School

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

Department

Mathematics

Academic Level

Undergraduate

Course Subject

Mathematics

Course Number

101

Course Title

Mathematics for Health Careers

Credit Hours

4.00

Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester

62.00 (for 15-week classes)

Student Contact Hours Per Semester

62.00 (for 15-week classes)

Grading Method

A-E

Pre-requisites

None

Catalog Course Description

Explores the mathematical skills required for various careers in the health professions. Includes computational skills, essential algebraic concepts, problem-solving strategies, ratio and proportion, dimensional analysis, measurement and geometry, and an introduction to data analysis with problems chosen to represent those commonly encountered in health careers. Requires a scientific calculator.

### Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

- To develop the basic mathematical skills necessary for health careers students.
- To encourage the development of problem solving skills.

Core Course Topics

- Arithmetic of Whole Numbers, Fractions, Decimals, and Percents
- Find least common multiples of whole numbers.
- Model and find equivalent fractions and mixed numbers.
- Add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions and mixed numbers.
- Round decimals to a specific place value.
- Add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals.
- Convert between fractions, decimals, and percents.
- Perform arithmetic operations using the order of operations for whole numbers, fractions and decimals.
- Demonstrate proficiency using a calculator to perform basic operations with whole numbers, fractions and decimals.

- Arithmetic of Signed Numbers
- Add and subtract signed numbers.
- Multiply and divide signed numbers.

- Scientific Notation
- Convert between scientific notation and standard decimal notation.
- Perform arithmetic operations on numbers in scientific notation.

- Measurements (Approximate Numbers)
- Determine the accuracy, precision, maximum error, and percent error of a measurement.
- Compare the accuracy, precision, maximum error, and percent error of a group of measurements.
- Perform arithmetic operations on a group of measurements and round the results using the conventional rounding rules for measurements.

- Ratio and Proportion
- Write ratios, rates, unit rates and set up proportions.
- Solve ratio, rate and proportion application problems.
- Solve percent applications using proportions.

- Measurement Systems
- Convert within the U.S. customary system.
- Perform arithmetic operations with measurements of weight, capacity, length, and time.
- Convert measurements within the Metric measurement system.
- Convert between the U.S. Customary system and the Metric system.
- Convert measurements within the Apothecary measurement system.
- Convert between the Apothecary system and the Metric system.
- Convert between Fahrenheit and Celsius temperature scales.

- Basic Algebra
- Perform basic operations on polynomials.
- Solve linear equations.
- Graph linear equations.

- Applications to Health Career Professions
- Use dimensional analysis or proportions to solve application problems involving medication dosages.

- Descriptive Statistical Measures
- Compute and interpret the meaning of simple descriptive statistical measures.
- Interpret tables and graphs such as bar graphs, histograms, line graphs, pie charts and pareto graphs.

### Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

- A comprehensive final examination, weighted in a manner that is worth at least fifteen percent (15%) of the final course grade, is required for all sections.
- Additional assessment of student achievement may include assignments, quizzes, and exams.
- Application problems must not only be included on chapter exams but also on the final exam.

General Course Requirements and Recommendations

- A scientific calculator is required of each student. Any calculator capable of calculating the values of trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential functions is acceptable.
- Application problems must be covered in all mathematics courses. Every section in any course outline that includes application problems must be covered.

### Outcomes

General Education Categories

- Mathematics

Institutional Outcomes

- Quantitative Literacy

### Approval Dates

Effective Term

Fall 2019