Fall 2018 Course Syllabus
Course: DMTH-0310- Section: 01
Beginning Algebra
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Instructor Information
Instructor James Pitre
Phone(409) 984-6245
Location:Student Success Center - Room: 117
Hours:10 - 12 MW; 8 - 10 Tues; 10:30 - 12 Thurs; 9 -11 F; by appointment.
Chair:Dr. 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 of 336-341 or 310-335 with an ABE score of 5-6
Learning Outcomes Learning Outcomes:
1. Students will learn how to solve linear equations and applications
2. Students will determine the slopes, intercepts, equations and graphs of lines
3. Students will solve systems of equations in two variables by substitution and addition
4. Students will add, subtract, multiply, divide and factor polynomials
5. Students will translate, develop a strategy and solve related application problems
6. Students will utilize an outline learning system to demonstrate math proficiency
Core Objectives PSLO 1: 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.
PSLO 2: Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.
PSLO 3: Empirical and Quantitative Skills: Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Textbooks Beginning & Intermediate Algebra 6th edition by Elayn Martin-Gay (not required)
MyLabsPlus Access (required)
Lecture Topics
1. Review of Real Numbers
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

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
4.2 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Substitution
4.3 Solving Systems of Linear Equations by Addition

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
Major Assignments
The Class will have at least 5 major test.
Chapter #1    Sep. 14
Chapter #2    Sep. 28
Chapter #3    Oct. 12
Chapter #4    Oct. 26
Chapter #5    Nov. 14
Chapter #6     Dec. 30

*Reference your specific DMTH 0310 Beginning Algebra major assignment schedule in the Pearson MyLabsPlus student management system.

Final Exam Date December 12, 2018 - 8:00 AM   Through  December 12, 2018 - 5:00 PM
Grading Scale 90 -100% = AD
80 - 89% = BD
70 - 79% = CD
50 - 69% = DD
0 - 49% = FD
Determination of
Final Grade
Lab Attendance - 10%
Assignments - 20%
Exams and Project - 50%
Final Exam - 20%
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 Attendance is required.
6 ABSENCES may result in course failure.
Three of the following incidents will be equal to one absence:
•    Arriving to class late
•    Leaving class early
•    Sleeping in class
•    Refusing to participate in group work
•    Being on your cell phone
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.