Effective: Late Fall 8-Week, 2018/2019

## MATH 104: Beginning Algebra

### Course Description

Introduction to the fundamental concepts of algebra. Review of fractions, decimals, and signed numbers. Methods for solving linear equations, linear inequalities, and systems of linear equations. Thorough treatment of graphing lines and linear inequalities in the plane. Introduction to rules of exponents. Real-world applications are integrated throughout the course. Students must repeat the course if a grade of U, F, or D  is awarded.

Prerequisite: None

Proctored Exams: Midterm and Final

### Textbooks

As part of TruitionSM, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below.

#### Required

•  (2019). Elementary Algebra: Graphs and Authentic Applications (3rd). Boston, MA: Pearson .  eText

#### Bookstore Information

Visit https://www.ccis.edu/bookstore.aspx for details.

##### 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.

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

### Course Overview

Beginning Algebra is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of algebra. This includes a review of fractions, decimals and signed numbers. The use of variables as a tool in algebra is introduced and variables are used to model authentic situations. Methods for solving linear equations, linear inequalities, and systems of linear equations are covered as well as graphing lines and inequalities in the plane. Technology is used to solve and graph equations when appropriate.

### 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
• 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.

Additional requirements specific to this course:

• The most updated version of Java.

Students must have access to a TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator for this course.

### Course Learning Outcomes

1. Simplify algebraic and numerical expressions including fractions, decimals, signed numbers, and exponents using the correct order of operations.
2. Create and use linear models, when determined appropriate, to answer questions, make predictions, and make estimations in authentic situations.
3. Solve linear equations and linear inequalities using analytic methods.
4. Solve linear equations and system of linear equations using tables or graphs.
5. Find equations of lines, including lines of best fit, given data or verbal descriptions and interpret their slopes and intercepts in context.

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%

Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (8) 50 5%
Homework 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
Discussion 1 6 Friday/Sunday
Equation Editor - Sunday
Introductions Discussion 2
MLP Homework -
Quiz 1 25

#### Week 2

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

#### Week 3

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 6 Friday/Sunday
MLP Homework - Sunday
Quiz 3 25

#### Week 4

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

#### Week 5

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 6 Friday/Sunday
MLP Homework - Sunday
Quiz 4 25

#### Week 6

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6 6 Friday/Sunday
MLP Homework - Sunday
Quiz 5 25

#### Week 7

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 6 Friday/Sunday
MLP Homework - Sunday
Quiz 6 25

#### Week 8

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 8 6 Friday/Saturday
Practice Final Exam -
Final Exam 300
Total Points: 1000

### Assignment Overview

#### Discussions

You will be expected to actively participate in one assigned discussion each week. Discussion assignments will utilize what you’ve learned reading the textbook as well as the Content area of the course. The goal is for you to collectively look for patterns among the problems, provide thoughtful analysis and synthesis in all your postings, and solve problems using multiple concepts. Discussion postings also further the understanding of the concepts and ideas behind the calculations. In Weeks 4 and 8 you will also discuss study tips and methods you have employed to align your study and progress with the Course Learning Outcomes. Responses that don’t substantively add to the discussion are not considered graded responses.

In each Discussion, you will choose one (1) question to post as your initial response in the Discussion topic. You must choose a question that hasn’t been posted. Duplicate postings will not receive credit. Your initial post/response to that question will lead other students through the thought processes and key ideas or concepts used to solve the problem, or if difficulties arose, where they were encountered. 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. In addition to responding to a question for the initial post, you will respond substantively (more than one word/short phrase) to at least one of your classmate’s posts. 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.

A grading rubric and additional guidelines on answering Discussion questions will be provided in D2L for student review. Discussion assignments are worth 6 points each. The Introduction Discussion is worth 2 points.

#### Homework

You will complete MyLabsPlus (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.

MLP Homework may be reworked until its due date before submission, as well as for extra practice after the due date; however, homework completed or redone after the due date will incur a 10% late penalty. 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.

Grades for MLP Homework will be transferred at 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 Homework 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.

#### Midterm and Final Exam

Midterm Exam

The Midterm Exam will test your knowledge of material covered in Weeks 1- 3 and be comprised of multiple-choice questions. The Midterm Exam will be proctored with a 2-hour time limit. You will have one attempt at the Midterm Exam. A practice Midterm Exam will be available for further practice.

The Midterm Exam 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 will test your knowledge of material covered in Weeks 1-3 and Weeks 5-7 and be comprised of multiple-choice questions. The Final Exam will be proctored with a 2-hour time limit. You will have one attempt at the Final Exam. A practice Final Exam will be available for further practice.

The Final Exam 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.

• 1.1: Variables and Constants
• 1.2: Scatterplots
• 1.3: Exact Linear Relationships
• 1.4: Approximate Linear Relationships
• 2.1: Expressions
• Review Instructional Materials
Discussion 1
Post a solution to one of the math problems chosen from a list posted in the Instructional Materials. You will post a solution, and a process for solving the problem that may be usable to their fellow students. You must respond to at least one of your classmate’s posts.
Equation Editor
Using step-by-step instructions provided in the class, you will learn how to use the HTML and Equation Editors in the Discussion posts. Use the instructions and screen shots included in the 'Equation Editor Guide' in the Content area and duplicate the 3 equations. Once you complete these 3 equations, post your work to the EE Editor discussion topic. Note: this is an ungraded assignment, but one that is critical for you to learn how to use the equation editor for completing the discussion assignments in the course.
Introductions 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.
MLP Homework

Complete the MLP Homework which requires answering questions/problems corresponding to topics discussed in the assigned reading for this week. This unit specifically covers how to use the course and MLP.

Your homework grade will be recorded at the end of the class, as a percentage of the 200 points possible, based on the points earned in MLP.

Quiz 1
Covers assigned reading/topics for Week 1.
• 2.2: Operations with Fractions
• 2.3: Absolute Value and Adding Real Numbers
• 2.4: Change in a Quantity and Subtracting Real Numbers
• 2.5: Ratios, Percents, and Multiplying and Dividing Real Numbers
• 2.6: Exponents and Order of Operations
• Review Instructional Materials
Discussion 2
Post a solution to one of the math problems chosen from a list posted in the Instructional Materials. You will post a solution, and a process for solving the problem that may be usable to their fellow students. You must respond to at least one of your classmate’s posts.
MLP Homework

Complete the MLP Homework which requires answering questions/problems corresponding to topics discussed in the assigned reading for this week.

Your homework grade will be recorded at the end of the class, as a percentage of the 200 points possible, based on the points earned in MLP.

Quiz 2
Covers assigned reading/topics for Week 2.
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.
• 3.1 Graphing Equations of the form y=mx+b and x=a
• 3.2 Graphing Linear Models; Unit Analysis
• 3.3 Slope of a Line
• 3.4 Using Slope to Graph Linear Equations
• 3.5 Rate of Change
• Review Instructional Materials
Discussion 3
Post a solution to one of the math problems chosen from a list posted in the Instructional Materials. You will post a solution, and a process for solving the problem that may be usable to their fellow students. You must respond to at least one of your classmate’s posts.
MLP Homework

Complete the MLP Homework which requires answering questions/problems corresponding to topics discussed in the assigned reading for this week.

Your homework grade will be recorded at the end of the class, as a percentage of the 200 points possible, based on the points earned in MLP.

Quiz 3
Covers assigned reading/topics for Week 3.
• Review assigned readings from Weeks 1-3.
• Review Instructional Materials
Discussion 4
You will answer a unique problem chosen from the Practice Midterm Exam. You will post your original response/solution and a process for solving the problem that may be usable to your fellow students. You will then respond to at least one of your  classmate’s posts. Additionally, you will also discuss study tips and methods that tie back to the Course Learning Objectives (CLOS) you have employed to align your study and progress with the Course Learning Outcomes.
MLP Homework
Review previous homework in preparation for the Midterm Exam.
Practice Midterm Exam
The Practice Midterm Exam reviews material from Weeks 1-3. It does not count toward your grade. 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. It will cover material in Weeks 1-3.
• 4.1 Simplifying Expressions
• 4.2 Simplifying More Expressions
• 4.3 Solving Linear Equations in One Variable
• 4.4 Solving MORE Linear Equations in One Variable
• Review Instructional Materials
Discussion 5
Post a solution to one of the math problems chosen from a list posted in the Instructional Materials. You will post a solution, and a process for solving the problem that may be usable to their fellow students. You must respond to at least one of your classmate’s posts.
MLP Homework

Complete the MLP Homework which requires answering questions/problems corresponding to topics discussed in the assigned reading for this week.

Your homework grade will be recorded at the end of the class, as a percentage of the 200 points possible, based on the points earned in MLP.

Quiz 4
Covers assigned reading/topics for Week 5.
• 4.5 Comparing Expressions and Equations
• 4.6 Formulas
• 5.1 Graphing Linear Equations
• 5.2 Finding Linear Equations
• Review Instructional Materials
Discussion 6
Post a solution to one of the math problems chosen from a list posted in the Instructional Materials. You will post a solution, and a process for solving the problem that may be usable to their fellow students. You must respond to at least one of your classmate’s posts.
MLP Homework

Complete the MLP Homework which requires answering questions/problems corresponding to topics discussed in the assigned reading for this week.

Your homework grade will be recorded at the end of the class, as a percentage of the 200 points possible, based on the points earned in MLP.

Quiz 5
Covers assigned reading/topics for Week 6.
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.
• 5.3 Finding Equations of Linear Models
• 5.4 Using Linear Models to Make Predictions
• 5.5 Solving Linear Inequalities in One Variable
• 6.1 Using Graphs and Tables to Solve Systems
• Review Instructional Materials
Discussion 7
Post a solution to one of the math problems chosen from a list posted in the Instructional Materials. You will post a solution, and a process for solving the problem that may be usable to their fellow students. You must respond to at least one of your classmate’s posts.
MLP Homework

Complete the MLP Homework which requires answering questions/problems corresponding to topics discussed in the assigned reading for this week.

Your homework grade will be recorded at the end of the class, as a percentage of the 200 points possible, based on the points earned in MLP.

Quiz 6
Covers assigned reading/topics for Week 7.
• Review assigned readings from Weeks 1-8.
• Review Instructional Materials
Discussion 8
You will answer a unique problem chosen from the Practice Final Exam. You will post your original response/solution and a process for solving the problem that may be usable to your fellow students. You will then respond to at least one of your  classmate’s posts. Additionally, you will also discuss study tips and methods that tie back to the Course Learning Objectives (CLOS) you have employed to align your study and progress with the Course Learning Outcomes.

Review previous homework in preparation for the Final Exam.

Your homework grade will be recorded at the end of this week, as a percentage of  the 200 points possible, based on the points earned in MLP.

Practice Final Exam
The Practice Final Exam reviews material from Weeks 1-8. It does not count toward your grade. 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. It will cover material in Weeks 1-8.

### 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.

Academic integrity is a cumulative process that begins with the first college learning opportunity. Students are responsible for knowing the Academic Integrity policy and procedures and may not use ignorance of either as an excuse for academic misconduct. Columbia College recognizes that the vast majority of students at Columbia College maintain high ethical academic standards; however, failure to abide by the prohibitions listed herein is considered academic misconduct and may result in disciplinary action, a failing grade on the assignment, and/or a grade of "F" for the course.

Additionally, 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

Columbia College is committed to creating a learning environment that meets the needs of its diverse student body. If you anticipate or experience any barriers to learning, communicate your concerns with the instructor. In addition to speaking with the instructor, the following resources are available to ensure an opportunity to learn in an inclusive environment that values mutual respect.

• For students with disabilities/conditions who are experiencing barriers to learning or assessment, contact the Student Accessibility Resources office at (573) 875-7626 or sar@ccis.edu to discuss a range of options to removing barriers in the course, including accommodations.
• For students who are experiencing conflict which is impacting their educational environment, contact the Office of Student Conduct at studentconduct@ccis.edu or (573) 875-7877.
• For students who have concerns related to discrimination or harassment based on sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy or parental status, please contact the Title IX Office at titleixcoordinator@ccis.edu. More information can be found at http://www.ccis.edu/policies/notice-of-non-discrimination-and-equal-opportunity.aspx

#### 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 Homework will receive 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.

#### 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 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.

#### 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.