Algebraic Fundamentals Syllabus for 2020-2021
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Instructor Information

Phone

 

 

Office Location

Durrett Hall 205C

Office Hours

Remind App anytime before 8 pm.  

 

Course Information

COVID-19 Protocols

Recording Policy

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Administrative Drop Policy

Students who do not attend class on or prior to the census date will be administratively dropped. Effective Fall, 2016

Student Withdrawal Procedures

Students who wish to withdraw from a course must complete all steps indicated on the Academic Withdrawal Request form by the course withdrawal deadline.

NOTE: Students who are attending Texas institutions of higher education, for the first time fall 2007 and later, may not withdraw from more than six courses during their academic career. This withdrawal limitation does not include dual credit or developmental classes (Senate Bill 1231 Rule 4.10.) For more information on Drop and Withdrawal Policies, please visit the Registrar's Office Web site.

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Course

MATH-0314-LC5 Algebraic Fundamentals

Prerequisites

Corequisite: MATH 1314

Course Description

This course is designed as a corequisite, supplemental course for MATH 1314, College Algebra, whose area of study include applications of polynomial, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic functions, and systems of equations using matrices. This course does not transfer and is not applicable toward any degree.  The course supports students in developing skills, strategies, and reasoning needed to succeed in mathematics, including communication and appropriate use of technology. Topics include the study of numeracy and the real number system; algebraic concepts, notation, and reasoning; quantitative relationships; mathematical models; and problem solving.

Student ResourcesStudent Resources Website

Department Expectations

Occupational License Disclaimer

Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:

Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

Melodie Graves
Justice Involved Advocate
Student Service Center 117
mgraves24@actx.edu
806-371-5995
Make appointment at https://melodiegraves.youcanbook.me

You can also contact the Legal Clinic, or the faculty member in charge of the educational program that you seek to enroll in. The further information you will receive will include notification to you of your right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the licensing authority in order to clarify your particular situation.

Hours

(3 sem hrs; 3 lec, 1 lab)

Class Type

Tech Supported

Syllabus Information

Textbooks

Supplies


All supplies as required by Math 1314 instructor plus the ones listed below:

  • Pencils, erasers, highlighter and notebook paper
  • Access to computer and internet
  • Package of index cards
  • Graphing calculator or may download the calculator 84 app to your phone

Student Performance

After successfully completing Math 0314, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the following topics as evaluated by the faculty in the department/program:

  1. Use the language of algebra.
  2. Simplify algebraic expressions.
  3. Solve and graph linear equations and inequalities.
  4. Solve quadratic equations.
  5. Create and solve mathematical models.
  6. Use appropriate algebra terminology.
  7. Work problems related to:  relations and functions, inequalities and equations, factoring polynomials, rational expressions, quadratics, complex numbers, graph linear and nonlinear equations and inequalities.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at https://acconnect.actx.edu .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

For Spring II 2021, this course will be delivered in a tech-supported learning format. Not all outlined conditions below are possible with the spread of Covid-19 and AC responding to the CDC safety procedures. The WARE Underground is open on the Washington Street campus with computer access and tech support for your personal devices. 

Student Responsibilities:   Students are expected to be ON TIME, PREPARED and READY TO WORK, and PARTICIPATE DURING CLASS in a positive manner.  Students are expected to read the syllabus and are responsible for the information there.   Disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to the following: the use of cellular phones, texting, making offensive remarks, talking, use of personal music systems, doing other personal projects during class time, or engaging in any other form of distraction. For a full discussion of appropriate behavior and student responsibilities, please refer to the Student Rights & Responsibilities Handbook http://sites.actx.edu/catalog/notices/.  Students who fail to comply with the standards outlined in the syllabus and/or Student Rights & Responsibilities will be subject to disciplinary action. 

Food/Drink: It is the policy of the Mathematics & Engineering Department that food and drink be allowed in the classroom setting, at the instructor’s discretion. 

Phones/Pagers: It is the policy of the Mathematics & Engineering Department that cell phones and pagers must be turned off or in silent mode in the classrooms and the computer labs.  

Videos/Photos: Students must receive instructor consent before taking pictures or videos of the instructor's work or lessons.  

Guests/Children:  It is the policy of Amarillo College that only students enrolled in this course attend this course. During this time of COVID - 19, NO visitors will be allowed in the classroom for any reason, due to social distancing guidelines. 

Policy on Cheating and Plagiarism:  Plagiarism and cheating will not be tolerated in any math course at Amarillo College.  
Cheating includes, but is not limited to, copying from another student’s paper or using any unauthorized sources of information while taking an exam or quiz.  

Grading Criteria

Math 0314 and Math 1314 are linked together and known as a co-requisite pairing.  Successful completion of both courses is essential.  One course cannot be dropped without dropping both which might have serious financial aid consequences.  There are no grade recovery options and no extra credit opportunities in this course. If you score below 70 on a major exam in the Math 1314 course, you will be required to spend at least one hour receiving help in the Academic Success Center before you will be allowed to take the next exam. To earn credit, you must pass with a “C” or better average in both courses.  Each of the two classes will have course specific requirements; however, because Math 0314 and Math 1314 are fully integrated, major test grades from Math 1314, including the conditional final, will count in both course grade books.

COURSE COMPONENT

PERCENTAGES

GRADING SCALE

GRADE

Attendance

10%

90-90%

A

Homework

20%

80-89%

B

Chapter Test grades

5 @ 14% each

70%

70-79%

60-69%

C

D

 

 

Below 60%

F

If your average is less than 70 at the end of the 7th week, you will be required to  retake the Unit Test with the lowest grade.   This retake must be completed by the deadline set by your instructor.

Testing is not to be done during regular class time during Spring II , 2021.

Attendance/Participation:  You should be on time for class, prepared for class, and actively participate and be on task in class daily.  Students will be allowed to miss one class without penalty.  Starting with the second absence, five points will be deducted from the starting attendance/participation grade of 100 for each absence. Nonattendance will be recorded as an absence, and no differentiation will be made as to excused or unexcused absences. Students arriving more than 10 minutes late or leaving class early,  prior to instructor dismissal, will be marked absent.  

Activities/Participation:  Collaboration, discussion and communicating ideas are important for complete understanding of mathematical topics and are soft skills necessary for everyday life and career.

Attendance

Attendance:  Regular attendance is necessary for satisfactory achievement.  For specific attendance guidelines, see above under Grading Criteria.

It is your responsibility to know the policies and procedures associated with absences in each of your classes.  Students who enrolled in fall 2007 or later are permitted to drop no more than six courses during their entire undergraduate career.  This limit includes all transfer work at a Texas institution of higher education.

If for any reason you are unable to complete the six-hours of co-requisite coursework, the deadline for withdrawing from these courses is May 4, 2021.  Students now have to visit with the instructors and complete a withdrawal request form before being allowed to withdraw from a course.  It is the student's responsibility to obtain additional signatures and turn the form into the registrar once the instructors have signed it.  Deadline for letting me know you want to withdraw is 5:00pm on May 3, 2021.  If you stop attending class and your average drops below a 60 due to missed assignments and you do not officially withdraw from these courses by this deadline, you will receive an F in both courses.  Note:  Late withdrawals will NOT be granted under any circumstance.

Calendar

Tentative course calendar for Math 0314.  Any changes will be announced in class.

Week

Support Coursework for Math 1314 chapter/section

1

Orientation, Sections 1.1, 1.2, 1.3

2

Section 1.4, Unit 1 Review, Unit 1 Test,            Section 2.1, 2.2

3

Sections  2.3, 2.4,Unit 2 Review, Unit 2 Test

4

Sections 3.1, 3.2, 3.3

5

Section 3.4, Unit 3 Review, Unit 3 Test,          Sections 4.1, 4.2

6

Sections 4.3,  4.4 Unit 4 Review, Unit 4 Test,   Section 5.1

7

Section 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, Unit 5 Review, Unit 5 Test

8

Conditional Retake of Lowest Exam on MyMathLab

Additional Information

Tutoring and Testing for Math students:

  • Detailed instructions about tutoring options for Spring 2021 will be provided to you during the first week of class.

Amarillo College is committed to providing tutoring supports to all students.  The best tutoring resource is your teacher.  For additional Math assistance, the Academic Success Center is open 6 days each week (hours below) and SmarThinking, an online tutoring support system (link on the left of your course Blackboard shell) is available 24-hours a day and 7 days a week.

  Academic Success Center (Durrett 104)
  Monday - Thursday
  8:00am - 8:00pm
  Friday
  8:00am - 8:00pm
  Saturday
  9:00am - 8:00pm
 

371-5119

Hours subject to change with Covid-19

Final note:   These co-requisite courses require team work.  We all must work together as a team to be successful.  My part is to work closely together with your Math 1314 instructor to build foundational skills to support materials presented in your Math 1314 class. Your job is to be in class every class period, participate, do your assignments on time, and study for your exams.  We are here to help you, and you can be here to help each other as well.  If you have a problem, please bring it to me or to the group, so that we can work together to solve it.  You can succeed in the co-requisite courses, Math 0314 and Math 1314, if you will make the commitment of effort and time. 

 It is of great benefit to get to know your fellow students.  You may contact one another through the Remind app in the event you have questions or want to discuss an assignment or just ask another person a question.

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Syllabus Created on:

03/09/21 8:10 AM

Last Edited on:

03/09/21 8:30 AM