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Wilfrid Laurier University Centre for Student Success
August 29, 2014
Canadian Excellence

MA103 - Spring Term 2014


The Precalculus Modules for MA103 have been created to provide students with the opportunity to review, and demonstrate mastery of, prerequisite material. Each Module covers a skill from secondary school mathematics, as listed below.

Students progress through a Module's series of on-line Assignments as independent self-study (using the MapleTA software).                                   

Up to five bonus marks can be earned for course credit by successfully completing the precalculus modules.  A module is considered complete once a minimum grade of 80% is obtained on a Module's Test for Credit.

Before a Module's Test for Credit may be attempted, the student must have successfully completed (obtained a minimum score of 80%) on all of the Module's Assignments.  The student will start at the Module's Assignment 1.  Complete the assignment any number of times needed until at least an 80% score is obtained, and then progress to Assignment 2.  Continue in this manner until all assignments have been completed to the 80% mastery level.  The student is then eligible to attempt the Module's Test for Credit. 

A Test for Credit is timed and must be completed in one sitting, but may be attempted any number of times (though having achieved 80% or better on the prerequisite work should result in being able to pass the Test on the first or second try).  In order to obtain a module's bonus mark, a passing score on the Test must be attained by a certain date, as outlined below:

Module Deadline, to obtain Bonus Mark:
 A:  Numeric Expressions  Fri. May 30th, 11pm 
 B:  Algebraic Expressions  Fri. May 30th, 11pm
Both Modules A and B must be completed to obtain Bonus Mark #1
 C:  Rational Expressions  Fri. June 13th, 11pm
 D:  Solving Equations & Inequalities      Fri. June 13th, 11pm
Both Modules C and D must be completed to obtain Bonus Mark #2
 E:  Geometry  Fri. July 11th, 11pm
 F:  Functions & Graphing  Fri. July 11th, 11pm
Both Modules E and F must be completed to obtain Bonus Mark #3
 G:  Exponentials & Logarithms  Fri. July 25th, 11pm
 H:  Trigonometry and Trigonometric Functions     Fri. July 25th, 11pm
Both Modules G and H must be completed to obtain Bonus Mark #4

If all 8 modules are completed, then Bonus Mark #5 has also been earned!


Please note that the modules are independent of one another. You do not have to have completed Module A before attempting Module B, etc.

        Reference Notes (extra explanations for topics covered by each assignment!)

MapleTA site - click here to find out how to (the UserGuide): login, access the modules, and correct syntax for entering answers.
                   - click here to go to the MapleTA login screen (please read the above "how to" guide first!!)

** Please check the Browser Configuration requirements to use MapleTA - in particular, your computer must have a recent version of Java installed. For the latest version, available as a free download, click Java.

The Precalculus Modules Program for all introductory calculus courses is coordinated by the Mathematics Assistance Centre. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the module program, please contact Tina Balfour (Email: Extension: 2077).