NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

MISSION STATEMENT

College Algebra

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: College Algebra
    B. Course Number: MA 113 - 10325
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Schmitz, Charlotte
    G. Office: Heidel Hall (HH) 216
    H. Email Address: CSchmitz@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2817
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 9:00:00 AM-10:45:00 AM (MST);
    Tuesday: 8:00:00 AM-10:45:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 9:00:00 AM-10:45:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: 8:00:00 AM-10:45:00 AM (MST);
    Virtual Monday: 12:00:00 PM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Tuesday: 12:00:00 PM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Wednesday: 12:00:00 PM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Thursday: 12:00:00 PM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    The hours labeled as "virtual" are different than regular office hours. Those hours account for time I will spend responding to emails or phone calls from online students. However, it does not necessarily mean I am in my office. In general, questions submitted Monday through Friday by 9:00 am will have a reply within 24 hours.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): MA113A, or appropriate placement test score
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: Virtual
  3. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    This college algebra course is designed for pre-engineering, mathematics, and science majors. The subject matter covered in this class includes a brief review of Elementary and Intermediate Algebra topics, as well as a more extensive study of graphs of functions, complex numbers, theory of equations, matrices, determinants, conics, inverse functions, exponential functions, and logarithmic functions. This is a three credit hour course. Prerequisite: MA113A or equivalent or appropriate score on a placement test.

  4. COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY

    This course is designed to be the foundation class for many more advanced math classes such as statistics, business analysis, and trigonometry.
    College Algebra should transfer to most colleges for mathematics credits.

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

    Access to "MyMathLab" (Instructions for this will be available in Canvas.)

    Graphing calculator such as the TI-83 plus or TI-84

    Suggested:

    College Algebra, Lial, Hornsby, Schneider, 12th edition (ISBN: 9780134217451)

    Course work must be done using MyMathLab, but it may be helpful to have the textbook that accompanies the coursework for reference.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.

  6. GRADING POLICY

    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F
    
    Note: Proctored exams are required for this course. Contact me by Canvas inbox immediately if you cannot use the NMJC campus testing center.

     

    For this course your grade will be made up of the following:

    MML HOMEWORK:         15%   

    MML TESTS:                       25%   

    ASSESSMENTS:                  60%   

     

    MML HOMEWORK must be done online using MyMathLab (MML).  MML can be accessed using the button in Canvas.  Homework due dates are posted in MML.  Assignments can be accessed beyond the due date without penalty because minimum scores are required to progress.  Grades are reviewed weekly after a due date for assignments or tests.  Assignments not attempted before the deadline are posted as zeros in the grade book.  Of course zeros must be improved by catching up on the work.  Access to all homework ends on Monday of final exam week, no exceptions.  If an assignment in MML is blocked please contact me immediately so I can check settings and fix problems.    

    Final submission for all MML work is midnight on Monday of final exam week.  Each homework assignment requires a minimum score of 80% to open the next assignment or test.  BEFORE attempting homework read lecture notes posted in Canvas (modules button) and watch videos or other resources in MML. 

       

    MML CHAPTER TESTS must also be done in MML by clicking the “Quizzes and Tests” button found under the “Homework” button.  Tests are timed at 120 minutes.  Use the first attempt to gauge your knowledge of chapter material.  Then use the “Review” option (immediately following the test or from the grade book button) to go over your mistakes and see correct answers in preparation for a second attempt.  Be sure there is time and good internet connection before starting a test.  Timing and loss of connection can result in loss of one or both attempts.  Contact me immediately if access to a test is lost.  Sometimes I can reopen a test and sometimes I can delete an attempt to free up access again.  After two attempts, if the required minimum score of 70 is not earned contact me.  I will want know what you believe the problem is and how you should use the previous attempts before I offer you additional options.  These things can be time consuming so be prepared and work ahead as much as possible.

     

    ASSESSMENTS must be taken on paper in a secure testing center and are NOT available in MML.  If you are not able to use the NMJC campus testing center please contact me by email before midterm.  Assessments are given twice during the semester.  The first set are to be taken after chapter 2 and then a set of final assessments are given during final exams or sooner if you complete the course work early.  “Final assessments” ARE the final exam broken into four separate parts: graphing, solving, notation and applications.  Reviews for each assessment are posted in Canvas in the last module.  Final Assessments are available through Wednesday of final exam week. 

     

    CAUTION!!!

    o   Assessments make up 60% of the course grade and there is only one attempt on each.  Minimum score requirements on homework and chapter tests will cause grades to appear good.  This could lead to a false sense of security.  All instruction and course work during the semester leads to PROVING LEARNING on final assessments in key skill areas.  Lack of preparation, fatigue, apathy, misunderstanding or any other reason for doing poorly on assessments dramatically decreases final grades.  Be practiced, be prepared and be confident before taking assessments.  (Simply put, the average score on assessments pretty much determines your course grade.  You can sabotage your entire grade in the course by failing to prepare for the assessments.  PLEASE do not let that happen!)  

    o   NMJC’s Academic Success Center employs tutors whose job it is to help you LEARN.  They are happy to assist you while you work through “Practice”, but they will not help with a “Quiz” or with chapter tests (unless it is to help you understand mistakes after submitting an answer).  Also, they are extremely busy at the end of the semester.  There will be limits on the amount of time allowed with tutors.  The priority will be in helping students prepare for final exams.  They will NOT prioritize students who fell behind in their work and are trying to catch up at the last minute. 

     

     

     

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.

  7. INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:

  8. DEPARTMENTAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    College Algebra (MA113) is designed to emphasize graphing functions, solving various equations, using functions and solving real world problems.

    The course content of College Algebra (MA113) supports NMJC’s mission of “promoting success through learning” by encouraging students to accomplish the following:

    ·         Graph various types of functions.  

    ·         Solve various types of equations. 

    ·         Use the necessary notation for each topic including showing work for sequences of simplifying expressions.  

    ·         Set up and solve various types of application problems. 

    ·         Apply each of the above skills as part of the critical thinking and problem solving process.

     

     

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    A student who successfully completes College Algebra should be able to:

    ·         Use a graphing calculator to graph equations and solve problems.

    ·         Graph equations in the Cartesian plane.

    ·         Use a graphing utility to create models of data in the Cartesian plane.

    ·         Identify functions and write the equations in function form from either an equation or a graph.

    ·         Find the domain and range of functions.

    ·         Graph functions as well as their transformations.

    ·         Perform the algebra of functions.

    ·         Manipulate quadratic functions and make models on a graphing calculator.

    ·         Find the zeros of polynomial functions algebraically and graphically on a graphing calculator.

    ·         Perform arithmetic operations with complex numbers.

    ·         Apply the fundamental Theorem of Algebra.

    ·         Graph rational functions by using the important characteristics of rational functions.

    ·         Solve and graph exponential and logarithmic functions.

    ·         Find exponential and logarithmic models on a graphing calculator.

    ·         Solve linear systems of equations in two and three variables.

    ·         Solve systems of inequalities and linear programming problems.

    ·         Graph conic sections: the parabola, the ellipse, the circle, and the hyperbola.

     

  10. REQUIRED TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES AND EQUIPMENT

    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/canvasinstructions.aspx.

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/Canvasinstructions.aspx.

  11. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    GETTING STARTED:  Login to Canvas, view and complete all items in the first two modules, connect to MyMathLab from the navigation button on left side of course page in Canvas.  Note: temporary access is allowed for two weeks so do NOT wait to start working on assignments. 

    RESOURCES to successfully complete College Algebra: 

    ·        Plan each day/week according to due dates for assignments and tests (see calculation of time needed below);

    ·        Go to the Academic Success Center to work with a tutor for homework help (NMJC Academic Success Center is located in room 123 Mansur Hall, phone number is 575-492-2624);

    ·        Use “Brainfuse”, an online tutoring serviceas needed (click here to check out Brainfuse);

    ·        Communicate with your instructor early and often about any problems regarding your success in class. 

    EXPECTED CONDUCT:

    Ř  Participate in class- watch videos for each lesson from the Homework list in MML, take notes, complete Practice problems and Quizzes, abide by deadlines and requirements.

    Ř  Keep up with the work according to deadlines.  Neglecting this class because of it’s flexible, online format will cause serious problems and likely cause you to fail or withdraw.

    Ř  Do not use “Mathway” or other online problem solving apps.  Quick answers from using those things for progress through lessons and chapter tests come at a cost on assessments.  Maintaining an A on regular course work, but failing assessments will lead to a final grade of D or F. 

    This class will require consistent effort all semester.  Allowing yourself to fall behind will greatly increase probability of failure or need to withdraw.  Failing or withdrawing are a complete waste of your time and money.  If it gets stressful, be willing to make adjustments to your schedule and priorities.  Finishing a required class is a very temporary intrusion to your life.  Be realistic, consider how much you actually want to complete your education.  Do you really want to earn your way to a career with a high paying job or not?  Don’t sacrifice your greater life goals for things going on right now. 

    What will it take to earn credit for College Algebra?

    “To-Do-List” of 84 assignment scores:

    ·        33 Sections (separated into 33 “Practices” and 33 “Quizzes” for a total 66);

    ·        4 chapter tests;

    ·        4 parts of the mid-course assessment (averaged for a single score);

    ·        1 Critical Thinking Assignment (three options, only one required);

    ·        4 final assessments (individual scores)

    Calculation of reasonable time required for each of the above components of the course:

    Practices and Quizzes for each section @ approximately 1 hour each = 66 hours

    Chapter Tests @ about 2 hours each = 8 hours

    Mid-course Assessment prepare and complete = 6 hours

    Critical Thinking (1 of 3) = 2 hours

    Total prior to final assessments = 82 hours

    All this should fit into the first 14 weeks of class.  Allow for first week of “getting started” and we have 13 weeks- 82 hours / 13 weeks = 6.3 or round UP for safe approximate 7 hours per week. 

    Some weeks will take more some will take less to meet deadlines.  This is the reality of what it takes to accomplish the stated objectives which warrant credit hours on a degree plan or preparation for the next course. 

    If you know you cannot commit to this amount of work, consider changing your schedule before the refund period expires to avoid all waste of time and money.  (Refund period is through the first week of class only.  Check the academic calendar for the actual date and make a decision before then.)

     

     

  12. GENERAL/MISCELLANEOUS

    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at krueda@nmjc.edu.

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at canvashelpdesk@nmjc.edu, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    Netiquette
    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Plagiarism
    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at www.nmjc.edu, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  13. ACADEMIC CALENDAR
  14. FINALS SCHEDULE
  15. COURSE OUTLINE

    COLLEGE ALGEBRA – MA113
    This course outline is tentative and subject.

    Completion Goal

    Section Number and Title

    First Day

    Introduction to class (in Canvas for online classes)


    Note: Each assignment listed below is graded. Grades are updated and posted in Canvas every two weeks.

    Weeks 1-3

    1.1 Linear Equations

    Weeks 1-3

    1.2 Applications and Modeling with Linear Equations

    Weeks 1-3

    1.3 Complex Numbers

    Weeks 1-3

    1.4 Quadratic Equations

    Weeks 1-3

    1.5 Applications and Modeling with Quadratic Equations

    Weeks 1-3

    1.6 Other Types of Equations and Applications

    Weeks 1-3

    1.7 Inequalities

    Weeks 1-3

    1.8 Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities

    Weeks 1-3

    Chapter 1 Test in MML



    Weeks 4-6

    2.1 Rectangular Coordinates and Graphs

    Weeks 4-6

    2.2 Circles

    Weeks 4-6

    2.3 Functions

    Weeks 4-6

    2.4 Linear Functions

    Weeks 4-6

    2.5 Equations of Lines and Linear Models

    Weeks 4-6

    2.6 Graphs of Basic Functions

    Weeks 4-6

    2.7 Graphing Techniques

    Weeks 4-6

    2.8 Function Operations and Composition

    Weeks 4-6

    Chapter 2 Test in MML


    Critical Thinking Assignment (option 1)



    Week 7

    Midcourse Assessment over chapters 1 and 2 (this will be a paper test NOT in MML)



    Weeks 8-10

    3.1 Quadratic Functions and Models

    Weeks 8-10

    3.2 Synthetic Division

    Weeks 8-10

    3.3 Zeros of Polynomial Functions

    Weeks 8-10

    3.4 Polynomial Functions: Graphs, Application, and Models

    Weeks 8-10

    3.5 Rational Functions: Graphs, Applications, and Models

    Weeks 8-10

    3.6 Variation

    Weeks 8-10

    Chapter 3 Test in MML


    Critical Thinking Assignment (option 2)



    Weeks 11-13

    4.1 Inverse Functions

    Weeks 11-13

    4.2 Exponential Functions

    Weeks 11-13

    4.3 Logarithmic Functions

    Weeks 11-13

    4.4 Evaluating Logarithms and the Change of Base Theorem

    Weeks 11-13

    4.5 Exponential and Logarithmic Equations

    Weeks 11-13

    4.6 Application and Models of Exponential Growth and Decay

    Weeks 11-13

    Chapter 4 Test in MML



    Week 14

    5.1 Systems of Linear Equations

    Week 14

    6.1 Parabolas

    Week 14

    6.2 Ellipses

    Week 14

    6.3 Hyperbolas

    Week 14

    6.4 Summary of Conic Sections


    Critical Thinking Assignment (option 3)



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    FINAL ASSESSMENTS MUST BE TAKEN IN A CLASSROOM (or in the testing center if arranged with me in advance)

    Weeks 15-16

    Use reviews posted in Canvas for online students or sent by email for face to face students

    Weeks 15-16

    Assessment 1: Graphs

    Weeks 15-16

    Assessment 2: Solving

    Weeks 15-16

    Assessment 3: Notation

    Weeks 15-16

    Assessment 4: Applications