NONCREDIT
GENERAL EDUCATION MATH COURSES MATH 1010 (Foundations of Mathematics): An introduction to mathematical reasoning including problemsolving strategies, sets and set operations, logic, geometry, and statistics. Prerequisite: successful completion of MATH 0901 (if required).
MATH 1016 (Statistics): Topics covered in this course include: descriptive and inferential statistics, graphic treatment of data, characteristics of distributions, statistical models, correlation, regression, estimation and hypothesis testing. Computer applications. Prerequisite: successful completion of MATH 0901 (if required). MATH 1030 (Problem Solving in Mathematics): This course focuses on development and application of problem solving strategies to a variety of problems within and outside of mathematics, making connections between mathematics and other content areas, numerous and varied experiences with problem solving as a method of inquiry, and applications. Prerequisite: successful completion of MATH 0901 (if required).
MATH COURSES FOR MATH, SCIENCE, BUSINESS, PT, OT & SOME ED MAJORS MATH 1000 (Algebra for College Students): Topics covered in this course include Rational Expressions, Radical and Exponential Expressions. Quadratic, Rational and Radical Equations and Inequalities. Systems of Equations. Properties of Functions and their Graphs. Polynomial Functions and Inverse Functions. Binomial Theorem.
MATH 1044 (Precalculus for Business): Topics covered in this course include equations, inequalities, and their applications; functions and graphs, lines, parabolas and systems of equations; exponential and logarithmic functions; compound interest, present value, annuities and amortization of loans; matrix algebra, GaussJordan elimination and applications; inverse of a matrix, solutions of systems of equations and inequalities; and problem solving methods. Student will be required to acquire a specified graphing calculator. Cannot be used as a prerequisite for MATH 2411. Prerequisites: successful completion of MATH 0901 (if required) and MATH 1000 or appropriate score on ACCUPLACER CollegeLevel Mathematics test.
MATH 1054 (Precalculus): Topics covered in this course include exponential and logarithmic functions; trigonometric functions with emphasis on trigonometric identities and trigonometric analysis; complex numbers, polar coordinates, plane vectors and trigonometric forms of complex numbers; arithmetic and geometric sequences and series; and problem solving methods. Prerequisites: successful completion of MATH 0901 (if required) and MATH 1000 or appropriate score on ACCUPLACER CollegeLevel Mathematics test.
MATH 2411 (Calculus I): Topics covered in this course include functions, limits, and continuity; differentiation of algebraic and trigonometric functions; tangent and normal lines; Newton’s method; optimization and related rate problems. Course includes applications to the physical, biological, and managerial sciences and computer applications. Prerequisites: successful completion of MATH 0901 (if required) and MATH 1000 and MATH 1054 or appropriate score on ACCUPLACER CollegeLevel Mathematics test. v Answers to Frequently Asked Questions v
Q: Where can I find a list of all the courses required by my intended major? A: For a list of all the courses you will need to complete to earn your degree, go to the CAS website (www.kean.edu/~cas) and click on the GUIDE SHEETS link; then click on the CURRENT GUIDE SHEETS link and select your major.
Q: Why is College Composition offered in different formats? A: Because the writing skills of entering freshmen vary, Kean does not have a “onesizefitsall” freshman composition course. Instead, College Composition is offered in a variety of formats designed to match students’ skills levels. ENG 1030 is the threecredit, onesemester version of College Composition; ENG 1031/1032 is the sixcredit, onesemester version; and ENG 1033/1034 is the sixcredit, twosemester version. The two “extended” versions of College Composition–ENG 1031/1032 and ENG 1033/1034–are designed for students whose placement test essays indicate that they should take the course in a format that provides for more intensive/extensive development of their writing skills. (Three of the six credits earned in ENG 1031/1032 or ENG 1033/1034 are Supplemental University Instruction credits that do not count towards graduation.)
Q: Why are reading
courses required or recommended for some students?
Q: Why is CS 1501 recommended for some students? A: CS 1501 (College Reading and Study Skills) is recommended (but not required) for students with borderline scores (7487) on the ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension test. The recommendation will be noted on your Individual Score Report if your Reading Comprehension score falls within this range. While not required to take developmental noncredit reading, students in this category, would benefit from developing their reading and study skills strategies at the beginning of their college careers. CS 1501 is a collegelevel course that earns three elective credits. Most majors, except Education majors, have elective credits.
Q: What
collegelevel math course(s) will I be required to take?
Q: Which courses have credits that do not count towards graduation? A: The credits earned in the developmental reading courses CS 0409 (Basic Reading Skills) and CS 0412 (Introduction to Academic Reading), the developmental math course MATH 0901 (Basic Algebra), and some English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, are developmental credits that do not count towards graduation or factor in your Grade Point Average (GPA). In each of the “extended” sixcredit versions of College Composition (ENG 1031/1032 and ENG 1033/1034), three of the six credits earned are Supplemental University Instruction credits that do not count towards graduation or factor in your GPA. However, developmental and supplemental credits do count in your semester credit load; i.e., they do count in determining your full or parttime status and therefore your tuition as well as your eligibility for housing, athletics, financial aid, etc. Q: Won’t I “fall behind” if I have to take credits that don’t count towards graduation? A: Many students–at Kean as well as most other colleges/universities–have to take developmental or supplementalcredit courses at the beginning of their college careers. Such courses are required of students because this initial investment in skills development has proven to be critical to students’ success and persistence in college. The most common way students “catch up” on credits is by taking courses during one or more summers during their undergraduate years. Q: What should I do if I am entitled to accommodations in my classes due to a documented learning disability? A: You should contact Ms. Donna Dingle, Disability Services; Downs Hall (DN 122), (908) 7374910 or email disabilityservices@kean.edu
A: If you have any questions about your Math course placement, you should call the School of General Studies at (908) 7370330—before registration. Q: Who should I contact if I have additional questions about my placement test results/course placements? A: If you have additional questions regarding your placement test results/course placements, you should call the Placement Testing Office at (908) 7370340—before registration. —02/14
