MATH-1314-03 - College Algebra
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
House Bill 2504
Spring 2017 Course Syllabus
MATH-1314-03 - College Algebra
|Instructor||McQueen, Sarah Anne|
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|Course 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.|
|Course Prerequisites||MATH 0332 or satisfactory score on approved test.|
|Required Textbooks||COLLEGE ALGEBRA, Beecher, Penna, & Bittinger, 5th Edition, Pearson Education, Inc., 2016.|
|Attendance Policy||Attendance is vital to success in this course. Every student will begin with 100 participation points. Five points will be deducted if a student misses 4 or more classes. Each student is also granted two late arrivals. Once a student is late more than twice, each late is equal to half an absence (i.e., 2.5 points). Sleeping in class and refusing to participate in groupwork can also negatively affect your participation at the discretion of the instructor.|
|Course Grading Scale||
A 90 - 100
B 80 - 89
C 70 - 79
D 60 - 69
F Below 60
|Determination of Final Grade||Tests: 60% Quizzes: 15% Homework: 20% Participation: 5%|
|Final Exam Date||May 4, 2017 - 8:00 AM Through May 4, 2017 - 10:00 AM|
Week 1: Syllabus; 1.5, 1.6
Week 2: 1.1 - 1.3
Week 3: 1.4, 2.1
Week 4: Review, Exam 1
Week 5: 2.2 - 2.4
Week 6: 2.5 - 2.6
Week 7: 3.1 - 3.2
Week 8: Review, Exam 2
Week 9: Spring Break
Week 10: 3.3 - 3.5
Week 11: 4.1 - 4.4
Week 12: 4.5, 5.1
Week 13: Review, Exam 3
Week 14: 5.2 - 5.3
Week 15: 5.4 - 5.6
Week 16: Review
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
Approximate Exam Dates (subject to change): Feb 9, Mar 9, Apr 13
Final: May 4
Quiz Due Dates: Jan 20, Jan 26, Feb 2, Feb 23, Mar 2, Mar 30, Apr 6, Apr 27
Homework will be assigned each week via MyLabsPlus and will be due the day of the appropriate Exam.
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrate comprehension of content-area material.
PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills - Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis.
PSLO 2: Communication Skills - Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.
PSLO 3: Empirical and Quantitative Skills - Applies the manipulation and/or analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions.
|Course Student 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.
|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.|
I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email. If you want to discuss your grades, you must come to my office, in person.
If you send an e-mail, please include the class name and section in the subject. Please use proper e-mail etiquette and grammar.
|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 Coordinator, Office for Disability Services, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.|
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.
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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.
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Circumstances under which information may be released:
An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of
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The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.
This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:
|Degree Plan Evaluation||
A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.
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.|