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Tentative Syllabus

MATH 1111 College Algebra

CRN 80161, MATH 1111-C1

Fall Semester 2013

Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30 – 10:45 am

Cartersville Campus Room 322


Instructor:  Ed Hawkins, ehawkins@highlands.edu

Office:  Cartersville Campus 256 A

Office hours:      Mondays and Wednesdays  

11:00 am-12:00 pm

2:30-4:30 pm

Tuesdays and Thursdays

1:00-3:00 pm

                                And by appointment.    

Phone: (678) 872-8132

Mathematics Division Phone: (678) 872-8099

  • Textbook: Precalculus, Blitzer, 2014, Fifth Edition with My Math Lab access

MATH 1111 College Algebra (3-0-3)

COURSE DESCRIPTION/STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:  3-0-3 Prerequisite:  Satisfactory placement scores/MATH 0099. This course is a functional approach to algebra that incorporates the use of appropriate 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. Appropriate applications will be included. Students receive credit toward graduation for only one of the following courses:  MATH 1001, MATH 1111. Students completing this course should satisfy the following goal and learning outcomes:  Students will analyze and apply mathematical information, concepts, and principles, embedded in verbal, numerical, graphic, or symbolic representations.

1) Students will be able to solve equations.

2) Students will be able to graph and interpret functions.

3) Students will be able to model problem contexts mathematically to arrive at solutions.

4) Students will be able to use appropriate technology  

5) Students will be able to use logical, mathematical reasoning.

6) Students will be able to appropriately express numbers in a variety of ways, given context.

7) Students will be able to appropriate express algebraic expressions in a variety of ways, given context.

8) Students will be able to interpret data presented graphically.

9) Students will be able to make appropriate graphs to summarize data.

10) Students will be able to use set notation and concepts.

11) Students will be able to perform set operations.

12) Students will be able to calculate and interpret the meaning of rates of change.


“An important note for students enrolled in both MATH 1111 and MATH 0099c:


Students enrolled in both MATH 1111 and MATH 0099c are expected to attend each and every class session of both courses.   After three absences in the MATH 0099c co-requisite course, students may be referred to the dean of Academic Success and eLearning.  After three absences in the MATH 1111 course, students may be referred to the dean of Mathematics.  In either case, after consulting with the appropriate academic dean, students may be withdrawn from their MATH 1111 course.”



Grading System:               A  100 – 90

                                                B  89 – 80

                                                C  79 – 70

                                                D  69 – 60

                                                F  59 – 0


Final grade will be determined by 80% of test average and 20% of homework, quizzes, and online work average.   The final exam will count as two test grades. Students may view their grades anytime on Desire - 2- Learn.

Students who simply quit attending class without officially withdrawing will receive a grade of F in the course.

Mid-Term Date (Last day to withdraw with a “W”):  The last day to drop the class and possibly receive a "W" is October 23, 2013.   After this date, a "W" may be issued only in cases of documented hardship (which does not include performing poorly in this class). Forms will be available beginning the day after the mid-summer from the office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs or satellite site offices.


NO EXTRA CREDIT or make-up tests will be given.

Attendance Policy: Students are expected to attend each and every scheduled class session.  Since lectures begin promptly at the scheduled time, students are encouraged to avoid arriving late to class.  Roll will be taken at each class session.   There is no distinction between "excused" and "unexcused" absences.

Extended Absence Policy:  Students, who have circumstances that prevent them from continuing to attend classes over an extended period of time, sometimes request that the faculty member permit them to submit work in absentia to receive credit to complete the course.  If the concurrent absences will constitute more than 15% (5 class meetings) of the class sessions for the term, then written permission from the Academic Dean is required before any course assignments can be completed while missing class.  The student must be in good academic standing in the course to make the request.  All approved coursework must be completed by the end of the semester in which the course was begun (NOTE:  If a program has a more stringent absence policy than this, then the program policy prevails.).

Exam Make-Up Policy:  At the end of the semester, all students have the option of replacing their lowest exam grade (including any missed exams) with their grade on the comprehensive final exam.  At most one exam grade will be replaced.  Students will receive a grade of zero for additional missed exams.

Access to e-mail and Internet resources --Your email account through Desire - 2- Learn is the official form of communication.  The secondary form of communication will be your GHC e-mail.

Each student taking this course needs access to a TI-84, TI-83, or equivalent graphing/scientific calculator. Students will use their calculators while participating in class, taking exams, and completing homework exercises. Please note that sharing calculators during tests is not permitted.

Assignments: Assignments will be given in class, e-mailed to you, MyMathLab, and/or provided on Desire - 2- Learn as a separate document, at the discretion of the instructor.  You are expected to STUDY, to work problems, to read the assigned material, to take assigned tests on the assigned date, to complete MyMathLab assignments, and to come prepared to class.  An opportunity to ask questions will be provided each class meeting.    

Early Warning Program: Georgia Highlands College requires that all faculty members report their students' progress throughout the course of the semester as part of the institution-wide Early Warning Program (EWP).  The objective of the program is to support academic success by reviewing early indicators of satisfactory student progress.  In accordance with EWP, faculty members provide the Registrar's Office with academic reports of each student enrolled in their course(s) at checkpoints staggered throughout the semester.  The following success factors are reported at their corresponding checkpoint:

Week 2: Notification of Non-attendance

Week 8: Mid-term Grades

Policies on student conduct and academic integrity:  Cheating (or even the appearance of cheating) will not be tolerated in this course.  If the instructor suspects a student of cheating, the instructor will notify the student of the allegations outside of class.  Then, the allegations will be referred to the Director of Student Life for appropriate action.  Policies on student conduct and academic integrity are in the College’s “Student Rights & Responsibilities” document.  This can be accessed by including on the syllabus the following URL:


 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.

Early Grades:  GHC offers a variety of part-of-term classes to allow our students to have flexible schedules.  However, there are only three Semesters each year; Spring, Summer and Fall.  It is only at the end of each Semester that grades are rolled to academic history and available on the official transcript.  After each part-of-term, as soon as Instructors have entered grades, they may be viewed online by logging into the SCORE (https://discovery.highlands.edu:9986/pls/SCORE/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin).  Transcripts may also be request at any time by logging into the SCORE.  Prior to the end of term, should a student need an early grade letter sent to another institution they may complete the request form and submit it to the Registrar’s Office for processing (http://www.highlands.edu/site/registrar-forms).  Please contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@highlands.edu if you need any assistance.


Financial Aid Statement: This message applies only to students receiving financial aid:  Federal regulations state that if a student did not attend classes and received failing grades, then the grades were not earned and financial aid needs 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 classStudents 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.


 Children on Campus Policy:  Children of currently enrolled students are allowed on campus only with the direct supervision of that parent.  Children will not be allowed to roam the campus or be left unattended by their parent at any time nor at any location.  In most cases, I will not allow children to attend class.  I will make an appointment with the parent and discuss the material taught in the class that the parent missed. The attending parent will assume responsibility for the behavior of the child.  Children are to follow the same conduct rules of reasonable behavior that apply to regular Georgia Highlands’ students. 


Please keep your cell phones on vibrate.  Do not disrupt the class with a ringing phone. Please do not text during class.

Note: We will have a lot of material to learn in this course and we will have to move swiftly.  Do NOT fall behind.  Be sure to take advantage of the Tutorial Center if you need it.  Other classmates will also prove to be valuable resources.




MATH 1111

Suggested Guide

August 2013


Class Work










No class-Labor Day








Test 1












Test 2




No class – Fall break














Test 3












No class-Thanksgiving




Test 4



M-12-16-13, 10 am-12 pm


The instructor reserves the right to change the above plans as circumstances warrant.

Page last updated: August 20, 2013