Developmental Math Redesign

Developmental Math (DMA) Courses at CPCC

Key Features

  • Eight DMA Courses (DMA 010-080)
    • 4 weeks for each DMA course (5 contact hours per week)
    • 4 DMA courses may be completed each semester
  • Diagnostic Assessment Test (NCDAP)
    • Places students only in the DMA courses they need.
    • More Placement Testing information
  • Conceptual Approach to Teaching/Learning
    • Applications
    • Teaching and assessing using multiple representations
    • Promoting, where possible, collaborative student activities


Redesigned Developmental Math Courses

DMA 010 Operations with Integers
DMA 020 Fractions and Decimals
DMA 030 Proportions/Ratios/Rates/Percents
DMA 040 Expressions, Linear Equations, Linear Inequalities
DMA 050 Graphs and Equations of Lines
DMA 060 Polynomials and Quadratic Applications
DMA 070 Rational Expressions and Equations
DMA 080 Radical Expressions and Equations

The NCDAP diagnostic placement test, introduced in May 2013, places students out of courses in which they have demonstrated mastery.

LINK: Course Mapping (DMA pre-requisites for College-Level MAT courses)

It is essential for students to know the mathematics course required by their program.


Instructional Delivery Methods

  • Lecture Format
    • Similar to a traditional classroom approach
    • Supplemented with online assignments
  • Individualized Computer Based Learning
    • Pretest identifies what students already know
    • Students work individually on computers with assistance from the instructor
    • Class meetings in computer lab
    • Classes on Central Campus meet at The Math Emporium
  • Fully Online format
    • Mostly Online with required Classroom/Lab component
    • Testing in a proctored setting is required


    Registration Information

    • Students may register for up to 4 DMA courses each semester (Semester divided into 4 week sessions).
    • Register for needed courses at the beginning of the semester.
    • Take only one DMA course in each 4 week session.
    • Check the start dates for each session to ensure that the courses are taken in proper order.
    • Check the section notes to determine the delivery format.



    • Students are required to attend scheduled class meetings, regardless of delivery method.
    • Students who miss the first 2 hours of class will receive a WN grade for the course and will not be eligible for a refund (This may impact student financial aid).



    Students in the DMA courses are graded on the Pass/Retake system rather than the traditional A-F system.