Lamar State College - Port Arthur

House Bill 2504

Fall 2014 Course Syllabus

MATH-1332-01 - Contemporary Mathematics I (Math for Liberal Arts Majors I)

Faculty Information
SemesterFall 2014
InstructorPate, Martha J.
Phone(409) 984-6307
Math and Science
Chair:Percy Jordan
Phone:(409) 984-6335
Hours:by appointment
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Course Information
Course Number90118
Course Description Topics may include introductory treatments of sets, logic, number systems, number theory, relations, functions, probability and statistics. Appropriate applications are included.
Course Prerequisites Successful completion of MATH 0332, or SAT math score of 500 or higher, or ACT math score of 19 or higher, or TSI math score of 350 or higher, or any other applicable exemption claimed under 19 TAC §4.54 that qualifies the student for the class
Required Textbooks Required:

- MyLabsPlus Student Access Code

- Scientific Calculator (no graphing calculators allowed)


- Thinking Mathematically by Blitzer, 6th edition, Pearson Addison Wesley Publishers
Attendance Policy Students are expected to be in class from the beginning of class until the instructor dismisses the class

– AND are responsible for all work done in class regardless of class presence!

Course Grading Scale  90 - 100 = A     80 - 89 = B     70 - 79 = C     60 - 69 = D     Below 59 = F
Determination of Final Grade 50% -- Tests (3 @ 100 pts. each)

17% -- Final Exam - required (100 pts.)

17% -- Section Quizzes (8 to 12 @ 100 pts.- drop 1)

16% -- Online Homework


1.        NO books, notes, formulas, cell phones, etc. may be used when taking a test or a quiz unless provided by your instructor; however a calculator will be allowed.

2.        Students must provide their own calculators (no sharing!) and a scientific calculator is recommended. (Note: graphing calculators and cell phones may NOT be used as your calculator during a test or quiz)

3.        Unless otherwise noted, No supporting work shown = NO CREDIT! (even if answer is correct) You MUST show how you arrived at your answer to get any credit, full or partial.

4.        All test/quiz materials except pencils and calculators will be provided (including scratch paper) and students should bring only pencils and calculators to tests/quizzes. All scratch paper must be submitted with the completed test or 50 points will be deducted from the test grade.

5.        As a rule, a test or quiz must be completed in ONE session; this means that the student may NOT leave the classroom for a few minutes and continue to work on it after returning.

Note: Any deviation from this format must be approved by the instructor prior to the scheduled test date/time.

6.        Grades will be available at all times in the MyLabsPlus and Blackboard websites.


1.        Tests will be taken in the classroom and do not require a scantron. Work must be shown to support your answer (see #3 in Assessment Policy).

2.        The entire class period is allowed to complete the test and no new material will be presented that day. The maximum score MAY be more than 100 points and the number of problems will vary between 16 and 25.

3.        NO test grades will be dropped!! See page1 about re-tests and makeup tests!


1.        Quizzes are generally taken at the beginning of class in the classroom.

2.        Quizzes consist of 4-5 problems for a total of 100 points.

3.        There is a 15-minute time limit – if you arrive late, you will only be allowed the time remaining. There are NO makeup quizzes if you miss one.

4.        Work must be shown to support your answer (see #3 in Assessment Policy).

5.        ONE quiz grade will be *dropped* and the average of those remaining will be counted the same as a test grade.


ALL homework will be completed at the MyLabsPlus website

A MyLabsPlus packet with a Student Access Code should be bundled with a new textbook or may be purchased separately from the Pearson website when you register in MyLabsPlus. A temporary (20 day) access may be chosen but a permanent access code MUST be purchased before the temporary one expires (an email will alert you to the final deadline). The MyLabsPlus Student Access Code is NOT optional!!

Each homework assignment may be repeated for a higher grade until the Final Exam and the average for all homework assignment grades will count the same as a test grade.

Final Exam Date December 4, 2014 - 11:00 AM
Major Assignments Week 1: Course introduction; syllabus review; start Ch. 5

Week 2: Ch. 5, Quiz 1

Week 3: Chs. 5-6, Quiz 2

Week 4: Quiz 3, Review, Test 1

Week 5: Ch. 6

Week 6: Chs. 6 -7, Quiz 4

Week 7: Quiz 5, Ch. 7

Week 8: Quiz 6, Review, Test 2

Week 9: Ch. 8

Week 10: Quiz 7, Ch. 2

Week 11: Quiz 8, Review, Test 3

Week 12: Ch. 2

Week 13: Quiz 9, Ch. 4

Week 14: Quiz 10, Ch. 4

Week 15: Quiz 11, Review, Final Exam
Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates Aug. 26, 28: Course introduction; syllabus review; start Ch. 5

Sept. 2, 4: Ch. 5, Quiz 1

Sept. 9, 11: Chs. 5-6, Quiz 2

Sept. 16, 18: Quiz 3, Review, Test 1

Sept. 23, 25: Ch. 6

Sept. 30, Oct. 2: Chs. 6 -7, Quiz 4

Oct. 7, 9: Quiz 5, Ch. 7

Oct. 14, 16: Quiz 6, Review, Test 2

Oct. 21, 23: Ch. 8

Oct. 28, 30: Quiz 7, Ch. 2

Nov. 4, 6: Quiz 8, Review, Test 3

11, 13: Ch. 2

Nov. 18, 20: Quiz 9, Ch. 4

Nov. 25: Quiz 10, Ch. 4

Dec. 2, 4: Quiz 11, Review, Final Exam
General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
Communication skills:Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

Critical Thinking Skills:Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills:Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.

Teamwork:Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.

Social Responsibility:Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.

Personal Responsibility:Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.

Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills – Demonstrate comprehension of content-area material.

PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills – Uses creative thinking,innovation, inquiry and analysis.

PSLO 2: Communication Skills - Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written,oral and/or visual communication.

PSLO 3: Empirical and Quantitative Skills - Applies the manipulation and/or analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions.
Course Student Learning Outcomes Upon finishing the course students will be able to:

• Apply arithmetic, algebraic, geometric, higher-order thinking, and statistical methods to modeling and solving real world situations. (PSLO ALPHA, 1) Measured by embedded questions in tests, quizzes, or homework labs as well as pretest and post-test.

• Represent and evaluate basic mathematical information verbally, numerically, graphically, and symbolically. (PSLO ALPHA, 3) Measured by embedded questions in tests, quizzes, or homework labs as well as pretest and post-test.

• Expand mathematical reasoning skills and formal logic to develop convincing mathematical arguments. (PSLO ALPHA, 1,2) Measured by embedded questions in tests, quizzes, or homework labs as well as pretest and post-test.

• Interpret mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, tables and schematics, and draw inferences from them. (PSLO ALPHA, 2,3) Measured by embedded questions in tests, quizzes, or homework labs as well as pretest and post-test.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  • Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.
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 anti-discrimination 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) 984-6241.
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) 984-6216.
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 LSC-PA 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 video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.

If you object to allowing LSC-PA 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. LSC-PA’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.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

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

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Degree Plan Evaluation A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.

  1. Sign in to your account.

  2. Click on the “My Services” tab.

  3. Click on the “Student” tab.

  4. Click on Student Records.

  5. Click on Degree Evaluation.

  6. Select the term you are planning on registering for (i.e. Summer I, Summer II, Fall, or Spring)

  7. Verify that the Curriculum Information (your MAJOR) is correct

  8. Click on “Generate New Evaluation” at the bottom of the screen.

  9. Click the radio button next to Program

  10. Click on the Generate Request button.

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 LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.

Lamar State College - Port Arthur


Lamar State College - Port Arthur, a member of The Texas State University System, is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality and affordable instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The College embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life.

Core Values

  • Shared commitment by faculty, staff and administration to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community involvement

  • General education/core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community

  • Academic and technical programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, using a variety of delivery methods, on and off campus

  • Technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and behavior necessary for initial and continued employment

  • Student achievement characterized by attainment of individual goals and measured by successful accomplishments and completion of curriculum

  • Co-curricular opportunities that develop social, financial and civic acuity


Lamar State College - Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

  • treated with dignity and respect;

  • afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

  • given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights; and,

  • provided an opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

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