MATH 0300 (BEGINNING ALGEBRA)/MATH 1310 (COLLEGE MATHEMATICS FOR LIBERAL ARTS) (LINKED)
INSTRUCTOR: Bonnie Blumberg
OFFICE: S729 PHONE: (713) 221-8408 WEBSITE: http://cms.uhd.edu/Faculty/NadlerB
OFFICE HOURS: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 8:00– 8:30 a.m., in S729 EMAIL: email@example.com
And in N925: Mondays 1 – 4, Tuesdays 11 – 1, Wednesdays 1:00 - 2:00, and by appointment
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This class combines Math 0300 Beginning Algebra with Math 1310 College Mathematics for Liberal
Arts, and meets every day Monday thru Thursday at 10:00. Math 0300 will be completed by October 22nd, and Math 1310 will start
immediately following the Math 0300 final exam for those students completing Math 0300 with an average of 70 or better. Those
students not completing the Math 0300 course with an average of 70 or better must drop Math 1310 and work on passing Math 0300
for the rest of the semester. Students that complete Math 1300 with an average of 70 or better will receive a grade for both Math 0300
and Math 1310. Math 0300 may not be used to satisfy college degree requirements. Math 1310 may not be applied toward any
degree in the Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences. Math 0300 is designed to provide the students with basic
background in arithmetic and algebraic skills needed for business, liberal arts, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences,
engineering, computer science and mathematics courses. This is a 3-credit course with no pre-requisites. Math 0300 topics include
real numbers and their properties, the order of operations and simplifying real-valued expressions, simplifying algebraic expressions,
solving linear equations and inequalities, an introduction to the Cartesian Coordinate System, systems of first-degree equations in two
variables solved by graphical and algebraic means, and stated problems. Math 1310 is designed to provide the students with an
introduction to contemporary mathematical ideas and problem-solving techniques. It is designed for students requiring one college-
level mathematics course. This is a 3-credit course with the prerequisite of passing the linked Math 0300 with a grade of “C” or
better. Math 1310 topics include set theory, logic, consumer mathematics and financial management, counting methods and
probability theory, and statistics.
TEXTBOOKS: The Math 0300 textbook is Beginning and Intermediate Algebra 4th edition, by Elayn Martin - Gay, Pearson
Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, 2009, ISBN 13: 978-0-13-600731-9, but it is not required!! MyMathLab (explained
below) online homework system is required!! The textbook is online as part of the required MyMathLab online homework package
and does not need to be purchased separately. The textbook/MML code for Math 1310 will be given to you by the Math Department.
The textbook for Math 1310 is Thinking Mathematically 5th Edition, by Robert Blitzer, Pearson Prentice-Hall, Boston, Massachusetts,
RESOURCE MATERIALS: Students enrolled in MATH 0300 and MATH 1310 at UHD have access to the Academic Support
Center (N-925), where they may get additional help in understanding the theory or in improving their skills. This lab is open for free
one-on-one walk-in math tutoring Mon-Thurs. 9 am – 9 pm; Fri 9 am – 2 pm; Sat. 11 – 5 pm. It is available for use with small groups
or board work. The accompanying online homework component, MyMathLab, at http://www.coursecompass.com provides numerous
help resources such as chapter pretests, exercise examples, the Student Solutions Manual, and self quizzes. The Multimedia Library
section of MyMathLab contains section lecture videos, animation examples, PowerPoint slides, test prep videos corresponding to each
textbook chapter test, and a multimedia textbook. There is a CD, The Test Prep Video that is sometimes packaged with the textbook
that can also be used as a resource. It contains step by step video instruction for each question corresponding to the chapter tests in
the textbook. A copy of this CD is available in the math lab for use in the lab. Headphones may be checked out at the front desk in
N925. Another resource, The Martin-Gay’s Interactive DVD/CD Lecture Series, is available for purchase at
http://www.mypearsonstore.com. There is a departmental final exam review for Math 0300 that can be purchased from the UHD
bookstore (available the last 2 weeks of the semester) or it can be downloaded from http://cms.uhd.edu/qep/algebra . There is a
departmental Math 0300 final exam review (bring with you the hard copy of the final exam review purchased from the bookstore or
downloaded) presented on one of the 2 Reading Days at the end of the semester. You will be given extra credit for attending this
CALCULATOR USE: Calculators will be used in class occasionally, but the use of calculators on tests and the final exam in Math
0300 is not required. Students in Math 0300 may not use calculators on tests or the final exam; however, students in Math 1310 are
allowed to use a basic 6-function calculator on tests and the Math 1310 final exam.
TENTATIVE EXAM SCHEDULE:
Exam 1 Math 0300: Tuesday, September 11 Exam 1 Math 1310: Wednesday, October 31
Exam 2 Math 0300: Wednesday, September 26 Exam 2 Math 1310: Wednesday, November 14
Exam 3 Math 0300: Monday, October 8 Exam 3 Math 1310: Tuesday, November 27
Exam 4 Math 0300: Wednesday, October 17 Exam 4 Math 1310: Wednesday, December 5
Final Exam Math 0300: Monday, October 22 Final Exam Math 1310: Tuesday, December 11
MAKE-UP POLICY: There will be absolutely no make-up tests or quizzes. Any missed grades are recorded as zeroes, so
attendance counts (See Attendance Policy, a separate handout)! If you miss a test due to an emergency, you must notify me promptly
in writing with documented evidence. In such case, the final exam will be counted for the missing test.
ONLINE HOMEWORK: http://www.coursecompass.com You will need a MyMathLab student access code to be able to register.
You can get this by purchasing your textbook in the bookstore (it is packaged with the text) or purchasing the access code directly
from the website http://www.coursecompass.com using a major credit card. You will need your instructor’s Course ID number and
your school’s zip code (77002). You need your own e-mail address in order to complete the registration. This is the email account
you check most often. Don’t forget to record your exact login name and password for future logins. Check the syllabus for further
instructions. Please contact me immediately if you have any problems with the website. You may use your home computer or the
computers in the 8th Floor Computing Lab or 925N. You may also bring your laptop because UHD is wireless.
METHOD OF EVALUATION:
There are 600 points in each class, including 100 from MyMathLab homework, 300 from tests and 200 points for the final exam.
Your course grade is determined by how many points you can accumulate.
Three (3) of four major in-class exams at 100 points each will be counted. A scantron (which can be bought from the UHD
Bookstore) may be needed for at least one of these exams.
Another exam grade: Online homework assignments (MyMathLab) and any quizzes will be averaged together for a grade
counting 100 points. All online homework is due the day of the test. Those students completing the online homework on or
before the test day with an average of 90 or better will receive 5 points extra credit!
The final exam grade is worth 200 points (1/3 of your semester grade). The comprehensive final exam contains all multiple
choice questions to be taken on a scantron. If the final exam score is less than 50, regardless of the course average, a grade of “F”
will be given in Math 0300.
For Math 0300: 540 points and above A, 480-539 points B, 420-479 points C, and 419 points or below IP (In Progress)
For Math 1310: 540 points and above A, 480-539 points B, 420-479 points C, and 360-419 points D, and below 359 points F
The grades for Math 0300will appear on student transcripts, but will not be calculated into the GPA. Students not taking the final
exam will receive an “F” for the semester. Students violating the Math 0300 Attendance Policy will receive an “F” for the course,
regardless of their average. Students attending class but not making a genuine effort to pass (as evidenced by not turning in
assignments on time, not participating in class, not seeking help outside of class, etc.) will receive an “F” for the course, regardless of
A 3-ring binder to keep the textbook, all notes, homework, quizzes, and exams.
The Textbook (optional)
DROPPING THE COURSE: Please note that the last day to withdraw from a course with a grade of “W” is October 31 (6:00 pm).
If you do not complete the course requirements and do not officially withdraw, you will receive a grade of “F”. You cannot receive
the grade of “I” – Incomplete unless you have a documented personal emergency that prevents you from completing the last fraction
of the course. You must have a passing average on the work you have already completed to receive an “I”.
ATTENDANCE: An attendance policy is enforced for this course. Attendance will be taken on a daily basis, starting with week 3 of
long terms or day 4 of summer sessions. If a student misses the equivalent of more than 6 hours of class (2 weeks - 4 classes), the
instructor will notify the CMS department office and the student will be automatically assigned a course grade of "F". Also, a
"HOLD" will be placed on the student's academic record. The student must subsequently see an academic advisor to have the "HOLD"
removed. A student may petition to be reinstated after being assigned an automatic "F" by submitting a Request for Reinstatement
form together with documentation explaining his or her absences. This form can be obtained in the CMS department office in 705-S.
This request must be delivered to the chair of the CMS department. The student must also notify the instructor and give him or her a
copy of the petition. Both the student and the instructor will be notified of the final decision of the chair. The student should continue
to come to class and participate in all activities (including quizzes and tests) until a decision is reached. If the student's request is
denied, the student may continue attending class at the instructor's discretion; however, the student's final course grade of "F" cannot
be altered. Students who are attending class regularly, but still not passing the course, are strongly encouraged to continue attending
class and to participate in all activities (including quizzes/tests/final exam), as this will assist in preparing the student for the next
semester. If the student makes this effort, a grade of "IP" will be assigned. If you do not take the final exam you will receive a
grade of "F" for the course.
EXCESS COURSE ATTEMPTS: In accordance with state law, effective Fall 2004, UHD is charging a fee of $65 per semester
credit hour for enrollment in a developmental course after 18 hours of developmental work has already been attempted. Once 18
hours of developmental course work has been accumulated, registration in a development-al course will result in the additional charge.
An attempt is defined as an enrollment that results in a letter grade (including “S”, “U”, “IP”, and “W”). A developmental course is
defined as MATH 0300, MATH 1300, ENG 1300, ENG 130A, and RDG 1300.
HONESTY CODE: Please remember that as a member of the UHD academic community you are bound to observe the academic
honesty code in all your school work. A grade of “0” will be given for any course work where cheating is detected. Failure to report a
dishonest act is also categorized as “Academic Dishonesty” in the UHD Student Handbook.
SATISFACTORY PROGRESS POLICY FOR DEVELOPMENTAL COURSES:
PLACED ON ACADEMIC NOTICE (AN):
o If you receive an IP (In Progress) in this course, you may enroll in a maximum of 12 credit hours the next
semester (You must re-enroll in the same course until satisfactorily passed.).
o If you receive two or more IP’s in the same semester in different courses, you may enroll in a maximum of 9
credit hours the next semester (You must re-enroll in the same course until satisfactorily passed.).
PLACED ON DEVELOPMENTAL PROBATION (DP):
o If you receive an F in this course, or four IP’s over four semesters in the same course
You may enroll in a maximum of 9 credit hours the next semester (You must re-enroll in the same course
until satisfactorily passed).
You must also enroll in an extra course (Math 1201-Math Success Lab) to help you pass the developmental
course the next semester
You are required to meet with an assigned advisor on a regular schedule (at least 3 times during the
PLACED ON DEVELOPMENTAL ACADEMIC SUSPENSION (DS):
o If you earn two consecutive grades of F or a fifth IP in the same course
You cannot enroll at UHD for one long semester
You must reapply for readmission to UHD before you can enroll
THE APPEALS PROCESS - If you are placed on DS status and believe an exception should be made for you, then submit
in writing your reasons to your academic advisor (the Dean of University College will make the final decision).
STATEMENT ON REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS: UHD adheres to all applicable federal, state, and local laws,
regulations, and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students with
disabilities should be notified to register with Disabled Student Services (in S409) and contact the instructor in a timely manner to
arrange for appropriate accommodations. Whenever possible, and in accordance with 504/ADA guidelines, UHD will attempt to
provide reasonable academic adjustments/auxiliary aids to students who request and require them. Students may call 713-226-5227 for
MATH SUCCESS TIPS:
Be on time and attend every class session.
Do all assigned homework problems and review with the textbook problems for each section!!
Try not to fall behind. In fact, try to stay ahead!
Ask questions in class whenever you feel yourself starting to get lost!
Check the online grade book so that you are aware of your average throughout the semester.
Read the textbook (often more than one time) after I have introduced the lesson and before you start your homework – IT IS
VERY HELPFUL! Work through the examples and compare your solutions with the book.
Get in the habit of first writing the entire problem, and then clearly and legibly write each step in solving the problem and clearly
write out the solution. Writing helps catch faulty thinking!
Sit in the front of the class to avoid distraction.
Use the Math Lab (N-925) or the SI lab in S405 for tutoring with all homework.
Watch the videos for each section located in “Multimedia” of MyMathLab for review or additional explanation.
Become part of a small group (3-4) that meets to do homework together in the math lab and study for exams.
Obtain the phone number or email address of a classmate in case of absence to keep up with any assigned work or due dates.
Study for all tests – try preparing study sheets and reviewing with classmates.
Attend the Final Exam Review (usually on a Reading Day - to be announced later) and bring with you a hard copy of the review
with as many problems worked as possible.
Use my office hours for homework questions or academic questions as they arise.
Do not get up during class or leave early unless you inform the instructor ahead of time. Plan ahead - use the restroom, get water,
etc. before class begins or wait until it is over.
Please make a commitment to: 1) ATTEND class regularly
2) DO online homework @ 90% or better by the test date
3) COMPLETE the textbook homework by the test date
WHY? Because 90% of students who do the above three things PASS the class!!!