Summer Sessions 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: MATH-1314 (Section: 72, CRN: 60030)
College Algebra
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Instructor Information
Instructor Paul Hay
Phone (409) 984-6549
Office Student Center - Room: 418
Office Hours Virtual Office Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday  12 - 2 PM

Additional Contact Information Only email your instructor using your official address. Email from personal accounts will be ignored.
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.
Required 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 2e, Jay Abramson, Openstax, 2021

This textbook is available for free under a Creative Commons license at:
Additional Materials/Resources No additional materials required.
Corequisites/Prerequisites TSIA 2 complete in Mathematics
Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of properties of functions, including domain and range, operations, compositions, and inverses.
  • Recognize and apply polynomial, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic functions and solve related equations.
  • Apply graphing techniques.
  • Evaluate all roots of higher degree polynomial and rational functions.
  • Recognize, solve and apply systems of linear equations using matrices.
Core Objectives 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.
Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills: Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.
Lecture Topics Outline Chapter 2  Equations and Inequalities Chapter 3  Functions Chapter 4  Linear Functions Chapter 5  Polynomial and Rational Functions Chapter 6  Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
Major Assignments Schedule MATH_1314_72_202360_P00346429.pdf
Final Exam Date August 14, 2023 - 1:00 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B  70 - 79=C   60 - 69=D  Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Homework Average - 20%
Quiz Average - 20%
Mid-term Exam 1 - 20%
Mid-term Exam 2 - 20%
Final Exam - 20%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies My Open Math:

All graded assignments in this course will be administered on Blackboard using an open source assessment program provided by My Open Math.  The schedule of availability and due dates for each assignment (Homeworks, Quizzes, Exams) is posted on Blackboard. If you have any questions about the schedule or due dates, please message your instructor for clarification. Time extensions and make-up work will not generally be available, so make sure that you are informed and be sure to check in regularly to ensure that you are aware of any possible changes and/or other necessary information.


Each section of the text is accompanied by a graded homework practice assignment. You will have until the last day of the semester to finish working on these assignments, and the average of your homework scores will count as 20% of your final grade.


Each chapter of the text is accompanied by one or more graded quizzes. Please refer to the course schedule for information about the availability and due dates for the quizzes. I will drop your lowest quiz score at the end of the semester, and the average of your quiz scores will count as 20% of your final grade.


There will be two mid-term exams scheduled at regular intervals throughout the semester. Each of the mid-term exams will count as 20% of your final grade. There will also be a comprehensive final exam  which will count as 20% of your final grade.
Attendance Policy Since this is an online course and we will not be meeting in person, the rate and pace of attendance is left somewhat up to the student. It is the sole responsibility of the student to make sure that they are current and up to date in the material and to participate in all posted assignments and activities, and they are expected to do so out of their own desire to learn and succeed. The student's online participation will be observed to an extent, and for any borderline cases of assigning final grades, this record will be taken into consideration.
Additional Information
The syllabus may be updated, as needs arise, throughout the semester. Any major changes will be accompanied by an announcement on Blackboard.
Institutional Policies
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus email and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal. You can also access your grades, transcripts, academic advisors, degree progress, and other services through MyLSCPA.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSCPA policies (Academic Dishonesty section in the Student Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
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.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition directly to their local health department. Students should also contact their course faculty to report their quarantine status. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings when directly exposed to COVID 19 in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
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. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSCPA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect As per Texas law and LSCPA policy, all LSCPA employees, including faculty, are required to report allegations or disclosures of child abuse or neglect to the designated authorities, which may include a local or state law enforcement agency or the Texas Department of Family Protective Services. For more information about mandatory reporting requirements, see LSCPA's Policy and Procedure Manual.
Title IX and Sexual Misconduct LSCPA is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment that is free from all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and other forms of sexual misconduct. All LSCPA employees, including faculty, have the responsibility to report disclosures of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault (including rape and acquaintance rape), domestic violence, dating violence, relationship violence, or stalking, to LSCPA's Title IX Coordinator, whose role is to coordinate the college's response to sexual misconduct. For more information about Title IX protections, faculty reporting responsibilities, options for confidential reporting, and the resources available for support visit LSCPA's Title IX website.
Clery Act Crime Reporting For more information about the Clery Act and crime reporting, see the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report and the Campus Security website.

Grievance / Complaint / Concern If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.
Department Information
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Steven Zani
Phone:(409) 984-6431