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17 / SPRG1 - Early Spring 8-Week Session

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Course Syllabus
17 / SPRG1 - Early Spring 8-Week Session
Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391

Course Prefix and Number: MATH 150
Course Title: College Algebra
Semester Credit Hours: 3
Class Day and Time: Mon 
5:30 PM-9:30 PM
Additional Notes:

**NOTE: There will no class Monday January 15, 2018 due to Martin Luther King Day. Make up class is scheduled for Friday January 19, 2018.

This course is web-enhanced, taught entirely in a classroom setting using D2L course management software to supplement in-seat content. 


Catalog 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.


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.


College Algebra in Context 5th edition
Author: Harshbarger and Yocco (Pearson)
ISBN: 9780134179025
College Algebra in Context Student Sol. Man.
Author: Harshbarger (PEARSON)
ISBN: 9780134180069
Category/Comments - Recommended

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.

Additional Instructor Objectives

The student will gain and develop a deeper and more comprehensive understanding for the use and applications of mathematical concepts in multiple disciplines.

Special Course Requirements

A TI-84 graphing calculator is required for this course.  This calculator will be allowed for use on all assessments in this class.

Instructional Methods

Teaching methods consist of a lecture-discussion format with opportunities for students to investigate and explore algebraic concepts.  Practice problems are assigned each class period with a sampling of problems to be collected each class period.

Out of Class Activities

Students will create a multi-step real-life word problem and a mathematical model to solve the problem.  Students will share findings of this activity with classmates during the final class period of the course.

Graded Activities

Tests350 Points
Description -

There are two tests each worth 100 points, and a final test which is worth 150 points.

Method of Evaluation -

All tests evaluated by instructor. The type of test questions will reflect the types of questions assigned for homework.

Quiz50 Points
Description -

There is one quiz given during this course. 

Daily Work70 Points
Description -

Several problems will be assigned for practice each week. A random sampling of problems will be collected and graded each week.

Word Problem and Mathematical Model15 Points
Description -

Each student will develop a real-life word problem and a mathematical model which will be used to solve the word problem. This activity is due on the final evening of class.

Online Discussion Posts15 Points
Description -

There are three online discussion posts due during this course. The topics will be discussed during class. The due dates for the postings are Saturday of Week 3, Saturday of Week 4, and Saturday of Week 6. These dates will be posted in the weekly class announcements found on D2L.


Grading Scale

90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
0-59 F

Additional Information / Instructions

All electronic devices such as computers and cell phones need to be turned off during class.

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Week 1
Mathematical Models and Graphs

Concepts from the following sections will be covered this evening.  Section 1.1: Functions and Models, 1.2: Graphs and Functions, 1.3: Linear Equations, 1.4: Equations of Lines, 2.1: Algebraic and Graphical Solutions of Linear Equations, and 2.2: Fitting Lines to Data Points and Modeling Linear Functions


The majority of the odd-numbered problems are typically assigned for practice. A small sampling of even-numbered problems will be collected and graded for credit. Specific problems sets assigned for practice will be given during the class period.

Additional Notes:

**NOTE: There will no class Monday January 15, 2018 due to Martin Luther King Day. Make up class is scheduled for Friday January 19, 2018.

Week 2
Linear Equations and Inequalities

Concepts from the following sections will be covered this week.  Sections 2.3: Systems of Linear Equations in Two Variables, 2.4: Solutions of Linear Inequalities, 3.1: Quadratic Functions and Problems, 3.2: Solving Quadratic Equations


The specific assignment from the text will be outlined during class.


There will be a quiz administered this evening, covering sections 1.1-1.3.  This quiz will be worth 50 points. 

Additional Notes:

**NOTE: There will no class Monday January 15, 2018 due to Martin Luther King Day. Make up class is scheduled for Friday January 19, 2018.

Week 3
Quadratic Equations and Functions

Concepts from the following sections will be covered this evening.  Sections 3.4: Quadratic Models, 4.2: Combinations of Functions


The specific assignment set from the text will be given during class.

The first D2L post assignment will be discussed during class this evening. The post will be due Saturday.

Week 4
Algebraic Functions

This evening we will cover sections 4.2: Combination and Composite Functions, 4.3: One-to-One Functions and Inverse Functions


The specific assignment set from the text will be given during class.
The second D2L post assignment will be discussed in class and is due on Saturday.


Our first test will be this evening and will cover sections 1.4-3.2. 

Week 5
Exponential and Logarithmic Equations

We will cover the following sections this evening.  Section 5.1: Exponential Functions, 5.2: Logarithmic Functions


Specific assignments will be given during class.

Week 6
Logarithmic Models and Properties

Sections covered this evening are as follows: 5.3: Exponential and Logarithmic Equations, 5.4: Exponential and Logarithmic Models, 6.1: Higher-Order Polynomial Functions


The specific problem set from the text will be assigned during class.

The 3rd D2L post assignment will be discussed this evening in class.  The 3rd D2L post will be due on Saturday.

During this class students will be assigned to create a multi-step real-life word problem and a mathematical model which helps to solve the word problem. The mathematical model will incorporate algebraic concepts learned during this class. This activity is due on the final night of class.


Our second test will be taken this evening covering sections 3.3-5.2. 

Week 7
Polynomial Functions and Equations

Sections covered this evening will include 6.1: Higher-Order Polynomial Functions, and 6.3: Solutions to Polynomial Equations, 6.5: Rational Functions and Rational Equations


The specific assigned problem set will be given during class.

Week 8
Rational Functions and Equations

A brief review of topics will occur prior to taking the final test.


The word problem and mathematical model activity are due this evening.


The final exam is comprehensive.  Additional details of the final will be discussed during class.


Library Resources

Columbia College Resources - Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Course Policies and Procedures


Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students are expected to attend all classes and laboratory periods for which they are enrolled.  Students are directly responsible to instructors for class attendance and work missed during an absence for any cause.  If absences jeopardize progress in a course, an instructor may withdraw a student from the course with a grade of "F" or "W" at the discretion of the instructor.  For additional information, see the Columbia College policy on Student Attendance.

Academic Integrity

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students must fulfill their academic obligations through honest, independent effort.  Dishonesty is considered a serious offense subject to strong disciplinary actions.  Activities which constitute academic dishonesty include plagiarism, unauthorized joint effort on exams or assignments, falsification of forms or records, providing false or misleading information, or aiding another in an act of academic dishonesty.  For more information, see the Columbia College Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures.

Class Conduct and Personal Conduct

Columbia College Policy - Students must conduct themselves so others will not be distracted from the pursuit of learning.  Students may be disciplined for any conduct which constitutes a hazard to the health, safety, or well-being of members of the College community or which is deemed detrimental to the College's interests. Discourteous or unseemly conduct may result in a student being asked to leave the classroom.  For more information, see the Columbia College Student Code of Conduct and Student Behavioral Misconduct Policy and Procedures.

Cancelled Class Make-Up

Columbia College Policy - Classes cancelled because of inclement weather or other reasons must be rescheduled.  For more information, see the Columbia College Inclement Weather Policy.

Make-Up Examinations

Columbia College Policy - Make-up examinations may be authorized for students who miss regularly scheduled examinations due to circumstances beyond their control.  Make-up examinations must be administered as soon as possible after the regularly scheduled examination period and must be administered in a controlled environment.

Campus Policy - Make up examinations are scheduled on designated Saturday mornings 9am in 103 Buchanan. Students must present a picture I.D. in order to be admitted to the testing session. Students must arrange with the instructor to take the exam before or after it is given in class and permission to take a makeup examination (or any graded activity) is granted at the discretion of the instructor.

Adding, Dropping, or Withdrawing from a Course

Columbia College Policy - Students may add a course through Wednesday of the first week of the session and drop a course without academic or financial liability through close of business on Monday of the second week of the session.  Once enrolled, a student is considered a member of that class until he or she officially drops or withdraws in accordance with College policy.  An official drop/withdrawal takes place only when a student has submitted a Drop/Add/Withdrawal form.  A failure to attend class, or advising a fellow student, staff or adjunct faculty member of an intent to withdraw from a class does not constitute official drop/withdrawal.  The drop/add/withdrawal periods begin the same day/date the session starts, not the first day a particular class begins. If a student stops attending a class but does not submit the required Drop/Withdrawal form a grade of "F" will be awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Registration Policy and Procedures.

Withdrawal Excused

Columbia College Policy - A student may request an excused withdrawal (WE) under extraordinary circumstances by submitting a Drop/Withdrawal form accompanied by a complete explanation of the circumstances and supporting documentation to the location director.  The WE request must include all classes in which the student is currently enrolled.  The Vice President for Adult Higher Education is the approving authority for all WE requests.  A student who receives approval of their WE request may still be required to return some or all of the federal financial assistance received for the session.  For more information, see the Columbia College Withdrawal Policy.


Columbia College Policy - A student may request that the instructor award a grade of "I" due to extraordinary circumstances (unforeseen or unexpected circumstances beyond the student's control) that prevent a student from completing the requirements of a course by the end of a session.  An "I" will not be given because a student is failing, negligent or not meeting requirements.  If the instructor believes an "I" is appropriate, the instructor will specify the work needed to complete the course and the time allowed to complete the work.  Work missed must be made up within two subsequent sessions unless the instructor specifies an earlier date.  Extensions beyond two sessions must be approved by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  If the work is completed during the specified time period, the instructor will change the "I" to the grade earned.  If the work is not completed during the specified time, the instructor may allow the incomplete to remain on the student's permanent record or change it to any other letter grade.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.

Grade Appeal

Columbia College Policy - A student may appeal any grade given if it is believed to be in error or in conflict with Columbia College policy and procedures.  The student must state in writing to the location director why the grade awarded is believed to be in error and request a desired remedy.  The faculty member who awarded the grade will be given the opportunity to comment on all student allegations.  If the issue cannot be resolved at the location the appeal will be transmitted through the location director to the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  A grade appeal must be received for review by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education prior to the end of 60 days from the date the grade was awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.


Columbia College Policy - Course prerequisites are established to ensure that a student has adequate academic preparation to succeed in a particular course.  Staff members will attempt to ensure that students meet prerequisite requirements.  However, it is the student's responsibility to closely examine the course descriptions to determine if prerequisites exist and to enroll in courses in the proper sequence.  In some exceptional cases it may be apparent that the student possesses the required skills and knowledge to succeed in a particular course, even though they have not taken the prerequisite course.  In this case the prerequisite course may be waived by the location director.  Waiver of a course as a prerequisite does not remove the requirement to complete the course if it is a requirement for the student's degree program.


Columbia College Policy - The College provides all students access to CougarMail (the official means of e-mail communication for the College), online resources from the Stafford Library, and their Columbia College records (transcripts, grades, student schedules, etc.) through CougarTrack.


Columbia College Policy - The official student email address (also known as CougarMail) will be used for all official correspondence from faculty and staff.  Students are responsible for the information received and are required to monitor their CougarMail account on a regular basis.  Students may forward their CougarMail to another email account but will be held responsible for the information sent over CougarMail, even if there is a problem with the alternate mail service.

Cell Phones

Columbia College Policy - Cell phones can be a distraction to the learning process.  Location directors or course instructors may require that cell phones be turned off or set to vibrate during class periods.  Students requiring special arrangements to receive a cell phone call during class should make prior arrangements with their location director or course instructor.

Bookstore Information

Columbia College Policy - As part of Truition, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below. 

eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address.  Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional loose-leaf print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the VitalSource Bookshelf at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Returns:  Students who drop a course with physical course materials will be responsible for returning those items to Ed Map within 30 days of receipt of the order.  More specific information on how to do so will be included in the package received from Ed Map.  See here for Ed Map's return policy.  Failure to return physical items from a dropped course will result in a charge to the student account for all unreturned items.

Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials.  Visit for details.


Columbia College Policy - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.  For more information, see the Columbia College Family Education Rights and Privacy Policy.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College Policy - 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.  For more information, see the Columbia College ADA and Section 504 Policy for Students.

Alcohol and Other Drugs: Columbia College Policies & Resources

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College recognizes the negative health effects associated with the use, possession, and distribution of controlled and/or illicit substances, and their detrimental impact on the quality of the educational environment.  Therefore, all members of the College community share in the responsibility of protecting the campus environment by exemplifying high standards of professional and personal conduct.  For more information and resources, see the Columbia College Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy.

Tobacco-Free Policy

Columbia College Policy - The following policy goes into effect on August 21, 2017.  Columbia College values and is concerned for the health and well-being of its students, employees and visitors. The College is committed to providing a healthful and productive educational and employment environment for members of the College community. Consistent with this commitment and in the interest of the general health and welfare of the College community, the College prohibits the use of all tobacco products and related devices on all College property and premises.  For more information, see the Columbia College Tobacco-Free Policy.


Columbia College Policy - Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of protected status (see Notice of Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity for a definition of "protected status") are strictly prohibited. Persons who engage in such conduct are subject to discipline up to and including termination or dismissal.  For more information, see the Columbia College Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy and Complaint Resolution Procedure.

Columbia College Policy Library

Columbia College Policy - The policies set forth in the Online Policy Library are the current official versions of College policies and supersede and replace any other existing or conflicting policies covering the same subject matter.  The Online Policy Library is currently under construction with new policies being added on a frequent basis and the policies currently listed are not comprehensive of every College policy.  Questions regarding the Online Policy Library should be directed to the Office of the General Counsel.  For more information on policies applicable to students, see Student Policies.  For more information on policies applicable to the entire Columbia College community, see College-Wide Policies.

Technical Support

Columbia College Policy - If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance.  If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource.  Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

        - Columbia College Technology Solutions Center:, 1-800-231-2391 ext. 4357

        - D2L Helpdesk:, 1-877-325-7778

        - VitalSource:, 1-855-200-4146


Course Evaluations - All students are encouraged to complete the online course evaluations. Students are notified by way of CougarMail when the evaluations are available. The evaluations are used to help instructors improve their teaching techniques. They are reviewed carefully by the Evening Campus Director, Assistant Director, and several AHE Administrators. Student should know that all responses are completely confidential, instructors only view results after grades are posted. Your input is valued and appreciated.

Late graded assignment/activity policy - All graded assignments or activities are due when stated in the syllabus or by the instructor. Graded assignments or activities submitted after the stated due date/time will not receive any credit unless the instructor has specifically stated that full or partial credit may be awarded to late submissions.


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