Effective: Late Spring 8-Week, 2018/2019

MATH 150: College Algebra

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  Course Description

Fundamental algebraic concepts are examined in the context of real world applications. Linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions are explored with emphasis on their numerical, graphical, and algebraic properties.

Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in MATH 106 or a score of 21 or higher on the math portion of the ACT (or if the ACT was taken before September 1989, a score of 20) or a score of 500 or higher on the math portion of the SAT or a passing score on the Columbia College math placement exam.

Proctored Exams: Midterm and Final



  Textbooks

Required

  • Ronald J. Harshbarger. (2017). College Algebra in Context (5th). New York: Pearson.  
    • [ISBN-9781323832851]
    • Note: This course uses a VitalSource ebook that must be purchased through MBS Direct. Access to this book is complimentary for the first three days of the session. To maintain access, you must purchase the eBook and Lab Custom Package through MBS Direct. If you wish to have a print book, it can be ordered as a loose-leaf print on demand book through VitalSource. Please note there is a cost for this, and financial aid book vouchers cannot be used for this purchase. Once orders are placed, it can take approximately 5-7 business days for you to receive your print on demand book.

Calculator

A graphing calculator is required. The TI-83 or TI-84 series graphing calculator is strongly recommended, as this calculator will likely be required for other math courses. Instructions in the course are provided for these calculators. It is possible to purchase the calculator from MBS Direct. 

MyLabsPlus

You will activate MyLabsPlus (MLP) once you have access to the course, through the MyLabsPlus link in the course navigation bar. The eBook + Lab Custom Package must be purchased through MBS Direct.  Do not purchase used MLP access codes, codes packaged with textbooks from sources other than MBS Direct, or codes directly from Pearson; they will not work for this course.

If you do not have access to MyLabsPlus when the course begins, the publisher provides a temporary log-in; however, you must procure access within the first two weeks of the course.

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.

  Course Overview

In this course, we will investigate how algebra is used to solve real world problems. This course includes linear, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, and power functions as well as applications of mathematical principles to model events. We analyze functions using graphs, tables, equations, and technology.

  Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.

You will need a graphing calculator for our class. The TI-83 or TI-84 series graphing calculator is strongly recommended, as this calculator will likely be required for other math courses. Instructions in the course are given for this calculator.

  Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Work with functions defined numerically, symbolically, graphically, or verbally.
  2. Analyze characteristics of functions, such as end behavior, intercepts, and extreme values, from its rule, graph, or table of values.
  3. Compute the inverse of a function, when one exists, and demonstrate the meaning of the inverse graphically and algebraically.
  4. Solve real world problems using linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic models and interpret the solutions.
  5. Solve linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic equations and systems of equations algebraically, graphically, and with technology.

  Grading

Grading Scale

Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100%
B 800-899 80-89%
C 700-799 70-79%
D 600-699 60-69%
F 0-599 0-59%

Grade Weights

Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussion (8) 50 5%
Homework (6) 200 20%
Quizzes (6) 150 15%
Midterm Exam (1) 300 30%
Final Exam (1) 300 30%
Total 1000 100%

  Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1

Assignment Points Due
Introduction Discussion 2 Friday/Sunday
Discussion 1 6
Equation Editor Discussion - Sunday
Quiz 1 25
MLP Homework 1.1-1.4 --

Week 2

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 2 6 Friday/Sunday
Quiz 2 25 Sunday
MLP Homework 2.1-2.4 --
Proctor Information N/A

Week 3

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 6 Friday/Sunday
Quiz 3 25 Sunday
MLP Homework 3.1, 3.2, 3.4 --

Week 4

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4 6 Friday/Sunday
Practice Midterm Exam bonus Sunday
Midterm Exam 300

Week 5

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 6 Friday/Sunday
Quiz 4 25 Sunday
MLP Homework 4.2, 4.3, 5.1 --

Week 6

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6 6 Friday/Sunday
Quiz 5 25 Sunday
MLP Homework 5.2, 5.3, 5.4 --

Week 7

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 6 Friday/Sunday
Quiz 6 25 Sunday
MLP Homework 6.1-6.3, 6.5 --

Week 8

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 8 6 Friday/Saturday
Graded MLP Homework 200 Saturday
Practice Final Exam bonus
Final Exam 300
Total Points: 1000

  Assignment Overview

Discussions

You are expected to actively participate in 1 discussion post and one response post each week, except for Week 1, in which there are two discussions you are required to participate in. Discussion assignments will utilize what is learned through reading the textbook as well as the Content area of the course to further your understanding of the concepts and ideas behind the calculations.

In Weeks 1 through 3, and 5 through 7, you will choose one question to post as your initial response in the Discussion topic. The initial post/response to that question should lead other students through the thought processes and key ideas or concepts used to solve the problem, or if difficulties arise, where you encountered them. As the week progresses, you are expected to remain engaged in the discussion and respond to questions posed about your work to the best of your ability. The goal for you, collectively as a class, is to look for patterns among the problems, provide thoughtful analysis and synthesis in all their postings, and solve problems using multiple concepts. In Weeks 4 and 8, you will discuss study tips and methods you've employed to align your study and progress with the Course Learning Outcomes.

In addition to responding to a question for the initial post, you should respond substantively (more than one word/short phrase) to at least one of your classmate’s post. Initial posts are due by 11:59 pm CT Friday and responses to classmates should be posted by 11:59 pm CT Sunday each week, except in Week 8 where replies will be due at 11:59 pm CT Saturday. Discussion assignments are worth 6 points, except for the Introduction Discussion in Week 1, which is worth 2 points. A grading rubric will be provided in D2L for your review.

Homework

You will complete My Labs Plus (MLP) Homework each week covering one assignment per section of reading covered, except in Weeks 4 and 8, which will be review of previous weeks. You can rework the MLP Homework problems before submitting the homework; however, homework completed or redone after the due date will incur a 10% late penalty. After the due date, you can rework problems in the homework for extra practice.

MLP offers adaptive learning tools to assist students with the homework. If you use Show Me an Example, you will then return to your original problem and complete it. If you select Help Me Solve It, you will then complete a new, similar problem. If you miss the problem 3 times, you will then click on Similar Problem to generate a new version to complete for credit.

Homework grades will not be transferred until the end of the session. The final score at the end of the session is the one that will be reported in the gradebook and is recorded as a percentage of the 200 points possible for homework assignments.

MLP Assignments will be due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of the week they are assigned except in Week 8, where they are due Saturday.

Quizzes and Practice Exams

You will complete a Quiz each week in Weeks 1-3, and 5-7. In Weeks 4 and 8, there will be Practice Exams, which will be ungraded practice (worth up to 5 bonus points) for the Midterm and Final.

Quizzes have a 60 minute time limit, are multiple-choice, and automatically graded. You can take the Quizzes up to 5 times during the open period and your best attempt will be recorded to the grade book. Quizzes will remain open throughout all weeks in order to give you more practice. Quizzes are worth 25 points each. 

Practice Exams have a 2 hour time limit, are multiple-choice, and automatically graded.  Like the quizzes, you can take the practice exams up to 5 times and your best attempt will be recorded to the grade book.  The practice exams are available throughout the duration of the session.   

Exams

Midterm Exam

The Midterm Exam is proctored, with a 2-hour time limit. The Midterm tests your knowledge of material covered in Weeks 1-3 and is comprised of multiple-choice questions. You will have one attempt at the Midterm Exam. It will be open from 12:01 am CT Tuesday through 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 4. The Midterm Exam is worth 300 points.

Final Exam
The Final Exam is proctored, with a 2-hour time limit. The Final tests your knowledge of material covered in Weeks 1-3 and Weeks 5-7 and is comprised of multiple-choice questions. You will have one attempt at the Final Exam. The Final will be open from 12:01 am CT Tuesday through 11:59 pm CT Saturday of Week 8. The Final Exam is worth 300 points.

  Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Required Resources
  • Readings: Harshbarger
    • 1.1 Functions and Models
    • 1.2 Graphs of Functions
    • 1.3 Linear Functions
    • 1.4 Equations of Lines
  • Course Walk-Through with MyLabsPlus (MLP) Instructions Video (found in the Content area)
  • Tips for Success in Online Math Infographic (found in the Content area)
  • Publisher Resources eText Supplemental Videos and Resources (found in MLP)
  • TI Corner Videos (found in the Content area)
Introduction Discussion

In the appropriate discussion topic, introduce yourself! Include information such as your experiences with Algebra and math courses, what you would like to get out of the course, and a trait you possess that you feel is unique or different from other people. Share any personal or professional details you’d like to share or your location and how long you have lived there. Only share what you feel comfortable.

Please post your response by 11:59 p.m. CT on Friday. Respond to at least one classmate by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday.

Discussion 1

Choose one unique problem from the Discussion 1 page (found in the Content area). You should answer a problem not already posted by a classmate in Discussion 1. Post your original response and your process for solving the problem that may be usable to your classmates by 11:59 pm CT Friday. You must respond to at least one of your classmate’s posts by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

The subject line should be submitted as D#. For example if you select problem 23, your subject line will be D23.

Equation Editor Discussion

Use the instructions and screen shots included in the Equation Editor Guide in the Content area and post the equations. This feature is required for all postings with fractions, exponents, or radicals. You should complete this discussion by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday.  Peer responses are not required for this discussion.

Quiz 1

Covers assigned reading/topics for Week 1. Quizzes will unlock in their respective weeks but remain open throughout the session. You have 5 attempts at each Quiz and are encouraged to make your first attempt in the week that it opens. You highest score will be recorded in the grade book. Quiz 1 is worth 25 points.

MLP Homework 1.1-1.4

Your homework requires that you answer questions and problems that correspond to topics discussed in the assigned reading for Week 1. You should log into MyLabsPlus (MLP) to complete the homework.

Required Resources
  • Readings: Harshbarger
    • 2.1 Algebraic and Graphical Solution of Linear Equations
    • 2.2 Fitting Lines to Data Points: Model Linear Functions
    • 2.3 Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables
    • 2.4 Solutions of Linear Inequalities
  • Publisher Resources eText Supplemental Videos and Resources (found in MLP)
  • TI Corner Videos (found in the Content area)
Discussion 2

Choose one unique problem from the Discussion 2 page (found in the Content area). You should answer a problem not already posted by a classmate in Discussion 2. Post your original response and your process for solving the problem that may be usable to your classmates by 11:59 pm CT Friday. You must respond to at least one of your classmate’s posts by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

The subject line should be submitted as D#. For example if you select problem 23, your subject line will be D23.

Quiz 2

Covers assigned reading/topics for Week 2. Quizzes will unlock in their respective weeks but remain open throughout the session. You have 5 attempts at each Quiz and are encouraged to make your first attempt in the week that it opens. You highest score will be recorded in the grade book. Quiz 2 is worth 25 points.

MLP Homework 2.1-2.4

Your homework requires that you answer questions and problems that correspond to topics discussed in the assigned reading for Week 2. You should log into MyLabsPlus (MLP) to complete the homework.

Proctor Information
Submit your proctor form to the appropriate Dropbox folder by the end of the week. Remember to “Save” the form before placing it in Dropbox. See the Content area for more information.
Required Resources
  • Readings: Harshbarger
    • 3.1 Quadratic Functions; Parabolas
    • 3.2 Solving Quadratic Equations
    • 3.4 Quadratic and Power Models
  • Publisher Resources eText Supplemental Videos and Resources (found in MLP)
  • TI Corner Videos (found in the Content area)
Discussion 3

Choose one unique problem from the Discussion 3 page (found in the Content area). You should answer a problem not already posted by a classmate in Discussion 3. Post your original response and your process for solving the problem that may be usable to your classmates by 11:59 pm CT Friday. You must respond to at least one of your classmate’s posts by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

The subject line should be submitted as D#. For example if you select problem 23, your subject line will be D23.

Quiz 3

Covers assigned reading/topics for Week 3. Quizzes will unlock in their respective weeks but remain open throughout the session. You have 5 attempts at each Quiz and are encouraged to make your first attempt in the week that it opens. You highest score will be recorded in the grade book. Quiz 3 is worth 25 points.

MLP Homework 3.1, 3.2, 3.4

Your homework requires that you answer questions and problems that correspond to topics discussed in the assigned reading for Week 3. You should log into MyLabsPlus (MLP) to complete the homework.

Required Resources
  • Readings: Harshbarger readings from Weeks 1-3
  • Publisher Resources eText Supplemental Videos and Resources from Weeks 1-3 (found in MLP)
  • TI Corner Videos from Weeks 1-3 (found in the Content area)
  • Test Taking Tips Infographic (found in the Content area)
Discussion 4

This week I want our discussion to help prepare you for the midterm exam, so do one of the following. 

  1. Post a problem you have conquered and want to celebrate with us.  Be sure to show us how to solve it!

  2. Ask a question…What are you struggling with? What problem do you need help with? What are you most worried about for the midterm exam? Which problem on the practice midterm can you just not figure out?

  3. Share a tip or trick you figured out along the way that you think will help your classmates.

I am not too particular. I really just want everyone to discuss the material and help each other prepare for the midterm. All I ask is that if you ask a question that you stick around for the answer, so we know if we helped you or not. 

Post your initial post by 11:59 p.m. CT on Friday, though to prepare for the Midterm you should post as early in the week as possible. You will still respond to at least one other student post this week offering another problem or comment on the problem solved in the original posting. Your response post is due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday.

I look forward to a great discussion.

Practice Midterm Exam

The practice Midterm Exam reviews material from Weeks 1-3. The highest percentage is multiplied by 5 to earn bonus points up to 5 points.

Midterm Exam

The Midterm Exam will be open from 12:01 am CT Tuesday through 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 4. The Midterm covers the material from weeks 1-3.

Required Resources
  • Readings: Harshbarger
    • 4.2 Combining Functions; Composite Functions
    • 4.3 One-to-One and Inverse Functions
    • 5.1 Functions, Graphs, and Models; Linear Functions
  • Publisher Resources eText Supplemental Videos and Resources (found in MLP)
  • TI Corner Videos (found in the Content area)
Discussion 5

Choose one unique problem from the Discussion 5 page (found in the Content area). You should answer a problem not already posted by a classmate in Discussion 5. Post your original response and your process for solving the problem that may be usable to your classmates by 11:59 pm CT Friday. You must respond to at least one of your classmate’s posts by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

The subject line should be submitted as D#. For example if you select problem 23, your subject line will be D23.

Quiz 4

Covers assigned reading/topics for Week 5. Quizzes will unlock in their respective weeks but remain open throughout the session. You have 5 attempts at each Quiz and are encouraged to make your first attempt in the week that it opens. You highest score will be recorded in the grade book. Quiz 4 is worth 25 points.

MLP Homework 4.2, 4.3, 5.1

Your homework requires that you answer questions and problems that correspond to topics discussed in the assigned reading for Week 5. You should log into MyLabsPlus (MLP) to complete the homework.

Required Resources
  • Readings: Harshbarger
    • 5.2 Logarithmic Functions; Properties of Logarithms
    • 5.3 Exponential and Logarithmic Equations
    • 5.4 Exponential and Logarithmic Models
  • Publisher Resources eText Supplemental Videos and Resources (found in MLP)
  • TI Corner Videos (found in the Content area)
Discussion 6

Choose one unique problem from the Discussion 6 page (found in the Content area). You should answer a problem not already posted by a classmate in Discussion 6. Post your original response and your process for solving the problem that may be usable to your classmates by 11:59 pm CT Friday. You must respond to at least one of your classmate’s posts by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

The subject line should be submitted as D#. For example if you select problem 23, your subject line will be D23.

Quiz 5

Covers assigned reading/topics for Week 6. Quizzes will unlock in their respective weeks but remain open throughout the session. You have 5 attempts at each Quiz and are encouraged to make your first attempt in the week that it opens. You highest score will be recorded in the grade book. Quiz 5 is worth 25 points.

MLP Homework 5.2, 5.3, 5.4

Your homework requires that you answer questions and problems that correspond to topics discussed in the assigned reading for Week 6. You should log into MyLabsPlus (MLP) to complete the homework.

Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Required Resources
  • Readings: Harshbarger
    • 6.1 Higher-Degree Polynomial Functions
    • 6.2 Modeling with Cubic and Quartic Functions
    • 6.3 Solution of Polynomial Equations
    • 6.5 Rational Functions and Rational Equations
  • Publisher Resources eText Supplemental Videos and Resources (found in MLP)
  • TI Corner Videos (found in the Content area)
Discussion 7

Choose one unique problem from the Discussion 7 page (found in the Content area). You should answer a problem not already posted by a classmate in Discussion 7. Post your original response and your process for solving the problem that may be usable to your classmates by 11:59 pm CT Friday. You must respond to at least one of your classmate’s posts by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

The subject line should be submitted as D#. For example if you select problem 23, your subject line will be D23.

Quiz 6

Covers assigned reading/topics for Week 7. Quizzes will unlock in their respective weeks but remain open throughout the session. You have 5 attempts at each Quiz and are encouraged to make your first attempt in the week that it opens. You highest score will be recorded in the grade book. Quiz 6 is worth 25 points.

MLP Homework 6.1-6.3, 6.5

Your homework requires that you answer questions and problems that correspond to topics discussed in the assigned reading for Week 7. You should log into MyLabsPlus (MLP) to complete the homework.

Required Resources
  • Readings: Harshbarger readings from Weeks 1-3, 5-7
  • Publisher Resources eText Supplemental Videos and Resources from Weeks 1-3, 5-7 (found in MLP)
  • TI Corner Videos from Weeks 1-3, 5-7 (found in the Content area)
Discussion 8

This week I want our discussion to help prepare you for the Final Exam, so do one of the following:

  1. Post a problem you have conquered and want to celebrate with us. Be sure to show us how to solve it!

  2. Ask a question…What are you struggling with? What problem do you need help with? What are you most worried about for the Final Exam? Which problem on the practice Final can you just not figure out?  

  3. Share a tip or trick you figured out along the way that you think will help your classmates. Did you change anything to study for the Final Exam? 

I am not too particular. I really just want everyone to discuss the material and help each other prepare for the Final. All I ask is that if you ask a question that you stick around for the answer, so we know if we helped you or not. 

Once you complete your initial post, you will still respond to at least one other student post this week offering another problem or comment on the problem solved in the original posting. I look forward to a great discussion. Post your initial post by 11:59 p.m. CT on Friday, though to prepare for the Final you should post as early in the week as possible. You will still respond to at least one other student post this week offering another problem or comment on the problem solved in the original posting. Your response post is due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Saturday.

I look forward to a great discussion.

Graded MLP Homework

Your MLP weekly homework will be graded after 11:59 p.m. CT on Saturday of Week 8. You should complete all MLP homework assignments before that date. The graded homework is worth 200 points.

Practice Final Exam

The practice Final Exam reviews material from Weeks 1-3 and Weeks 5-7. The highest percentage is multiplied by 5 to earn bonus points up to 5 points.

Final Exam

The Final Exam will be open from 12:01 am CT Tuesday through 11:59 pm CT Saturday of Week 8. The Final covers the material from Weeks 1-3 and Weeks 5-7.

  Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted. Late MLP Homework will incur a 10% penalty.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

Proctor Policy

Students taking courses that require proctored exams must submit their completed proctor request forms to their instructors by the end of the second week of the session. Proctors located at Columbia College campuses are automatically approved. The use of ProctorU services is also automatically approved. The instructor of each course will consider any other choice of proctor for approval or denial. Additional proctor choices the instructor will consider include: public librarians, high school or college instructors, high school or college counseling services, commanding officers, education service officers, and other proctoring services. Personal friends, family members, athletic coaches and direct supervisors are not acceptable.

  Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.