Spring 04 MTH 090-Basic Mathematics Instructor: Instructor Office: Phone: Email: Information To contact adjunct instructors, leave a message in his/her mailbox on the second floor at the Martin Campus. Course & Section MTH 090- Class Days/Time Class Location This course is the first course in a two-course sequence (MTH 090-098). These developmental courses are a review of arithmetic and algebra and are designed to help students develop mathematical proficiencies necessary for selected curriculum Course entrance. MTH 090 is designed for students who lack sufficient arithmetic skills to Description take MTH 098. Topics include order of operations, fractions, decimals, ratio, and proportion, percent, measurement, geometry topics, and signed numbers. Calculators are encouraged. Interactive Mathematics (IM), Prealgebra The purchase price for this instructional material gives you 1) a license to access the software used in MTH 090 2) a multimedia software CD to be used anytime, anywhere 3) a supporting textbook which includes your homework assignments Textbook 4) access to technical support on the internet at www.academic.com or by calling toll-free 1-800-681-4357. In selecting this instructional material, the Math Department at Shelton State has tried to keep the cost to the student at a minimum and to provide the best state of the art instruction for you in MTH 090. If you should repeat the course, your access license may be used again; however, it is not transferable to anyone else. Three-ring, loose-leaf notebook, a MTH 090 packet (only at Shelton State bookstore), Required Supplies and earphones Suggested We recommend the TI-30X IIS calculator. Graphing calculators are not needed. supplies MTH 090 Web Site http://faculty.sheltonstate.edu/~chowington MTH 090 MTH 090 Coordinator: Channing Howington Coordinator Office: Martin 2737 Phone: 205-391-2256 Email: email@example.com Information Division Chair Department chairperson: Nancy Freeman Information Office: Martin 2740 Phone: 205-391-2921 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org The Standard College Policies apply to all classes at the college and are a part of every official course syllabus; a copy is given to each student at registration. Standard College Additional copies are available at the college libraries or at www.sheltonstate.edu. It Policies is the responsibility of the student to have a copy of these policies and to abide by them. This class Syllabus is intended to give further detail about the policies and expectations in this class. Students are expected to attend all classes and to remain in class for the entire time. Attendance Policy The instructor will keep a record of attendance. Students should refer to the Standard College Policies sheet for additional information. Academic See the Standard College Policies sheet for the college requirements regarding Misconduct academic misconduct. Policy /Penalties Comprehensive All tests and quizzes are comprehensive. Testing MTH 090 is a pass/fail course. Grading Grades: S(satisfactory) if average is 80 or above and U(unsatisfactory) otherwise To receive your final grade, call (205) 391-2900 or go to www.sheltonstate.edu five days after the end of the semester. Extra Credit This assignment is optional. If you are interested, the assignment can be found on Assignment the MTH 090 web site. Dates Classes Do Jan. 19, Feb. 19-20, Mar. 29-31, Apr. 1-2 Not Meet Last Day To April 30, 2004 Withdraw LEARNING CENTER (Room 2456): For questions concerning homework assignments, test preparation, or review, the Learning Center provides lab Tutoring assistants. All help is free. A schedule of math tutoring hours will be available in the Learning Center. Percentage of Grade Test 1 12% Test 2 12% Test 3 12% Test 4 12% Quiz Average 12% Final Exam 40% 100% TEST/QUIZ TAKING POLICIES: 1. All tests/quizzes must be taken at SSCC. All tests/quizzes must be taken when an instructor or lab assistant is present. NO exceptions. 2. Tests/Quizzes may be taken prior to the scheduled date published on the class outline or on the published date. Permission of instructor is required. 3. Tests may only be taken ONE TIME. Tests must be taken within one week of the scheduled test date on the syllabus. 4. If a test/quiz is missed and extenuating circumstances such as illness, death in the immediate family, or certain legal obligations CAN BE DOCUMENTED, a make-up test/quiz should be scheduled with the instructor. If any absence from a test/quiz is NOT caused by documented extenuating circumstances, then a grade of a zero (0) will be recorded for that test/quiz. 5. Students must have the instructor’s or lab assistance’s signature on every test/quiz paper. No signature could result in a grade of zero being recorded. 6. Students are not allowed to have notes, textbooks, or any other aids at the computer when taking tests. Papers must be blank at the beginning of the test. NO assistance is allowed during a test. No talking is allowed during a test. Failure to follow any of the testing procedures could result in a loss of points on that test. 7. All computer quizzes must be taken on or before the scheduled test date including make-up quizzes that are missed due to extenuating circumstances. Instructor's or lab assistant's signature is required on all computer quiz papers. 8. Computer quizzes may be retaken a maximum of three (3) times within the guidelines stated above. The three (3) attempts include each time a student enters a quiz for practice or to take as a test. Practice counts. If a student takes a computer quiz more than 3 times, the grade on the third attempt will be recorded as the grade on that quiz. 9. Computer quizzes may be retaken on the same day but only AFTER the assigned lesson in IM is completed. 10. Students may use notes, textbook or ask the instructor questions when taking computer quizzes. 11. If a student leaves an answer blank or puts the wrong letter on a test/quiz, the problem is graded as wrong. Students must check their work carefully before exiting. If there is a discrepancy between the student’s grade on the computer and the grade on the test/quiz paper, the computer grade is recorded. 12. Students may NOT work together on quizzes or tests unless directed to do so by the instructor. 13. Students are expected to use the computer to correct each test or quiz question. These corrections should be clearly shown on the test paper. Failure to do so could result in a loss of points on that test/quiz score. 14. Each test/quiz paper must have student's name, date, test name, quiz name, attempt number, number correct, number incorrect, and percent score. Failure to do so could result in a loss of points on that test/quiz. 15. Students who do not correctly EXIT the software program receive a grade of zero (0) on that test/quiz. 16. Board quizzes may be given during the class with or without prior notification. These quizzes may NOT be retaken. At least one board quiz will be dropped. If a board quiz is missed due to extenuating circumstances and the extenuating circumstances can be documented, the student will have the option of dropping that quiz or taking a make-up. Board quizzes will be averaged and count as one quiz grade. 17. Calculators are allowed on every computer test/quiz; calculators are NOT allowed on board quizzes. Students may not share calculators during tests/quizzes. 18. The final exam is comprehensive and can only be taken ONE TIME. No exceptions. 19. Each student is required to maintain a notebook. Notebooks should be divided into the following 4 sections: Syllabus/Standard Course Policies/Calendar/Grade Sheet, Vocabulary/IM Notes, Homework/Worksheets, and Quizzes/Tests. 20. Notebooks will be graded using a variety of methods. Notebook grades will be averaged and count as one quiz grade. 21. Students are expected to complete the work assigned in IM. IM participation will be averaged and count as one quiz grade. 22. Students who are having difficulty with the material or the class design are encouraged to talk with their instructor. Tips for Survival in MTH 090 1. Even though the computer is used for primary instruction, the instructor is there to instruct. If you have questions, please ask the instructor. If you need help working a problem, ask the instructor. If you feel lost, talk with the instructor. 2. Taking notes is very important. When taking notes and defining vocabulary words, write down example problems. When you go to study, the only notes you will have are the notes that you have taken while working in IM. 3. Yes, MTH 090 uses multimedia computer learnware. Yes, it is a nontraditional way of teaching. However, as a math student, you are expected to use pencil/paper. We expect you to work problems with pencil/paper not in your head. Work problems step by step and SHOW YOUR WORK. 4. Use earphones. Use earphones. Use earphones. 5. Take the review test before each test. 6. Successful students attend class, keep an organized notebook, take notes, do homework, and ask LOTS of questions.