School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences
Course Syllabus
Introductory Algebra Fall 2011

Instructor Name: Jared Gavin                Office: Annex B

Email Address:            Office Hours: MW       12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
                                                                   4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

                                                           TH      9:00 am – 10:00 am
                                                                   11:30 am – 12:30 pm
                                                                   or by appointment

Tutoring Hours:

Mr. Phillip Young ……….       M 11:00am – 12:00am
                             Th 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Mr. Terry Singh……………..M 4:00pm – 7:00pm
                      Tu 2:00pm – 7:00pm
                      W 4:00pm – 7:00pm


Text and Materials
Introductory Algebra Workbook and Study Guide 2nd Edition prepared                  by       Victoria  Ryburn
(found only in the UAM bookstore). You can purchase this program at or at the campus
bookstore. The course code for this course is ________________. A graphing calculator is required. A TI-83,
TI-83+, or TI-84 graphing calculator is strongly recommended. The instructor will use these calculators for
classroom demonstrations. If you have any other brand or model, it is your responsibility to know how to use it.

ALEKS Course Codes:          For MW 5:10: URLKH-TT334
                             For TH 12:35: N96DV-CCFHA
                             For T   6:00: G4AGA-JLKMM

Student Learning Outcomes
This course is a preparatory course for other mathematics courses and has the dual focus of presenting the
necessary algebraic material as well as nurturing problem solving skills. This course is a review of basic
arithmetic operations and algebraic operations. Topics covered include the arithmetic of fractions and decimals,
solving equations using algebraic methods, algebraic manipulations of polynomials and linear equations. This
course cannot be used to satisfy General Education requirements or for credit toward a Mathematics major or

       By the conclusion of the course you should be able to:
                  Perform elementary mathematical operations with real numbers
                  Algebraically solve equations in one variable
                  Apply problem solving skills to questions given in narrative form
                  Algebraically solve linear equations in one variable
                     Graph and write linear equations
                     Perform algebraic manipulations on polynomials

Content Outline                                 (tentative test dates)
Test 1:           Chapters                      Tuesday, September 13            (91 topics*)
Test 2:           Chapters                      Tuesday, September 3             (40 topics*)
Test 3:           Chapters                      Tuesday, October 18              (33 topics*)
Test 4:           Chapters                      Tuesday, November 14             (27 topics*)
Test 5:           Chapters                      Tuesday, December 6              (30 topics*)
Final Exam: Comprehensive                       Tuesday, December 13 6:00-8:00 p.m.
*A list of all individual topics are attached to this syllabus.

    Tests will be        of your grade in this course, homework will be      and topic goals will be      .
    If you score below 40% on the final, you will automatically fail the course. If you score between 40%
      - 49% on the final, the highest grade you can receive is a D. This policy super cedes your other
      grades in the course. The percentage score on the final exam may be used to replace your lowest test
    Grading Scale:
              A= 90—100
              B= 80 — 89
              C= 75 — 79
              D= 60 — 74
              F= 59 and below
    Tests: There will be 5 multiple choice/show your work tests worth 100 points each.
    Homework: Homework is assigned in the ALEKS program for each chapter. Grades will be assigned
      by the ALEKS program. If the program makes an error or you believe you deserve partial credit for a
      problem, you will need to send me an email stating specifically the homework chapter and problem
      number and I will adjust your score.
    Topic Goals: When you register in ALEKS you will first be given a small test to assess how much you
      already know. The results of this assessment are given in a pie chart. The darker areas represent the
      topics you already know while the lighter areas represent the topics you still need to learn. There are a
      total of 229 topics. As you learn these topics the pie will fill in. You will be reassessed periodically
      throughout the course to determine the extent of your understanding. The number of topics in your pie
      chart will fluctuate throughout the semester.
           o For test 1 the topic goal is 91 topics
           o For test 2 the topic goal is 131 topics
           o For test 3 the topic goal is 164 topics
           o For test 4 the topic goal is 191 topics
           o For test 5 the topic goal is 221 topics

Make-up Policy
The final exam score can be used to replace any regular test score in the event that you were unable to take the
exam on the date scheduled and did not make prior arrangements with the instructor to take the exam at an
alternate date and time determined by the instructor. If you do not miss any exams, the final exam score will be
used to replace the lowest regular test score – provided it is higher. The only grade that cannot be substituted
for or replaced is the final exam score. No regular exam will be given after the exam is graded and returned to
the students. Contact your instructor immediately in the event that you fail to take the exam on the date
―A Study in Student Time Allocation ", AMERICAN ECONOMIC REVIEW, May, 1983, pp. 23-28). In this
study, the author measured the impact of time commitments by students to various course activities on the
students' performance in the given class. The results were revealing. By far, the most valuable and important
time commitment in a course was the time actually spent in the classroom. That time was the most important
determinant of student success and each unit of time in the class itself provided, among all the class related
activities, the greatest improvement in student performance. Bottom line–DON‘T SKIP CLASS!!!

Things YOU Can Do to Be Successful in This Course
1) Sign up and begin working on your ALEKS pie topics and homework immediately! If you need help with
this, see me or contact one of the math tutors. You must have JAVA installed on your computer to work with
ALEKS. On campus, there are computers for you to use in Room 114.

Do not wait until the day an assignment is due to log-in to and attempt the assignment. There
is adequate time between when an assignment is available and when it ends for you to have multiple attempts
(5) at the assignment. If you have internet connection problems, a computer lab is available in Room 114 that
are Aleks compatible.

2) Get help before it is too late!!! You know better than anyone else when you need help so it is up to you to
get it. Ask your teacher for help. Find a study partner or form a study group. Make arrangements to meet at a
certain time and at a certain place to work problems together. Free tutoring is available in the Room 114. The
most effective way to use tutoring is to make it a regular part of your schedule for the semester. Do not think or
expect that the tutors can perform any last minute miracles.

3) Take good class notes. You should come to class each day prepared to ask questions over the previous
day‘s homework assignment or about any concept that was confusing to you. Don‘t trust your memory!! Each
day you should take complete notes of everything that your teacher writes on the board and most of what he or
she says. The problems and examples that your teacher works on the board will serve as a study guide when
you attempt to work the homework problems from your text and from the computer. Read your book and study
the examples in your book and in your notes carefully BEFORE you attempt to do your homework problems.

4) You must make a time commitment to do the work required to be successful in class. The general rule of
thumb is that you should spend 2 hours outside of class for every hour inside class. ―Ultimately, each of us is
responsible for our own learning. We as individuals are the only ones who can really know if we understand
something. We need to find a regular weekly routine that enables us to learn. We need to regularly assess our
level of success and make adjustments as needed. ... Personal honesty and courage are a big part of individual
responsibility for learning. ‗Do I spend enough time on my homework?‘ ‗Do I really understand this
assignment?‘ ‗Does my social life interfere with my schoolwork?‘‗Do my time and effort line up with my
priorities?‘ Honest awareness of these questions is essential for effective learning. When choices need to be
made, personal courage to face the truth is vital.‖ [Douglas Aichele and John Wolfe, Geometric Structures, p.

5) Get off to a good start. The most important test you are going to take this semester is Test #1. This test
usually sets the tone for the rest of the course and is a powerful indicator of whether you will be successful in
this course or not. About 95% of the students who do not pass Test #1 are not successful in the course. You
should also get signed onto ALEKS immediately and begin working on the pie chart and homework. When you
first sign on, you will be given a short tour of how to use ALEKS and a comprehensive assessment to determine
your knowledge of the content that will be presented in Intermediate Algebra.
6) Your classroom behavior is important. Come to class on time and do not leave early. Get a good night‘s
sleep so that you can listen and be attentive in class. Come prepared to take the class notes and ask questions.
Research has shown that students who sit at the back of the class make lower grades than those who sit near the
front so unless you have an unusual vision problem do not sit on the last rows at the back. This is a
mathematics class so ALL discussion during the class should relate to that topic. This is neither the time nor the
place for social chit chat. Be respectful and expect to be respected. There is no such thing as a ―dumb
question‖. All questions have value and offer us the opportunity to learn.

Special Dates of Concern
       August 24 (Wednesday)                 First day of classes
       August 30 (Tuesday)                   Last day to register or add classes
       September 5 (Monday)                  Labor Day holiday
       November 7 (Monday)                   Preregistration for Spring 2011 begins
       November 9 (Wednesday)                Last day to drop with a W in regular classes
       November 18 (Friday)                  Preregistration for Spring 2011 ends
       December 6 (Tuesday)                  Last day to withdraw from class
       December 9 (Friday)                   Last day of classes

Students with Disabilities
It is the policy of the University of Arkansas at Monticello to accommodate individuals with disabilities
pursuant to federal law and the University‘s commitment to equal educational opportunities. It is the
responsibility of the student to inform the instructor of any necessary accommodations at the beginning of the
course. Any student requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Special Student Services located in
Harris Hall Room 120; phone 870 460-1026; TDD 870 460-1626; Fax 870 460-1926; email:

For assistance on a College of Technology campus contact:
McGehee: Office of Special Student Services representative on campus; phone 870 222-5360; fax 870 222-
Crossett:   Office of Special Student Services representative on campus; phone 870 364-6414; fax 870 364-

Student Conduct Statement
Students at the University of Arkansas at Monticello are expected to conduct themselves appropriately, keeping
in mind that they are subject to the laws of the community and standards of society. The student must not
conduct him/herself in a manner that disrupts the academic community or breaches the freedom of other
students to progress academically.

Academic Dishonesty
   1. Cheating: Students shall not give, receive, offer, or solicit information on examinations, quizzes, etc.
      This includes but is not limited to the following classes of dishonesty:
         a. Copying from another student‘s paper;
         b. Use during the examination of prepared materials, notes, or texts other than those specifically
             permitted by the instructor;
         c. Collaboration with another student during the examination;
         d. Buying, selling, stealing, soliciting, or transmitting an examination or any material purported to
             be the unreleased contents of coming examinations or the use of any such material;
         e. Substituting for another person during an examination or allowing such substitutions for oneself.
   2. Collusion: Collusion is defined as obtaining from another party, without specific approval in advance by
      the instructor, assistance in the production of work offered for credit to the extent that the work reflects
      the ideas of the party consulted rather than those of the person whose name in on the work submitted.
   3. Duplicity: Duplicity is defined as offering for credit identical or substantially unchanged work in two or
      more courses, without specific advanced approval of the instructors involved.
   4. Plagiarism: Plagiarism is defined as adopting and reproducing as one‘s own, to appropriate to one‘s use,
      and to incorporate in one‘s own work without acknowledgement the ideas or passages from the writings
      or works of others.

   For any instance of academic dishonesty that is discovered by the instructor, whether the dishonesty is
   found to be cheating, collusion, duplicity, or plagiarism, the result for the student(s) involved will be
   immediate dismissal from the course and a grade of F will be recorded.

Cell Phone Policy
Students have been caught cheating with their cell phones in the past so all phones and electronic devices
should be turned to a silent/vibrating mode and must not be accessed during an exam unless given permission.
Should you continue to access your cell phone after a warning, your exam will be taken and you will receive a
0% on the exam. To prevent distractions to others, all cell phones should be turned off in class. If your cell
phone becomes an issue, you will be asked to leave the class.

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