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ELEMENTARY_ALGEBRA_SYLLABUS
DSPM 0800
ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA
SYLLABUS AND STUDENT RULES
I. Course Description
An introduction to algebra course . Topics include the
fundamental operations of real numbers ,
polynomials, exponents, factoring, ratio , proportion, linear equations and
applications, single
variable inequalities, evaluating algebraic expressions, solving quadratic
equations by factoring
and introduction to graphing. Prerequisite: DSPM 0700 or equivalent skills.
II. Course Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student
should be able to:
1. Simplify expressions using multiple algebraic operations.
2. Solve linear equations and simple quadratic equations by factoring.
3. Solve application/word problems using linear equations.
4. Graph linear equations in two variables by using the X and Y intercepts .
5. Factor polynomials completely .
6. Apply use of calculator in multiple algebraic topics – expressions,
equations, graphing
linear equations, scientific notation.
Topics
· Fractions
· Exponents, Order of Operations , and Inequality
· Variables, Expressions, and Equations
· Real Numbers & Number Line
· Adding and Subtracting Real Numbers
· Multiplying and Dividing Real Numbers
· Summary Exercises on Operations with Real Numbers (Optional)
· Properties of Real Numbers
· Simplifying Expressions
· The Addition Property of Equality
· The Multiplication Property of Equality
· More on Solving Linear Equations
· Summary Exercises on Solving Linear Equations (Optional)
· An Introduction to Applications of Linear Equations
· Formulas and Applications from Geometry
· Ratios and Proportions
· More about Problem Solving: Percent, Interest, and Money
· More about Problem Solving: Distance, Rate, and Time
· Solving Linear Inequalities
· Reading Graphs: Linear Equations in Two Variables
· The Product Rule and the Power Rules for Exponents
· Integer Exponents and the Quotient Rule
· Summary Exercises on the Rules for Exponents (Optional)
· An Application of Exponents: Scientific Notation
· Adding and Subtracting Polynomials
· Multiplying Polynomials
· Special Products
· Dividing Polynomials
· The Greatest Common Factor and Factor by Grouping
· Factoring Trinomials
· More on Factoring Trinomials
· Special Factoring Rules
· Summary Exercises Factoring (Optional)
· Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring
III. Required Materials
Students must check with the instructor before purchasing any materials.
Required for classroom: textbook, Beginning and
Intermediate Algebra , 4th Edition by Lial,
Hornsby, and McGinnis, with MyMathLab access. Publisher: Pearson, ISBN
0321507223,
available in the NSCC bookstore.
Calculator: Texas Instruments TI84 Plus. TI89 or comparable calculators are
not allowed.
The DSPM 0800 review packet is also required for this course and is available in
the NSCC
bookstore or by downloading from ww2.nscc.edu/dspm.
Recommended Item for classroom:
Student Solutions Manual for Beginning and Intermediate Algebra, 4th Edition
Publisher: Pearson,
ISBN 0321449541.
OR
Optional:required MyMathLab access separately,
ISBN0321119991X,
Optional: required textbook separately ISBN0321 442334).
Required for New Web Class: My Math Lab Access Code (ISBN
032119991X)
Strongly Recommended for New Web Class: Beginning & Intermediate Algebra
with MyMath
Lab access code (ISBN 0321507223)
IV. Course Requirements
In order to receive credit for this course, the student
must:
A. Attend class regularly.
B. Complete the homework assignments.
C. Have a final average of 70 or more.
D. Complete three (3) unit tests and a comprehensive final exam
V. Grading
Oncampus courses:
Grades for oncampus courses will be based on unit tests, homework, and a final
exam as follows:
Unit tests 60%
Homework 15% (procedure to be announced by instructor)
Final Exam (comprehensive) 25%
Note: Points may be deducted from the final average for more than three
absences
(3 classroom hours).
Web courses:
Grades for this course will be based on unit tests, discussions, homework, and
the final exam as
follows:
Tests50%
Discussions (Introduce Yourself, Summary and Reflections)10%
Homework15%
Final Exam (comprehensive)25%
Grading Scale:
A 90100
B 8089
C 7079
F 069
X Continuation GradeSee below for criteria
1. Must be first attempt (no W, F, X, or WF grades on record)
2. Must have completed all requirements (homework, all three unit tests, & final
exam)
3. Attendance record must not be in violation of stated attendance policy
4. Overall average must in the "D" range (59.569.5)
WF It is mandatory that an instructor issue a student a withdrawal/failing grade
if the
student misses class for two (2) consecutive weeks without
contacting the instructor.
VI. Policies
Attendance:
A. Students are expected to attend all classes and be on time.
B. A maximum of three absences (3 classroom hours) is allowed with no direct
effect on the
final grade. Each hour of absence over this number will lower the student's
final average by
one point for each hour of absence. Students will be dismissed from class
with a WF
grade after missing the sixth classroom hour.
C. Any test or assigned homework missed due to absence must be made up within
one week
of the student's return to class.
D. Tardies will be recorded and will lower the course grade. Guidelines will be
announced by
the instructor.
Makeup Tests: Students who miss a scheduled unit test must make up the
test in the Testing
Center within two days of returning to class. Ten points will be
deducted from the final score of the
makeup test taken after the assigned test day. Makeup tests are to be
taken in the Testing Center in
the Library, K158 (3533564).
Other: Any changes in course sections must be made before the second
class meeting. Students will
be allowed only into sections with open seats and with the
instructor/coordinator approval.
Students who want to drop to a lower level mathematics course must make the
request for
consideration before the second class meeting and will only be allowed into
lower level sections with
open seats. Approvals by the instructor and the mathematics’ coordinator are
required.
VII. Instructor Information
Record the following information concerning the course
instructor.
Name: ______________________________ Email: ___________________________
Office Number: ____________________ Office Phone: _____________________
Office Hours: _________________________________________________________________
Nashville State complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you wish
to request any
accommodation(s) for this class, please notify the Student Disability Services’
Coordinator and the
instructor as soon as possible. The phone number is 3533721.
Nashville State Community College has a zero tolerance
policy for disruptive conduct in the
classroom. Students whose behavior disrupts the classroom will be subject to
disciplinary sanctions.
The instructor has primary responsibility for control over classroom behavior
and maintenance of academic
integrity. He/she can order temporary removal or exclusion from the
classroom of and student engaged in
disruptive conduct or in conduct which violates the general rules and
regulations of the College.
Disruptive behavior in the classroom may be defined as,but
is not limited to,behavior that obstructs or disrupts
the learning environment(e.g.,offensive language,harassment of students and
professors,repeated outbursts
from a student which disrupt the flow of instruction or prevent concentration on
the subject taught,failure to
cooperate in maintaining classroom decorum,etc.),the continued use of any
electronic or other noise or light
emitting device which disturbs others (e.g.,disturbing noises from beepers, cell
phones, palm pilots, laptop
computers,ganes,etc.)
Academic Dishonesty (Honor Code)
Any form of academic dishonesty,cheating,plagiarizing, or
other academic misconduct is prohibited."Plagiarism
may result from: (1) failing to cite quotations and borrowed ideas,(2) failing
to enclose borrowed language in
quotation marks, and (3) failing to put summaries and paraphrases in your own
words"(A Writer´s Reference 331).
Academic dishonesty may be defined as, but
is not limited to, intentionally trying to deceive by claiming credit for
the work of another person, using information from a web page or source without
citing the reference, fraudulently
using someone else´s work on
an exam, paper, or assignment, recycling your own work from another course,
purchasing papers or materials from another source and presenting them as your
own, attempting to obtain
exams/materials/assignments in advance of the date of administration by the
instructor, impersonating someone
else in a testing situation, providing confidential test information to someone
else, submitting the same assignment
in two different classes without requesting both instructor´s permission,
allowing someone else to copy or use your
work,using someone else´s work to complete your own, altering documents,
transcripts or grades, and forging a
faculty/staff member´ s signature .
In addition to other possible
disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed through regular college
procedures as a result of academic dishonesty the instructor has the authority
to assign an"F"or a
"Zero"for the exercise, paper, or examination or to assign an "F" for the
course.
NOTE: This syllabus is meant simply as a guide and overview of the course, the
topics, the objectives, the general
assessments, and some standard college policies. Some items are subject to
change or revision at the instructor’s
discretion. Each instructor will further clarify their criteria for grading,
classroom procedures, attendance, exams and
dates, etc.
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