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    QSF  131

   

                       QSF 131 COURSE OUTLINE: 2011

 

Welcome to the QSF 131 course!  This is one of four compulsory modules that all B.Com. (Gen.) (4-year programme) students will be doing during their first semester of 2011!

Congratulations on having successfully completed the 2010 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations. You are now part of the UWC Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences. In order to have reasonable prospects of success in your studies, you have to master basic quantitative skills in numbers, fractions, algebra and graphs.

This document provides you with important information about this course.  Please familiarise yourself with its main learning outcomes (see section 5 below).

You are invited to consult with your lecturer and tutors as soon as you are faced with a challenge, and even more regularly in connection with your Gateway and other tests. 

 

1.                 COURSE STRUCTURE

The 2011 QSF 131 is a 15-credit FOUNDATION module for students enrolled for the B.Com. (Gen.) (4-year programme )  and B.Admin. courses, which consists of:

 

 1

                          1.1     THREE lectures per week;

1.2         TWO tutorials per week; the QSF 131 classes will be divided into …….. tutorial groups;

1.3             SIX tutorials tests;

1.4             FOUR Class tests (with the first three having re-tests) + 1 diagnostic test;

1.5             FOUR Gateway (GW) Tests;

1.6             2 Term Tests;

1.7             1 Semester + Re-evaluation Examination for those who qualify

 

2.                 COURSE READER

 

 

This book is compulsory. It contains:

 

2.1     Course and specific well-discussed content information.

2.2     Year mark weighting and information on tutorials, tutorial                                     

           tests, gateway tests, term tests

2.3     Dates: tests and examinations

2.4     Lecturer / tutor information

2.5     Tutorials

 

3.                 TIME-TABLE

                   

    * This class will start at 14h30, unless ‘agreed’ to otherwise

  TUTORIAL VENUES :              TO BE ANNOUNCED LATER

TIME

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

 

8:30-9:30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9:40-10:40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:50-11:50

 

 

 

QSF 131 SC2

 

 

 

 

12:00-13:00

 

 

 

QSF 131 SC2

 

 

LUNCH

  ------------

  GW TESTS

GW TESTS

      TESTS

-------------

 

14:00-15:00

 

 

 

 

*QSF 131 B1

 

 

 

 

15:10-16:10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 

 

 

 

 

                  

                   

 

 

 

 

5. LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the end of this module you should be able to:

-    Demonstrate an understanding of the basic mathematical thinking skills which relate to understanding, reading, analysis and solution of relevant business-related problems.

-          Apply basic operations (+, –, Χ  and   ) to

       Real Numbers, i.e. Fractions, Decimal Fractions and

       Percentages

-          Solve problems in abstract and real-life situations based on Fractions, Decimal Fractions and Percentages.

-          Demonstrate an understanding of and use ratios to describe relationship between two or more quantities and solve business problems 

-          Construct Linear Graphs using the table, y-intercept, and other methods, and to show how these relate to the solution of linear equations.

-          Demonstrate an understanding of basic Algebra , including polynomials of the first degree and  basic operations applied to algebraic expressions.

-          Find Products and Factors of algebraic expressions, and solve problems in these related to Commercial Mathematics.

-          Have developed effective basic calculator skills and which they apply to solve business related problems more efficiently

 

6. MAIN AND CRITICAL CROSS-FIELD OUTCOMES

 

CRITICAL CROSS-FIELD OUTCOMES (CCFO’s)

 

1.      Identify and solve problems using critical and creative thinking;

2.      Work effectively with others as a member of a team;

3.      Organise and manage oneself and one's activities;

4.      Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information;

5.     Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in oral and/or written presentation;

6.      Use science and technology effectively and critically;

7.     Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation;

8.      Demonstrate knowledge of and understanding of the subject.

CCFO’s

QSF 131

CCFO

1

 

CCFO

2

 

CCFO

3

 

CCFO

4

 

CCFO

5

 

CCFO

6

 

CCFO

7

 

CCFO

8

 

Tutorials

30

 

5

 

 

10

 

5

 

5

 

5

 

20

 

20

Tutorial tests

20

0

5

20

20

5

10

20

Class tests

20

0

5

20

20

5

10

20

Gateway tests

20

5

20

10

20

5

0

20

Term tests

20

0

5

20

20

5

10

20

Final exam

20

0

5

20

20

5

10

20

LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

Continuous Assessment

Summative Assessment

Main outcomes

Assessment Criteria

Assessment Tasks

1. Main outcome

 

   Basic Mathematical

   Thinking Skills

 

Understanding, reading, analysis and solution of relevant business-related problems

 

Tutorials 

 

Consultation for

Gateway Test 1

 

2. Main outcome

 

Basic Operations (+, –, Χ  and   ) to Real Numbers, i.e. Fractions, Decimal Fractions and Percentages

 

 

Solve problems in abstract and real-life situations based on Fractions, Decimal Fractions and Percentages

 

 

Tutorials

 

Gateway Test 2

 

 

Tutorials Tests 1 to 5

 

Class Tests 1 to 4

3. Main outcome

 

    Basic Algebra

 

 

 

understanding basic Algebra , including polynomials of the first degree and  basic operations applied to algebraic expressions.

 

Products and Factors of algebraic expressions, and solve problems in these related to Commercial Mathematics

 

Tutorials

 

Gateway Test 3

 

 

 

Class Test 3 and 4

4. Main outcome

 

    Linear Graphs

 

 

Construct Linear Graphs using the table, y-intercept, and other methods, and to show how these relate to the solution of linear equations.

 

 

Tutorials

 

Gateway Test 4

 

 

 

Tutorial Test 5

 

Class Test 4

4. Main outcome

 

    Basic calculator

    skills

 

Basic calculator skills relevant  to solving business related problems more efficiently

 

 

Tutorials

 

Gateway Test 2

 

 

Tutorial Tests 1 to 5

 

Class test 2 to 5

 

Term Tests 1 and 2

 

NOTIONAL HOURS

Lectures

14 x 2 hours

28

Gateway Tests

4 x 1 hours

4

Class & tutorials

14 x 2 hours

28

Tutorial Tests and Preparation

5 x 2

10

Weekly Review of Tutorials

14 x 1 hour

14

Class Test and Preparation

4 x 2 hours

8

Term Tests preparation

2 x 8 hours

16

Preparation for Tutorials and lectures

14 x 2 + 6

34

Exam preparation

1 x 8 hours

  8

TOTAL

 

150

 

 

7. FURTHER COURSE INFORMATION FIRST SEMESTER 2011

NB: YOUR YEAR (COURSE OR SEMESTER) MARK CONSISTS OF A NUMBER OF COMPONENTS. 

1.     Please ensure that you are aware of their respective weightings.

2.  Do not miss out on any of the components, therefore write all  tests.

Methods of Student Assessment

 

Tests and Examinations:

                                  Term Tests(2):            20%

                                  Semester Test(1):        50%

Tutorial Tests(6):                                          10% 

Class Tests (4):                                             10%

Gateway Tests(4):                                           8%                                             

Attendance of Tutorials:                                 2%        

                                   TOTAL                     100%

SEMESTER MARK COMPONENT EXPRESSED AS A % OF SM, which is 50% of FINAL MARK:

Term Tests(2):                                             40%

Tutorial Tests(5):                                          20% 

Class Tests (4):                                           20%

Gateway Tests(4):                                       16%                                             

Attendance of Tutorials:                              4%

                                TOTAL                     100%       

                   

A. TUTORIALS

1.  You have to attend TWO tutorial classes EACH WEEK.

2.  There are a number of tutorials contained in the Course Reader.                      

      Solutions to most of these have been provided in the Course Reader.

     Questions marked with a * do not have answers.

3.     The tutorials have to be completed in your Tutorial Class which will be managed and checked by your tutors.

4.     The first few, together with the task, are important and designed to link up with the CCFO’s and your past    school education

5.     A tutorial test will be conducted EVERY TWO weeks during the third lecture for each group, which will be marked and for which you will receive credit towards the year mark. These will be based on work covered in the given tutorials.

6.     The duration of these compulsory tutorial tests is approximately 45 minutes, and count the total 25 marks. Note that students are generally not required to  hand tutorials for marking, because of reasons which include  the following: students copy work form others (i.e. plagiarism) and students do not hand in work on time (lateness), or at all and loose marks consequently (penalties) .

The following is a selection of tutorials which have to be completed:

NO

NUMBER

WEEK

DETAILS

1

TUT A1

SEM 1: 2

In Notes: 1.1.1  p. 37

2

TUT A2

2

In Notes: 1.1.1  p. 38

3

TUT A3

2

Reading of  Business Problems: p. 177

4

TUT A4

3

Exploratory, decision on how to solve problem, diagram / model, p. 178

5

TUT A5

3

Exercises on Binary Numbers using Calculators, p. 180

6

TUT A6-2W1

3

p. 195

7

TUT A7

4

Order of Operations, p. 181

8

TUT A8

4

Factors, Multiples, Powers, Roots, Primes and Composites, p. 184

9

TUT A9

5

Operations with Integers, p. 185

10

TUT 2W2

5

p. 197

11

TUT 3W1

6

p. 199

12

TUT 3W2

6

p. 200

13

TUT 4W1

7

p. 201

14

TUT 5W1

7

p. 202

15

TUT 5W2

SEM 2: 1

p. 203

16

TUT W2T2

1

p. 204

17

TUT A10

1

Ordered Pairs; Linear Functions, p. 187

18

TUT A11

2

Application of rules for Multiplication and Division, p. 188

19

TUT EQNS

2

Equations, p. 205

20

TUT A12

3

Basic Algebra, p. 189

21

TUT A13

3

Products and Factors, p. 190

22

TUT A14

4

Products and Factors, p. 191

23

TUT  POW(1)

5

Powers, p.  206

24

TUT  POW(2)

6

Scientific Notation, p. 213

25

TUT CALC

6

Logarithms and Calculator, p. 207

 

C. CLASS TESTS:  VENUE and TIMES to be announced 

 

CLASS TEST

UNITS COVERED

DATE

DIAGNOSTIC TEST

Croucher, Appendix L, p.661

 2 FEB

1

NUMBERS, FRACTIONS, %, ALGEBRA

 24 FEB

2

NUMBERS; BINARY NOS

 10 MARCH

3

FRACTIONS, DEC. FRACTIONS, %

 14 APRIL

4

ALGEBRA

 28 APRIL

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE:     1.   4 Class Tests will be conducted during lunchtime (13h00-14h00) on the                            

                    above dates, which will always be on a THURSDAY.

             2.    Class Tests incorporate some aspects of tutorial tests.  Automatic                        

            CLASS Re-tests will take place, except for the last Class test.                                     

                      Likewise there is no re-test for both Term Tests. You will be                                           

                       allowed to do the Re-Test if

·                     you have failed ( with a mark less than 50%) the CLASS test ; or                           

            alternatively

·                     you have a valid reason for missing the Class Test. In the case of                          

            sickness, you must present a valid doctor’s certificate.

3.                 In the case of a re-test, the better of the previously obtained mark and the new re-test mark is taken, on condition that only a MAX of 50% can be obtained in a RE-TEST.

 

D. GATEWAY TESTS  VENUE: TO BE ANNOUNCED

 

ONLY ON TUESDAYS and WEDNESDAYS, during Lunch-time: 13h00 -14h00:

Registration Compulsory: Max. 40 persons per any ONE session

FOUR Gateway Tests will be given, which must be written consecutively. For example, to register for GW 2, you must have attempted (not passed necessarily) GW 1.

 

GATEWAY TEST

UNITS COVERED

TIMES

1

UNIT 1

EVERY TUES and WWED  during LUNCH- time (13h00-13h55)

2

UNIT 4.1 to 4.5: FRACTIONS,  DEC. FRACTIONS and PERCENTAGES

3

UNIT 4.6.1 to 4.6.5 : ALGEBRA

4

UNIT 4.6.6 – 4.6.7: GRAPHS

         

Gateway Tests are voluntary and start during the third  week. This arrangement allows for additional input into Gateways Test 1 in the lectures and by the tutors.

 

If the student fails any Gateway Test, he/she may redo it up to a  maximum of two re-tests (that is he may do the test a max of THREE times).

 

E. TERM TESTS & EXAMINATIONS

 

NUMBER

DATE

DETAILS

TERM TEST 1

 Fri 1 April

NUMBERS, FRACTIONS, %

TERM TEST 2

 Fri 29 April

ALGEBRA; EQUATIONS

 

F. SEMESTER TEST

 

This is the FINAL examination and carries a weight of 50% of your final mark, A Re-evaluation will take place for those who qualify.

 

NOTE:          A PASS IN QSF 131 is a PREREQUISITE for

                   registering for QSC 132  or (INTRO TO) ACC 130

 

COMPONENT

1

2

3

4

5

6

TUT TESTS

Thurs 17

 Feb

Thurs 3

March

Thurs 17 March

Thurs 7

April

Thurs 21

April

Thurs 5

May

CLASS TESTS

Wed 2 Feb

Diagnostic

Thurs 24

Feb

Thurs 10

March

Thurs 10

April

Thurs 28

April

 

TERM TESTS

Fri 1

April

Fri 29

April

 

 

 

 

FINAL EXAM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE FURTHER THAT:

 

 

G. PRESCRIBED TEXT BOOK

 

The COURSE READER below is compulsory. Please purchase the following DIRECTLY FROM PRINTWIZE:

 

Quantitative Skills Foundation Module (QSF 131) for B.Com. (Gen.) (4-year programme) & B.Admin., University of the Western Cape. Compiled and written by Desmond Desai, 2010.

 

Your lecturer (Room 2.35) will manage the sale of second-hand Course Readers. A large number of students offer ‘old’ QSF 131 Course Readers which contain all the tutorials and relevant material. You are encouraged to buy these at a much reduced price!

  

H. RECOMMENDED TEXT BOOKS

 

1.                 Mathematics for Work. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996  (Compulsory for Case Studies; Costs approximately R80).

2.       Croucher, J.D. Mathematics and Statistics for Business. 3rd Edition. Sydney: McGraw-Hill, 1999. (Expensive and difficult to obtain, but useful elementary text covering most aspects of financial mathematics for undergraduate students in EMS Studies)

Highland,E.H., Rosenbaum,R.S. & Peselnick,C. Business Mathematics. New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1997 (Same comments as above with Croucher.)

3                    Van Rensburg, M. Mathematics Orientation. Cape Town: Southern Book Publishers, 1997. (Good basic text, but written for Technical students.)

 

Additional reference sources need to be consulted in the library.       

 

I. CALCULATOR

 

You MUST have your OWN suitable scientific calculator, preferable with the functions binary numbers and fractions, such as the SHARP EL-531WH.  Note that some calculators require very special skills and knowledge in order to use effectively. For example, on the recommended SHARP calculator, 2 ½ meanse 2 + ½ , whilst one has to insert brackets on the CASIO fn 82ES calculator as follows; (2 + ½).

 

J. NOTE BOOKS

 

Use your own system for orderly note-taking. 

N.B.  Your working must be shown on the Tutorial, Class and Term Test sheets, whenever space is provided on them for that purpose. Otherwise, working must be shown on sheets of A4 paper to be stapled together properly, before handing in.

 

8. COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE

 

Firstly, try to resolve any matter with the lecturer or tutor concerned. Incidents could also be reported to the secretary of the department or the class representative. Refer complaints of a serious nature to the EMS Student Support and Research Unit (021-959-3619). Please refer to the Harassment Policy in the Course Reader, p. 23.

 

9. PLAGIARISM DECLARATION

 

Please note the following declaration, which may be required:

 

“I know that plagiarism is wrong. Plagiarism is to use another’s work and pretend it is one’s own.

Each significant contribution to, and quotation in this work that I have taken from the works of other people, have been attributed and have been cited and referenced.

 

This submission is my own work.

 

I have not allowed, and will not allow, anyone to copy my work with the intention of passing it off as his/her own work.

 

 

Signed……………………        Date:…………………….”

 

Lecturer                                            Dr D Desai

ROOM : 2.35   EXT: 3892

 

*KINDLY ENSURE THAT YOU COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING

  CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION SHEET:

 

                       UNIVERSITY of the WESTERN CAPE: EMS FACULTY

                                                      QSF 131 : 2011

                                    CONFIDENTIAL STUDENT INFORMATION

 

SURNAME:……………………………………        FIRST NAMES:………………………………….

STUDENT NUMBER:…………………………     COURSE:………………………………………….

I.D. NUMBER :……………………………….NATIONALITY:……………………………………….

LAST SCHOOL / INSTITUTION (State Town/City):……………………………………………

YEAR MATRICULATED (State School)  ……………………………………………………………

SUBJECTS:…………………………….. ………………………………………………………………..

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Text Box:  MATHEMATICS MARK:…………………………..    MATHEMATICAL LITERACY MARK:………… .    
  
 ACCOUNTING MARK:………………….            ENGLISH  (LEVEL) ………….MARK……………..
 
BUSINESS STUDIES MARK:…………………      ECONOMICS MARK:………………….........            
 
ENG. GRAPHICS AND DESIGN MARK………    OTHER:……………………………………
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


 

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