Fall 2018 Course Syllabus
Course: DMTH-0314- Section: 03
Foundations of College Algebra
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Instructor Information
Instructor James Knowles
Location:Madison Monroe Education - Room: 211
Hours:Mon-Fri: By appointment only (campus Outlook scheduler)
Chair:Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Course Information
Description In-depth study and applications of polynomial, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic functions, and systems of equations using matrices. Additional topics such as sequences, series, probability, and conics may be included.
Prerequisites Corequisite(s): MATH 1314
Prerequisite(s): See Placement Guidelines, page 16 of the LSCPA College Catalog
Learning Outcomes Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
1. Define, represent, and perform operations on real and complex numbers.
2. Recognize, understand, and analyze features of a function.
3. Recognize and use algebraic (field) properties, concepts, procedures (including factoring),
and algorithms to combine, transform, and evaluate absolute value, polynomial, radical,
and rational expressions.
4. Identify and solve absolute value, polynomial, radical, and rational equations.
5. Identify and solve absolute value and linear inequalities.
6. Model, interpret and justify mathematical ideas and concepts using multiple
7. Connect and use multiple strands of mathematics in situations and problems, as well as in
the study of other disciplines
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.
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.
Textbooks COLLEGE ALGEBRA, Beecher, Penna, & Bittinger, 5th Edition, Pearson Education, Inc., 2016. Package includes book and access code ISBN: 1323109144; Stand Alone Access Code ISBN: 0558926809
Lecture Topics
Table of Contents
1. Graphs, Functions, and Models
1.1 Introduction to Graphing
1.2 Functions and Graphs
1.3 Linear Functions, Slope, and Applications
1.4 Equations of Lines and Modeling
1.5 Linear Equations, Functions, Zeros, and Applications
1.6 Solving Linear Inequalities

2. More on Functions
2.1 Increasing, Decreasing, and Piecewise Functions; Applications
2.2 The Algebra of Functions
2.3 The Composition of Functions
2.4 Symmetry
2.5 Transformations
2.6 Variation and Applications

3. Quadratic Functions and Equations; Inequalities
3.1 The Complex Numbers
3.2 Quadratic Equations, Functions, Zeros, and Models
3.3 Analyzing Graphs of Quadratic Functions
3.4 Solving Rational Equations and Radical Equations
3.5 Solving Equations and Inequalities with Absolute Value

4. Polynomial Functions and Rational Functions
4.1 Polynomial Functions and Models
4.2 Graphing Polynomial Functions
4.3 Polynomial Division; The Remainder Theorem and the Factor Theorem
4.4 Theorems about Zeros of Polynomial Functions
4.5 Rational Functions
4.6 Polynomial Inequalities and Rational Inequalities

5. Exponential Functions and Logarithmic Functions
5.1 Inverse Functions
5.2 Exponential Functions and Graphs
5.3 Logarithmic Functions and Graphs
5.4 Properties of Logarithmic Functions
5.5 Solving Exponential Equations and Logarithmic Equations
5.6 Applications and Models: Growth and Decay; Compound Interest
Major Assignments
All assignments subject to change due to weather, facility or other unscheduled interruptions.
Reference your specific Math 1314 Major Assignments Schedule as outlined in the Pearson automated student management system.
Final Exam Date December 31, 2018 - 11:00 PM   Through  December 31, 2018 - 12:00 AM
Grading Scale Math 314 is based on Pass (Satisfactory) or Fail (Unsatisfactory)
Math 314 In-class exercises will be graded on the scale of Pass (70-100) or Fail (Below 70)
Determination of
Final Grade
Your Math 314 final grade will consist of:
-Scheduled graded in-class exercises

Reference your specific Math 1314 College Math course determination of Math 1314 Final Grade
Course Policies
Instructor Policies All course correspondence will be conducted through campus emails and campus phones:
-All correspondence (email or voice-mail) should include your name, specific math course, and short clear questions.
-All email should exercise the best business practices of proper grammar, punctuation, and style.

Advance notice: I will not discuss your D-Math 0314 grades or absences over the phone or by email.
If you want to discuss your grades or absences, you must schedule an appointment to come to my office, in person.
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success.
Attendance is taken each class day and is required for the full scheduled period.
-Students that arrive 20 minutes-or-more late or leave 20 minutes-or-more early will be counted absent.
-To prevent other disruptions, students may leave and return only once during a class period.
A student with more than 4 absences may be dropped from class without prior notification.
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.
MyLamarPA Be sure to check your campus E-mail and Course Homepage using MyLamarPA campus web portal (My.LamarPA.edu). When you've logged in, click the email icon in the upper right-hand corner to check email, or click on the "My Courses" tab to get to your Course Homepage. Click the link to your course and review the information presented. It is important that you check your email and Course Homepage regularly. You can also access your grades, transcripts, and determine who your academic advisor is by using MyLamarPA.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.