Category: Dual Credit

Joy-Beauty-of-Computer-Science

Computer Science I: Joy and Beauty of Computing (Dual Credit with Helena College)

Course Length:

One semester

Course Description:

The goal of this course is to teach you to think like a computer scientist. This way of thinking combines some of the best features of mathematics, engineering, and natural science. Like mathematicians, computer scientists use formal languages to denote ideas (specifically computations). Like engineers, they design things, assembling components into systems and evaluating tradeoffs among alternatives. Like scientists, they observe the behavior of complex systems, form hypotheses, and test predictions. The single most important skill for a computer scientist is problem solving. Problem solving means the ability to formulate problems, think creatively about solutions, and express a solution clearly and accurately. As it turns out, the process of learning to program is an excellent opportunity to practice problem solving skills.

This course is offered with a dual-credit option with Helena College.

Prerequisites:

None, Junior/Senior standing recommended

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

http://mtda.link/computerscience

Required Materials:

None

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

This specific course requires the following:

Learning with Python: Interactive Edition (Using Python 3.x) – site
Links to the sections that you will be required to read are provided as part of the activities for the class. The on-line textbook contains more than will be covered in the class.
Python 3.x Tutorial – site
This is an additional resource to use when using Python.

This course requires students to have access to desktop development platforms.  ChromeOS/Chromebooks are not compatible with this course.

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: semester available
Spring: semester available
Summer: not available

Lead Teacher:

Buffy Smith, Helena School District, buffy.smith@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Contemporary-Math

Contemporary Math (Dual Credit; M105)

Course Length:

One-Semester Course

Course Description:

This course is a dual credit course offered in cooperation with our partner, Helena College.  A separate application to Helena College is required.

This course is designed to meet the general education mathematics requirement for the liberal arts major. It surveys some of the important ideas and practical applications in mathematics and uses algebra skills to solve real problems. Topics include problem-solving, financial math, mathematical modeling (linear and quadratic), and elementary statistics.

This course is available for dual credit only.  Students may not take this course without the college credit component.  Students that neglect to apply or don’t qualify for Helena College credit will be dropped from the course.

Prerequisites:

This course typically required a minimum placement score of 20 on the math section of the ACT, 490 on the math section of SAT, or Accuplacer exam administered by Helena College.  For the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 terms only, those requirements have been waived.  However, a special math placement form must be completed and returned with registration materials.  The link to that form is here: LINK.

16 years of age, Junior in High School or waiver approved by Helena College.

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

Contemporary Math (Dual Credit) Public Syllabus

Required Materials:

None

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: semester available
Spring: semester available

Lead Teacher:

Nancy Bailey, Helena School Districtnancy.bailey@montanadigitalacademy.org

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Elementary-College-Spanish-I

Elementary College Spanish I A & B (Dual Credit)

Course Length:

This course is one semester of college credits, but, taught over both the fall and spring semester.  Students must take both courses to qualify for college credit.

Course Description:

This introductory course prepares students for basic communication in Spanish and presents fundamentals of the language holistically through listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  The course also explores cultural information.

This course is available for dual credit only.  Students may not take this course without the college credit component.  Students that neglect to apply or don’t qualify for Helena College credit will be dropped from the course.

Prerequisites:

16 years of age, Junior in High School or waiver approved by Helena College

Comprehensive Syllabus:  

Elementary College Spanish I Dual Credit Public Syllabus

Required Materials:

None

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq

All world language courses require the ability to record oral language using the computer.  A headset and microphone are required.

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: semester available
Spring: semester available
Summer: Not available

Lead Teacher:

Amber Gates, Powell County High School, amber.gates@montanadigitalacademy.org

PLEASE SEE YOUR LOCAL COUNSELOR TO REGISTER FOR MTDA COURSES

Montana Digital Academy
Phyllis J. Washington College of Education
The University of Montana
32 Campus Drive – Room 315
Missoula, Montana 59812
Phone: 406-203-1812
Fax: 406-203-1815

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