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Syllabus for Algebra and Geometry
COURSE DESCRIPTION
Topics include problemsolving, inductive reasoning, informal geometry, linear
equations involving distributive property,
and introduction to polynomials and exponents . (330) Course requires
registration in corequisite computer laboratory
course Math 0001.
COURSE PREREQUISITES
Math 0300 or 0310 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
At the successful completion of this course, you should be able to demonstrate
the following student learning outcomes:
1. Demonstrate critical thinking skills when analyzing an answer to determine
that it makes sense.
2. Employ critical thinking skills to construct the appropriate process involved
in working a problem.
3. Illustrate the correct use of various properties of real numbers.
4. Implement the proper action plan to solve linear equations and inequalities.
5. Assess and manage the various proper operations on polynomials .
COURSE OBJECTIVES
During this course you will be engaged in addressing the following course
objectives:
1. Solving word problems involving integers, fractions, decimals , and percents.
2. Evaluating variable expressions .
3. Simplifying algebraic expressions involving integral exponents.
4. Simplifying algebraic expressions involving the use of the distributive
property and combining like terms
(addition, subtraction , multiplication, and division).
5. Solving linear equations in one variable using more than one operation and
the distributive property.
6. Solving linear inequalities .
7. Solving literal equations.
8. Performing operations on polynomials (addition, subtraction, multiplication ,
and division).
9. Using critical thinking to determine if an answer makes sense.
10. Using critical thinking to determine the appropriate process involved in
working a problem.
TEXTBOOKS AND REQUIRED MATERIALS
Beginning and Intermediate Algebra, 2nd Edition by Miller/O’Neill/Hyde. McGraw
Hill, 2008. (Required)
MathZone Software (Provided by the Math Lab)
Scientific Calculator (Required)
PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENTS
The final grade will be determined by performance on four unit tests, laboratory
assignments, and a comprehensive final
examination. The lab average will constitute 20% of the final grade. The average
of the unit test scores and the final
examination score will comprise 80% of the final grade. The following scale will
be used in assigning grades:
A: 90%  100%
B: 80%  89%
C: 70%  79%
D: Not applicable to this course
F: Failure to attend class and/or clearly makes no effort
I: Passing, but did not complete all required work (one test, final examination,
etc.). (Work must be completed
within 120 days or the grade is changed to an F .)
IP: Completed all course work but failed to attain an average of 70%; the
student should repeat the course. (no GPA
penalty).
STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES
A. Attendance
Regular and punctual class and laboratory attendance, day and/or evening, is
required. A student who is absent for any
reason will be allowed to do makeup work at the discretion of the instructor. A
student will be held responsible for lecture
materials when covered on subsequent examinations. An excused absence will apply
only to a student representing the
school in an official capacity approved by the administration. Absences of a
student are recorded from the official date of
enrollment in the class. A student who has accumulated absences equivalent to
two (2) weeks of instruction may be
dropped by the instructor after the census date. If a student is dropped
from a class for excessive absences, the
instructor will record a grade of “WN” (Withdrew for nonattendance).
B. Tardiness
Since tardiness is a form of absenteeism, the instructor may establish a policy
regarding tardiness.
C. Plagiarism
In conjunction with The Student Code of Conduct, “scholastic dishonesty
involving, but not limited to, cheating on a test,
plagiarism and collusion” are a violation and will not be tolerated. Students
may be subject to disciplinary proceedings resulting
in an academic penalty or disciplinary penalty for academic dishonesty. Academic
Dishonesty includes, but is not limited to,
cheating on a test, plagiarism and collusion.
D. ADA Statement for Students Requiring Special
Accommodations
As per Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990,
if special accommodations are needed by any St. Philip's College student, please
contact the office of Educational Support
Services, at (210) 5313512, located in the Norris Technical Building, Room 106.
LABORATORY ASSIGNMENTS: There will be a battery of weekly computer lab
assignments. Assignments
will be due either on a weekly or test basis. Each instructor will determine how
the lab average is computed. The
lab average will constitute 20% of the final grade.
TEST POLICY: Each instructor will establish a testing policy.
Departmental retests are no longer available.
SOFTWARE POLICY: When a student uses a campus computer, he/she indicates
acceptance of the College’s
acceptable use guidelines. Among other provisions, these include a prohibition
against any downloading, installing, or
illegal copying of any commercial software.
TUTORING: In addition to receiving in and outofclass help from the
instructor, students may obtain assistance in
Mathematics Lab, NTB 307 or in Educational Support Services, NTB 116. There is
no charge for these services.
METHOD OF INSTRUCTION : Lecture, group activities, and other activities.
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