College Algebra Syllabus for 2021-2022
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MATH-1314-120 College Algebra


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.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


Back to Basics College Algebra Notebook (Available to print on Blackboard)

COVID 19 - UPDATE:  If you have not purchased a course notebook already, the contents you need will be available on Blackboard.  Access to a working computer is REQUIRED.



  • Access to a Computer
  • Graphing Calculator:  You are required to bring your calculator to EVERY class.  A TI-84 Plus calculator is preferred and will be used by the instructor.  No calculators with logic or factoring capabilities are allowed (TI-89, nspire).  Note:  TI-83 calculators do not have enough functionality for this course.
  • 3-ring Binder
  • Printed Course Documents From Blackboard
  • Dividers (Optional)
  • Pencils
  • Graph Paper & College Ruled Notebook Paper
  • Stapler
  • Amarillo College student I.D. (for testing and tutoring)
  • Optional - Colored Pens/Pencils for Note Taking

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

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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

Student Responsibilities:   Students are expected to be ON TIME, PREPARED with homework completed and ready to turn in, and PARTICIPATE DURING CLASS in a positive manner.  Students are expected to read the syllabus and to sign and turn in a course contract before the first exam can be taken by the student.  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 homework or 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  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. Food and drink are not allowed in the computer labs or in classrooms when laptop computers are in use by the student. 

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 the Mathematics & Engineering Department that only students enrolled in this course attend this course.  

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

Homework:  Expect to have homework assigned after the completion of each section.  The homework is to be printed off from Blackboard and kept in your notebook after being graded.  You will perform your homework on notebook paper with a pencil.  Homework will be graded as completion, but you must follow the guidelines as presented in class.  All homework answers are given for each section so you know if you got the question correct.  .  Homework will count as 15% of your grade.

Other Student Resources to get help with your math homework assignments: 

  1. Your instructor is your first, BEST resource for help.  Feel free to come to the office hours or make an appointment with your instructor.
  2. Free one-on-one tutoring at the Student Outreach Center in Durrett 104. You will need your AC ID  to sign in.  Hours: Mon-Fri 8am – 9pm, Sat 9am - 8pm, Sun closed.
    Free one-on-one tutoring at the Student Success Center in Moore County Room 116.  Hours:
    Both tutoring is available through Zoom.  The zoom link is the following:
  3. Smarthinking (outside of Amarillo College) online tutoring has qualified instructors available to assist you online.  There is a link in Blackboard.

Exam Reviews:  Reviews will be assigned before each major exam and will be turned in to the Math Testing Center prior to taking each exam.  Reviews will be graded on a completion basis.  Students will get credit for each problem done in pencil and completed with work shown and will receive no credit for those left undone, those with no work shown, or not completed according to the stated directions.  Students will not be allowed to take an exam without first turning in a COMPLETED exam review including all necessary work.  Late reviews will not be accepted after the exam due date.  

Exams: Five exams will be given and completed in the Math Testing Center outside of class time. No late exams will be given, no matter the reason.  The Math Testing Center rules are included at the end of the syllabus.  Students must show an Amarillo College ID and turn in an exam review before testing.  If you know in advance that you will be gone during the assigned exam dates, you MUST make arrangements with your instructor to take the exam early in the Math Testing Center.  At the end of the semester, if you miss an exam or score low on an exam you may replaced the score with the grade you make on the final exam.  All graded exams will be kept on file in your instructor's office. If you score below a 70 on any unit exam, you will be required to complete 1 hour of tutoring in the Math Academic Success Center ( before being allowed to take the next exam. 

Final Exam:  The final exam is optional under certain conditions.  Students may opt out of taking the comprehensive final exam if they have not missed any unit exams AND have an overall average greater than a 70.  If a student misses a unit exam, they will be required to take the comprehensive final exam to replace the missed exam grade.  Students with overall averages less than a 70 will be required to take the comprehensive final exam and the final will replace the lowest unit exam grade, even if the final is lower.  Students who have taken all exams and have an average greater than a 70, but wish to try and improve their average may also choose to take the final exam.  In this case, students will determine which unit exam grade will be replaced by the final exam.  The final exam will count even if the score is lower on the final than the original exam.  

Extra Credit: Extra credit will not be given.

Attendance:  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 three class days without penalty.  Starting with the fourth absence, five points will be deducted from the starting attendance/participation grade of 100 for each absence.  It is the responsibility of the student to make sure they are counted present.  Nonattendance will be recorded as an absence, and no differentiation will be made as to excused or unexcused absences.  Your attendance grade counts as 5% of your overall average.

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, and the homework average will count in both course gradebooks.

Grading Policy:


Grading Scale:




90 - 100%


Exam Reviews 


80 - 89%


Unit Exams (5 @14% each)


70 - 79%




60 - 69%




below 60%



*If my cumulative average is less than 70% at the time of the final or if I missed a unit exam, I will be required to take the final which will replace my lowest unit test score.

Last Day To Replace an Exam: Wednesday, July 27, 2022.

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, focus problems, and reviews, and come to tutoring or to my office for help.  I look forward to working together this semester!


Attendance:  Regular attendance is necessary for satisfactory achievement.  Therefore, it is the responsibility of the student to attend class and be on time for daily attendance check.  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.  If you are absent for any reason, YOU are responsible for obtaining the assignments and notes. The deadline for dropping this course is Wednesday, July 20, 2022. 

Students now have to visit with the instructor and complete a drop 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 instructor has signed it.  Deadline for letting me know you want to drop is 5:00pm on Monday, July 18, 2022.  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 and Homework Assignments (subject to change at any time by your instructor)

Week 1:  Orientation, Sections 1.1, 1.2, 1.3

Week 2:  Sections 1.4, 2.1, 2.2

Week 3:  Sections 2.3, 2.4, 3.1 Unit 1 Test

Week 4:  Sections 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 Unit 2 Test

Week 5:  Sections 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 Unit 3 Test

Week 6:  Sections 4.4, 5.1, 5.2 Unit 4 Test

Week 7:  Sections 5.3, 5.4

Week 8:  Unit 5 Test, Conditional Final Exam

Additional Information

Math Testing Lab(Durrett 103)

Outreach Center (Durrett 104)
Monday - Thursday Monday - Thursday
8:00am - 10:00pm 8:00am - 8:00pm
Friday Friday
8:00am - 8:00pm 8:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday Saturday
9:00am - 8:00pm 9:00am - 8:00pm
371-5088 371-5119


  • Books can be placed in the bookshelf before you request a test but Amarillo College is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • An Amarillo College picture ID is required in order to take a test in the Math Lab. 
  • Once you have begun work on a test that is considered one attempt. You cannot leave the Math Lab and return to finish that test at a later time.
  • In the testing room, please do not sit by someone with the same colored test. All purses must be on the floor.
  • The Math Lab will not hand out a test less than one hour before closing time.
  • The Math Lab personnel will pick up your test five minutes prior to closing time.
  • The Math Lab hours are posted on the outside door and in this syllabus.
  • Please come prepared. If you do not have a pencil, you may purchase one from the Math Lab for 25 cents.  Please bring exact change. Pens are not allowed on any test.
  • Childcare arrangements must be made prior to testing. Children may not accompany students into testing room or be left unattended anywhere on campus.
  • Cell phones must be turned off as not to disturb other students who are testing. 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!

Syllabus Created on:

05/18/22 2:52 PM

Last Edited on:

05/18/22 2:56 PM