House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

MATH-0332-20 (Intermediate Algebra)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorJones, Kimberly Drake
Phone(409) 984-6247
E-mailjoneskd@lamarpa.edu
Department
Developmental Education
Chair:Sherry Steele
Telephone:(409) 984-6321
E-mail:steelesg@lamarpa.edu
Office
Hours:MWF 7:30-8:00, MW 12:50-1:50, F 12:00-2:00, TR 1:30-3:00
Building:Student Center (PAMP)
Room #:409
Course Information
Course ID #10305
Course Subject-Number-SectionMATH-0332-20
Course TitleIntermediate Algebra
Course Description Intermediate Algebra is the study of equations and inequalities, factoring, rational expressions and equations, absolute value equations and inequalities, radical expressions and equations, and quadratic equations.
Course Prerequisites Prerequisite: MATH 0313 or test recommendation.

Required Textbooks Beginning & Intermediate Algebra 4th Edition

By Elayn Martin-Gay

MyLabsPlus Access

Learning Objectives •To remediate the student in mathematical skills as determined by standardized testing.

•To provide a mathematics background that the student will need to perform effectively in college-level math coursework.

Major Assignments •MyLabsPlus/MyMathLab Assignments

All assignments will be completed using MyLabsPlus, an interactive software program, via the Internet. Assignments directly correlate to objectives covered in the textbook and must be completed, as assigned, after the objectives are covered in class. Due dates will be posted in MyLabsPlus and will NOT be extended. Points may be deducted for assignments that are submitted late. It is the student¡¦s responsibility to ensure that all assignments are submitted on time. If you do not have access to the internet at home you may use the open computer lab located at the library or the Learning Center. MyLabsPlus also provides supplemental instructional materials such as practice exercises, videos, animations, slide shows, and tutorials.

•Learning Center Lab

Students testing into any first-level developmental course or repeating a developmental course must be in remediation in the Learning Center for one hour per week. The LC requirement must be completed concurrently with the developmental math course, or a failing grade (DD¡¨ or ¡§F¡¨) will be issued for the course.

Chapter exams will be given online in the Learning Center at the end of each chapter or combined chapters. Students are required to have an active LamarPA account, MyLabsPlus access, photo ID, and pencil to test. A minimum score of 70% on all chapter homework is required prior to testing. Contact the instructor immediately if the testing arrangement conflicts with your schedule. Make-up exams will be given at the end of the semester after all other course requirements have been met, documentation has been provided, and has been approved by the instructor.

•Retesting will be available for students who put forth a reasonable effort towards the original exam as scheduled, have met all prerequisites, and received the approval of the instructor. There will be no retesting available for make-up exams.

•The instructor will average the highest test grade for each chapter and no exam grades will be dropped.

•Testing will be conducted in accordance with the operation standards and rules of the Learning Center. Exams will not be administered without proper identification or supplies. Exams will not be issued if the testing time conflicts with the student¡¦s math class, or the operational hours of the Learning Center.

The comprehensive final exam is given according to the LSC-PA schedule. There are no early, late or make-up final exam options and no retesting.

Discussion Topics Linear Equations in One Varialbe

Linear Inequalities

Absolute Value Equations/Inequalities

Polynomials

Factoring

Rational Expressions

Exponents and Radicals

Quadratic Equations

Problem Solving

Attendance Policy LSC-PA maintains attendance and participation requirements for all students enrolled in developmental courses. These requirements apply to all developmental students: THEA, non-THEA, and THEA-exempt. Use your allocated absences for ALL of your personal needs. Employment, personal appointments and continuing legal/medical appointments are not exemptions from these guidelines. Early departures, late arrivals, and leaving the classroom count as a tardy and will be deducted from the number of allocated absences.

If you are late, come in quietly and speak with the instructor after class. If you must leave early, inform the instructor prior to class. This time will be taken from your allocated absences. Early departures and/or late arrivals without notifying the instructor will result in a 50 minute absence penalty.

„¶After the number of allocated absences, each absence (75 minutes) will drop your end-of-course average by one letter grade. After three additional absences a grade of ¡§F¡¨ will be assigned.

Determination of Final Grade Assignments        25%        

Exams         50%                        

Final Exam        25%

AD        90-100

BD        80-89*        

CD        70-79*        

DD        Below 70        

F        Noncompliance        Averages into GPA

¡´The LC requirement for any developmental course must be completed concurrently with that course, or a grade of ¡§D¡¨ or ¡§F¡¨ will be issued for the course.

¡´If a student does not pass (Course grade ¡§D¡¨ or ¡§F¡¨) a developmental course the student must be enrolled in EDUC 1300 and/or Learning Center Lab concurrently when the course is retaken.

Final Exam Date May 13, 2011 - 2:00 PM
Campus Policies
Lamar State College - Port Arthur

Mission Statement

Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The college, a member of The Texas State University System, has provided affordable, quality educational opportunities to residents of the Southeast Texas area since 1909.Lamar State College-Port Arthur embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life. The faculty, staff, and administration share a commitment to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community service. The foundations for student success include compensatory education programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the skills and demeanor necessary for initial and continued employment, and a core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community. Student achievement is measured by the completion of courses and programs of study, successful performance following transfer to a baccalaureate program, and the attainment of individual goals.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

* Treated with dignity and respect;

* Afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

* Given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights;

* Provided and opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

 College Grading Scale

90-100A
80-89B
70-79C
60-69D
Below 59F

(Some specialized programs may have different grading scales)

 

 Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated.  Please consult the student handbook for consequences of academic dishonesty.  These policies will be strictly enforced.

 

 Facility  Policies

        No food, drinks, or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

        Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom.

        Cell phones and/or pagers are allowed ONLY on vibrate mode. Leaving the classroom to answer a page or phone call may constitute an absence or a tardy.

 

 Special Considerations

         The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6251.

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