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Course Syllabus – Fall 2007

 

Course Number and Title:             DEVS 0330  -  Intermediate Algebra

 

Instructor

Information

 

 

 

 

Name:    Beth St Jean

 

Contact Information: 

  • Office:  Academic Enrichment Center – Campus Center
  • Phone:  (325) 793 – 4622    (If on campus – ext. 4622)
  • Email:  bstjean@mcm.edu

 

Office Hours: 

  • Monday - Friday:  1:30 – 5:00 pm

 

Course Overview

 

 

 

Catalog Description:  Intermediate Algebra (3-0) Intermediate Algebra will prepare students for College Algebra by introducing concepts such as factoring, rational expressions, graphing linear equations and inequalities, systems of equations and inequalities, roots, radicals, quadratic equations, and complex numbers. Upon successful completion of DEVS 0330, the student will be ready to enroll in MATH 1311 or MATH 1315. Some laboratory time may be required. (Fall, Spring)

 

Course Overview:  Students whose academic placement results indicate a need for pre-college development in math, reading or writing must register for and continually enroll in the corresponding Developmental Studies (DEVS) course(s) until it is passed with a grade of  “C–“ or better. (McMurry 2007 - 2008 catalog, page 80)  DEVS 0330 is also required to make a Post test score of 70% or higher, administered at the end of the semester.

 

Pre-requisites:   Placement based on test score – ACT, SAT, SOAR Placement Test or successful completion of DEVS 0320 – Introductory Algebra.

 

 

Course Objectives/Student Learning Outcomes:   

  • Demonstrate an understanding of algebraic mathematical operations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of algebraic concepts necessary for success in MATH 1311 – College Algebra, MATH 1315 – Contemporary Math, or higher.

 

 

Course Materials and Resources: 

 

 

 

 

Required Course Materials:

 

Optional or Recommended Course Materials:

  • Calculator: TI 83 Plus (or any graphing calculator)
  • Graph paper, ruler, and color pencils

 

AEC and Other Educational Support Resources: 

  • Free math tutoring is available in the AEC
  • VCR videos for each section of the text book
  • Math Lab held in the AEC (Academic Enrichment Center located in the Shirley L. & Mildred Garrison United Methodist Campus Center) CD program loaded on each computer
  • Individual assistance with the instructor is available by appointment
  • Practice problems for the post-test are available at Final Practice Problems

 

Course Policies:

 

           

 

Class Attendance:     Students are expected to attend every class. A cumulative absence in excess of 5 hours of class or an absence of more than three consecutive hours will result in the student’s name being reported to the Student Retention Coordinator and/or withdrawal from the course. Videotapes are available for your viewing pleasure at the AEC; tapes should be viewed within a week of the absence to enable the student to understand the material in the next chapter.

Lab Attendance:  You will be required to spend one hour a week in the AEC. You need to sign-in (or log) on the computer at the front, then also with the tutor assigned to your lab group. When you come into the AEC for extra help, other than your assigned lab, you will still log onto the computer, then also the Intro/Intermediate log book at the front desk. Make sure that you sign the sheet for Intermediate Algebra with Mrs. St Jean’s name on it, don’t forget to sign out as well.

 

Grade Determination:             

 

Exams 5 @ 10%

50%

Final Exam

15%

Homework 

20%

Attendance (Class &Lab)

10%

Quizzes

  5%

 

Make-up Work:  Listed under each individual section of the overall grade.

 

+/- Grade System: 

 

Score

Grade

 

Score

Grade

 93 - 100

A

 

73 - 76

C

90 - 92

 A-

 

70 - 72

 C-

87 - 89

  B+

 

67 - 69

   D+

83 - 86

B

 

63 - 66

D

80 - 82

 B-

 

60 - 62

  D-

77 - 79

  C+

 

0 - 59

F

 

Academic Dishonesty:  IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT ANY ACADEMIC DISHONESTY (attempted or successful cheating) CAN RESULT IN A FAILING GRADE AND REMOVAL FROM THE COURSE AT INSTRUCTOR'S DISCRETION.

 

 

 

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:  

 

QUIZZESStudents should be prepared to take a quiz every class. Quizzes will be during the first two minutes of class, so don't be late! Quizzes missed due to an absence will receive a grade of zero. Arriving to class after the quiz is over will also result in a grade of zero. Quizzes can be made up by appointment only.

EXAMS: All exams will be closed-book (no textbook, no notebook). The final exam will cover all course material.  The final exam will consist of two parts: the post test and a 10 question cumulative objective test.  REMEMBER you are required to make a minimum of a 70% on the post test and a C- in the class to move into a college level math course.

EXAM REVIEWS: Will be provided before all tests – answers are provided for each review. Review old homework assignments! Class time will not be used for going over the review.  You are expected to get help from your instructor out-side of class or with the tutors in the AEC.

HOMEWORK:   Homework will be assigned and should be completed before the next class to prepare you for the quiz. Since the quiz is given during the first few minutes of class, you will need to get help before the class time and quiz. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tentative Course Schedule:

 

Course Number and Title: DEVS 0330 – Intermediate Algebra

Instructor Name:   Beth St Jean

Fall 2007

             MWF – Tentative

             MWF - Tentative

Due Date

Description

Due Date

Description

AUG

27

Pre – test

 

22

5.1

 

29

Syllabus, Access Codes

 

24

5.2 (mid-term grades due)

 

31

1.1, 1.2

 

26

5.3, 5.4a

SEPT

3

1.2, 1.3

 

29

5.4b

 

5

1.4, 1.5

 

31

TEST #3

 

7

1.5, 1.6

NOV

1

6.1, 6.2

 

10

1.7, 1.8

 

5

6.3

 

12

1.8, 2.1

 

7

6.4

 

14

2.2, 2.3

 

9

6.5, 6.6

 

17

2.4

 

12

TEST #4

 

19

2.5

 

14

7.1

 

21

TEST #1

 

16

7.2

 

24

3.1

 

19

7.4

 

26

3.7

 

21

Thanksgiving

 

28

3.3 – 3.6

 

23

Thanksgiving

OCT

2

3.2

 

26

8.1, 8.3

 

3

4.1, 4.2

 

28

8.5

 

5

Homecoming

 

30

TEST #5

 

8

4.3

DEC

3

Post – test Review

 

10

4.4

 

5

1st try at Post – test

 

12

4.5

 

7

Final Review

 

15

4.6

10am

10

Final Exam at 8 am

 

17

4.7

11am

10

Final Exam at 10:30 am

 

19

TEST #2

9am

12

Final Exam at 10:30 am

 

 

             TR – Tentative

             TR - Tentative

Due Date

Description

Due Date

Description

AUG

28

Pre – test

 

23

5.1, 5.2

 

30

Syllabus, Access Codes

 

25

5.3, 5.4

SEPT

4

1.1, 1.2

 

30

TEST #3

 

6

1.3, 1.4

NOV

1

6.1, 6.2, 6.3

 

11

1.5, 1.6

 

6

6.3, 6.4

 

13

1.7, 1.8, 2.1

 

8

6.5, 6.6

 

18

2.2, 2.3

 

13

TEST #4

 

20

2.4, 2.5

 

15

7.1, 7.2

 

25

TEST #1

 

20

7.4, 8.1

 

27

3.1, 3.7

 

22

Thanksgiving

OCT

2

3.3 – 3.6, 3.2

 

27

8.3, 8.5

 

4

4.1, 4.2. 4.3

 

29

TEST #5

 

9

4.3, 4.4

 

4

Review for Post – test and final

 

11

4.5, 4.6

DEC

6

1st try at Post – test

 

16

4.7

 

11

Final Exam at 8:00 am

 

18

TEST #2

 

 

 


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 algebraic mathematical operations.

 

 

DEVS: 2,3,4

Assessment Plan Outcome: 2

 

2,6,8

 

Quizzes, homework, exams

 

Demonstrate an understanding of algebraic concepts necessary for success in MATH 1311 – College Algebra, MATH 1315 – Contemporary Math, or higher.

 

 

DEVS: 1,2,3,4

Assessment Plan Outcome:  1,2

 

2,6,8

 

Quizzes, homework, exams.

C- or better in class.

70 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.