I. General Information
1. Course Title:
Beginning Algebra
2. Course Prefix & Number:
MATH 0790
3. Course Credits and Contact Hours:
Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
4. Course Description:
Review of the mathematical skills needed for the study of algebra as well as an introduction to algebra. Topics include the arithmetic of integers, fractions, and percents; applications of these arithmetic skills to problems involving measurement; and ratios, proportions, and percents. The introduction to algebra consists of operations on signed numbers, algebraic expressions, solving linear equations and inequalities, an introduction to graphing, and an introduction to polynomials.
This is a precollege level course that is not eligible for Federal Financial Aid.
5. Placement Tests Required:
Accuplacer (specify test): 
Arithmetic Accuplacer 
Score: 
20 
6. Prerequisite Courses:
MATH 0790  Beginning Algebra
There are no prerequisites for this course.
9. Corequisite Courses:
MATH 0790  Beginning Algebra
There are no corequisites for this course.
II. Transfer and Articulation
1. Course Equivalency  similar course from other regional institutions:
MATH 0100 PreAlgebra  AnokaRamsey Community College
MATH 0097 Beginning Algebra  Ridgewater College
2. Transfer  regional institutions with which this course has a written articulation agreement:
III. Course Purpose
3. Other  If this course does NOT meet criteria for #1 or #2 above, it may be used for the purpose(s) selected below:
Developmental Course
IV. Learning Outcomes
1. CollegeWide Outcomes
CollegeWide Outcomes/Competencies 
Students will be able to: 
Analyze and follow a sequence of operations 
Solve multistep linear equations and inequalities. 
Apply abstract ideas to concrete situations 
Write and solve equations involving geometric relationships.

Utilize appropriate technology 
Utilize scientific or graphing calculators appropriately. 
2. Course Specific Outcomes  Students will be able to achieve the following measurable goals upon completion of
the course:
 Perform operations with fractions and integers;
 Solve applications problems using percents;
 Simplify numerical expressions using Order of Operations;
 Simplify algebraic expressions using the distributive property;
 Use formulas to calculate areas and volumes;
 Solve linear equations and inequalities in one variable;
 Graph equations in two variables by creating a table of values or using the slope and yintercept;
 Determine the slope of a line given two points on the line or given the graph of the line;
 Add, subtract, and multiply polynomials; and
 Factor common monomial factors from polynomials.
V. Topical Outline
Listed below are major areas of content typically covered in this course.
1. Lecture Sessions
 PreAlgebra
 Multiplication facts
 Operations with integers
 Operations with fractions
 Long division with whole numbers
 Ratios, proportions, and percents
 Expressions and variables
 Order of operations
 Distributive property
 Simplify variable expressions
 First Degree Equations and Inequalities
 Variables and equations
 Solving equations and inequalities using addition and subtraction
 Solving equations and inequalities using multiplication and division
 Solving twostep equations/inequalities
 Solving equations and inequalities involving like terms and parentheses
 Solving equations and inequalities with variables on both sides
 Graphing Linear Functions and Relations
 Linear equations in two variables
 Graphing equations using a table of ordered pairs
 Graphing equations using the x and y intercepts
 Graphing equations using slope and yintercept
 Slope of a line
 Operations with Algebraic Expressions
 Polynomials
 Adding and Subtracting polynomials
 Multiplying monomials and polynomials
 Multiplying binomials
 Factoring of Polynomials
 Factors and prime factorization
 Greatest common factor
 Perimeter, Area and Volume
 Perimeter of polygons
 Areas of polygons
 Circumference and area of a circle
 Volume and surface area of rectangular solids
 Volume and surface area of cylinders
2. Laboratory/Studio Sessions
I. General Information
1. Course Title:
Beginning Algebra
2. Course Prefix & Number:
MATH 0790
3. Course Credits and Contact Hours:
Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
4. Course Description:
Review of the mathematical skills needed for the study of algebra as well as an introduction to algebra. Topics include the arithmetic of integers, fractions, and percents; applications of these arithmetic skills to problems involving measurement; and ratios, proportions, and percents. The introduction to algebra consists of operations on signed numbers, algebraic expressions, solving linear equations and inequalities, an introduction to graphing, and an introduction to polynomials.
This is a precollege level course that is not eligible for Federal Financial Aid.
5. Placement Tests Required:
Accuplacer (specify test): 
Arithmetic Accuplacer 
Score: 
20 
6. Prerequisite Courses:
MATH 0790  Beginning Algebra
There are no prerequisites for this course.
9. Corequisite Courses:
MATH 0790  Beginning Algebra
There are no corequisites for this course.
II. Transfer and Articulation
1. Course Equivalency  similar course from other regional institutions:
MATH 0100 PreAlgebra  AnokaRamsey Community College
MATH 0097 Beginning Algebra  Ridgewater College
2. Transfer  regional institutions with which this course has a written articulation agreement:
III. Course Purpose
3. Other  If this course does NOT meet criteria for #1 or #2 above, it may be used for the purpose(s) selected below:
Developmental Course
IV. Learning Outcomes
1. CollegeWide Outcomes
CollegeWide Outcomes/Competencies 
Students will be able to: 
Analyze and follow a sequence of operations 
Solve multistep linear equations and inequalities. 
Apply abstract ideas to concrete situations 
Write and solve equations involving geometric relationships.

Utilize appropriate technology 
Utilize scientific or graphing calculators appropriately. 
2. Course Specific Outcomes  Students will be able to achieve the following measurable goals upon completion of
the course:
 Perform operations with fractions and integers;
 Solve applications problems using percents;
 Simplify numerical expressions using Order of Operations;
 Simplify algebraic expressions using the distributive property;
 Use formulas to calculate areas and volumes;
 Solve linear equations and inequalities in one variable;
 Graph equations in two variables by creating a table of values or using the slope and yintercept;
 Determine the slope of a line given two points on the line or given the graph of the line;
 Add, subtract, and multiply polynomials; and
 Factor common monomial factors from polynomials.
V. Topical Outline
Listed below are major areas of content typically covered in this course.
1. Lecture Sessions
 PreAlgebra
 Multiplication facts
 Operations with integers
 Operations with fractions
 Long division with whole numbers
 Ratios, proportions, and percents
 Expressions and variables
 Order of operations
 Distributive property
 Simplify variable expressions
 First Degree Equations and Inequalities
 Variables and equations
 Solving equations and inequalities using addition and subtraction
 Solving equations and inequalities using multiplication and division
 Solving twostep equations/inequalities
 Solving equations and inequalities involving like terms and parentheses
 Solving equations and inequalities with variables on both sides
 Graphing Linear Functions and Relations
 Linear equations in two variables
 Graphing equations using a table of ordered pairs
 Graphing equations using the x and y intercepts
 Graphing equations using slope and yintercept
 Slope of a line
 Operations with Algebraic Expressions
 Polynomials
 Adding and Subtracting polynomials
 Multiplying monomials and polynomials
 Multiplying binomials
 Factoring of Polynomials
 Factors and prime factorization
 Greatest common factor
 Perimeter, Area and Volume
 Perimeter of polygons
 Areas of polygons
 Circumference and area of a circle
 Volume and surface area of rectangular solids
 Volume and surface area of cylinders
2. Laboratory/Studio Sessions
VI. Textbook and Supplemental Reading Materials