1 1 Del Mar College - Mathematics Department SYLLABUS for the Online College Algebra Math 1314 Summer 2014 INSTRUCTOR: Barbara Finnegan OFFICE: MC 112B OFFICE HOURS: Monday, Wednesday, Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:00 am, 12:15 1:00 pm PHONE: (361) ADDRESS: MATHMATICS DEPARTMENT: MC-109, (361) Course College Algebra, Math 1314 Fundamentals of algebra, including inequalities, functions, quadratic equations, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations, and Cramer s Rule. ACCESS CODE (Required) The access code for MyMathLab is required. The code can be purchased at any of the bookstores that sell textbooks for Del Mar College or online at pearsonmylabandmastering.com. If you are unable to purchase the access code at the beginning of the semester, they do provide a temporary code that is good for 14 days. This College Algebra online course will utilize the MyMathLab online system. This system is Internet based so Internet access is essential. Directions to access MyMathLab is on page 7 of this Syllabus. Basic Computer Requirements for MyMathLab: Internet connection: Cable/DSL, T1, or other high-speed for multimedia content, 56k modem (minimum), 64 MB RAM memory (minimum), 1024x768 or higher monitor resolution These are minimum requirements - anything better will operate more efficiently. If you are operating minimum requirements things may take a little longer to load, so be patient. You may also use the computers in the Student Success Center or in the Library during their normal working hours. If you need TECH SUPPORT for MyMathLab, call Unfortunately, I simply cannot help you with all technical problems. If you have a problem that they cannot resolve, contact me. Also, take advantage of the provided tutorials in MyMathLab. It will teach you how to put answers into the program properly. If you do not have reliable Internet access, do not take this online class. The program works on both the PC and Mac and the web browsers of choice are FireFox or Chrome for the PC (Internet Explorer is not always reliable) and Safari for Mac. Text and Solutions Manual (optional) College Algebra by Lial, Hornsby, and Schneider 11 th edition. Several configurations of the text and/or access code kits are available, but only the access code is required. Other materials You will need a scientific calculator with the keys LN and LOG that you may use on all quizzes and exams. (You WILL NOT be able to use a graphing calculator on any of the quizzes or proctored exams, including the Final Exam.)
2 GRADING POLICY: Homework, online: 15% - There will be regular homework assignments, including reviews of the online quizzes, given that you must do in order to truly understand the material. Homework assignments will be done online using MyMathLab. It s possible to rework any homework assignment even after the due date and receive the better grade. However, I will give 5 bonus points on the exams if all the homework is complete with a 100% average by the due dates. The average of the homework assignments and reviews for the online quizzes counts as 15% of your grade. The last day to work on the homework and reviews is Tuesday, August 12, 2014 by 11:59 pm Central Time. I am not responsible for technical problems that occur. Also, please read my HOMEWORK ADVICE on page 8 of this syllabus. 2 Quizzes, online: 15% - There will be four regular quizzes given during the semester. These quizzes will be administered online using MyMathLab. You will be given two chances to take the quizzes. MyMathLab will keep the better grade. You will have a five-day window (Wed. Sunday) to take these online quizzes. Unfortunately, once started, you can t go back and re-work past quiz problems. Online quiz dates are easily identified on the course calendar. The quizzes are limited to 90 minutes with no more than 25 questions. You will not be able to take the quizzes after the expiration date. The average of the top three quizzes counts as 15% of your grade (that is 5% each). So the lowest quiz grade is dropped. Each quiz may consist of questions that are multiplechoice, matching, or free-form (where you type in the answer). There will be reviews provided to give you an idea of what to expect on the quizzes. These reviews are part of your homework grade You must attempt the review for each quiz or the program will not allow you to take the quiz. Remember, the review is designed to help you study for upcoming quizzes. It is not a substitute for course material found in your textbook or any online resources. The quizzes are not open note or book. "Cheat sheets" and graphing calculators are NOT allowed. I am not responsible for technical problems that occur. Exams, proctored: 45% - There will be three proctored exams that must be taken on campus at the DMC Testing Center. You will have a seven-day window (Thurs. Wed.) to take these on-campus proctored exams. You will have reviews with solutions provided to study online at pearsonmylabandmastering.com under "Review for EXAMS". I have also provided Exam Reviews With Audio, which are the reviews with me explaining how to do the problems. You will need Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash Player to access the reviews with audio. You can get a free download online at These reviews are not part of your grade. You will have 2 hours to complete the exams that will contain no more than 25 questions. The exams are not open note or book. "Cheat sheets" and graphing calculators are NOT allowed. There are no retakes on these proctored exams. You will not be able to take the exam after the availability dates. *The average of the Exams counts as 45% of your grade (that is 15% each). All exams will be free-form styled tests (no matching or multiple-choice and your work must be shown to get full credit). At the end of each exam, a zero is assigned to any missed homework assignments, reviews for quizzes, and tests that are past due. You may still continue to work on past homework to improve your grade up until Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, 11:59 pm Central Time. Final, proctored: 25% - There will be a proctored Final Exam that must be taken on campus at the DMC Testing Center. The final exam will be a comprehensive test over all the material covered in the course. You will have a review provided to study online at coursecompass.com under "Review for EXAMS". I have also provided the review with audio. This review is not part of your grade. You will have 3 hours to complete the final exam that will contain no more than 30 questions. The Final is not open note or book. "Cheat sheets" and graphing calculators are NOT allowed. The Final Exam must be taken within August 7-13, 2014 ( a seven-day window). There are no retakes on this exam. You will not be able to take the Final Exam after the availability dates. *The Final Exam counts as 25% of your grade. The final exam will be a free-form styled test (no matching or multiple-choice and your work must be shown to get full credit).
3 3 *NO RETAKES on the PROCTORED EXAMS or on the FINAL will be given, but the lowest exam grade will be replaced by the Final Exam (if the Final Exam grade is higher than the lowest test grade). All proctored exams and the final will be administered at the Del Mar College Testing Center, located at the Multiservice Center, Room 108, 3013 Ayers St. For more information go to All proctored exams and the final will be free-form styled tests (no matching or multiple-choice and your work must be shown to get full credit). GRADING SYSTEM: An average of is an A is a B is a C is a D and anything below a 60 is an F If you miss ONE exam then the final exam will replace that exam grade. If your final exam is higher than your lowest exam grade, then the final exam will replace that exam grade. Either way, the FINAL counts at least once and the final can only replace ONE exam grade. The final CANNOT replace the HOMEWORK grade or the QUIZ grade. NO exam can replace the final. If you do not take the FINAL, a zero will be recorded. The FINAL will count as 25% of your grade. *To determine your grade, OR *If your final replaces your lowest test grade, use the following formula: then use the following formula to determine your grade:.15 (homework average).15 (homework average).15 (quiz average of highest three grades).15 (quiz average of highest three grades).45 (exam average).30 (exam average of highest two grades) +.25 (final exam) +.40 (final exam) = grade in course = grade in course You are responsible for looking over your course calendar. There is a dedicated button for the Course Calendar on the main page of your course in MyMathLab. You can also find a weekly calendar at the top of the main page or when you are working on Homework & Quizzes, at the upper right hand corner of the screen. STUDENT SERVICES: Students requesting disability accommodations or information are encouraged to contact the Disabilities Service Office in the Harvin Center Room 188 at Dropping the course: The last day to drop this course is Monday, August 4, If you plan on dropping the class, please go to the Registrar s Office to do the proper paper work. If you have not started the material within the first two weeks of class or if miss two proctored exams, I may drop you from the course.
4 4 COURSE TOPICS FOR MATH 1314 CHAPTER Linear Equations 1.3 Complex Numbers 1.4 Quadratic Equations 1.5 Applications and Modeling with Quadratic Equations 1.6 Other Types of Equations and Applications 1.7 Inequalities 1.8 Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities Chapter Rectangular Coordinates and Graphs 2.2 Circles 2.3 Functions 2.4 Linear Functions 2.5 Equations of Lines, Curve Fitting 2.6 Graphs of Basic Functions 2.8 Function Operations and Composition CHAPTER Quadratic Functions and Models CHAPTER Inverse Functions 4.2 Exponential Functions 4.3 Logarithmic Functions 4.4 Evaluating Logarithms and Base Change Theorem 4.5 Exponential and Logarithmic Equations 4.6 Applications and Models of Exponential Growth and Decay CHAPTER Systems of Linear Equations 5.2 Matrix Solution of Linear Systems 5.3 Determinant Solution of Linear Systems 5.5 Nonlinear Systems of Equations 5.6 Systems of Inequalities of Linear Programming CHAPTER Parabolas 6.2 Ellipses 6.3 Hyperbolas 6.4 Summary of the Conic Section TEST AND QUIZ CALENDAR Summer 2014 QUIZ 1 (online) Starts Wed., June 4, 2014 at 7am and ends Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 11:59 pm EXAM 1 (on campus, proctored) Starts Thursday, June 12, 2014 and ends Wed., June 18, 2014 QUIZ 2 (online) Starts Wed., June 25, 2014 at 7am and ends Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 11:59 pm July 4, 2014 (Friday) HOLIDAY Testing Center will be closed EXAM 2 (on campus, proctored) Starts Thursday, July 3, 2014 and ends Wed., July 9, 2014 QUIZ 3 (online) Starts Wed., July 16, 2014 at 7am and ends Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 11:59 pm EXAM 3 (on campus, proctored) Starts Thursday, July 24, 2014 and ends Wed., July 30, 2014 Last day to Drop Monday, August 4, 2014 QUIZ 4 (online) Starts Wed., August 6, 2014 at 7am and ends Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 11:59 pm August 12, 2014 (Tuesday) Last day to work on any homework assignments FINAL EXAM (on campus, proctored) Starts Thursday, August 7, 2014 and ends Wed., August 13, 2014
5 5 TUTORING SERVICES/ACCESS TO COMPUTERS: Math Learning Center Library 433 (temporary location during the summer) Free tutoring and access to computers is available in the Math Learning Center. No appointment is necessary. The hours of operation for the summer are: M Th Sat. 8:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. The tutoring staff consists of people with (or working toward) a Master s or Bachelor s Degrees in Math, Engineering, Computer Programming, etc.; and current DMC students, outstanding in mathematics. Many of the degreed staff have years of experience in teaching and/or tutoring mathematics. For more information call Student Success Center - St. Claire Bldg., 1 st floor They offer free one-on-one tutoring and access to computers. This walk-in tutoring service is located on the first floor of the St. Clair Science building. The math tutoring staff consists of DMC students, who have made a B or better in the math course that they are tutoring. They also have laptops available to check-out. M Th Fri. Sat. 8:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. For more information call William F. White, Jr. Library, 1st floor. Free access to computers is available in the Library at the Student Technology Center. The hours of operation for the Fall/Spring semesters are: M Th Fri. Sat. Sun. 7:30 a.m. 10:00 p.m. 7:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 12:00 noon 8:00 p.m. For more information call NOTE: All hours listed above are subject to change.
6 6 CLASS OVERVIEW This is an internet based course. Your ability to access the Internet is essential. I am not responsible for technical problems that occur. You are required to find a reliable Internet ready computer to do all homework, reviews for the quizzes and online quizzes. You may use the computers in the Student Success Center or in the Library, but I am NOT responsible for technical problems that occur on those computers either. My computer is not working, is not an excuse that will allow me to let you take the quizzes after the expiration date. If you do not have reliable Internet access, DO NOT take this online class. A total of eight tests, including the final exam, will be given The 4 online quizzes are timed (90 minutes each) and you will be given a 5-day window (Wed. Sun.) to take the quizzes Only the top three quiz grades are used as part of your final grade The reviews for the quizzes must be attempted in order to access the online quizzes Two chances are allowed per quiz during the 5 - day time period YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO WORK ON QUIZZES PASSED THE DUE DATES The proctored exams must be taken on campus at the DMC Testing Center and you will have up to 2 hours to complete these exams. You will be given a 7-day window (Thurs. Wed.) to take these on-campus regular proctored exams. The proctored Final Exam must be taken on campus at the DMC Testing Center and you have up to 3 hours to complete this exam, which will be available from Thurs., August 7 Wed., August 13, 2014 Reviews are available for each proctored exam, including the Final There are NO second chances for the proctored exams or for the proctored final exam YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO WORK ON THE PROCTORED EXAMS PASSED THE DUE DATES Homework and the reviews for the quizzes are counted as part of the grade, which is 15% The average of the top three online quizzes counts 15% The average of the three proctored exams counts 45% The proctored final exam counts 25% If the final is higher than your lowest exam, then it will replace it ONLY ONE exam can get replaced by the final I am not responsible for any equipment failure Reliable machines can be found in the Student Success Center, or in the Library, but I m not responsible for their failure either. Technical support number for MyMathLab is Homework can be reworked as many times as you like up until August 12, 2014 by 11:59 pm Central Time to improve your grade. However, if the homework is completed by the due dates with a 100% average, then you can receive 5 bonus points for the exams (excluding the final) You are responsible for looking over your course calendar Please download all necessary plug-ins. You will not be able to see the homework or test problems without all plug-ins in place. Use the Browser Check on MyMathLab for assistance. My office number is (361) and my is Take advantage of the Math Learning Center or the Student Success for FREE tutoring The last day to drop this course is Monday, August 4, If you have not started the material within the first two weeks of class or if you miss two proctored exams or if you miss two quizzes, I may drop you from the course.
7 7 SIGNING INTO MyMathLab: Getting Started (College Algebra Online Summer 2014) 1) To get started, first go to pearsonmylabandmastering.com and under Register, click Student. 2) Then enter the course ID finnegan10954 and click continue 3) If you already have an existing account, then you will enroll in another course. After you click Student, under Register, and have entered the course ID, enter in your old username and password. Click Enroll in Another Course. Enter the course ID to register. If you are retaking this course, using the same textbook, you will not have to purchase another access code. 4) If you are a new member, then hit the Create button. Enter in the required information, and read and accept the license agreement. Click Create Account. Make sure you use an address that you use regularly. I will be sending class s through MyMathLab, so whatever address you enter during this process, that will be the address that you will receive my s. 5) Select an option to access the online course: a) if you already bought your access code, either bundled with your textbook or as an access code kit sold individually, click Access Code. Next, enter your access code and click Finish. b) to buy your course online, click Use a Credit Card or PayPal, and then the item you want. Next, enter your credit card or PayPal information, and review and submit your order. c) if you re waiting for financial aid, click Get temporary access without payment for 14 days, located at the bottom of the page. Click Yes when a message appears asking if you are sure you want temporary access. 6) Then wait until the confirmation page appears (about 2 minutes or less). If you need TECH support, call To sign into MyMathLab 1) Go to pearsonmylabandmastering.com click Sign in. 2) Enter your username and password and click Sign in. 3) Your course is listed under MyLab / Mastering New Design. Click your course title. Changing temporary access to full access in MyMathLab To add full access to your MyLab / Mastering course after enrolling with temporary access, you must use an access code, a credit card or a PayPal account: 1) Go to 2) Click Sign In. 3) Enter your username and password then click Sign In. 4) Click Pay or use an access code. 5) To use an access code you already purchased, click Access Code and enter your access code in the boxes, then click Finish. 6) To use a credit card or PayPal account, click the button for the access you want to purchase and enter payment information, review your order and then click Finish. 7) Print the Confirmation & Summary.
8 8 Navigating through MyMathLab To succeed in this online course, it is important that you use all the resources available to you in MyMathLab. Your first homework assignment is to read the Syllabus and answer the questions about the content. You will not be able to start any other assignments until you get a 100% on Homework 1 over the syllabus. Before most of the homework assignments, there are videos that are assigned that must be viewed before you can start the next assignments. You can also read the sections from the e-text and/or view the other lecture videos that go along with the sections from the book that can be accessed in the Multimedia Library or in Chapter Contents in the main page of your course. Once you have reviewed the material that you will be working on, you can work on the homework assignments in the Homework. The homework assignments show which sections you will be working on. You can monitor your progress in the course by going to Gradebook and viewing your overall score. CAUTION: if you work on the homework through Gradebook, your homework score will NOT improve. You must go to Homework to improve your homework scores. There are also helpful handouts available over common questions in Handouts. Look for important announcements on the main page of your course under Announcements. I will be posting information there such as test dates, updated information on the Testing Center Hours or other corrections. You can also do more practice problems under Study Plan and Practice Tests, but doing these problems will not affect your grade. All the reviews are available under Reviews for Tests. The reviews contain examples of exam problems and their solutions. If you can do these problems (without looking at the answers), then you should be able to do the problems on the actual exams. I have also provided the reviews in audio form. You can hear me discuss how to do the review problems, using the Adobe format. You will need to have Adobe Reader on your computer to view/hear these audio recordings. You can get a free download at adobe.com. You can view the problems you want and you can skip ahead or rewind using your cursor or the tool bar. Also, make sure you use an address that you use regularly when you first register in MyMathLab. You can make changes to your address under Account on the top right side of the main page. I will be sending the class s through MyMathLab, so whatever address you enter, that will be the address that you will receive my s. Homework Advice There are many help tools online for doing your homework. There are videos, animations, the textbook, help me solve this, view an example, and the reviews that I have provided. I want to caution you about the fact that if you had to access these help tools to work a problem, then this means you cannot work the problem on your own. So if you have to seek help, then seek the help. However, my advice to you is that if you had to seek help for a problem, then rework that problem without accessing the help tools to see if you can work the problem on your own. These help features will NOT be available on the proctored exams. So please do not overuse the help me solve this and the view an example buttons. Also, do not overuse the ask my instructor button. I cannot possibly teach you every topic that you will be learning in this course through . Also, I may not be able to get to all yours questions immediately, so use the e-book, the lecture videos, the Math Learning Center, and the Student Success Center to get help. You have to be an independent learner for this online course.
9 9 Del Mar College Testing Center Students must present photo ID (driver s license, school photo) before testing. Students must sign in and out at the front desk before and after testing They stop issuing exams 30 min. before closing. All exams must be submitted 15 min. before closing. NO CELL PHONES, ELECTRONIC DEVICES, DRINKS OR FOOD ARE ALLOWED IN TESTING ROOM. Additional information concerning the Del Mar College Testing Center Students WILL BE able to use a scientific calculator on the proctored exams Students will NOT be able to use a GRAPHING CALCULATOR or any other devices Students will NOT be able to use notes or books or Cheat sheets There are NO retakes on any of the proctored exams Students will have up to 2 hrs to complete the regular exams and up to 3 hrs for the final exam Student Conduct Students and instructors expect the classroom and/or any campus facility to be a safe environment. In order to ensure that the classroom or any campus facility is an optimal working/learning environment for everyone, the following situations will NOT be tolerated. Discrimination and/or harassment in any form Physical or verbal abuse of anyone in the college community Disorderly, disruptive or irresponsible behavior that inhibits or interferes with the educational progress of the students in the classroom or in the Testing Center Academic cheating or plagiarism Texting and/or taking cell phone calls Etiquette Since most of the correspondence between you (the student) and I (the instructor) will be through , take care in your tone and your language when ing me and I will do the same. Please do not use text language. Also, do not use all caps since it comes across as shouting. HOURS OF OPERATION for the Testing Center (tentative): Monday & Tuesday 8:00 AM 5:00 PM Wednesday & Thursday 8:00 AM 8:00 PM Friday 8:00 AM 3:00 PM Saturday 9:00 am 1:00 PM Location for Testing: Multi-Service Center 3013 Ayers (Room 108) Corpus Christi, TX Phone: COLLEGE POLICIES: