House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

MATH-0312-15 (Pre-Algebra)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorSteele, Sherry Gale
Phone(409) 984-6321
Developmental Education
Chair:Sherry Steele
Telephone:(409) 984-6321
Hours:MW 1:15-2:15; TR 12:15-5:00; F 11:50-1:00
Building:Madison Monroe Education (MMED)
Room #:207A
Course Information
Course ID #10617
Course Subject-Number-SectionMATH-0312-15
Course TitlePre-Algebra
Course Description The study of whole numbers,intergers,fractions, decimals, variable expressions, first-degree equations, ratios, rates, proportions and percents.
Course Prerequisites Direct placement through standardized testing
Required Textbooks PreAlgebra, Elayn Martin-Gay, 6th Edition, Pearson
Learning Objectives *Students will learn to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, integers, fractions and decimals.

*Students will learn to simplify numeric and algebraic expressions.

*Students will learn to solve linear equations in one variable involving whole numbers, integers, fractions and decimals.

*Students will solve related application problems.

Major Assignments All assignments managed by the MyLabsPlus online learning system.

HOMEWORK: Each section of the textbook covered in class lecture has a corresponding homework assignment.

CHAPTER TESTING: Each chapter covered in class lecture has a corresponding Chapter Test.

FINAL EXAM: The cummulative final exam is given per College schedule.

Discussion Topics 1.2 Place Value and Names for Numbers

1.3 Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers

1.4 Rounding

1.5 Multiplying Whole Numbers

1.6 Dividing Whole Numbers

1.7 Exponents and Order Of Operations

1.8 Variables, Algebraic Expressions & Equations

2.1 Introduction to Integers

2.2 Adding Integers

2.3 Subtracting Integers

2.4 Multiplying and Dividing Integers

2.5 Order of Operations

2.6 Solving Equations

3.1 Simplifying Algebraic Expressions

3.2 Equations: Addition & Multiplication Properties

3.3 Solving Linear Equations in One Variable

3.4 Linear Equations and Problem Solving

4.1&4.2 Introduction to Fractions and Mixed Numbers

4.3 Multiplying and Dividing Fractions

4.4 Adding and Subtracting Like Fractions

4.5 Adding and Subtracting Unlike Fractions

4.6 Complex Fractions and Order of Operations

4.8 Solving Equations Containing Fractions

5.1 Introduction to Decimals

5.2 Adding and Subtracting Decimals

5.3 Multiplying Decimals

5.4 Dividing Decimals

5.5 Fractions, Decimals, and Order of Operations

5.6 Equations Containing Decimals

5.7 Decimal Applications: Mean, Median, & Mode

6.1 Ratios and Rates

6.2 Proportions

6.3 Proportions and Problem Solving

7.1 Percents, Decimals, and Fractions

7.2 Solving Percent Problems with Equations

7.4 Applications of Percent

7.5 Sales Tax, Commission, and Discount

Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. A student is allowed four (4) absences (300 minutes) for any purpose. Each additional 75 minutes absent will reduce your final average by one full letter grade. Late arrivals and early departures will have these missed class minutes deducted from the 300 minute total. Students that are not in compliance with these attendance standards may be dropped from the class.
Determination of Final Grade *Chapter Homework - 25%

Chapter Testing - 50%

Final Exam - 25%

*Students enrolled in a co-requisite lab will receive 1/2 of their Chapter Homework average based on the numbers of lab hours completed. These students must complete the minimum number of hours required or they cannot pass the course.*

Final Exam Date May 12, 2011 - 11:00 AM
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

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) 984-6241.

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