Online Course Questions

How do I earn the prerequisite score for a math course?

The Andrews bulletin lists any prerequisite for a Math course like this: MPE ≥ P2, or MPE ≥ P3, or MPE = P5.  The Math Placement Exam (MPE) is available on campus (view the schedule) or by special arrangement through the Math Department at a distance.  Alternately, the prerequisite can be fulfilled by sending in a transcript with a College Algebra grade of C or higher from an accredited university or college, or SAT or ACT scores at or above the minimum level required for the class you plan to take:

• SAT math scores of 480-500 earn a P2; 510-530 earn a P3; 540-570 earn a P4; 580-800 a P5.
• ACT math scores of 20-21 earn a P2 score; 22-23 earn a P3; 24-25 earn a P4; >=26 a P5.
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How do I find my course online?

Use your Andrews username and password to login to  Scroll down the center column.  Click on your course name linked under the heading ‘Available Courses’.

How do I access course materials and get feedback?

Refer to the orientation modules for instructions on how to view course content, complete assignments online, and view feedback on graded work.

How much time do I have to complete a class?

Self-paced courses allow you the privilege - and responsibility - of setting a pace that fits your schedule.  Expect to spend 40 hours of focused study time for every semester credit. For example, schedule 120 hours to complete a 3-credit class. If you want to finish this in 8 weeks, plan on 12+ study hours per week; to finish a 3-credit class in 24 weeks, 3+ hours per week will do it.  You have a maximum of 180 days from your self-selected start date to finish a self-paced class.  Consider personal or financial reasons to set your own end date.  Then choose a steady pace and make this a fixed appointment in your schedule.  There is wisdom in the saying: to fail to plan is to plan to fail.

Interactive online classes have fixed start and end dates, as well as specific deadlines for assignments and exams.  Read the course syllabus carefully and put these dates into your personal schedule.  To finish a 3-credit course in a 16-week semester, you should expect to spend 6+ hours a week studying.

What textbooks/supplies are needed for each class?

All materials needed are listed in the syllabus, and through our online bookstore.  If you choose to purchase texts through other sources, pay attention to text title, publisher, edition, and year in addition to ISBN #.  ISBN alone is not enough.

How often do I need to login to pass the class?

Like a face-to-face class, you need to ‘attend’ class or login to your course space regularly.  If you plan to finish a course in four months, expect to spend 6-9 hours studying and working on assignments each week.  While self-paced courses allow you to flexibly schedule, success depends largely on your commitment to a plan of study.  

Do we have any in-person class meetings on campus?

No.  Self-paced and interactive online classes are 100% online using as the course management system.

What file formats are acceptable for assignments?

If no instructions are included with an assignment about file format, save and upload in either .rtf or .pdf format.  Click ‘save as’ and select .rtf or .pdf from the formats available for saving your paper or project.

What technical skills do I need for this class?

The expectation of students who take an online class is that you know how to use a computer to access information online (e.g. assigned articles, videos, simulations, discussion forums), and do assignments in using your browser, word processing, spreadsheets or other software specified for a particular course.  Note that if you submit a word document it needs to be saved in .rtf or .pdf format.
Check that your computer and internet connection meet minimum standards posted on the homepage of your course in  As standards change constantly, recheck your technology each time you register.

It is your responsibility to maintain access to your online course and all tech tools needed for the duration of your study.  Have a backup computer plan such as a computer at a friend/family’s house, Internet café, public library, university computer labs, etc. Technical problems are not accepted as excuses for missed deadlines for online courses. 

I found an error in my course.  Who do I contact?

If you detect an error in the course set-up, please email  Include a detailed explanation or question with your name, student number, course title and number, and the specific webpage URL or page number.  

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