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Emporium Classes

What is an Emporium math class like?
An Emporium math class is like an online course that is completed in a computer classroom at QCC. Students will practice their math skills using software that will enable them to view examples, get help solving problems, and watch videos of teachers explaining material and modeling problems. Since the course will meet at QCC, students will also have a teacher in the classroom to answer questions and provide individualized instruction. The teacher may also provide mini-lectures and/or facilitate group activities.

Are Emporium math classes flexible and/or personalized?
One of the great things about an Emporium class, is that students are allowed to accelerate through the course at their own pace (as long as they meet or surpass the minimum due dates listed in the syllabus). Students will also have the option of taking a pre-test before every module in the course. If the student scores at least an  80% on a pre-test, they will be able to skip the module, leaving them with more time to spend on topics they do not yet understand. Note: All module tests will be proctored.

The student will also be required to earn a grade of at least 80% on each module test and non-media homework assignment, in order to advance throughout the course. In order to earn the 80%, multiple attempts on homework problems and module tests are allowed. Students will be able to ask questions and practice similar examples in between attempts, until they are ready to try again. The flexibility in the course allows students to truly have a personalized experience. Students are in
charge of setting their own goals for how fast they move through the course.

As an added bonus, if the student completes all three module tests with a grade of at least 80% on each, they will have satisfied the final exam requirement for the course and will not need to take an additional final exam during the final exam period. However, if the student does not finish all three modules in the course, they will
need to take the final exam during the final exam period, in order to try to pass the course. The minimum passing grade in a developmental course is a “C.” If the student does not finish a course in a single semester and they do not withdraw from the learning experience, their completed module progress will be saved until the following semester. So, the student can then take another Emporium section of the course (in the following semester), and continue working at the beginning of the module they did not complete.

Attendance—Including Additional, Weekly Session Requirement
Please remember that this is NOT an online course. Since receiving additional explanation/help from the instructor is expected and encouraged, live attendance in this course is required. Students will be responsible for attending classroom meetings and an additional, 50-minute session each week. In the Fall/Spring semester, the additional weekly session is required during weeks 3-14, and the requirement can be waived if the student is at least a full week ahead in the course. The additional weekly session is provided free of charge and is a requirement to help ensure students are spending enough time working on math in an environment that has all the necessary technology and assistance to help them succeed. During the extra session, students will continue working through their course. If the student ever misses a class or cannot complete an extra session during a particular week, they can make up the missed time in the following week. Students are allowed to complete the extra weekly session during another Emporium class, the Emporium open lab, or while visiting the Math Center. To view the Math Center hours, please refer to the Math Center website. For additional emporium class and open lab times, please check with the course instructor. Note: Students are not allowed to complete module tests in the Math Center.

What supplies are needed for Emporium classes?
In terms of supplies for the course, students will need an Access Code to use MyLab Math. Students will also need the corresponding Video Organizer (which is a notebook that contains the information from the lecture videos), and a pair of headphones/earbuds to connect to the computer to listen to video lectures during class. Please go to the QCC Bookstore's website to view the Video Notebook and MyLab Math Access Code information for each particular course on the QCC Bookstore Website. If the student is in MAT 095 (Beginning Algebra) or MAT 099 (Intermediate Algebra) and would like to use a handheld, scientific (non-graphing calculator), they will be allowed to use it on any assignment after Module 4. (We recommend the TI-30XIIS calculator.)

Are there any other advantages of taking an Emporium math class?
Another major advantage of taking an Emporium math class is that if a student finishes their math course early and needs to take another developmental math course, the student can move into the next developmental math course for FREE for the remainder of the current semester. If a student is advancing from MAT 090 to MAT 095, the student will only need to pay for additional course materials (i.e. a new access code and video organizer). However, if a student is advancing from MAT 095 to MAT 099, these courses use the same course materials, and there would be no need to pay for additional course materials.

If you are planning on completing MAT 095 or MAT 099 by the half-way point in the semester, another option may also be to enroll in (and pay for) a college-level (non-developmental) math course for the second-half of the semester.  This could possibly help you to complete your math requirement for graduation more quickly.  QCC academic advisors can discuss which additional course option would be most appropriate for a particular plan of study.