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The content of
Developmental Math is divided into 10 units. To view the content of the units
and sample problems, click
here. NOVA offers the Math
TechnologyBased (MTT) courses that provide instruction of the 10 units
(numbered as Units 09) using a modified emporium model. The courses
offered at NOVA are:
MTT
3
3 credits MTT
2
2 credits MTT
1
1 credit BSK
1
1 credit – Unit 0 only You must complete the Virginia Placement Test before enrolling
in any math course. Students are encouraged to meet with a counselor or an
advisor after taking the Virginia Placement Test but before registering.
The student needs to determine the required entry credit math course,
depending on their program of study, and to look at the units from which they
are exempt based on placement scores. The advisor will then identify
the specific units the student needs to study to reach his or her exit
point. Students who need to start with Unit 0 should sign
up for BSK 1. It is a fourweek
course. Students working in Units 19 sign up for an MTT
course. NOVA will use the 4 credit
course, MTT 4, as the “default” for most students who do not need Unit 0,
specifically, those who are known to need at least 4 units to reach their
desired exit point, or those who aren’t sure in advance how many units they
need. Those who need fewer than 4 units will need
permission to register in MTT 1, 2, or 3, if they need 1, 2 or 3 units,
respectively, to reach their exit point (see the table below). Students who register for BSK 1 may  at the same
time – also register up for an MTT 3 course which begins when the BSK 1
course finishes. Students who do not complete BSK 1 successfully will
be withdrawn from MTT 3. Unsuccessful students with financial aid will have
their aid amount recalculated unless they find another 3 credit course to use
as a replacement. If they do not register in another 3 credit course,
they will need to return some of their aid. The units you are required to complete and your exit
point from developmental math depend on the entry credit mathematics course
required by your program of study:
MTT courses use masterybased learning
allowing students to test out of material that they have already mastered to
assist with completing developmental math more quickly. Click on the links below for location and
hours of operation of the MASTER Math Labs on each campus. Alexandria
 Annandale  Loudoun  Manassas  Woodbridge
 To learn more about the redesigned courses, click
here. To see the current schedule of classes, click
here. What are some of the benefits
the redesigned developmental math courses? ·
You have the opportunity to complete developmental math
quickly. Students are
encouraged to work through the course material as quickly as they can absorb
and master the material. Students who understand the concepts in a unit can
move through the unit quickly and don’t have to adjust their pace to slower
students in the class. ·
You have the opportunity to test out of material you
already know. Students start
each unit by taking a pretest. If a student passes the pretest s/he can move
directly on to the next unit without spending time on material s/he has
already mastered. ·
You don’t have to repeat an entire course. Previously, a
student who failed a developmental math course had to repeat the entire
course even though s/he may have already mastered the material covered in the
first part of the course. Under the redesign, once a student has shown
mastery of a particular topic s/he won’t be asked to retake that topic and
can concentrate on learning and mastering new material. ·
You can receive oneonone instruction from your
teacher. The instructor
of a section of an MTT course will circulate through the classroom while the
students are working on the computer. The instructor will be able to help
students individually with their particular questions and concerns instead of
having to lecture to the entire class. ·
You may take exams and quizzes more than once. If a student
does not pass a module quiz or a unit test s/he will spend additional time
doing homework problems related to that module/unit and then will retake the
quiz/test. The student doesn’t proceed to the next module/unit until s/he
shows mastery in the current one. Ultimately this benefits the students by
allowing them to spend the time necessary for them to master each unit
instead of being forced to move on to new material in order to keep pace with
the class. ·
Students receive immediate feedback and stepbystep
assistance while doing the homework. Students do
their homework online using MyLabsPlus. After a
student answers a homework problem the software lets her/him know immediately
if the answer is correct. A student who gets a wrong answer can try the
problem again and if s/he is having trouble solving a problem s/he can
receive immediate help that includes hints to solve the problem, a
demonstration of how to solve a similar problem and stepbystep assistance
in solving the problem. ·
Students spend their time doing math in a computer lab
with instructors and tutors for assistance instead of watching someone else
do math. Class time for
the students will be spent on the computer viewing power point slides or
short videos to learn the material and then doing homework. They will be able
to ask their instructor for help but won’t be sitting passively listening to
a lecture. Rather, they will be actively doing math themselves. ·
Students use the same textbook and software for
developmental math studies regardless of NOVA campus. Students
purchase a single MyLabsPlus access code which they
will use for all the units in developmental math. The two volumes of the
textbook and course material will be the same on all NOVA campuses. ·
Purchasing a hard copy of the textbook is optional. Students are
required to purchase a MyLabsPlus access code which
will give them access to the textbook online. They are not required
to purchase a hard copy of the book – though they may do so if they choose. ·
Students purchase a single software code for the entire
developmental math sequence. The same MyLabsPlus access code will be used for the entire
developmental math sequence or until the edition of the textbook changes. 


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