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I. Course
IGE 104 Logic and Mathematics for Daily Living
Credits: 3 (306)
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) 85147886 ext. 7221
V. Course Texts and Webpage
The course has one required text, available in ebook 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. 5^{th} 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. Inclass activities will be graded on participation, thus attendance in class is strongly recommended. There will be one midterm examination on April 19^{th} , and one final examination on May 11^{th} . The grade breakdown for this course is as follows:
Homework: 35%
InClass activities: 30%
Midterm exam: 15%
Final Exam: 20%
VII. Content overview
Lecture  Topics  Concepts covered  # lectures  # HWs 
12  Introduction  types of numbers, arithmetic estimation, meaning of %  2  1
(HW1) 
38  Logic  fallacies, propositions and truth values, analyzing arguments  6  2
(HW2 HW3) 
912  Probability  Sets, random events, independent and dependent probability  4  1 (HW4) 
1314  midterm review  [all of the above]  2  0 
Songkran Holiday  
April 19^{th}  Midterm Examination  
1518  Statistics  mean, median, mode, graphing data, using spreadsheets  4  1 (HW5) 
1922  Research Methods  The Scientific Process, hypothesis testing, research design, correlation vs. causation  4  1 (HW6) 
2328  Personal Finance  Creating budgets, savings account, net present value, opportunity cost in job choices  6  2 (HW7, HW8) 
2930  final review  [all of the above]  2  0 
May 11^{th}  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 
weekend 
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 
weekend

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 
weekend  
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 
weekend  
May 1  May 2  May 3  May 4  May 5  May 6  May 7 
weekend  HW8 due
Lecture 29 Lecture 30 
weekend  
May 8  May 9  May 10  May 11  May 12  May 13  May 14 
weekend

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 
80100  A  4  Excellent 
7579  B+  3.5  Very Good 
7074  B  3  Good 
6569  C+  2.5  Fairly Good 
6064  C  2  Fair 
5559  D+  1.5  Poor 
5054  D  1  Very Poor 
049  F  0  Fail 
I Incomplete
W Withdraw
P Pass (at least a C)
NP Not Pass