UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT MONTICELLO - COTM School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences Course Syllabus Introductory Algebra Fall 2011 Instructor Name: Jared Gavin Office: Annex B Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Prerequisites NONE 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 www.aleks.com 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 minor. 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. Grading 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 score. 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 YOU ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO REPLACE ONE MISSED EXAM WITH YOUR FINAL EXAM SCORE. 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 scheduled. Attendance ―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 www.aleks.com 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. 641] 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: email@example.com. 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- 1105. Crossett: Office of Special Student Services representative on campus; phone 870 364-6414; fax 870 364- 5707. 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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