SYLLABUS FOR MATH 0398
Instructor: Trisha Pumphrey Office hours: (tentative)
Office: ST1230 M W 9:15 to 9:45 & 1:00 to 2:00
Office phone: 552-2264 TTH 9:45 to 10:45
E-mail: email@example.com Other hours by appointment
Course Mathematics 0398 is a developmental course. The main goal of this course is
Description to improve the mathematical skills of each student and prepare them for entry into Math 0399. This is
a non-credit course, so a student will not receive credit hours or grade points that count toward a
Text Introductory & Intermediate Alegra by Robert Blitzer 3rd ed.
MyMathLab Student Access Kit for computer assignments
(Supplemental videos available in UMSC)
Course The main goal of this course will be to build your mathematical skills. In order to
Structure achieve this goal we will progressively work through the text and complete various skill reviews. To
successfully complete this course you must demonstrate improvement in your math skills by:
1. Correctly completing assigned problems both in class and as homework.
2. Successfully completing quizzes that will be given throughout the semester.
3. Successfully completing a test approximately every 2 weeks over the material covered.
4. Satisfactorily completing a final set of problems (Math Placement Test) that will include
concepts from all of the chapters covered during the semester.
Your class average will be calculated as follows:
Homework 35% Quizzes 15% Tests 30% Final Exam 20%
Topics Review of real numbers
Covered Equations, inequalities, and problem solving
Graphs and introduction to functions
Solving systems of linear equations
Exponents and polynomials
Grading There are four (4) possible grades that you may earn in this course. They are:
S - Satisfactory
This grade will be given when the student has successfully demonstrated mastery of the skills needed
for collegiate work. A student will be considered for a grade of “S” if he/she has good attendance, a
class average of at least 75%, and a math placement test score high enough to be approved for
collegiate level math. A grade of “S” does not impact a student’s grade point average.
Z - Acceptable Progress
This grade will be given when the student has not successfully mastered the skills of the course, but
he/she is making progress toward mastering the material. This grade will be given to students who are
conscientiously working on mastering the course material. A student will be considered for a grade
of “Z” if his/her class average is at least 75%, but he/she did not earn a math placement test score high
enough to be approved for collegiate level math. A student whose class average is below 75% but has
put forth an effort toward improving his/her math skills will also earn a “Z.” A grade of “Z” does not
impact a student’s grade point average.
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U - Unsatisfactory
This grade will be given when the student is not making any progress toward mastering the material,
usually because of a lack of sufficient effort to learn and/or excessive absences. A student will be
considered for a grade of “U” if his/her class average is below 75% and has put forth little or no effort
toward improving his/her math skills. A grade of "U" will impact students' semester grade point
average in the same way an "F" would.
W – Withdrawn
Students who are THEA liable may not withdraw/drop this course unless they withdraw from ALL
Each student who earns a "Z" or "U" will register for developmental education each term until an "S" is
earned or he/she passes the THEA and the math placement test.
Attendance Class attendance is very important to your success. You will be allowed three (3) absences without
penalty in this course. Class time for absences after the 3rd one must be made up in the Math &
Science Center or in an SI session (if available). Be aware that a maximum of only three (3) make-ups
are allowed, and the time must be made up within one week of the absence. You must provide a note
signed by a Math & Science Center assistant or SI Leader verifying that you have made up the class
time you missed. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP TRACK OF THE NUMBER OF
ABSENCES YOU HAVE ACCUMULATED!!!
Excessive absences indicate a lack of effort by the student and will result in a grade of “U” unless other
arrangements have been made. Please be aware that if you have seven (7) absences your name will
be submitted to the registrar’s office for possible withdrawal from the course.
IF YOU ARE THEA LIABLE, WITHDRAWAL FROM THIS COURSE WILL RESULT IN
WITHDRAWAL FROM ALL COURSES.
If you have an emergency or illness, it is your responsibility to contact the instructor as soon as
possible. In most cases arrangements can be made for you to make up any missed assignments.
ADA Statement Any student who feels that he or she may require assistance for any type of physical or learning
disability should consult with the instructor as soon as possible. To request academic
accommodations for a disability contact Efren Castro, Director of the PASS Office, in the Mesa
Building Room 1160, 432-552-2631 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . A student is required to provide
appropriate documentation of his/her disability prior to receiving accommodations.
Behavior Classroom behavior should not interfere with the instructor’s ability to conduct the class or the ability of
the other students to learn from the instructional program (Code of Student Life). Unacceptable or
disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Students engaging in unacceptable behavior may be
instructed to leave the classroom. Inappropriate behavior may result in disciplinary action or referral to
the University’s Behavioral Intervention Team.
Pagers, cell phones, and other noise-making electronic devices are disruptive and MUST be turned off
or silent during class. Talking to other students, even about mathematics, is disruptive to the class
during lectures. Sleeping, doing work for other classes, eating more than a small snack, and leaving
the room without a serious reason are examples of inappropriate classroom behaviors that detract
from the learning environment. Please be advised that the Instructor will address any such behavior
and take appropriate action as he/she deems necessary.
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Dishonesty College Board of Trustees Policy # 8500 ( adopted 3/17/97)
“…It shall be the policy of the College that determination of the fact of academic dishonesty by a
student shall be a matter of individual judgment by the instructor…”
The University expects all students to engage in all academic pursuits in a manner that is beyond
reproach. Plagiarism is considered Academic Dishonesty by the university. Plagiarism involves
copying directly somebody’s paper or book without giving credit to the author or turning in an unoriginal
paper. In this case the student will receive an “U” for the course and be dealt with according to the
guidelines of the university.
Homework Guidelines & Grading Policies
HOMEWORK - 35%
☺ NO LATE HOMEWORK ACCEPTED!
☺ If you plan to be absent on a day when an assignment is due, it is your responsibility to submit
it ahead of time. **Accommodations will be made for students involved in school sponsored
activities if the instructor is notified AHEAD OF TIME.
☺ Homework assignments will consist of problems from the text, as well as problems assigned from
☺ Each student will be required to keep a notebook of all problems from computer assignments.
Students must show all work in a neat and organized manner. These notebooks will be submitted on
test days for grading. If the work is not properly written and/or there are missing assignments no credit
will be given. This will count as a quiz grade.
☺ More detail will follow with the first assignment sheet.
QUIZZES – 15%
☺ THERE ARE NO MAKE-UP QUIZZES!!!! If you are late to class and miss a quiz that was given at
the beginning of that class, you may NOT take the quiz later in that class period. It will count as a
missed quiz. **Accommodations will be made for students involved in school sponsored activities.
☺ Quizzes will be given a various times throughout the semester. Remember, your computer
assignment notebook counts as a quiz grade.
☺ Three quiz grades will be dropped. The dropped grades may include low quiz grades and/or missed
☺ Missed quizzes in excess of the three dropped will result in a grade of zero.
TESTS – 30%
☺ Students who are absent on a scheduled test day will be allowed to take a make-up test at the end
of the semester. The make-up test will be a comprehensive test that will include concepts and
problems from the entire semester. **Accommodations will be made for students involved in school
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☺ Students are allowed to make-up only ONE test per semester. Students who are absent on more than
one scheduled test day will receive a grade of zero for each test missed in excess of the one allowed
☺ Students who are in class and take ALL tests on the scheduled test dates will be given the opportunity
to replace the lowest test grade.
☺ If you are present for a test, you will be able to retake the test under strict requirements. I will provide
more information after the first test.
FINAL EXAM – 20%
☺ Failure to show up for the final exam will result in a grade of “U” for the course.
☺ Students will not be allowed to use any type of calculator on quizzes or tests.
☺ Calculators may be used on homework, but students should practice doing problems without a
calculator. Otherwise, the tests will be extremely difficult.
Pencils for test
Notebook for computer work preferable a spiral (also suggest using a graphing paper spiral)
Note taking spirals, notebook with paper, etc. (I do not check notes, they are for you)
If you cannot make my office hours there are other opportunities to
get help. These are just a few and I will notify you as more tutoring
MATH & SCIENCE Instructions to Create a Smarthinking Account:
1. Go to the CampusConnect login screen at https://texas.utpb.edu.
CENTER You can also get here by clicking the link to “Register Online for
Monday-Thursday 8 am to 8 pm Classes with CampusConnect” from the UTPB home page.
Friday 8 am to 1 pm 2. At the CampusConnect login screen provide your student ID
number and CampusConnect PIN. This will take you to the
Saturday 10 am to 2 pm CampusConnect welcome screen.
MB 4180 552-3350 3. At the bottom of the welcome screen is a link “Click Here to
Access Smarthinking Tutor Services.”
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