UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
MATH 101 Intermediate Algebra
Syllabus Fall, 2008
Office Location: Kiah Hall
Office Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri
Phone: (410) 651------
Class Meetings: Mon, Wed, Fri --------------
Tue, Thursday ---------------
Topics in this intermediate algebra course include the algebra of signed numbers, solving linear equations and inequalities, quadratic equations, operations on algebraic expressions, and graphing. This course does not satisfy the General Education Requirement in Mathematics.
1. Use a problem solving approach to investigate and understand mathematical content.
2. Use mathematical vocabulary, notation, and structure to represent ideas, describe relationships, and model situations.
3. Read and write presentations of mathematics with understanding.
4. Use and analyze algorithms.
5. Apply mathematical content and processes to model and solve problems from situations within and outside mathematics.
6. Develop understanding of and appreciation for biographical and historical development of mathematics.
Nature of the Course
Intended as a developmental mathematics course, Intermediate Algebra offers students opportunities to refine and extend their understanding of mathematics content requisite to college level mathematics. The course is designed to fill knowledge gaps and correct misconceptions with a focus on skills-building.
Martin-Gay, E, K (2005). Intermediate Algebra. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. ISBN: 0536962499
This is a custom edition bundled especially for MATH 101 Intermediate Algebra at UMES. Packaged materials include the course text, MyMathLab Student Access Kit, and the CD Lecture Series. Before purchasing used materials, students are advised that the access code to MyMathLab included with the text purchase is required for the course and is nontransferable.
Martin-Gay, E. K. (2006). Basic College Mathematics 3rd Edition MyMathLab Student Access Kit. ISBN 0131478923
This Access Kit is intended to provide students with opportunities to remediate basic arithmetic skills. Students are encouraged to access the Arithmetic Skills Test through the link provided on WebCT and use that diagnostic opportunity to inform their purchasing decision regarding these optional materials. Based on performance on the Arithmetic Skills Test, purchase of this Access Kit may be required by the instructor, the Office of Retention, or both.
Students who attend class regularly, complete assignments religiously, and utilize the available academic support resources including those available on-line or through the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Access and Success, Student Development Center, and the Office of Retention may expect to perform well on course quizzes, tests, and examinations. Consequently, they may expect to complete the course successfully.
Students in MATH 101 are expected to take full advantage of technology-based learning opportunities available through this course. Materials bundled with the required text include CDs that provide a video lecture on each section of the text. Student Access Codes to MyMathLab allow students to access homework and quizzes as well as a variety of interactive support vehicles including video clips, additional examples, and interactive and animated presentations. Required homework and quizzes will be assigned, evaluated, and recorded on-line through MyMathLab. The access codes provided with the purchase of the required text are one-time-use only. Students are advised to weigh the costs to acquire valid access codes against potential savings before purchasing used courseware.
Sections of MATH 101 will meet two, three, or five times weekly as indicated on the University Schedule of Classes. Sections that meet daily in Access/Success classrooms will generally devote three classes each week for lecture. Students assigned to these sections will devote the remaining 2 meetings (generally Tuesday and Thursday) to individualized instruction in the computer laboratory working on required assignments in MyMathLab with instructor supervision and support. Students enrolled in other sections are expected to complete the same assignments independently. The University’s IT Department has ensured that all appropriate plug-ins have been installed on the machines in labs available to undergraduates. Students will find the MyMathLab logo on the desktop when they log in. Students who choose to utilize private machines for MyMathLab assume responsibility for proper installation of required plug-ins.
Students will be required to maintain a notebook to document progress and organize materials. Students are expected to bring the notebook to class daily. Notebook sections are to include (1) lecture notes, (2) tests and (3) quizzes, and (4) homework. Students will access homework assignments, quizzes, and some tests through Math-XL. The software provides problems and support, students input solutions, and the software provides feedback. Students are expected to maintain handwritten records of the problems as well as detailed solutions. This habit will prove useful to students during tests: credit on tests is awarded for fully supported solutions, and no work shown implies that no credit will be awarded. Instructors as well as tutors will need students’ notebooks when providing assistance. Instructors will collect and grade students’ notebooks periodically (grade to be included under attendance and participation).
Consistent with University policy class attendance by unregistered students is not permitted. Students are reminded that neither Intermediate Algebra instructors nor the Course Coordinator will seek variations to University registration policy including add/drop procedures under any circumstances. Students are strongly encouraged to consult the UMES Academic Calendar for important dates including add/drop and withdraw dates.
At the first sign of difficulty, students are encouraged to seek assistance from their instructor during posted office hours. Instructors will be able to broker a variety of interventions including direct assistance as well as tutoring available through the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, the Office of Retention, and the Student Development Center.
As a rule of thumb, undergraduate students can be expected to devote three (3) hours coursework outside of class for every hour spent in class. Intermediate Algebra is a three credit hour course. Consequently, students should expect that they will spend at least 1½ hours for each of 6 days a week. The course coordinator has arranged for daily homework and quizzes accordingly. Those students who struggle with mathematics should prepare to devote additional time. All students are encouraged to make a schedule of their weekly activities. The weekly schedule printed from HAWKWeb is a good place to start. In addition to class times, students should consider work study hours and time for sleep, meals, recreation, exercise, and other important activities. Finally, students should add an uninterrupted time block of 1½ hours that will be devoted to the study of mathematics. Conventional wisdom supports that students who commit their schedules to paper are more likely to devote the necessary time to their studies and are generally more successful academically.
Arithmetic Skills Test and the Mastery Learning Approach
The Arithmetic Skills Test measures ability to perform calculations with rational numbers. These skills are considered as requisite for successful study of Intermediate Algebra, and are treated as such. Consequently, successful completion (14 correct out of 20) of the Arithmetic Skills Test is required for students to proceed to assignments beyond Chapter I. Chapter I provides tips for successful study, algebraic expressions and number sets, and properties and operations on real numbers. The Arithmetic Skills Test will be administered by each instructor along with the Chapter I Test. Students who do not pass the Arithmetic Skills Test will be required to purchase the Basic Mathematics Access Kit described under optional materials to conduct an appropriate review. Students who demonstrate evidence of their remedial effort to their instructor’s satisfaction will be permitted to retake the Arithmetic Skills Test during the next scheduled testing day. Class sessions designated for testing are identified on the outline of course topics. The Arithmetic Skills Practice Test is available on-line through WebCT for all sections of Intermediate Algebra as well as through I:\bird\apps\math101. Students are encouraged to access the Arithmetic Skills Practice Test early as failure to perform will slow their progress through the course.
Just as successful performance on Chapter I Test and the Arithmetic Skills Test is required for students to proceed to the assignments in Chapter 2. Students are required to demonstrate mastery of the material in Chapter 2 by scoring 80% or better on the test before proceeding to the assignments in Chapter 3. Therefore, all students who complete the course requirements can expect to receive a passing grade. Students who do not complete the course requirements will receive a grade of “I” or incomplete. The course is student-paced in this regard. Still, students are reminded that instructors are required to maintain a lecture schedule that will permit all students in the class to cover all the material and complete the course within one semester. Consequently, students who find they lag behind an acceptable pace will need to access additional assistance available through the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Access and Success, Student Development Center, and the Office of Retention.
The 80% mastery rule will be relaxed for the Final Examination. Students who achieve enough points on the Final Examination to maintain a “C” average for the course when all course components (homework, quizzes, tests, attendance) are included will pass the course. Should a student’s performance on the final exam be so poor as to result in a semester grade below a “C” a grade of incomplete will be reported, and that student can pursue a remediation plan sufficient for acceptable performance during the following semester.
Students must demonstrate evidence of an effective remediation plan before retesting at any point in the semester. Regular attendance to University Hour Supplemental Instruction is encouraged. Additionally, students must access a MyMathLab practice test as a diagnostic tool and follow the resulting Individualized Study Plan.
Instructors will take attendance each day in each section of Intermediate Algebra. Absences will be reported monthly to the Course Coordinator and to the Office of Retention. The roll will be taken at the beginning of each class. Students must be seated when their names are called to be considered in attendance. Tardiness will not be tolerated. Attendance is also considered an important element of the course evaluation. Attendance grades will be calculated as a simple percentage of the total number of classes. In the event emergencies students are responsible to provide documentation (e.g. note from Student Health Services) for an absence to be excused. Students are still responsible for the material covered in the class(es) that are missed. A copy of the university Attendance Policy is attached to this syllabus.
Times and dates for examinations are indicated on this syllabus. Students are encouraged to observe these important dates and arrange out of class activities around them. Opportunities for examinations beyond these dates will not be provided. In the event of a documented obligation that prevents attendance for a test (including participating on athletic events or other University-sponsored activity), the test may be taken prior to the scheduled date if the student provides the instructor with written notice 72 hours in advance of the examination. Students are advised to make careful notice of the final examination schedule provided by the University and plan their end-of-semester activities accordingly. The final examination is scheduled for December 15, 2008 from 8:00 till 9:50 a.m. (instructor will announce the room #/place for the test in the class). No opportunities to take the final examination other than December 15, 2008 from 8:00 till 9:50 a.m. as established by the University Office of Academic Affairs will be provided under any circumstances.
Students are expected to demonstrate respect for their classmates, their instructors, and themselves at all times. Disrespect will not be tolerated. Trips in and out of class are disruptive. Students should plan to arrive to class early and be prepared to attend for the entire class period. Students are expected to turn off their cell phones and attend to personal needs before class begins.
The instructor reserves the right to amend the course syllabus during the term. If changes must be made, students will be notified. Class announcement is considered proper notice. Office hours are subject to change depending on the instructor’s schedule.
Instructions for Student Athletes:
Any student athlete (or participant of other University activities) enrolled in class must make an appointment within the first week of the semester to meet with the instructor so that game schedules and travel schedules can be discussed and the instructor can clarify for the athlete procedures and policies on make-up work. Student athletes are reminded that absences (whether excused or unexcused) do not relieve them of their responsibility to complete course assignments. Instructors must know in advance that absences related to athletic events will occur so that early planning can take place. (See attached policy on class attendance). Additionally, assignments and quizzes are available on-line through MyMathLab. Since hotels generally provide free internet access student athletes are encouraged to secure a laptop with appropriate plug-ins installed and fully utilize the support services available on-line.
Students are expected to exercise good judgment concerning appropriate dress for the classroom. Dressing appropriately in an environment that is conducive to learning requires that clothing not be distracting and is sufficient in quality and quantity to cover and protect the body (particularly in laboratories). Individual freedom of dress is upheld at UMES, but students should be respectful of the sensitivities of others and recognize that dressing professionally is a part of the training the University desires to provide. Attire that is more appropriate for the bedroom or night clubs should not be worn in the classrooms, as such may be distracting or offensive to others.
General Reminders for Students:
Ø Students whose names do not appear on the official class roster will not be allowed to attend the class.
Students are expected to secure, read, and understand their rights and responsibilities relative to academic honesty under the UMES Student Code of Conduct: Student Judiciary Manual (http://www.umes.edu/students/UMESStudentCode2003.pdf). Students who cheat by violating the integrity of testing situations, copying the work of others, or representing as their own work that they did not actually do will result in a zero grade. Of course, students may appeal the decision of their instructor. This will require the instructor to register the incident formally to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs in accordance with established University policy and procedure.
Course evaluation will be based on five tests, a comprehensive final (worth two tests), on-line quizzes, homework, and attendance/participation. Comparative weights of these course components are as follows:
Tests (all) 60%
Final grades will be based on the usual grading scale:
Students who do not complete all the course material will receive a grade of incomplete. However, students are reminded that final grades are based on a final percentage of all course components. It is entirely possible to maintain an 80% test average and have a final course average of 48% by posting poor homework, quiz, and attendance marks. This example serves to highlight the importance of all course components.
UMES Policy on Class Attendance
All students are expected to attend all classes. Excessive unexcused absences for any reason may result in either a low grade or course failure. All students will be considered excessively absent from a class if they miss a class more hours during the semester or term than the class meets each week.
1. The University expects all students to take full individual responsibility for academic work and progress. They are expected to attend classes regularly, for consistent attendance offers the most effective opportunity open to all students to gain command of the concepts and materials of their courses of study. Absences (whether excused or unexcused) do not alter what is expected of students qualitatively and quantitatively.
2. The University will excuse the absences of students that result from instances such as: illness (where the student is too ill to attend class), death in the immediate family*, religious observance (where the nature of the observance prevents the student from being present during the class period), participation in University activities at the request of University authorities, and compelling circumstances beyond the student’s control. Students requesting excused absences must furnish acceptable documentation to their course instructors to support their assertion that absences were the result of one of these causes. However, the nature of some courses will preclude makeup of assessments missed. In these cases, students will not be penalized for excused absences; grades will be completed on actual assessment as explained in the course’s syllabus. Otherwise, students with excused absences will be given an opportunity to make up missed assessments. The responsibility for granting excused absences and determining which assessments can be made up lies with the instructor of each individual course. Absences (whether excused or unexcused) do not relieve the students of their responsibility to complete the course assessments.
3. Students must notify their instructors of the reason of any absence as soon as possible. Where the reason for an absence from a scheduled assessment is known in advance (for example, in cases of religious observance or participation in University activities at the request of University authorities), students must inform their instructors two weeks prior to the absence, if known that far in advance or immediately upon discovering the impending absence. Prior notification is particularly important in connection with examinations and other major assessments since failure to reschedule them before conclusion of the final examination period may result in loss of credits during the semester. Where the reason is not known in advance (for example, in cases of health related emergencies or compelling circumstance beyond their control), students must inform their instructors as soon as possible after its development.
*Family members are defined as being one or more of the following persons:
Father, stepfather, grandfather or legal guardian.
Mother, stepmother, grandmother
Sister, brother, stepsister, stepbrother
Any person living as an integral member of a student’s home.
Academic honesty and integrity lie at the heart of any educational enterprise. Students are expected to do their own work and neither to give nor receive assistance during quizzes, examinations, or other class exercises. Because the university takes academic honesty seriously, penalties for violations may be severe, including failing the course and possibly being dismissed from the university. Students accused of academic dishonesty will be given due process before disciplinary action is taken. Please request most current policy and procedure followed when academic dishonesty accusations are lodged by faculty against students from the faculty member, the academic advisor, or the department chair.
Cheating and plagiarism are two of the most common forms of academic dishonesty and are described below:
Cheating includes but is not limited to:
a. giving answers to others in a testing situation without permission of the instructor;
b. taking or receiving answers from others in a test situation without permission of the instructor;
c. having possession of test materials without permission;
d. taking, giving, or receiving test materials prior to tests without permission;
e. having someone else take a test or perform an assignment for you;
f. submitting as your own work, work done by someone else;
g. permitting someone else to submit your work under that person’s name;
h. falsifying research data or other research material;
i. copying with or without permission any work, e.g., essays, short stories, poems, etc., from computer, hard drive or discs and presenting them as your own.
Plagiarism is the act of presenting as your own creation works actually created by others. Plagiarism consists of:
a. taking ideas from a source without clearly giving proper reference in a way that identifies the original source of the ideas and distinguishes them from your own;
b. indirectly quoting or paraphrasing material taken from a source without clearly giving proper reference in a way that identifies the original source and distinguishes the paraphrased material from your own compositions;
c. directly quoting or exactly copying material from a source without giving proper reference or otherwise presenting the copied material as your own creation.
Course Outline: Please attach the schedule.