Policies and Procedures Intermediate Algebra - TRS 92 Winter 2010 Student’s 900 Number: _________________________ Instructor Information CRN Instructor Leslie Goldstein Office Jones 108 Phone 247-7161 E-mail Goldstein_l@fortlewis.edu Personal web page Office Hours 10-11 MW, 12:30-3 T NOTE: Course Syllabus is published in a separate document. The Syllabus will be given to students on the first day of class and posted on your instructor’s website. Course Description Intermediate Algebra provides review and instruction in college preparatory mathematics for students with deficiencies or apprehensions concerning required entrance-level mathematics courses. The instructor will use a combination of lecture, problem-solving skills, group work and individualized assistance. Students will be substantially involved in the instructional process through class participation, problem solving, and completing homework, in-class activities, and group work. Student work will include writing, as well as doing calculations. Throughout the course, topics such as number systems, algebraic expressions, algebraic properties, and algebraic manipulations will be learned to solve and graph linear and quadratic functions, equations and inequalities; applications will be included. Credit for this class does not count toward the minimum semester credits required for a degree. Prerequisites: Students must have successfully completed at least the equivalent of Algebra I and have been placed in TRS 92 as a result of the FLC Math Placement. Challenging your placement: If you feel you have been placed into this course inappropriately, you may challenge your placement by taking the Accuplacer Exam. There is a $20 fee and you must have a photo ID and a #2 pencil. Individual appointment can be made, but consultation of the schedule is recommended. Questions can be answered by calling or emailing the Testing Center at 970-382-6938 or email@example.com. Required Materials Intermediate Algebra through Applications, Geoffrey Akst/Sadie Bragg, Pearson Addison Wesley, 2006. A TI-83, TI-83 Plus, or TR-84 Graphics Calculator is required; a TI-85, TI-86 TI-89, or TI-92 will be prohibited. A 2-inch, 3-ring binder/notebook with 5 tab dividers. Access code to Math XL A commitment of at least 2 - 3 hours/day of your time and effort outside of class along with active participation in class. Grade Composition Exams There will be 6 exams. The first five exams will be given in the regular classroom at your regular class time. Make-up Exams: Tests cannot be made up. Corrections must be made on all tests. With any grade of less then 74% on a test, you must go to the ALGEBRA ALCOVE for corrections. The sixth exam will be the final exam. The final exam MUST be taken during the specified TRS 92 Common Exam time, which is Wednesday April 28th at 4:30 P.M. A 3x5 index card is permitted on the final exam. Your final exam location will be announced later. The final exam can be taken only on the day it is scheduled. NO EXCEPTIONS!! FINAL EXAM: Wednesday, April 28th , 4:30-6:30 pm. Homework/ Twelve homework assignments will be graded. The lowest two grades will be dropped. In-class Homework will not be accepted except on the date it is due - NO EXCEPTIONS! All work Activities/ must be shown, if credit is expected. Answers alone are not acceptable. Homework will be Quizzes due the next class period after it is assigned, unless otherwise specified and late homework will not be accepted. Writing There will be several writing assignments throughout the semester. These assignments will focus on study skills and course content. Your instructor will review the assignments and grading criteria. Portfolio See the Portfolio sheet attached. Math XL Math XL assignments are a required part of your grade. Access codes for Math XL are included in your textbook when purchased new at the book store. If you purchase your textbook on line, or used, you may be required to purchase an access code on line. Information is included in an attached sheet. Credit does not count toward graduation or GPA. However, a student must obtain a grade of “C-" or above to be allowed to advance to the next course and to satisfy the Colorado Assessment Law. There are external consequences to be considered if a grade of “D” or lower is earned. Some of the consequences may include financial aid, academic standards, NCAA eligibility, and housing. How your final grade will be Exams 50% determined Written Assignments 30% Math XL Assignments 15% Portfolio 5% Grade Cut-offs 100 - 92 % A (If a student earns a “D” or 91 - 83 % B “F” as a final grade, he/she 82 - 74 % C will not be allowed to enroll 73 - 60 % D in the next higher-level math 59 % or below F class. TRS 92 must be repeated.) Last Day to Drop with a “W” The last day that you can drop with a grade of W is Monday March 8th . It is your responsibility to discuss a grade of W with your instructor. After March 8th dropping the class will result in a grade of F. Learning Grade Policy See the Learning Grade Policy letter attached. Class Policies Attendance It is very important that you come to class and actively participate every day. Students who miss class may not make up any in-class exercises or activities, quizzes, or exams. Students who miss more than 6 class periods during the term will receive an F. He/she will NOT have the opportunity to receive a “W” as a final grade in the class. There is no difference between an “excused” absence and an “unexcused” absence. However, students who know they must miss class due to school sponsored activities or religious holidays should discuss this matter with the instructor at least one week in advance so that appropriate arrangements can be made. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure the instructor of the class has received such notification. You can contact your instructor by e-mail, voice mail, and, of course, by going to his/her office to make the necessary arrangements. Tardy Tardy arrivals and early departures will affect your attendance, at your instructor’s Behavior/ discretion. An absence may be recorded if a student leaves for any amount of time Leaving during the class period. Class Incompletes Incompletes will only be given under very special circumstances, upon the decision of the instructor Teaching A Teaching Assistant (TA) may grade your homework assignments and portfolios in Assistants this class. This TA is a student who has qualified for this position by completing this class with a B+ or better and being recommended by an instructor. He or she has signed a confidentiality agreement pledging not to discuss information about the work he or she sees to anyone other than the instructor. TA’s are also not allowed to grade the work of students with whom they have a personal relationship. If you have concerns about a TA grading your work, please contact your instructor. If you ever have questions about a grade on an assignment, you must bring it to your instructor’s attention immediately upon having the assignment returned to you. Cell Phone Cell phone usage is NOT allowed in the classroom. They are to be turned off before Use class starts and not turned on again until class ends. You are especially not allowed to use them during any exam. Foundation At the end of the first week of the term, all TRS 92 students will be given a test on the Skills “must have” skills. Students who do not pass at a level of 80% in each category will be Requirement given two choices: to take TRS 82 or to remediate their skills. This will take the form of a self-guided packet. Students will be required to satisfactorily complete the packet within 3 weeks or have their final grade dropped by a letter grade. The remediation will also require visits to the Algebra Alcove. Learning Support Office Hours Your instructor is your best resource. Go to office hours. Ask questions. Algebra The Algebra Alcove is located in Jones Hall147. It is staffed with math instructors to Alcove answer your questions. The current schedule is posted on the door and on the FMP web page. Please bring your 900 number. You need it to check in. Writing The Writing Center is located in Jones Hall105B. It is staffed with writing instructors Center and trained peer tutors. They provide assistance with reading and writing. Instructor Your instructor’s web page provides important resources for students. Web page College Policies Disabilities Students with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations to fully participate in course activities or meet course requirements are requested to bring their letter of accommodation to the instructor as soon as possible. Students can pick up their letters through the Coordinator of Disability Services at the Academic Success Program, 280 Noble Hall, 247 -7459. Academic Our course is an academic community that is bound together by the traditions and Honesty practice of scholarship. Honest, intellectual work – on examinations and on written assignments – is essential to the success of our own community of scholars. Using classmates’ responses to answer exam questions or disguising works written by others as your own undermines the trust and respect on which our course depends. When you work with others, which is encouraged in many situations, it is important that they are given credit for any written work they did. The work in this course is challenging and will demand a good deal of each of you. I have every confidence that each of you can succeed. Doing your own work will enhance your sense of accomplishment. Academic honesty is taken very seriously. Any students caught cheating will automatically fail the course and be reported to the Academic Vice President for additional sanctions. Dishonest work includes, but is not limited to, submitting papers that are identical in wording even if you worked together, submitting exams where answers are obviously copied, signing into class for somebody else, submitting someone’s work as your own, and borrowing someone’s calculator during an exam whereby the answers may be located in the calculator’s storage. Drug and Increasing concern about the effects of the use and abuse of alcohol and other substances alcohol requires a reminder that attending class under the influence of alcohol or other substance is detrimental to academic achievement and effective classroom activities and will not be tolerated. You must read and understand the above policies and procedures. Your signature will be required on a separate piece of paper acknowledging that you understand what you have read, and what will be enforced during this course.