College Algebra Syllabus for 2020-2021
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Instructor Information

Office Location

Engineering Hall  E205B

Office Hours

MTWR:  7:30 am - 8:00 am, other times by appointment

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

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Course

MATH-1314-LC1 College Algebra

Prerequisites

Prerequisite:Scores on a state-approved test indicating college-level math skills Corequisite: MATH 0314

Course Description

In-depth study and applications of polynomial, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic functions, and systems of equations using matrices. Additional topics such as sequences, series, probability and conics may be included.

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)

Class Type

Tech Supported

Syllabus Information

Textbooks

College Algebra, 7th ed.
Authors:  Blitzer, Robers
(Pearson Education Publishers)

Note:  The physical textbook for this course is optional.  Daily homework will be completed online using MyMathLab, where an electronic version of the text is accessible. 

Supplies

Calculator:  Students will need a graphing calculator for this course.  The recommended calculator is a Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus.  Other forms of Texas Instruments or Casio graphing calculators or phone apps will be permitted at the instructors discretion.  Note that no TI-89s or TI-Nspires will be permitted during the exams.

Internet:  You need access to reliable internet service to access the class on a daily basis.  (If your internet service is interrupted, it is also a good idea to have a back up plan for accessing the internet elsewhere so that you can complete your school work!)

Electronic Devices:  You will need a working laptop, computer, tablet, or phone with a functioning camera to participate in remote class meetings, watch recordings, if you wish, and complete online homework, reviews and tests.  You will also need access to a reliable printer to produce class notes and other materials.  (Computers and printers are available for student use in the Underground in the WARE Building on the Washington Street Campus.  Every student has $20 pre-loaded onto their student ID to cover printing costs!)

Helpful Apps:  If you plan to attend remote meetings using your phone, please download the Zoom app.  Also download the free CamScanner app to use to convert pictures of your handwritten work to pdf form.

MyMathLab:  Students must have access to MyMathLab by purchasing the student access kit from the Amarillo College Bookstore. 

Student Performance

Learning Objectives: After completing this course, the student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the following topics as evaluated by the faculty in the department/program:

  1. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of properties of functions, including domain and range, operations, compositions, and inverses.
  2. Recognize and apply polynomial, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic functions and solve related equations.
  3. Apply graphing techniques.
  4. Evaluate all roots of higher degree polynomial and rational functions.
  5. Recognize, solve and apply systems of linear equations using matrices.

The following Developmental Math topics will be imbedded in this College Algebra course:  Fractions; Factoring; Rules for Exponents; Factor expansion:  distribution, foil, conjugates; Order of Operations; Radical and Complex Numbers; Completing the Square; and other topics as needed.

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

First Day of Class:  This class will meet remotely on MTWR using Zoom promptly at 7:30AM.  To access the meeting on the first day of class, please go to following link:  https://actx-edu.zoom.us/j/4989080733 .

Zoom Class Etiquette:  

  1. DO turn your camera on – at least to say hello!  You may turn it off during instruction if you prefer. 
  2. DO mute your mic during instruction.  Turn it on to respond to questions.
  3. DO use the chat room to talk to each other, answer questions, and share files. 
  4. DO use emoji buttons to react to instruction and discussion in class.
  5. DO bring your pets to class.  Furry faces decrease stress and make class fun! 
  6. DO let your family members pop in and say hello!  (But turn your mic off if they get too noisy in the background!)
  7. DO stay in the Zoom Room when class is over if you have a question or need to speak with me individually.
  8. DO turn your camera and mic on when you join the Breakout Rooms.
  9. DO wear appropriate clothing to class.
  10.  DO NOT leave the meeting prior to dismissal unless you have special permission from me.

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.  On the first day of class, you will be required to sign and date a Course Contract. Included in the contract is the following statement: "I fully understand that if I cheat, or attempt to cheat, on any test I will receive an automatic “F” in the course.  This grade will go on my permanent transcript and cannot be removed.  Cheating includes the use of cell phone calculators, the illegal use of books, notes, cell phones, and copying. Cheating also includes helping, or attempting to help, other students to cheat on a test."   You will not be allowed to take your tests until this contract is signed and on file in your instructor's office.   Please Note: NO CELL PHONES in the Testing Room. If we see your cell phone out AT ANY TIME, FOR ANY REASON, while in the testing room, YOU WILL RECEIVE an "F" for the course!

Grading Criteria

Grading Policy:  Your grade (90-100% A, 80-89% B, 70-79% C, 60-69% D, less than 60 F) will be determined using the following weights:

Category

Percentage of Total Grade

Attendance (Includes on-campus and remote)

5%

Online Homework (Drop 2 lowest grades)

20%

Online Reviews (No drop grades)

5%

Online Exams (5 Exams, no drops)

70%

Lecture Notes:  Prior to attending class each day, be sure and get a copy of the class notes.  We will go through the notes each day in class.  

Online Homework:  All homework will be completed online using the MyMathLab website.  Help buttons will be available for each problem in MyMathLab, and you may rework problems multiple times until you get the correct answer.  You may continue working on all the assignments for the week until the assigned due date for each assignment.  No late homework will be accepted. These MyMathLab Due dates will be posted on the class schedule in Blackboard and also on the MyMathLab website.  Though this homework will be submitted online, I strongly recommend that you keep an organized log of written work to accompany each homework assignment to better learn the process of solving problems.  

Online Test Reviews:  Reviews will be assigned on MyMathLab before each major exam.  Each review functions as a practice exam.  Expect your grade on the exam to be similar to your grade on the review.  Keep in mind that you may work the review problems multiple times to keep improving your grade and to better prepare for the exam. Your College Algebra Test Revies Form must be submitted on Google Classroom.  (Take a clear picture of each page of your Test Form using the CamScanner app.  Convert the pictures of your work to a single pdf document, and upload to Google Classroom.  Don't worry!  I will walk you through this process step by step on the first week of class.)   No late reviews will be accepted.

Exams:  Five unit exams will be given on MyMathLab.  In addition to entering your answers on MyMathLab, you will be required to show work for each test problem using a form printed from Blackboard.  MyMathLab will automatically score your answers, and then you will need to upload your written work to Google Classroom.  Ten points will be automatically deducted if you submit your work on any other paper than the test form provided in Blackboard.  Your College Algebra Test Form must be submitted on Google Classroom.  (Take a clear picture of each page of your Test Form using the CamScanner app.  Convert the pictures of your work to a single pdf document, and upload to Google Classroom.  Don't worry!  I will walk you through this process step by step on the first week of class.)  Due dates for exams are posted in the class schedule in Blackboard and also on MyMathLab, and no late exams will be accepted.   If you do not submit written work for any unit exam, you will not have access to the next exam until you submit the required written work.  If you do not submit said work before the due date of the subsequent exam, you will not be allowed to take that subsequent exam until Week 6.

Mandatory Tutoring:  If you score below a 70 on any unit exam, you will be required to complete and submit a test correction form and complete one hour of tutoring before taking the next exam.  Tutoring may be completed on campus in the Academic Success Center for Math or remotely by joining https://zoom.us/j/541139851.  Use the Meeting ID:  541 139 851.  Test corrections will be due 2 days after the test is due.  Your Test corrections will be placed in Google Classroom.  Note that you will not have access to the next exam unless your written work and corrections have been submitted for the previous exam.

Low Exam Retake:  At the end of the semester, if your average is less than 70 or you did not complete a unit exam, you will be required to retake your lowest unit exam on MyMathLab.  If your average is higher than 70 but you wish to improve your grade, you will also be given the opportunity to retake your lowest exam on MyMathLab.  However, if your average is 70 or above AND you are content with your grade, you will not be required to retake any unit exam.         

Extra Credit: Extra credit will not be given.

Note:  Math 1314 and Math 0314 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 extra credit opportunities in this course.  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 gradebooks.

Teamwork: These co-requisite courses require team work.  We will all work together as a team to be successful.  My part is to present the material to you in an organized manner and to teach you.  My part is to also work closely together with your Math 0314 instructor who will build foundational skills to help support the materials presented in our Math 1314 class.  Your part is to come to class, do your homework, and reviews, and come to tutoring or to my office for help.  I look forward to working together this semester.

Attendance

Attendance:  Attendance will be taken every day at the beginning of each remote class, so please be on time.  If you are late or you leave the meeting early without prior permission, you will be counted absent for the day.  You are allowed to miss one day without penalty.  For every absence after the first, 5 points will be deducted for your attendance grade.

The deadline to drop this course is Thursday, June 24, 2021.  To complete the drop process, you must submit your drop form to me by noon on June 23 and submit it to the Registrar that day.  If you stop attending class and your average drops below a 60 due to missed assignments and you do not officially drop the course by this deadline, you will receive an F for the course.  

Note:  Late drops will NOT be given under any circumstance.

Calendar

Tentative Schedule (subject to change at any time by your instructor)

Week 1:  Orientation, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4

Week 2:  1.4, Unit 1 Test, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3

Week 3:   2.3, 2.4, Unit 2 Test, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3

Week 4:   3.4, Unit 3 Test, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3

Week 5:   4.4, Unit 4 Test, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4

Week 6:   5.4, Unit 5 Test, Conditional Unit Exam Retake

Additional Information

BLACKBOARD

Students will be required to login to Blackboard via the AC Connect portal on a regular basis to check e-mail, course announcements, grades, and course materials. To get into Blackboard, go to www.actx.edu and click the AC Connect portal.  Log in to Blackboard.  Once you have logged in, you should see our class listed on your home page. If you need help logging into the site, contact Ask AC at (806) 371-5000

GETTING STARTED WITH GOOGLE CLASSROOM

To register for Google Classroom, where you will submit your notes for a grade, do the following:
     1.)  Go to classroom.google.com
     2.)  Click the plus (+) in the upper right hand corner.
     3.)  Select the option to "Join class."
     4.)  Be sure to log in with your official amarillocollege.com email address.  (You will not be able to join the class if you are logged in with any other email address.)
     5.)  Enter the class code uk47hha.  You're done!

GETTING STARTED WITH MYMATHLAB

  1. Log into your Blackboard course.  
  2. Click the MyMathLab link at the left of the page.
  3. Review the license agreement and privacy policy and click I Accept.
  4. If you already have a Pearson account, log in with your username and password.  If not, click Create and follow the instructions.
  5. Select an access option:
    • Enter the student access code from your MyMathLab kit purchased from the AC Bookstore,
    • Pay for access directly online,
    • Or, choose to obtain temporary free access for 14 days.
  6. From the You’re Done page, click Go to My Courses.  You'll also get a confirmation email.

TUTORING:  Tutoring may be completed in the Academic Success Center for Math in person on campus (Durrett Hall Room 104) or virtually by Zoom.  To join an ongoing Zoom Meeting for tutoring, go to  https://zoom.us/j/541139851.  Use the Meeting ID:  541 139 851

Outreach Tutoring Center Hours
Monday - Thursday
8:00am - 8:00pm
Friday
8:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday
9:00am - 8:00pm
371-5119

Syllabus Created on:

05/21/21 2:28 PM

Last Edited on:

05/21/21 3:07 PM