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SPC MATH 0315 - Beginning Algebra

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~ 1 ~ Fall 2011 MATH 0315 - BEGINNING ALGEBRA INSTRUCTOR: Mrs. Jody Zuehlke, B.S., M.S. OFFICE: 101G Plainview Center PHONE: (806) 296-9611 EXT 4321 E-MAIL: [email protected] OFFICE HOURS: Before and after class and by appointment PURPOSE OF COURSE: This course is designed to furnish the algebraic background necessary for enrollment in Math 0320. Exposure to some concepts present on the Accuplacer/THEA placement test will be presented. This course will provide a solid foundation in algebra for students who have had no previous experience in algebra and for those who need a review of basic algebraic concepts. TEXTBOOK: Elementary and Intermediate Algebra (2nd Edition) by Sullivan, Struve, and Mazzarella. Prentice-Hall Publishers. SUPPLIES: You will need a graphing calculator, pencils, a notebook, graph paper, and paper for note taking. ATTENDANCE: Attendance and effort are the most important activities for success in this course. If you are absent, you, alone, are responsible for getting the notes and doing your assignment before the next class. If you decide to stop coming to class, you must go through the drop procedure. If you stop attending or miss five classes you may be dropped with a grade of F at the discretion of the instructor. Please talk with me to verify if you have successfully dropped the course. Please read the "Drops and Withdrawals" policies on page 21 in the current catalog. HOMEWORK & QUIZZES: Quizzes will be on-line using MyMathLab. Quizzes should be a daily occurrence. It is important to note that it is impossible to pass this course without the quizzes. Additionally, after each section is covered in class, I will assign a set of homework suggested problems. These problems are not to be turned in, they are for your benefit only. Although these problems are not to be turned in, not doing them is a phenomenally bad idea!!! I recommend keeping all these assignments together in a notebook, in chronological order, along with your class notes. This will make preparing for exams much easier. EXAMINATIONS: There will be 3 major exams. Correct the exams as they are returned in partial preparation for the final exam. Dates for these exams will be announced in class with plenty of time for you to prepare. Exams MAY NOT be made up. If you are absent on the day an exam is given, you will receive a grade of zero for that exam. At the discretion of the instructor, the final exam grade may be used to replace one zero for a missed exam. Subsequent zeros will stand. There is no such thing as missing the final exam. ACADEMIC HONESTY: While working on homework, students are allowed and even encouraged to work together. In this situation, two or more heads are almost always better than one. However, exams are different matter entirely. Each student is expected to work alone and with only the tools allowed for the exam. Any student caught cheating on an exam will receive a zero on that exam. A second offence will result in the student receiving an F for the course. Any student caught cheating on the final exam will receive an F for the course. There will be no exceptions to this rule.~ 2 ~ GRADING: Your grade will be calculated as follows. A test average (TA) will be found by averaging all the exam grades with the final exam counting twice. Then, the test average will be averaged with your online quiz grade to give your overall average. That is: (Exam 1 + Exam 2 + Exam 3 + 2*Final Exam)/5 = TA (TA + MML)/2 = Overall Average. There are NO MAKE-UP exams, quizzes or classroom exercises. Final grades will be assigned on the following scale: A 90%-100%; B 80%-89%; C 70%-79%; D 60%-69%; F below 60%. A grade of C or better is required in order to advance to the next course. Although your grade in this course will not be used in calculating your GPA, your grade in this course is used to determine academic status for financial aid. This course and its grade will be recorded on your official transcript. If you plan to transfer to another college or university, be advised that the grade you make in this course may affect your ability to transfer. STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. READ YOUR SYLLABUS! 2. Attend class and be aware of announcements made in class. 3. Read the sections assigned before class. 4. Do homework problems early enough to seek help if needed. 5. Work online quizzes 6. Work extra problems, as required, to understand each topic. 7. Turn cell phones OFF prior to entering the classroom. CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR: Any student who repeatedly disrupts my class will be asked to leave. Some of the things that I consider “disruptions" include, but are not limited to, ringing cell phones, talking while I am talking, making a late “entrance", and so on. No tobacco products of any kind may be used at any time during class. Chronic offenders will be banned from the classroom. It is phenomenally difficult to pass my class if you cannot attend on test days. Do NOT use texting abbreviations in any correspondence with me. DISABILITY STATEMENT: Students with disabilities, including but not limited to physical, psychiatric, or learning disabilities, who wish to request accommodations in this class should notify the Special Services Office early in the semester so that the appropriate arrangements may be made. In accordance with federal law, a student requesting accommodations must provide acceptable documentation of his/her disability to the Special Services Coordinator. For more information, call or visit the Special Services Office in the Student Services building, (806)894-9611 ext 2529. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY: South Plains College strives to accommodate the individual needs of all students in order to enhance their opportunities for success in the context of a comprehensive community college setting. It is the policy of South Plains College to offer all educational and employment opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, disability or age. DIVERSITY STATEMENT: In this class, the teacher will establish and support an environment that values and nurtures individual and group differences and encourages engagement and interaction. Understanding and respecting multiple experiences and perspectives will serve to challenge and stimulate all of us to learn about~ 3 ~ others, about the larger world and about ourselves. By promoting diversity and intellectual

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