Developmental MathJoyce Lewis
Pre-Curriculum Mathematics Program Coordinator
Horace Sisk, Room 618-F
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.
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.