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Georgia Highlands College

Course Syllabus  ̶  MATH 1001

Quantitative Skills and Reasoning

Summer Semester 2014

Class:       MATH 1001, CRN 50096 MW 8:30 AM – 11:05 AM Cartersville Campus Room 326

Course Description:

This course is an alternative in Area A of the Core Curriculum and is not intended to supply sufficient algebraic background for students who intend to take Pre-calculus or the calculus sequences for mathematics and science majors. This course places quantitative skills and reasoning in the context of experiences that students will be likely to encounter. It emphasizes processing information in context from a variety of representations, understanding of both the information and the processing, and understanding which conclusions can be reasonably determined.

Prerequisites: Satisfactory placement scores or completion of LS Requirements

Instructor:    Dr. Tim Floyd

Contact:          Text or Email to tfloyd@highlands.edu

Office Hours: 

Please note that additional office hours are available after class and by appointment. Students are strongly encouraged to schedule a meeting with the instructor whenever necessary to discuss class policies or course material. 

DAY

TIME

M

Contact or talk me for availability.

tfloyd@highlands.edu

T

11:30 AM-12:30 PM  in the Cartersville Campus Math Division Office

W

Contact or talk me for availability.

tfloyd@highlands.edu

Th


11:30 AM-12:30 PM  in the Cartersville Campus Math Division Office

 

Contact Information:       

E-mail Address

tfloyd@highlands.edu -- USE FIRST

Web Site Address

http://www.highlands.edu/site/faculty-tim-floyd

Required Materials:  Thinking Mathematically, (5th edition) Robert Blitzer,
Pearson, Prentice Hall Publishing.

Calculator Policy:  Students may use calculators on exams.  No other electronic devices may be used during exams and will result in an automatic F on the exam.

D2L: Your test grades will be posted in D2L. Do not send the instructor email messages from D2L. Use the Highlands email address to contact the instructor.

Course Content:  See Calendar at the end of the syllabus.

Grading Policies:

  • Exams (100%)
    • Three exams will be given during the semester. Each exam will count 100 points. 
    • There will be no make-up exams.
    • The 3 exams will be averaged and rounded to the nearest point.
  • My Math Lab Grade (Can replace lowest test grade)
    • By the next-to-last week of class you will be informed of your MML Grade.
    • Your average will be calculated with that grade and you will decide whether or not you need to take test 5.

The following grading scale will apply:

A - 90-100

B - 80-89

C - 70-79

D – 60-69

F - less than 60   

A, B, C, D, and F are potential grades in this course.

Note: Please keep a copy of all graded tests, homework and all other relevant documents from the course until the end of the semester.  If a student needs to go through a grade appeals process for any reason, without documentation, the appeals process will become weak for them to establish a case.


 

Academic Policies:

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

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 6: Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory Progress

Last Day to Withdraw without Academic Penalty: On or before Tuesday July 8, 2014.

Withdrawals after this date are subject to approval by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and will be issued only in cases of extreme emergency or hardship.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students completing this course should satisfy the following goal and learning outcomes:

Outcome 1: Students will be able to demonstrate algebraic skills in solving equations.
Outcome 2: Students will be able to graph an abstract function.
Outcome 3: Students will be able to graph a real-life function.
Outcome 4: Students will be able to model concrete problems and arrive at solutions.
Outcome 5: Students will be able to graph relationships other than functions.
Outcome 6: Students will be able to demonstrate algebraic skills in solving inequalities.
Outcome 7: Students will be able to use appropriate technology to enhance mathematical thinking and understanding.
Outcome 8: Students will be able to interpret a real-life function.
Outcome 9: Students will determine the validity of logical arguments based on the rules of inference
Outcome 10: Students will apply appropriate strategies for solving quantitative problems.
Outcome 11: Students will use to put numbers, expressed in a variety of ways, in the appropriate context for a given problem.
Outcome 12: Students will differentiate between causation and correlation
Outcome 13: Students will interpret statistics presented graphically
Outcome 14: Students will interpret the measures of central tendency and variation.

Academic Dishonesty: 

Cheating will not be tolerated in this class.  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.  The procedures and penalties implemented both by the instructor and the Director of Student Life shall be in accordance with the college's Academic Integrity Policy, online at:

http://highlands.edu/academics/academicaffairs/academicintegritypolicy.htm

Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance:        

Students who feel they need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should make an appointment with the Access Center (Disabilities Support office:  Floyd location, 706.802.5003; Cartersville location, 678.872.8009).  Access Center personnel will offer information and guidance, as well as coordinate reasonable accommodations under ADA. Students are welcome to contact the instructor privately, outside of class, to discuss specific accommodation requests.

Early Grades Statement:  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.

Special Note to Students Receiving Financial Aid:

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. 

Inclement 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.

In Conclusion:

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns during the semester, please feel free to contact me.

 


 

Calendar

 This schedule indicates material to be covered during class on the indicated date. If your time allows please review the section before class that date.

 

 

MATH1001

 

Tuesday June 10

Introduction

Teach 7.1, 7.2, 7.3

 

Thursday June 12

Teach 8.1, 8.2

Report Attendance

Tuesday June 17

Teach 8.3, 8.4

 

Thursday June 19

Teach 8.5

 

Tuesday June 24

Review for Test

 

Thursday June 26

Test 1

Report Progress

Tuesday July 1

Teach 3.1, 3.2, 3.3

 

Thursday July 3

Teach 3.4, 3.5

 

Tuesday July 8

Teach 11.1, 11.2, 11.3

Last Day to Withdraw

Thursday July 10

Teach 11.4, 11.5

 

Tuesday July 15

Review for Test

 

Thursday July 17

Test 2

 

Tuesday July 22

Teach 12.1, 12.2

 

Thursday July 24

Teach 12.3, 12.6

 

Tuesday July 29

Review for Final

Last Day of Class

Thursday July 31

Comprehensive Final Exam

Final Exam

 

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