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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What does DMA stand for?
  2. What are DMA courses and why might I need to take DMA courses?
  3. What courses are included in Developmental Mathematics?
  4. What DMA courses (modules) correspond to the former MAT 60, MAT 70 and MAT 80?
  5. How many credit hours is one DMA course (module)?
  6. How long is a DMA course (module)?
  7. What is a session?
  8. How many sessions are there in one semester?
  9. Are DMA classes offered in the summer?
  10. For how many DMA courses may I enroll?
  11. Where can I find DMA course descriptions and pre-requisites?
  12. How do I know if I need to take developmental mathematics?
  13. How do I know which DMA courses I should take?
  14. What if I receive financial aid?
  15. Do I need to be present on the first day of class?
  16. If I am taking an online DMA course, do I need to do anything the first day of the session?
  17. If I am taking an online DMA course, is the course self-paced?
  18. Am I required to view any orientation videos prior to my first DMA course?
  19. Do I need to purchase a textbook for my DMA Math courses?
  20. If I am enrolled in an online DMA course, do I need to come to COA to take the midterm and exam?
  21. How do I sign up for a proctored DMA midterm or final exam?
  22. Is free math tutoring available?
  23. Whom can I contact for more information about the tutoring centers?
  24. When and where are my DMA final grades posted?
  25. What does a final grade of “P” mean?
  26. What does a final grade of “R” mean?
  27. What does a final grade of “W” mean?
  28. How do I know if I need to re-enroll (repeat the course) in a DMA Course?
  29. What are the DMA course grade requirements to pass a DMA course?
  30. What do I need to know about the complications of repeating a DMA class?
  31. If I do not have an assigned advisor who should I see to help me with re-enrollment?
  32. What resources are available to help me with registration?



1. What does DMA stand for?
DMA is the shortened prefix for Developmental Mathematics Courses.

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2. What are DMA courses and why might I need to take DMA courses??
Developmental Mathematics courses are a key component of COA's open-door admissions policy. In seeking admission to an academic program, you may find that you need to strengthen your mathematical skills. DMA courses offer an opportunity to improve your mathematical and problem solving skills that will prepare you to enter the curriculum of your choice with a better chance of success. With hard work and support, we believe you can reach and succeed in college-level mathematics!

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3. What courses are included in Developmental Mathematics?
Prior to Summer 2012, Developmental Mathematics consisted of MAT 060, MAT 070 and MAT 080
Developmental Mathematics now consists of eight modular courses - DMA 010 through DMA 080. Each course is one credit hour.

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4. What DMA courses (modules) correspond to the former MAT 60, MAT 70 and MAT 80?
MAT 060 is comparable to DMA 010, DMA 020 and DMA 030
MAT 070 is comparable to DMA 040 and DMA 050
MAT 080 is comparable to DMA 060, DMA 070 and DMA 080

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5. How many credit hours is one DMA course (module)?
Each course (module) is one credit hour.

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6. How long is a DMA course (module)?
Each course is four weeks long. The four weeks is called a session. You can only enroll in one DMA course (module) per session.

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7. What is a session?
A session is the four-week period necessary to complete each DMA course (module).

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8. How many sessions are there in one semester?
There are four, four-week sessions in both the fall semester and the spring semester. There are two sessions in the summer. Therefore you could start with DMA 10 and complete all DMA courses through DMA 80 in two semesters. Courses must be taken in sequential order.

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9. Are DMA classes offered in the summer?
Yes, there are two summer sessions. Each session is an opportunity to take one DMA course (module).


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10. For how many DMA courses may I enroll?
You can enroll in up to four DMA courses in the Fall semester, four DMA courses in the Spring semester and two DMA courses in the Summer. Courses must be taken in sequential order and you can only be enrolled in one module per session.

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11. Where can I find DMA course descriptions and pre-requisites?
Complete list of DMA courses, descriptions, and prerequisites.

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12. How do I know if I need to take developmental mathematics?
You will need to take the college’s placement tests. These tests should be taken seriously as they impact the number of courses required to complete a program of study. You can improve their performance on such placement tests by utilizing the study resources available prior to testing. More information about COA’s placement test.

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13. How do I know which DMA courses I should take?
You need to meet with an academic advisor prior to registering for DMA courses. An academic advisor will assist in determining the DMA courses required based on the program of study. You should register for all DMA courses they plan to enroll in for a semester at one time.

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14. What if I receive financial aid?
If you are on financial aid you will not be allowed to add courses and increase your number of credit hours once the semester has started. You will not be paid financial aid for DMA courses until the course has started and confirmation of attendance has been received. This will occur at the beginning of each four week session. If you only sign up for 12 credit hours, and four of those hours are DMA courses, you will not achieve full time status until the beginning of the fourth session.

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15. Do I need to be present on the first day of class?
Yes, you are required to be present on the first day of class. You will be dropped if you are not present.

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16. If I am taking an online DMA course, do I need to do anything the first day of the session?
Yes, you must complete your COA assignment on the first day of the session. If you fail to complete the COA assignment by the census date, you will be dropped from the course.

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17. If I am taking an online DMA course, is the course self- paced?
No, online DMA courses are not self-paced. You will have instructor set due dates to meet.

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18. Am I required to view any orientation videos prior to my first DMA course?
Yes, you should view orientation videos prior to your first DMA course.
Fall 2013 Orientation Session video part 1 - Policies and Procedures
Fall 2013 Orientation Session video part 2 - myCourses/Moodle and myMathLab Preview
Orientation PowerPoint handout

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19. Do I need to purchase a textbook for my DMA Math courses?
Yes. There is one custom textbook package used for all DMA courses, which includes a workbook and access code to My Math Labs Plus. This custom package is only available at the COA bookstore.

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20. If I am enrolled in an online DMA course, do I need to come to COA to take the midterm and exam?
Yes. If you are enrolled in an online DMA course, you are required to complete two proctored on-campus assessments per course.

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21. How do I sign up for a proctored DMA midterm or final exam?
If you are enrolled in an online DMA course, you are required to take two proctored assessments. To sign up for a proctored assessment: Find DMA Signup. This page is within your myCourses account under the DMA_Signup Course. Here you will be able to sign up for proctoring sessions and confirm your testing sessions. Questions regarding DMA proctoring should be directed to the Office of Distance Education:  disted@albemarle.edu

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22. Is free math tutoring available?
Yes, free tutoring is available on the Elizabeth City, Dare, and  Edenton-Chowan campuses. Open Math Lab hours are available on each campus and one-on-one tutoring or small group tutoring may be offered as needed. Contact your instructor to sign a referral form.

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23. Whom can I contact for more information about the tutoring centers?
Contact the Academic Support Center on the Elizabeth City Campus


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24. When and where are my DMA final grades posted?
Final grades are posted to myWebAdvisor by midnight on the last day of the DMA session.

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25. What does a final grade of “P” mean?
Final grades for DMA courses will be “P” (Pass) or “R” (Re-enroll). A final grade of “P” (Pass) means that you passed the DMA course.

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26. What does a final grade of “R” mean?
Final grades for DMA courses will be “P” (Pass) or “R” (Re-enroll). A final grade of “R” (Re-enroll)  means that you did not pass the DMA course and you need to re-enroll.

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27. What does a final grade of “W” mean?
A final grade of “W” (Withdrawn) means, that you either withdrew or you were dropped by your instructor and therefore did not pass the DMA course that you were taking. You need to re-enroll.

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28. How do I know if I need to re-enroll (repeat the course) in a DMA Course ?
Final grades for DMA courses will be “P” (Pass) or “R” (Re-enroll).

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29. What are the DMA course grade requirements to pass a DMA course?
In order to pass a DMA Course, you need to have an overall average of 80% or higher and score 80% or higher on the Exit Exam. If you earn a grade of R or W and do not meet both of the requirements outlined above, you need to re-enroll in the DMA Course.

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30. What do I need to know about the complications of repeating a DMA class?
You will automatically be dropped from any and all sequential courses in which Developmental Math was a pre-requisite. This will reduce the number of credit hours for the semester and could affect your financial aid unless you re-enroll in additional DMA credit hours. By re-enrolling, you are repeating a DMA course and may be subject to tuition fees if you did not originally enroll in four DMA courses for the term. If you wish to re-enroll in a DMA course and other courses in the sequence, first consult with your DMA instructor, advisor, or an advisor in Student Success and Enrollment Management on or before the schedule adjustment day(s). You should re-enroll in the sequence for the remaining sessions. It is your responsibility to see an advisor to re-enroll. You will not be allowed to add courses once the new session begins. You will not be added to internet sections after the first day of the session.

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31. If I do not have an assigned advisor who should I see to help me with re-enrollment?
An SSEM advisor can assist you with DMA re-enrollment:
Elizabeth City Campus: Andrea Temple (252) 335-0821 x 2277
Edenton-Chowan Campus: Amanda Hodges (252) 482-7900 x 2437
Dare Campus: Martha Johnson (252) 473-2264 x 223

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32. Resources to Assist with Registration
DMA Advising Worksheet (to be completed in consultation with academic advisor)
DMA Student Advising Guide (includes sessions dates)
DMA Crosswalk Guide

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