IGE 104 Course Syllabus

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I. Course

IGE 104 Logic and Mathematics for Daily Living

Credits: 3 (3-0-6)

Prerequisite: none

II. Course Description

Logic and basic mathematics for daily living, critical thinking, analysis, creating models, ordering, grouping, and probability.

III. Course Objectives

The aims of this course are twofold: first, to encourage an appreciation and curiosity for the myriad of ways in which math affects us on a daily basis, and second is to provide a framework for critical and analytic thinking in a setting mirroring daily life.

The aims of this course are twofold: first to encourage an appreciation and curiosity for the myriad of ways in which math affects us on a daily basis, and second to provide a framework for critical and analytic thinking in a setting mirroring daily life.

Specifically, on successful completion of this course, students will:

  • Learn to identify common fallacies and analyze arguments logically
  • Understand randomness and be able to calculate probabilities
  • Use spreadsheet software to analyze data and find basic statistics
  • Interpret experimental evidence as reported in news articles
  • Create budgets and make informed financial decisions using spreadsheet software

IV. Course Organization

Lectures:                     13:00 – 16:00 , see course schedule below
This course is an accelerated version of the regular semester course

Locations:                    Pentecost (PC) 317

Instructor:                   Aluma Dembo (Full time instructor)

email aluma_d@payap.ac.th

office Pentecost Building (PC) 314

phone (053) 851478-86 ext. 7221

V. Course Texts and Webpage

The course has one required text, available in e-book form or from the library. Students should complete assigned readings before lecture.

Bennett, J. O. and W. L. Briggs (2010). Using and Understanding Mathematics: A Quantitative Reasoning Approach. 5th edition. Addison Wesley. ISBN: 0321652797 (alternate editions also acceptable)

Homework assignments, solutions, lecture notes, and announcements will be posted on the course website http://cis.payap.ac.th/?page_id=1511

Students should have access to a computer with internet and spreadsheet software such as that included in Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, or GoogleDocs.

VI. Grading

Homework assignments are due at the beginning of class and will not be accepted late. In-class activities will be graded on participation, thus attendance in class is strongly recommended.  There will be one midterm examination on April 19th , and one final examination on May 11th . The grade breakdown for this course is as follows:

Homework:                 35%

In-Class activities:       30%

Midterm exam:           15%

Final Exam:                 20%

VII. Content overview

Lecture Topics Concepts covered # lectures # HWs
1-2 Introduction types of numbers, arithmetic estimation, meaning of % 2


3-8 Logic fallacies, propositions and truth values, analyzing arguments 6



9-12 Probability Sets, random events, independent and dependent probability 4 1 (HW4)
13-14 midterm review [all of the above] 2 0
Songkran Holiday
April 19th Midterm Examination
15-18 Statistics mean, median, mode, graphing data, using spreadsheets 4 1 (HW5)
19-22 Research Methods The Scientific Process, hypothesis testing, research design, correlation vs. causation 4 1 (HW6)
23-28 Personal Finance Creating budgets, savings account, net present value, opportunity cost in job choices 6 2 (HW7, HW8)
29-30 final review [all of the above] 2 0
May 11th Final Examination

VIII. Course Schedule

The calendar below indicates the lecture dates

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
March 27 March 28 March 29 March 30 March 31 April 1 April 2
weekend Lecture 1 

Lecture 2

HW1 due 

Lecture 3

Lecture 4


Lecture 5

Lecture 6

HW2 due 

Lecture 7

Lecture 8

HW3 due 

Lecture 9

Lecture 10

April 3 April 4 April 5 April 6 April 7 April 8 April 9
weekend Lecture 11 

Lecture 12

HW4 due 

Lecture 13

Lecture 14

Holiday weekend
April 10 April 11 April 12 April 13 April 14 April 15 April 16

Holiday Holiday Holiday weekend
April 17 April 18 April 19 April 20 April 21 April 22 April 23
weekend Midterm Exam Lecture 15 

Lecture 16

Lecture 17 

Lecture 18

HW5 due 

Lecture 19

Lecture 20

April 24 April 25 April 26 April 27 April 28 April 29 April 30
weekend Lecture 21 

Lecture 22

HW6 due 

Lecture 23

Lecture 24

Lecture 25 

Lecture 26

HW7 due 

Lecture 27

Lecture 28

May 1 May 2 May 3 May 4 May 5 May 6 May 7
weekend HW8 due 

Lecture 29

Lecture 30

May 8 May 9 May 10 May 11 May 12 May 13 May 14

Final Exam

IX. Course Policies

Students are expected to have a full mastery of English as stated in the requirements of the International College. Students without strong English language abilities are encouraged to take this course after an additional year of English language training.

It is the student’s responsibility to maintain a minimum attendance of 80%. Any student with less than the minimum required attendance cannot take the final exam.

Although students are encouraged to work together on assignments, they are required to submit their homework separately and to write up solution methods independently. There is a difference between copying and working together. If two or more assignments are identical copies of one another, only one copy will be graded and the total points will be divided among the copies, regardless of who copied off of whom.

Plagiarism occurs when a student claims someone else’s work or ideas as their own. Any external sources should be cited, otherwise students will receive a zero.

For information on the consequences of cheating on an exam, students are encouraged to read the Curriculums and Regulations for International Programs handbook.

Letter grade evaluation is based on the Payap University grading scale shown below

Grade Letter Grade Score out of 4 Transcript Legend
80-100 A 4 Excellent
75-79 B+ 3.5 Very Good
70-74 B 3 Good
65-69 C+ 2.5 Fairly Good
60-64 C 2 Fair
55-59 D+ 1.5 Poor
50-54 D 1 Very Poor
0-49 F 0 Fail

I Incomplete

W Withdraw

P Pass (at least a C)

NP Not Pass