# STEM Foundations

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This course offers practice using workplace communication and math skills that are encountered in the workforce, with activities designed to strengthen skills in preparation for entering a college program in a STEM career.

### Description

The STEM Foundations course is designed to support the development of foundational workplace communication skills and math skills. Students practice using  these workplace skills in activities that are intended to aid in preparing them to enter a college program in a STEM career.

##### Topics Covered:
• Workplace Communications
• Writing Skills
• Writing Structure
• Listening and Speaking Skills
• Time Management
• Mathematics
• The Number Line and Integers
• Multiplying and Dividing Integers
• Order of Operations (MDAS)
• Fractions
• Conceptual Equality
• Signed/Negative Values

## What students will learn

Topics Covered:

• Workplace Communications
• Writing Skills
• Writing Structure
• Listening and Speaking Skills
• Time Management
• Mathematics
• The Number Line and Integers
• Multiplying and Dividing Integers
• Order of Operations (MDAS)
• Fractions
• Conceptual Equality
• Signed/Negative Values

## Learning objectives by module

Unit 2: Workplace Communication

• Module 1: Apply Reading Strategies to Improve Comprehension
• Apply effective strategies before, during and after reading to improve comprehension
• Identify main idea and supporting details of a text and summarize effectively.
• Summarize the main idea and supporting details of a text.
• Module 2: Demonstrate the Ability to Use Sentence and Paragraph Structure Effectively in Writing
• Demonstrate ability to use sentence and paragraph structure effectively in writing
• Module 3: Develop and Improve Writing Skills
• Compose effective email communications.
• Develop and demonstrate a writing process
• Module 4: Practice Listening and Speaking Skills
• Demonstrate professionalism on the telephone
• Prepare effective presentations
• Relay calls and messages to the appropriate recipient
• Summarize messages accurately
• Module 5: Demonstrate Effective Time Management and Organizational Skills
• Demonstrate effective time management and organizational skills for classroom success

Unit 3: Mathematics

• Module 6: The Number Line and Integers
• Use the number line to add and subtract integers.
• Module 7: Multiplying and Dividing Integers
• Multiply and divide integers.
• Module 8: Order of Operations (MDAS)
• Demonstrate the Commutative Property for each operation.
• Explain and employ basic order of operations ((Multiplication Division Addition Subtraction (MDAS)).
• Module 9: Fractions
• Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators.
• Calculate the greatest common factor (GCF) among fractions.
• Determine equivalent fractions.
• Determine the fraction when given specific information.
• Multiply and divide fractions.
• Module 10: Conceptual Equality
• Apply the principle of equality.
• Define the concept of a variable.
• Module 11: Signed/Negative Values
• Add signed values including fractions and decimals.
• Commute expressions using Order of Operations (PEMDAS).

## Course assessments, activities, and outline

UNIT 1: STEM Foundations Introduction

UNIT 2: Workplace Communication

Module 1: Apply Reading Strategies to Improve Comprehension

Module 2: Demonstrate the Ability to Use Sentence and Paragraph Structure Effectively in Writing

Module 3: Develop and Improve Writing Skills

Module 4: Practice Listening and Speaking Skills

Module 5: Demonstrate Effective Time Management and Organizational Skills

UNIT 3: Mathematics

Module 6: The Number Line and Integers

Module 7: Multiplying and Dividing Integers

Module 8: Order of Operations (MDAS)

Module 9: Fractions

Module 10: Conceptual Equality

Module 11: Signed/Negative Values

## Other course details

#### Estimated time to complete

The complete course will support 12-15 hours of instruction.

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## System requirements

• internet access
• an operating system that supports the latest browser update
• the latest browser update (Chrome recommended; Firefox, Safari supported; Edge and Internet Explorer are supported but not recommended)
• pop-ups enabled

Some courses include exercises with exceptions to these requirements, such as technology that cannot be used on mobile devices.

This course’s system requirements:

• none listed (subject to change)

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#### \$25 per student

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