Everybody’s Guide to
Colorado State University’s PACe 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

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.  

The PACe courses have many of the same components of traditional classes.  Just like in all classes, students are expected to take an active role in the learning process.

  • 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 PACe Program has 45 hours each week of office hours, not the usual 3 hours.
  • Students can talk with an instructor (a PACe Director) if they have any questions or concerns.  
The requirement for satisfactorily completing a PACe course is to pass the four Unit Exams, in sequential order, and pass the comprehensive Final Exam with scores of at least 80%.  Unit Exams consist of 10 items, so eight items must be answered correctly to meet course requirements and be eligible to go on to the next unit. The Final Exam consists of 20 items, so sixteen must be answered correctly.  Students will also need to earn a minimum number of points to complete the course.

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 PACe course visiting with a course assistant during office hours in the PACe Learning Center. 

All PACe students are responsible for completing the required coursework on time.   The due dates for the coursework are based on the number of PACe courses in which the student is registered.  To recover from missed due dates, students must reduce the number of PACe courses in which they are enrolled to get a new set of due dates and potentially recover lost points.  Students speak with a PACe 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).

Testing Center Bonus

Students should visit the PACe 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 PACe 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 PACe 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 PACe Center is open. 

Students should also read all the following sections: