**Everybody’s
Guide to
Colorado State
University’s PAC e Program**

**Course Organization and Requirements**

At Colorado State pre-calculus mathematics is organized into sequences of one-credit courses:

MATH
117 College
Algebra in Context I

MATH 118 College Algebra in Context II

MATH 124 Logarithmic and Exponential Functions

MATH 125 Numerical Trigonometry

MATH 126 Analytic Trigonometry

MATH 118 College Algebra in Context II

MATH 124 Logarithmic and Exponential Functions

MATH 125 Numerical Trigonometry

MATH 126 Analytic Trigonometry

Each PACe course is organized into four units or chapters. The requirement for satisfactorily completing a course is to demonstrate competence with the course material by taking Unit Exams and a comprehensive Final Exam, and achieving satisfactory scores. Students will also need to earn a minimum number of points to complete the course. All Unit and Final Exams are given in the PACe Testing Center. If necessary, a student may take Unit and Final Exams several times to earn the required score or the score desired. When a student completes a course, his or her final grade is determined from the sum of his or her best scores for each of the four Unit Exams and Final Exam, plus any points earned by passing the Review Exams by the applicable due date. The PACe Program provides many Learning Resources to help students master the course material.

Even though many of the instructional resources are online, don't be fooled -- these are NOT online courses! For each course, students are expected to complete a series of activities on a strict deadline schedule that involves work done on campus. It is not possible to complete these courses at their own pace.

- They need to attend lecture. Students will be required to view the video lectures.
- The textbook (an
*e*-text) is a supplement to the lectures. Students may read lecture notes, see example problems solved and try some practice problems (‘Try This’). - Students can attend office hours if they have
questions. The PAC
*e*Program has 45 hours each week of office hours, not the usual 3 hours. - Students can talk with an instructor (a PAC
*e*Director) if they have any questions or concerns.

The University expects students to be spending
approximately three hours per week per credit on their courses (page 2 of the
“Advising and Registration” section of the *General
Catalog*). Students have the flexibility to arrange which hours each week they
want to schedule to complete their math. They should expect to spend at least 20
minutes per week per PAC*e* course
visiting with a course assistant during office hours in the PAC*e *Learning Center.

*e*
students are responsible for completing the required coursework on time. The due
dates for the coursework are based on the number of PAC*e* courses in which the student is registered. To recover from missed due dates, students must reduce the number of PAC*e* courses in which they are enrolled to
get a new set of due dates and potentially recover lost points. Students speak with a PAC*e* Director if they have any questions or concerns.

The PACe Program provides many Learning Resources to help students master the course content. Students are responsible for choosing the Learning Resources that work best for them, for managing their time and using these learning resources to master the course material, and for taking the initiative to demonstrate their knowledge on unit exams. To make wise decisions these students need to know what services and resources the PACe Program offers and the procedures and policies for using them.

To ensure that students registered for PACe courses have the necessary information, we require that they have taken the PACe User's Exam during the current academic semester before we allow them to access any online course materials. Students who are registered for PACe courses and who have not taken the User's Exam this semester should do so during the first week of the semester.

The User's Exam consists of 20 questions about policies, procedures, and instructional resources of the PACe Program. The minimum passing score for the User’s Exam is 80% (16 of the 20 items). Scores from the User's Exam are not used to compute any final grades.

This Guide contains all the information needed to answer every question on the User's Exam correctly and includes a Sample User's Exam. Students who are registered for PACe courses but have not passed the User's Exam this semester should review this Guide, complete the Sample User's Exam, and take the User's Exam at https://pace.math.colostate.edu or at the PACe Testing Center (Weber 138).

Students should visit the PAC*e* Center the first week of the semester
to become familiar with the resources available. To encourage students to experience the Testing
Center, students can earn a bonus by taking an exam in the PAC*e*
Testing Center during the first week
of the semester. Students do not have to achieve a passing score to
earn the bonus. The following types of
exams will count towards the Testing Center Bonus: Math Challenge, ELM,
User's, Unit, and Final Exams. Students can only earn one bonus.

If students are eligible to take the
Final Exam for their first PAC*e* course
by the due date listed and have not yet passed it, the Testing Center Bonus allows them an extra attempt (for a total of two) on the Final
Exam the very next day the PAC*e*
Center is open.

Students should also read all the following sections: