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Math 100 - Liberal Arts Mathematics - Saida Shows

Course:Liberal Arts Mathematics
Professor:Saida Shows
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


Saida Shows

I am excited to welcome to Math 100 Online. My name is Saida Shows and I will be your instructor for this course. For most of you, this will be the most practical and relevant math class you will ever take! This is a 3-unit course in transfer-level mathematics, designed specially for students whose academic program does not require statistics or calculus. This should serve as your terminal (last) mathematics course.

Course Description

This course presents general mathematical ideas and tools used to solve practical problems including logic, sets, numbers, financial calculations, statistics, and mathematics in politics, society, and the arts. 

What to Expect in this Course

Our class will consist of online video lectures, active learning assignments, online homework and discussions that need to be completed weekly throughout the semester.  It is important to note that although this class is totally online it is NOT an at-your-own-pace class.  It is imperative that you keep up with the weekly deadlines so you don't fall behind in the course.  We will have three unit Exams and one cumulative Final Exam with hard deadlines that you will be made aware of on the first day of the semester.  You will receive a schedule on the first day of class with our Exam dates.  All of your exams will be proctored using Proctorio. So you must download the free software on Chrome and have a webcam.  We will also have a Final project due toward the end of the semester.

Our course will be using Canvas course management system to support our teaching and learning goals starting on the first day of the course. We will have scheduled virtual office hours through Zoom but since this is an asynchronous online class there are no required meeting times (in person or virtual).

Required Materials - 

  • Computer access with internet and Chrome as a browser
  • Computer must have speakers, webcam, and microphone
  • Scientific Calculator (either on computer or handheld, calculators on phones will NOT be permitted for exams)

On Day 1, confirm your attendance

If you do not log into Canvas and complete the required assignments within the first 48 hours after the class begins, or contact the instructor via email to share that you're having issues with accessing Canvas, you will be dropped from the course as a "No Show."

A waitlisted student will then be added in your place.

Types of Assessments

Our class will consist of Homework, Exams, Assignments, Discussions, Final Project and a Final Exam. Unit Exams and the Final Exam will be proctored using Proctorio. So you must download the free software on Chrome and have access to a webcam.

Textbook Information

Liberal Arts Mathematics (a free OER textbook), available through the ZTC (Zero Textbook Cost) Textbooks website of COC: The book will be linked to your Math 100 Canvas shell as well.

Other Relevant Course Information

You will realistically spend at least ten hours per week on this course during the regular 16 week semester and sometimes even longer because of the nature of online courses (online lectures, online homework, online discussions, etc.) and dealing with technology.  In order to be successful in this course you must participate on a weekly basis and keep up with weekly course assignments. 

Before enrolling in an online math classes please take some time to consider if it is the best option for you. Hybrid/online courses certainly seem appealing because they are more convenient than on-campus classes, especially for those who have busy schedules.  And while they are more definitely more convenient they are not necessarily "easier" than face-to-face classes and many would argue that they are in fact more challenging. I will be available to address any questions you have via email/Canvas, and you will also have access to the virtual tutors in TLC. However, please keep in mind that online classes have disadvantages. Students find it easier to procrastinate, quickly fall behind in completing course material, and even feel isolated or disconnected from the instructor and classmates.

Successful online/hybrid students are self-motivated, independent, and organized learners. In determining whether this course will meet your academic needs, please consider your individual learning style.  Be honest and realistic.  If you need/prefer daily face-to-face contact with the instructor or tend to procrastinate, an online course may not be the best learning environment for you.  To see if an online math class is suitable for you, visit and click on "Student Support" followed by "Readiness Assessments."

I am looking forward to meeting all of you who choose to take this course, again if you have any further questions/concerns please feel free to e-mail me.


Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 06/16/2022 Sub#: 1417