Lamar State College - Port Arthur

House Bill 2504

Spring 2016 Course Syllabus

MATH-0312-03 - Pre-Algebra

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Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2016
InstructorPitre, James Roy
Phone(409) 984-6236
Developmental Education
Chair:Sherry Steele
Phone:(409) 984-6321
Hours:MWF : 8 - 10:45; TTH : By Appointment
Building:Student Success Center (SSC)
Room:SSC Lab
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Course Information
Course Number10924
Course Description 0312 Pre-Algebra
Basic concepts and operations involved with whole numbers, integers, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion,
percent, exponents, and polynomials. Included is an introduction to solving equations and problem solving. Course
includes a co-requisite lab. Prerequisite: placement examination.
Course Prerequisites Students are placed in this course through TSI Assessment Test.
Required Textbooks MyMathLab Plus to accompany

Prealgebra 6th Edition by Elayn Martin-Gay
Attendance Policy Attendance Requirement

Emergency Absences

300 minutes


LSC-PA maintains attendance and participation requirements for all students enrolled in developmental courses. These requirements apply to all developmental students: THEA, non-THEA, and THEA-exempt. Use your allocated absences for ALL of your personal needs. Employment, personal appointments and continuing legal/medical appointments are not exemptions from these guidelines. If this class conflicts with your work schedule, continuing medical/legal appointments, or other activities see an admissions advisor immediately. We offer a variety of day, evening, hybrid, and online courses.

Class begins as scheduled and does not end until the instructor dismisses the class. The student will be penalized for any instructional time that is missed. This includes arriving late, leaving early, sleeping, and exiting the classroom for any reason. If a student leaves the classroom a second time during the same class period, he/she will not be allowed to return and these minutes will be deducted from the semester total.

Attendance counting begins on the first day the student is enrolled regardless of schedule changes. If a schedule change is made, absences that have been accumulated will carry over to the new section. If a student is enrolled in only one developmental course and is not TSI complete, the student may not drop the course without withdrawing from all courses at LSCPA.

Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class meeting and turned in to the Attendance Compliance Office each week. No distinction will be made between excused and unexcused absences. All absences will be used to determine attendance penalties and are outlined as follows.

Attendance Penalties

After a student misses 300 minutes of class, the semester grade will be lowered according to the following scale:

301- 375 minutes: One letter grade

376- 450 minutes: Two Letter grades

More than 450 minutes: Three letter grades

If the grade is lowered to a “DD” or “FD”, the student will be required to repeat the course and take EDUC 1300 concurrently. The student may also be dropped from the course due to nonattendance or nonparticipation.
Course Grading Scale Grading Scale

AD 90-100

BD 80-89

CD 70-79

DD 50-69

FD Below 50
Determination of Final Grade Determination of Final Grade

Homework 25% {13% MyLabsPlus Homework 12% SSC co-requisite lab hours}

Exams 50%

Final Exam 25%

If a student does not pass (course grade “DD” or “FD”) a developmental course the student must be enrolled in EDUC 1300 and/or Student Success Center Lab concurrently when the course is retaken.
Final Exam Date May 9, 2016 - 8:00 AM   Through  May 9, 2016 - 5:00 PM
Major Assignments Week 4 Unit 1 Test
Week 6 Unit 2 Test
Week 8 Unit 3 Test
Week 10 Unit 4 Test
Week 13 Unit 5 Test
Week 15 Unit 6 Test
Week 16 Final Exam
Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates 1st Exercise Course Pre Test
2nd Exercise Syllabus Review
Date Lecture Section Section Title
Week 1 1.8 Variables, Algebraic Expressions
and Equations
Week 1 2.6 Solving Linear Equations
Week 2 4.8 Solving Equations Containing Fractions
Week 2 5.6 Equations Containing Decimals
Week 2 Unit 1 Review
Week 3 3.l Simplifying Algebraic Expressions
Week 3 3.2 Equations: Addition and Multiplication Properties
Week 4 3.3 Solving Linear Equations in One Variable
Week 4 3.4 Linear Equations and Problem Solving
Week 4 Unit 2 Review
Cumulative Review Units 1 and 2
Week 5 6.2 Proportions
Week 5 6.3 Proportions and Problem Solving
Week 6 6.4 Square Roots and the Pythagorean Theorem
Week 7 6.5 Congruent and Similar Triangles
Week 7 Unit 3 Review
Cumulative Review Units 1-3
Week 8 7.2 Solving Percent Problems with Equations
Week 8 7.3 Solving Percent Problems with Proportions
Week 9 7.4 Applications of Percents
Week 9 Unit 4 Review
Cumulative Review Units 1-4
Week 10 8.3 Rectangular Coordinate System and Paired Data
Week 11 8.4 Graphing Linear Equations in 2 Variables
Week 11 9.1 Lines and Angles
Week 12 9.2 Perimeter
Week 12 9.3 Area, Volume and Surface Area
Week 12 Unit 5 Review
Cumulative Review Units 1-5
Week 13 10.1 Adding and Subtracting Polynomials
Week 13 10.2 Multiplication Properties of Exponents
Week 14 10.3 Multiplying Polynomials
Week 14 10.4 Introduction to Factoring Polynomials
Week 15 APP. B Quotient Rule and Negative Exponents
Week 15 Unit 6 Review
Cumulative Final Exam Review Units 1-6
Week 16 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 MATH 0312 PREALGEBRA

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 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 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 task; uses mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task; analyzes how to use the principles; and applies problem-solving skills in mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task with correct informed conclusions.
Course Student Learning Outcomes MATH 0312 PREALGEBRA

(PSLOs 1, 2 and 3)

Course objectives (CSLOs):

• Students will simplify algebraic expressions

• Students will solve linear equations in one variable involving whole numbers, integers, fractions and decimals

• Students will translate, develop a strategy and solve related application problems

• Students will solve geometry problems involving proportions, congruent and similar triangles, perimeter, area, volume, surface area, lines, angles and the Pythagorean Theorem

• Students will graph on a rectangular coordinate system ordered pairs and linear equations in one and two variables

• Students will add, subtract, multiply and factor polynomials

• Students will utilize an online learning system to demonstrate math proficiency
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.

    Departmental policy states that the top of the desk should be cleared of all items not pertaining to this course. This would include purses, backpacks, books, and notes.
Additional Information Calculators are not allowed except through an accommodation from Special Populations.
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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