Developmental Math

Joyce Lewis
Pre-Curriculum Mathematics Program Coordinator
Horace Sisk, Room 618-F

Developmental Mathematics

Developmental Mathematics courses are pre-curriculum level courses intended to prepare students for the college level math courses required in their curriculum programs. The goal of Developmental Mathematics is to aid students in gaining the knowledge, self-confidence, problem-solving experience, and study skills they need to be successful in college-level mathematics.

Modular Courses:

The Developmental Math (DMA) courses are broken down into four-week modules. There are 8 modules: DMA 010, DMA 020, DMA 030, DMA 040, DMA 050, DMA 060, DMA 070, and DMA 080. Where you start is determined by your placement test score or an evaluation of your scholastic records by the admissions staff. To determine the modules you need to complete for your curriculum program, go to What Math Do I Need? under the FAQs section in the lower right column on this page.

Which Format is for Me?

There are three different methods of delivery for pre-curriculum math courses: Face-to-Face classes (DMA), Customizable Learning (DMS), and Online (DMA). In each format, students complete online homework assignments to prepare for the module posttest. The face-to-face format provides traditional classroom instruction. Customizable learning courses are technology-rich classes held in a computer lab.  Although there is an instructor present at all times to answer questions and assist students, the customizable learning format gives students the opportunity to work at their own pace through one or more modules they need to complete. The online format works like a typical internet class, except for the required posttest.  Students in an online course must take their posttest in person, rather than over the internet.  The option to use a local proctor is available to students in the online course who live too far away to travel to main campus.

How Do I Register for Developmental Math?

If you are currently taking a pre-curriculum math class, your instructor will assist you in registering for the next module you need to complete. If not, your program advisor can assist you or you may visit the Math Department, located in room 618 of Horace Sisk, for help with registration.

Tools Required for Developmental Math:

To be successful in a pre-curriculum math course, you will need the following tools:

  • Developmental G.O.A.L. Math Workbook, available through the FTCC bookstore.
  • Access to a computer with internet access, either at home or through FTCC's Open Computer Lab.
  • Calculator - to determine the type needed for your course, go to Which Calculator? under the FAQs section on this page.
  • Desire to learn.
  • Willingness to work hard.
  • Commitment to complete assignments in a timely manner.