
Course
Syllabus – Fall 2007 

Course Number and Title: MATH 1311 College Algebra 

Instructor Information 
Name: Amy Riordan 

Contact Information:


Office Hours:


Course Overview 
Catalog Description: This college algebra
course focuses on modeling real data, e.g., environmental issues. Topics
covered include linear and quadratic functions, systems of linear equations
and matrices, exponential and logarithmic functions, series, inequalities, and linear
programming. A graphing calculator is preferred, preferably a TI83+. Some
students will be required to take DEVS 0320 before being allowed to take this
course according to McMurry’s academic placement policy. MATH 1311 or a
higherlevel mathematics course fulfills the General Education requirement
for BA and BBA degrees. Consult requirements for your major to see if this
course is required. 

Course Overview:
This is a course that will
fulfill the General Education requirements for all students. Individual
problem solving, board work, class discussion, and lectures will be used. 

Prerequisites: DEVS 0320, 0330 or PreTest score of 70 or above. 

Course Objectives/Student Learning
Outcomes:
o
Polynomials o
Exponentials o
Logarithmic


Course Materials and Resources: 


Required Course Materials:


Optional or Recommended Course Materials:


AEC and Other Educational Support
Resources:


Course Policies: 


Attendance: You are required to attend all classes. If you miss three or more classes,
consecutively, you may be dropped from the class. Being late three times will equal one
absence. If you have missed, or will
miss, a class you need to contact me immediately!! Being late or disrupting class will not be
tolerated and can result in being dropped!!! 

Grade
Determination: +/ Grade
System: Homework 20% 93100 A Exams 5 60% 9092 A Final Exam 20% 8789 B+ 8386 B 8082 B 7779 C+ 7376 C 7072 C 6769 D+ 6366 D 6062 D 059 F 

Makeup Work: Exams must be made up by the next class
period or by the last day of class, failure to do so will result in an
exam score of zero. 

Academic Dishonesty:
Cheating will not be
tolerated!! If you are caught cheating
on a quiz or exam your grade will be a zero with no possibility of makeup and
you will be reported to the Dean of Student Services. 


Special Needs:
McMurry University abides by
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which stipulates that no
otherwise qualified student shall be denied the benefits of an education
“solely by reason of a handicap”. If
you have a documented disability that may impact your performance in this class
and for which you may be requesting accommodation, you must be registered
with and provide documentation of your disability to the Disability Services
Office, located in Old Main Room 102.
Arrangements will be made for students needing special accommodations.


Major Projects, Required Activities,
and Assignments: 




Tentative Course Schedule:
MATH 1311 College
Algebra Amy Riordan Fall 2007 

Class Schedule: MWF
** Remember that the class
schedule is subject to change at any time.
You will be notified during class of any changes. 
Course Objectives/Student
Learning Outcomes
and their Linkage to
Program and University
Goals and Outcomes.
MATH 1311 College Algebra
Desired Student Learning Outcomes for
this course 
Linked to which departmental program
goal(s) 
Linked to which institutional goal(s)? 
Types of evidence that might be used to
demonstrate student achievement of objectives & goals 
Solve equations of various
types:

Provide a
foundation in mathematics that will prepare McMurry majors for a career or
graduate school. 
2,3,8 
A subset of
questions from the Final Exam 
Perform valid mathematical
computations. 
Provide a
foundation in mathematics that will prepare McMurry majors for a career or
graduate school. 
2,3,8 
A subset of
questions from the Final Exam 
Use mathematical problem
solving techniques. 
Provide a
foundation in mathematics that will prepare McMurry majors for a career or
graduate school. 
2,3,8 
A subset of
questions from the Final Exam 
Be able to solve problems
using the techniques from College Algebra. 
Provide courses that are
appropriate for the McMurry general education requirements. 
2,3,8 
A subset of
questions from the Final Exam 
Be able to set up and
manipulate mathematical models. 
Provide courses that are
appropriate for the McMurry general education requirements. 
2,3,8 
A subset of
questions from the Final Exam 
Be able to apply and
symbolically manipulate mathematical functions. 
Provide courses that are
appropriate for the McMurry general education requirements. 
2,3,8 
A subset of
questions from the Final Exam 
Demonstrate an
understanding of the basic tools of mathematics 
Provide a
foundation in mathematics that will prepare McMurry majors for a career or
graduate school. 
2,3,8 
A subset of
questions from the Final Exam 
Institutional
Goals supported:
2. Students are equipped for successful careers and postgraduate education.
3. Students acquire enthusiasm for lifelong learning through expanded intellectual and cultural experiences.
8. The institution will engage in an ongoing pursuit of excellence in curricula, programs, and policies.