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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Rechtschaffen Institute of Judaic Studies | Evaluated Learning Experience

Basic Concepts in Mathematics (MAT 103)

Course Category: 

Varies; self-study format. 

Various; distance learning format.

March 2016 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify examples of the pervasiveness and importance of mathematics in the world around them; investigate challenging applied problems found in disciplines such as biology, ecology and finance; understand the fundamental ideas in descriptive statistics and recognize how statistics can be used and misused; think critically about real-world problems and be a more critical consumer of information; transfer real world information into a mathematical model accurately use problem-solving techniques, logical reasoning, algorithms and/or theorems to produce correct and useful results; apply analytical, numeric, descriptive, and graphical representations to aid in problem-solving; use technology effectively (including the Microsoft Excel) to experiment, solve problems, create and interpret graphs, and verify results; collaborate responsibly and productively; and clearly communicate mathematical findings in writing and through oral presentations.


Basic Concepts in Mathematics covers elementary mathematical ideas in order in order to gain a better appreciation and broader view of what mathematics is all about.  The final exam will assess students’ problem solving and critical thinking skills in applying a number of applications of mathematics to real world problems. Major topics include: the mathematics of Voting, Sharing, Apportionment, Logistics, Touring, Spiral Growth in Nature, Money, Symmetry, Statistics, and Normal Distribution. 

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 4 semester hours in Mathematics, Business, Marketing, or Finance (3/16).