Lamar State College  Port Arthur
House Bill 2504
Fall 2014 Course Syllabus
MATH031206  PreAlgebra
Faculty Information  

Semester  Fall 2014  
Instructor  Pate, Martha J.  
Phone  (409) 9846307  
patemj@lamarpa.edu  
Department 


Office 


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Course Information  
Course Number  90219  
Course Description  0312 PreAlgebra Basic concepts and operations involved with whole numbers, integers, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, percent, exponents, and polynomials. Included is an introduction to solving equations and problem solving. Course includes a corequisite lab. Prerequisite: placement examination. 

Course Prerequisites  None: direct placement as per COMPASS scores  
Required Textbooks 
MyLabsPlus Student Access Code to accompany Prealgebra, by Elayn MartinGay, 6th Edition 

Attendance Policy 
LSCPA maintains attendance and participation requirements for all students enrolled in developmental courses. These requirements apply to all developmental students: THEA, nonTHEA, and THEAexempt. Use your allocated absences for ALL of your personal needs. Employment, personal appointments and continuing legal/medical appointments are not exemptions from these guidelines. If this class conflicts with your work schedule, continuing medical/legal appointments, or other activities see an admissions advisor immediately. We offer a variety of day, evening, hybrid, and online courses.  Class begins when the instructor takes roll and does not end until the instructor dismisses the class. The student will be penalized for any instructional time that is missed. This includes arriving late, leaving early, and exiting the classroom for any reason. Each instructor will establish classroom policy regarding reentry opportunities for students that exit the room during class.  Attendance counting begins on the first day the student is enrolled regardless of schedule changes. If a schedule change is made, absences that have been accumulated will carry over to the new section. 

Course Grading Scale 
AD: 90100 BD: 8089 CD: 7079 DD: 5069 FD: BELOW 50 

Determination of Final Grade 
50%  Tests 13%  Homework 12%  Corequisite Lab Hours 25% Final Exam 

Final Exam Date  December 9, 2014  8:00 AM  
Major Assignments 
1st Exercise: Course PreTest 2nd Exercise: Syllabus & Syllabus Review Week 1: Chapter One: Whole Numbers 1.2  Place Value and Names for Numbers 1.3  Adding/Subtracting Whole Numbers Week 2: 1.4  Rounding 1.5  Multiplying Whole Numbers 1.6  Dividing Whole Numbers Week 3: 1.7  Exponents and Order of Operations 1.8  Variables, Algebraic Expressions & Equations Chapter One Review Chapter One Testing begins Chapter Two: Integers 2.1  Introduction to Integers Week 4: 2.2  Adding Integers 2.3  Subtracting Integers 2.4  Multiplying & Dividing Integers Week 5: 2.5  Order of Operations 2.6  Solving Equations Chapter Two Review Cumulative Review Chapters 12 Chapter Two Testing begins Chapter Three: Algebraic Expressions 3.1  Simplifying Algebraic Expressions Week 6: 3.2  Equations: using Addition & Multiplication Properties 3.3  Solving Linear Equations in 1 Variable 3.4  Equations: Problem Solving Chapter Three Review Cumulative Review Chapters 123 Chapter Three Testing begins Week 7: Chapter Four: Fractions 4.1  Intro to Fractions and Mixed Numbers 4.2  Factors and Simplest Form 4.3  Multiplying and Dividing Fractions 4.4  Adding and Subtracting LikeTerm Fractions Week 8: 4.5  Adding and Subtracting UnLike Fractions 4.6  Complex Fractions and Order of Operations 4.8  Equations containing Fractions Chapter Four Review Cumulative Review Chapters 1234 Chapter Four Testing begins Week 9: Chapter Five: Decimals 5.1  Intro to Decimals 5.2  Adding and Subtracting Decimals 5.3  Multiplying Decimals 5.4  Dividing Decimals Week 10: 5.5  Fractions, Decimals and Order of Operations 5.6  Equations containing Decimals 5.7  Decimal Applications: Mean, Median and Mode Chapter Five Review Cumulative Review Chapters 12345 Chapter Five Testing begins Week 11: Chapter Six: Ratios, Rates, Proportions 6.1  Ratios and Rates 6.2  Proportions 6.3  Proportions and Problem Solving Chapter Six Review Cumulative Review Chapters 123456 Chapter Six Testing begins Week 12: Chapter Seven: Percents 7.1  Percents, Decimals, and Fractions 7.2  Solving Percent Equations 7.4  Percent Applications Week 13: 7.5  Sales Tax, Commission and Discount Chapter Seven Review Cumulative Final Exam Review Chapters 17 Chapter Seven Testing begins 10.1  Adding and Subtracting Polynomials 10.2  Multiplication Properties of Exponents Week 14: 10.3  Multiplying Polynomials Week 15: Final Exam Review Week 16: FINAL EXAM 

Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates 
1st Exercise: Course PreTest 2nd Exercise: Syllabus & Syllabus Review Week 1: Chapter One: Whole Numbers 1.2  Place Value and Names for Numbers 1.3  Adding/Subtracting Whole Numbers Week 2: 1.4  Rounding 1.5  Multiplying Whole Numbers 1.6  Dividing Whole Numbers Week 3: 1.7  Exponents and Order of Operations 1.8  Variables, Algebraic Expressions & Equations Chapter One Review Chapter One Testing begins Chapter Two: Integers 2.1  Introduction to Integers Week 4: 2.2  Adding Integers 2.3  Subtracting Integers 2.4  Multiplying & Dividing Integers Week 5: 2.5  Order of Operations 2.6  Solving Equations Chapter Two Review Cumulative Review Chapters 12 Chapter Two Testing begins Chapter Three: Algebraic Expressions 3.1  Simplifying Algebraic Expressions Week 6: 3.2  Equations: using Addition & Multiplication Properties 3.3  Solving Linear Equations in 1 Variable 3.4  Equations: Problem Solving Chapter Three Review Cumulative Review Chapters 123 Chapter Three Testing begins Week 7: Chapter Four: Fractions 4.1  Intro to Fractions and Mixed Numbers 4.2  Factors and Simplest Form 4.3  Multiplying and Dividing Fractions 4.4  Adding and Subtracting LikeTerm Fractions Week 8: 4.5  Adding and Subtracting UnLike Fractions 4.6  Complex Fractions and Order of Operations 4.8  Equations containing Fractions Chapter Four Review Cumulative Review Chapters 1234 Chapter Four Testing begins Week 9: Chapter Five: Decimals 5.1  Intro to Decimals 5.2  Adding and Subtracting Decimals 5.3  Multiplying Decimals 5.4  Dividing Decimals Week 10: 5.5  Fractions, Decimals and Order of Operations 5.6  Equations containing Decimals 5.7  Decimal Applications: Mean, Median and Mode Chapter Five Review Cumulative Review Chapters 12345 Chapter Five Testing begins Week 11: Chapter Six: Ratios, Rates, Proportions 6.1  Ratios and Rates 6.2  Proportions 6.3  Proportions and Problem Solving Chapter Six Review Cumulative Review Chapters 123456 Chapter Six Testing begins Week 12: Chapter Seven: Percents 7.1  Percents, Decimals, and Fractions 7.2  Solving Percent Equations 7.4  Percent Applications Week 13: 7.5  Sales Tax, Commission and Discount Chapter Seven Review Cumulative Final Exam Review Chapters 17 Chapter Seven Testing begins 10.1  Adding and Subtracting Polynomials 10.2  Multiplication Properties of Exponents Week 14: 10.3  Multiplying Polynomials Week 15: Final Exam Review Week 16: FINAL EXAM 

General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes 


Program Student Learning Outcomes 
1. Communicates with appropriate modes of expression to individuals or groups A. Demonstrates theses clarity B. Organizes information C. Uses support D. Presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression 2. Demonstrates awareness of cultural differences and similarities A. Identifies cultural characteristics (beliefs, values, perspectives, or practices) B. Interprets works of human expression within cultural context C. Shows awareness of one’s own culture in relation to others 3. Uses critical thinking skills A. Identifies problem, argument or issue (to determine extent of information needed) B. Differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation C. Constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences D. Uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion Course objectives: • Students will add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, integers, fractions and decimals • Students will simplify numeric and algebraic expressions • Students will solve linear equations in one variable involving whole numbers, integers, fractions and decimals • Students will translate, develop a strategy and solve related application problems 4. Demonstrates technology literacy A. Locates needed information using the appropriate technological tool or device B. Displays organizational skills with the use of technology C. Presents information using the appropriate technological tool or device Course objective: • Students will utilize an online learning system to demonstrate math proficiency 5. Matriculates into appropriate college level courses 6. Applies mathematical and scientific principles A. Identifies mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task B. Uses mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task C. Applies problemsolving skills in mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task Course objectives: • Students will add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, integers, fractions and decimals • Students will simplify numeric and algebraic expressions • Students will solve linear equations in one variable involving whole numbers, integers, fractions and decimals • Students will translate, develop a strategy and solve related application problems 

Course Student Learning Outcomes 
1. Communicates with appropriate modes of expression to individuals or groups A. Demonstrates theses clarity B. Organizes information C. Uses support D. Presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression 2. Demonstrates awareness of cultural differences and similarities A. Identifies cultural characteristics (beliefs, values, perspectives, or practices) B. Interprets works of human expression within cultural context C. Shows awareness of one’s own culture in relation to others 3. Uses critical thinking skills A. Identifies problem, argument or issue (to determine extent of information needed) B. Differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation C. Constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences D. Uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion Course objectives: • Students will add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, integers, fractions and decimals • Students will simplify numeric and algebraic expressions • Students will solve linear equations in one variable involving whole numbers, integers, fractions and decimals • Students will translate, develop a strategy and solve related application problems 4. Demonstrates technology literacy A. Locates needed information using the appropriate technological tool or device B. Displays organizational skills with the use of technology C. Presents information using the appropriate technological tool or device Course objective: • Students will utilize an online learning system to demonstrate math proficiency 5. Matriculates into appropriate college level courses 6. Applies mathematical and scientific principles A. Identifies mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task B. Uses mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task C. Applies problemsolving skills in mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task Course objectives: • Students will add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, integers, fractions and decimals • Students will simplify numeric and algebraic expressions • Students will solve linear equations in one variable involving whole numbers, integers, fractions and decimals • Students will translate, develop a strategy and solve related application problems 

Academic Honesty  Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSCPA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.  
Facility Policies 


Additional Information  I cannot discuss your grades over the phone or by email. If you want to discuss your grades, you must talk to me in person, either before or after class or by appointment.  
Important Information  
ADA Considerations  The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal antidiscrimination 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) 9846241.  
Copyright Violations 
Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester,
by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally.
No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class,
including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or
painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.
Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties. Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented. If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 9846216. 

Assessment Statement 
Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to
attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching
and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate
programs.
Periodically LSCPA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including videorecorded performances, speeches, and projects. If you object to allowing LSCPA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data. What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSCPA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools. 

Privacy Notice 
Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot
divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are
minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.
Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom. Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences. Circumstances under which information may be released:
An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of
information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person
to whom the information may be given.
The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 9846165. 

CollegeLevel Perspectives 
This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:


Degree Plan Evaluation 
A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.
All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class. 

HB 2504  This syllabus is part of LSCPA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.  

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