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Course Descriptions for Developmental Studies

Some of the Developmental Studies courses (DVST) for “Institutional Credit” and the course descriptions

The following courses carry Institutional Credit.
These courses begin with a “0” in the course number (example: “070”).

Please remember:
To explore these courses further or to request permission to register for one of these courses, please contact the Developmental Studies Department, 202 Pratt Hall, 724-357-2729.

  • DVST 070 - Reading Skills for College Study
  • DVST 075 - Reading and Study Skills Applications
  • DVST 090 - Introduction to College Math I
  • DVST 091 - Developmental Mathematics, Arithmetic Operations
  • DVST 092 - Developmental Mathematics, Elemental Topics
  • DVST 093 - Developmental Mathematics, Elements of Algebra
  • DVST 095 - Introduction to College Math II

DVST 070 - Reading Skills for College Study
Credits: 3.00 Institutional nondegree credits
 
Assists students in the development of college-level reading skills with emphasis on textbook reading. Includes literal and critical comprehension skills, vocabulary development, and reading efficiency. Carries institutional nondegree credit, and attendance is required. Restriction: Must be enrolled as an undergraduate student.

DVST 075 - Reading and Study Skills Application
Credits: 1.00 Institutional nondegree credit
Assists students in the applications of college-level reading and study skills to content-area coursework. Intended for freshman students in poor academic standing who need additional and individualized guidance in the transfer of learning strategies into day-to-day reading and coursework. Students will participate in small-group instruction as well as individual appointments with the instructor. Carries institutional, nondegree credit, and attendance is required. Restriction: Must be enrolled as an undergraduate student.

DVST 090 - Introduction to College Math
Credits: 3.00 Institutional nondegree credits
Reviews basic computational skills and their applications. Includes operations with whole numbers, decimals, and fractions; the concepts of ratios, proportions, and percents; basic geometric principles; and an introduction to algebra. Carries institutional, nondegree credit, and attendance is required. Prerequisite: A student may not register for this course after successfully completing any course offered by the Mathematics Department without written approval from the Department of Developmental Studies director. Restriction: Must be enrolled as an undergraduate student.

DVST 091 - Developmental Math, Arithmetic Operation
Credits: 1.00 Institutional nondegree credit
Prerequisite:
A student may not register for this course after successfully completing any course offered by the Mathematics Department without written approval of the Developmental Studies director. Explores the basics of counting principles, place value, arithmetic operations, exponential notation, and fractional notation through a base 8 perspective. Vocabulary, concept development, and algorithms related to the above topics will be presented in a lecture format. Supplemental instruction will be provided with this course. Carries institutional, nondegree credit, and attendance is required. Restriction: Must be enrolled as an undergraduate student.

DVST 092 - Developmental Mathematics, Elemental Topics
Credits: 1.00 Institutional nondegree credit
A student may not register for this course after successfully completing any course offered by the Mathematics Department without written approval of the Learning Enhancement Center director. Provides students with minimal algebra skills prior to introducing basic probability and descriptive statistics concepts as well as a review of basic geometry concepts and algorithms. Topics include: identification and simplification of terms and expressions; mean, median, mode calculations; bar, line, and circle graph construction and interpretation; application and calculation of plane geometry formulae. Carries institutional, nondegree credit, and attendance is required. Restriction: Must be enrolled as an undergraduate student.

DVST 093 - Developmental Math, Elements of Algebra
Credits: 1.00 Institutional nondegree credit
Prerequisite:
A student may not register for this course after successfully completing any course offered by the Mathematics Department without written approval of the Learning Enhancement Center director. Introduces algebraic concepts and algorithms with a comparison of arithmetic algorithms to associated algebraic algorithms. Topics include: properties and operations on real numbers; simplifying expressions; order of operations; solving equations and inequalities; formulas; exponential and scientific notation; operations on polynomials. Carries institutional, nondegree credit, and attendance is required.

DVST 095 - Introduction to College Math II
Credits: 3.00 Institutional nondegree credit
 
Introduces beginning algebraic concepts, including signed numbers; rules and properties of equations; exponents; polynomials; factoring; algebraic fractions; graphs and linear equations, inequalities, and radical expressions. Carries institutional, nondegree credit, and attendance is required. Prerequisite: A student may not register for this course after successfully completing any course offered by the Mathematics Department without written approval of the Learning Enhancement Center director. Restriction: Must be enrolled as an undergraduate student.

  • Developmental Studies Department
  • Pratt Hall, Room 202/203
    201 Pratt Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2729
  • Fax: 724-357-6940
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.