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Course Syllabus – Fall 2007


Course Number and Title:  DEVS 0320 Introductory Algebra








Name:  Rachael Bein


Contact Information:                                                                                            

  • Office:  Academic Enrichment Center
  • Phone:  793-4621 or ext. 4621
  • Email:


Office Hours: 

  • Mondays and Wednesdays:  10-Noon, 1:30-4 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays:  10:30-Noon, 1:30-4 p.m.
  • Fridays:  By appointment


Course Overview



Catalog Description:  Elementary algebra including arithmetic of integers, operations with algebraic expressions, solving linear equations and linear inequalities, operations with polynomials, fractions, algebraic fractions, graphing, systems of linear equations, radicals, and solving quadratic equations.  Upon successful completion of DEVS 0320, the student will be ready to enroll in DEVS 0330.  Some laboratory time may be required.


Course Overview:  This is a course for the development of mathematical skills necessary for success in DEVS 0330 Intermediate Algebra or higher. Individual problem solving, group work, board work, class discussion, and lectures will be used. Students are also required to attend a one hour lab each week.


Pre-requisites:   None


Course Objectives/Student Learning Outcomes:

·       Demonstrate an understanding of basic mathematical operations.

·       Demonstrate an understanding of the elementary algebra concepts necessary for success in DEVS 0330 Intermediate Algebra or higher.


Course Materials and Resources: 





Required Course Materials:

  • Textbook:  Introductory Algebra 5th ed., D. Franklin Wright with Hawkes Learning Systems software
  • Notebook
  • Tablet PC


AEC and Other Educational Support Resources: 

Course Policies:




Attendance:  You are required to attend all classes and labs. You must inform me via phone, email or in person that you will be absent before class in order for the absence to be considered excused.  Three tardies will be considered as an unexcused absence.   If you have more than 5 unexcused absences (classes and labs together) or you miss three classes consecutively you may be dropped from the class. 

Excused absences include:

            1. Death in the family.

            2. Documented illness (nurse or doctor’s note).

            3. A school event approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs office.

All other absences are considered unexcused.  


Grade Determination:                                                                                        +/- Grade System: 

Exams (5)




Final Exam




HLS Certification (Homework)




Attendance Quizzes



















70-72, etc…


In order to pass this course you must score at least 40% on the final diagnostic test AND earn a grade of C- or higher in the class.  Students who earn a grade of A- or higher in the class AND a score of 70% or higher on the final diagnostic test will have the opportunity to move straight into College Algebra or Contemporary Math from this course. Students must continually enroll until all DEVS math classes are passed with a 70 or better and their math requirement for graduation is met.


Make-up Work:  Make-up exams will only be given for excused absences and it is your responsibility to schedule a time within one week of the exam date.  There are no make-ups for quizzes.


Calculators:  Calculators will not be used in this course.


Cell Phones:  Cell phones and other electronic devices must be turned off and out of sight during class.  Violation of this policy may result in a pop quiz for the entire class.


Academic Dishonesty:  Cheating and Plagiarism will not be tolerated.  Failure to do your own work will result in a zero on the particular exam or assignment in question.



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:  



·        Exams (50%)  Five exams will be given during the course of the semester. Exams will be closed book and you will not be allowed to use a calculator.  Each exam will cover all the material up to that point.  If you are absent when a test is given, your score will be a 0, unless you notify me before the test that you will be absent, and that absence is excused.  

  • Final Exam (15%) The final exam will be comprehensive and will be comprised of the post-test and any material covered since the last course exam. Students passing the course with a C or better must score at least 40% on the post-test to move into DEVS 0330 Intermediate Algebra.

·        HLS Certifications/Homework (20%)  All homework will be assigned during class. Most assignments will be on the Hawkes Learning System (HLS) software. Practice tests or book assignments may also be given. You will be required to complete the homework and show all work or the certification before the start of the next class. Most of the assigned problems from the book will have answers in the back. I do this so that you can check your work and try to correct your mistakes before class. Since the answers will be given, you must show all work in order to receive credit for the assignment. Save all HLS certifications to your Z: drive.  You will be able to check your progress on the Hawkes progress report.  You may be asked to work problems on the board or take a quiz, so please make sure to come prepared to every class.

Tentative Course Schedule:


DEVS 0320 Introductory Algebra

Instructor: Rachael Bein

Fall 2007





Aug 27

     Sept 3

Oct   1









 Reading Assignment 
 Diagnostic Test 
 Introduction, 1.1 -1.3

 1.4 - 1.6 

 2.1 - 2.2 

 2.3 - 2.4 
 2.5 - 2.6 
  Exam #1 (Chapters 1-2)
 3.1 - 3.2 
 3.3 - 3.4 
 3.5 - 3.6 
 4.1 - 4.2 
 Lab day 

 4.3 - 4.4

 4.5, Review Chapters 3-4 
 Exam #2 (Chapters 3-4) 
 No Class (Homecoming)




 Review Chapter 5

 Exam #3 (Chapter 5)


Nov    2
21, 23

        26                     28

Dec   3




Reading Assignment 

6.1 – 6.2

6.3 – 6.4

6.5 – 6.6 

6.7 & Review 

Exam #4 (Chapter 6)

7.1 – 7.2

7.3 – 7.4

7.5 – 7.6

10.3,  10.5

7.8 & Review 

Exam #5 (Chapter 7) 

8.1 – 8.2


Thanksgiving Holidays


9.1 – 9.2 

9.3 – 9.4

9.5, 9.7

Final Review

Practice Exam

Final Exam


**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.



Course Number and Title


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

Demonstrate an understanding of basic mathematical operations.

DEVS: 2,3,4

Assessment Plan Outcome: 2



Quizzes, homework, exams

Demonstrate an understanding of the elementary algebra concepts necessary for success in DEVS 0330 Intermediate Algebra or higher.

DEVS: 1,2,3,4

Assessment Plan Outcome:  1,2




Quizzes, homework, exams.

C- or better in class.

40 or better on post-test.


Institutional Goals:


2.      Students are equipped for successful careers and post-graduate education.

  1. Students will grow as whole persons – spiritually, emotionally, morally, intellectually, socially, and physically – in a community where these qualities are nurtured.

8.  The institution will engage in an ongoing pursuit of excellence in curricula, programs, and policies.


The Developmental Studies (DEVS) program is not a department.  It is a program consisting of five content based courses and one study skills course. 

Departmental goals:


  1. insure proper placement of students into courses appropriate for their skill level;
  2. provide pre-college level courses in the areas of mathematics, reading, and writing;
  3. work closely with AEC staff in order to provide tutorial support for students enrolled in DEVS courses;
  4. work closely with other departments to insure that DEVS curriculum provides students with the skills necessary to transition into college-level courses.


Intended outcomes for students in the DEVS program assessment plan:

1.   Students will be placed in the courses appropriate for their skill level.

2.   Students will acquire college level entry skills in mathematics.

3.   Students will acquire college level entry skills in writing.

4.   Students will acquire college level entry skills in reading.