Fall 2018 Course Syllabus
Course: DMTH-0310- Section: 05
Beginning Algebra
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Instructor Information
Instructor Joshua Barnes
Location:Student Success Center - Room: 117
Hours:By Appointment: T Th 9:20am-12:20pm 4:30pm-5:30pm, W F 11am-1:30pm
Chair:Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Course Information
Description Concepts of basic algebra. Operations on real numbers and polynomials, solving equations, inequalities and systems, graphing, and problem solving are included.
Prerequisites TSI Score 310-335 and ABE Score 3-6, or TSI Score 336-341
Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
1.    Use appropriate symbolic notation and vocabulary to communicate, interpret, and explain mathematical concepts.
2.    Define, represent, and perform operations on real numbers, applying numeric reasoning to investigate and describe quantitative relationships and solve real world problems in a variety of contexts.
3.    Use algebraic reasoning to solve problems that require ratios, rates, percentages, and proportions in a variety of contexts using multiple representations.
4.    Apply algebraic reasoning to manipulate expressions and equations to solve real world problems.
5.    Use graphs, tables, and technology to analyze, interpret, and compare data sets.
6.    Construct and use mathematical models in verbal, algebraic, graphical, and tabular form to solve problems from a variety of contexts and to make predictions and decisions.
Core Objectives * 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.
Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading.

PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.

Creatively identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine the extent of information needed); differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation; constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences; uses logical, sound reasoning to justify the conclusion.

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

Expresses a strong thesis; organizes information with effective transitions & sequencing of ideas; uses substantial, logical & specific development of ideas; details are relevant, original, credible and correctly documented when appropriate to show an effective development and interpretation of ideas; and presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression for the task.

PSLO 3: Empirical and Quantitative Skills- Applies the manipulation and/or analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions.

Identifies mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete tasks, uses mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete tasks, analyzes how to use the principles; and applies problem-solving skills in mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete tasks with correct informed conclusions.
Textbooks Beginning & Intermediate Algebra 6th edition by Elayn Martin-Gay (not required)

MyLabsPlus Access (required)
Lecture Topics
1. Review of Real Numbers
1.1 Study Skill Tips for Success in Mathematics
1.2 Symbols and Sets of Numbers
1.3 Fractions and Mixed Numbers
1.4 Exponents, Order of Operations, Variable Expressions and Equations
1.5 Adding Real Numbers
1.6 Subtracting Real Numbers
1.7 Multiplying and Dividing Real Numbers
1.8 Properties of Real Numbers

2. Equations, Inequalities, and Problem Solving
2.1 Simplifying Algebraic Expressions
2.2 The Addition and Multiplication Properties of Equality
2.3 Solving Linear Equations
2.4 An Introduction to Problem Solving
2.5 Formulas and Problem Solving
2.6 Percent and Mixture Problem Solving
2.7 Further Problem Solving
2.8 Solving Linear Inequalities

3. Graphing
3.1 Reading Graphs and the Rectangular Coordinate System
3.2 Graphing Linear Equations
3.3 Intercepts
3.4 Slope and Rate of Change
3.5 Equation of Lines
3.6 Functions

4. Solving Systems of Linear Equations
4.1 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Graphing
4.2 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Substitution
4.3 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Addition
4.4 Solving Systems of Linear Equations in Three Variables
4.5 Systems of Linear Equations and Problem Solving

5. Exponents and Polynomials
5.1 Exponents
5.2 Polynomial Functions and Adding and Subtracting Polynomials
5.3 Multiplying Polynomials
5.4 Special Products
5.5 Negative Exponents and Scientific Notation
5.6 Dividing Polynomials
5.7 Synthetic Division and the Remainder Theorem

6. Factoring Polynomials
6.1 The Greatest Common Factor and Factoring by Grouping
6.2 Factoring Trinomials of the Form x^2 + bx + c
6.3 Factoring Trinomials of the Form ax^2 + bx + c and Perfect Square Trinomials
6.4 Factoring Trinomials of the Form ax^2 + bx + c by Grouping
6.5 Factoring Binomials
6.6 Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring
6.7 Quadratic Equations and Problem Solving
Major Assignments
Reference your specific DMTH 0310 Beginning Algebra major assignment schedule in the Pearson MyLabsPlus student management system.
Final Exam Date December 13, 2018 - 11:00 AM
Grading Scale 90-100% = AD
80-89% = BD
70-79% = CD
50 - 69% = DD
0-49% = FD
Determination of
Final Grade
Class Attendance - 10%
Lab Attendance - 10%
Portfolio - 5%
Assignments - 30%
Exams and Project -30%
Final Exam - 15%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Grades will only be discussed in person.
Communication will be via email or voicemail and should include your name, specific math course, and short clear questions.
Attendance Policy Arrival 1 minute late will be considered LATE
Leaving class early will also be considered LATE
3 "LATE"s will equal 1 absence.
Arriving 20 minutes or more late or leaving 20 minutes or more early counts as an ABSENCE
5 ABSENCES may result in immediate course failure.
Attendance is tallied via assigned seating, therefore sitting in the incorrect seating position may cause you to be marked absent, so make sure to be seated in your assigned seat for the duration of class.
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
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

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

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
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.
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.