Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: MATH-1314- Section: 01
College Algebra
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Instructor Information
Instructor Michelle Askew
Phone(409) 984-6419
Location:Student Center - Room: 403
Hours:10:00-1:00 mw, 11:00-12:30 tr, 10:00-11:00 f. Other hours are available by appointment.
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341

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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 Successful completion of MATH 0332 or satisfactory score on approved test.
Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
1. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of properties of functions, including domain and range, operations, compositions, and inverses. (PSLO 1, 3, ALPHA) Measured by embedded questions in tests, quizzes, or homework labs as well as pretest and post-test.
2. Recognize and apply polynomial, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic functions and solve related equations. (PSLO 1, 3, ALPHA) Measured by embedded questions in tests, quizzes, or homework labs and pretest and post-test.
3. Apply graphing techniques. (PSLO 3) Measured by embedded questions in tests, quizzes, or homework labs.
4. Evaluate all roots of higher degree polynomial and rational functions. (PSLO 1, 2,3) Measured by embedded questions in tests, quizzes, homework labs and group discussion.
5. Recognize, solve and apply systems of linear equations using matrices. (PSLO 3)Measured by embedded questions in tests, quizzes or homework labs.
Core Objectives PSLO ALPHA: 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: 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 Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

COLLEGE ALGEBRA, Beecher, Penna, & Bittinger, 5th Edition, Pearson Education, Inc., 2016. Package includes book and access code ISBN: 9781323109144; Stand Alone Access Code ISBN: 9780558926809
Lecture Topics
Students will be required to use a scientific calculator of their choice-this will not include a cell phone.
Major Assignments
All assignments are posted in MyLabsPlus and must be done on a computer.
These are approximate test dates:
October 2, 2020    Test 1
October 23, 2020    Test 2
November 13, 2020    Test 3
December 6, 2020    Final Exam

Final Exam Date December 4, 2020 - 8:00 AM   Through  December 4, 2020 - 10:00 PM
Grading Scale 90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 60 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Tests: 60%
Quizzes: 25%
Homework: 15%
(All homework will be done on computers using MyLabs+.) Free temporary access is available until September 3, 2020. Login at www.lamarpa.mylabsplus.com using your Lamar State College Port Arthur user name. The password is your birthday. Example: June 2, 1985 would be Jun021985. There are no spaces. It is case sensitive.
Approximate Test Dates:

Course Policies
Instructor Policies Students will be required to use a scientific calculator of their choice-this will not include a cell phone.
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between participation and college success. There will not be any makeup quizzes or makeup tests. A student's lowest test grade will replace a first missed test. A student will receive a zero for any missed quiz, a second missed test or missing the final exam. The final exam is required.
Approximate Test Dates:
September 30, 2020 Chapter 1 Test
October 21, 2020 Chapter 2 Test
November 11, 2020 Chapter 3 Test
December 4, 2020 Final Exam
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 the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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Other September 7, 2020 Labor Day Holiday, No classes
September 28, 2020 Last day to drop or withdraw without penalty
November 19,2020 Last day to drop or withdraw with academic penalty
November 26-27, 2020    Thanksgiving Holiday, no classes
December 2, 2020         Last Class Day
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.