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Online Math 1111       College Algebra   

I am hoping to have an online orientation set up so it will not be mandatory to come to a campus orientation. More information on that will be posted at a later date  Please look for an email from me to your highlands account approximately one week before classes start.

IF YOU ARE NOT A STRONG MATH STUDENT THEN PLEASE RETHINK YOUR DECISION TO TAKE THIS CLASS.  DO NOT THINK THAT THIS WILL BE AN EASY CLASS WITH ALL MULTIPLE CHOICE EXAMS.  NONE OF THE EXAMS ARE MULTIPLE CHOICE AND IT IS NOT AN EASY CLASS.

Before you register for this course you must complete the READI found at http://goml.readi.info/.  Choose the username and password that best fits your major.  This test will help you determine whether or not an online class is right for you. 

I expect you to be ONLINE and registered for My Math Lab by the end of the first week of classes.  If you need help registering contact me ASAP.  Failure to enroll on My Math Lab may result in you being dropped from the class for nonattendance. 
 

A Word About the Technology:
You are expected to have access to a reliable computer and Internet provider.  You are expected to have good computer and technical skills.  Your professor is not responsible for solving your technical problem.  Consideration or accommodation may not be made for your computer skills deficiencies or technical issues.  Saying "My computer did not work or my DSL line was down" or similar comments will not release you of your responsibility to have work submitted by the due date. While there is a range of dates for all assignments, it is suggested that you do not wait until the last hour to submit any of the assignments.  You are expected to solve technical problems with your computer, Internet access, or in using the MML materials. 

Course Description: 
This course is a functional approach to algebra that incorporates the appropriate use of technology.  Emphasis will be placed on the study of functions and their graphs, inequalities, and linear, quadratic, piece-wise defined, rational, polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions.

All homework, quizzes, and test will be given on-line. Students will work independently by reading the textbook and accessing the course website to complete assignments. Regular access to a computer and high-speed internet is required to be successful in this course.

This is a deadline paced class, not a self-paced class.  While there is opportunity to work ahead of schedule, you must not fall behind.

 

PrerequisiteMath 0099 or high school Algebra II and/or appropriate placement scores.

Instructor:    Mrs. Suggs

Email:          aboyd@highlands.edu         When you set up your MML account on the course compass website, please use your highlands email account.  You can also get your WebCT Vista email forwarded to your highlands email account.  Your highlands account is username@student.highlands.edu.

Office Hours:  Office hours can be subject to change due to meetings or other happenings.  I will always try to let you know in advance of any cancelled office hours for the week; it is a good idea to send an email making an appointment with me so that you don’t travel to see me when I won’t be there. Appointment or not, office hours are drop-in hours so come by if you need anything.  I will post office hours on my website after the first week of classes. 

Textbook:           Precalculus, 4TH edition  Blitzer;  Pearson/Prentice Hall
                             My Math Lab is also a requirement for this course, as well as access to WebCT Vista.

You are not required to have a hard copy of the text (it is up to you whether you want to have it or not).  When you register for MML, you will have access to an eBOOK, which you will be able to print out if you want.  Currently the MML access code is $80 when you buy directly from coursecompass.com or $90 is you buy just the access code from the GHC bookstore. You CANNOT register until I give you the course ID number and it is different for every class.

                   Calculators: Use of a graphing calculator is allowed.  A TI-83 or TI-84 is recommended.  TI-89 or TI-92 is not allowed.

Makeup Policy:   Due to the online nature of this course, you can work ahead so that you do not miss any due dates.  If you need to take an exam early, I can arrange that.  There will be no excuses for not knowing there was a Quiz or Test given at any certain time.

          Vista is where you will find your COURSE CALENDAR with all the due dates for homework, quizzes, discussions, and proctored exams.  While I may sometimes send out reminders, it is not my responsibility to remind you of every assignment.
The following grading scale is subject to change depending on the semeseter.  Please check Vista for the current syllabus for your class.

Grading Scale:                   90-100 A      80-89 B        70-79 C        60-69 D          Below 60 F

Midterm (proctored)           20%

Final (proctored)                20%

Quizzes                                30%   

Discussions                       10%   

Homework                          20%

Homework:    All HW will be completed online using My Math Lab and will have due dates.  Late HW is accepted, but assignments will have a final submission date where you can no longer submit the work.  The final submission date will be the Quiz/Test date for that assignment.  Also, at the end of the semester, I will drop 3 – 5 homework grades, whichever are the lowest.

          NOTICE:   If you go back into the HW after the due date, but before the final submission date, MML will ask you if you want to IMPROVE YOUR SCORE or do problems without changing your score.  If you have already completed the HW but try to IMPROVE YOUR SCORE, you will still be assessed a late grade (YES, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS COMPLETED ON TIME).  This is due to submitting it late a second time.  At 1 day late, you can get at most ~90%, 2 days at most ~80%, 3 days at most ~70%, ect.  So if you go back in to improve your score, make sure it will really improve it.
 

Quizzes:        You will have 4 - 6 quizzes, or MINI-TESTS, over the course of the semester and the lowest will be dropped.  They will be given through Vista and/or My Math lab and you will have 2 days and 2 attempts for each quiz.  You should allow yourself time to study between attempts so that you can do better the second time around, but you are not required to use both attempts. The lowest quiz will be dropped when determining your final grade.

      I am not responsible for slow connections, java issues, or any other technical difficulties.  The reason you get 2 attempts is to account for these issues.  I will not allow you to have extra attempts because you were kicked off the internet or closed out your quiz on accident.  If you wait until the late minute to take your quiz and something happens, that is not my fault.  DO NOT WAIT till 10 or 11pm the night it is due.
 

Discussions:  There will be 4 - 6 discussions made up of 1 Post and 1 Reply, and each is worth 4 points.  They will be about your HW and/or quizzes, and you will have 1 due every 2-3 weeks.

        Feel free post as often as you need/want to.  This is your chance for your classmates (and me too) to help you out.  But please make sure you read other posts before writing something—someone may have already done a post on your question and there could be a reply there waiting for you.

        Each post must be something that no one else has written about, and the reply must be something substantial.  In your post, you need to give the section and HW problem.  If you are posting about a problem from My Math Lab, then say “section 1.1 problem 2”.  State the problem and then what you tried to do.  Don’t just say “I don’t get this.”—if you do you will receive points off. 

         In your reply, if you state a formula make sure you have it correct.  Also, if you reply to a post, make sure your math is correct.  I will take off points if you reply with incorrect information.  I want to make sure you help each other—I don’t want you giving out wrong information. So please be careful!  I will be monitoring the discussion forums to make sure that questions are being answered and information is correct.
 

Midterm and Final Exams:  Both exams will be a comprehensive online and/or written exam—meaning you will have to show your work on paper for the answers you type in.  It will be proctored, so you must come to campus to take the exam. 

          To register for proctored exams, I will email y’all instructions and you will register using SCORE.  You will pick your day/campus/time to take the midterm.  You will register once for your midterm, and again for the final.  If you need to take your proctored exams in a different state, then you must have your site and proctor approved by our Testing Center.

 

Student Learning:  Students completing this course should satisfy the following goal and learning outcomes.
Team Goal—Mathematics

 Related Team Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate algebraic skills in solving equations.
  • Students will be able to graph an abstract function.
  • Students will be able to graph a real-life function.
  • Students will be able to model concrete problems and arrive at solutions.
  • Students will be able to graph relationships other than functions.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate algebraic skills in solving inequalities.
  • Students will be able to use appropriate technology to enhance mathematical thinking and understanding.
  • Students will be able to interpret a real-life function

 

Academic Policy:   If a student simply quits attending class without officially withdrawing, the student will receive a grade of F in the class. Withdrawals after the given date are subject to approval by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and will be issued only in cases of extreme emergency or hardship. A grade of “W” (Withdraw Passing) cannot be awarded after this date without the approval of the Academic Vice President.  A grade of “W” after midterm requires “documentable hardship”, which cannot be the avoidance of a bad grade.  Anyone who simply abandons the course WILL RECEIVE a grade of F. Each semester has a different date for the Last Day to Withdraw without Penalty (formerly Midterm).

Disability Statement:     If anyone in the class feels that he/she needs accommodation due to a disability, please feel free to discuss this with the instructor early in the term. Georgia Highlands College has resources available for students with certain disabilities. Accommodations may be made (such as providing materials in alternative formats, assuring physical access to classrooms or being sensitive to interaction difficulties that may be posed by communication and/or learning disabilities) through Student Support Services on all campuses. For more information please contact: Cartersville 678-872-8004; Douglasville and Floyd 706-368-7536; Marietta 678-915-5021; Paulding 678-946-1029

Financial Aid Recipients:          Federal regulations state that if a student did not attend classes and received failing grades, then the grades were not earned and financial aid need to be reduced accordingly.  Please be advised that any student receiving a 0.00 GPA will be required to prove that the 0.00 GPA was earned by attending classes or completing requirements for each class.Students who have earned at least one passing grade for the semester will not be affected by this regulation.  If a student has properly withdrawn from all classes, the student’s financial aid should be adjusted from the time they signed the withdrawal form.

Weather Policy:      If there is inclement weather, the college posts necessary announcements at http://www.highlands.edu.  Check the web site for updates, if possible.  If SPSU closes, then GHC @ Marietta will also close.

Page last updated: October 21, 2011