*College Algebra in Context*. 4th. Pearson, 2013.- ISBN-978-1-269-97742-5

You will need the textbook (physical or online copy via the MyLabsPlus code) and an access code for MyLabsPlus (an online homework and resource site). You will activate MyLabsPlus (MLP) once you have access to the course, through the MyLabsPlus link in the course navigation bar. The textbook and access code can be purchased as a bundle through MBS Direct.

If you buy the textbook from a source other than MBS Direct, you will still need a MyLabsPlus access code. MyLabsPlus access codes can be purchased separately through the MyLabsPlus link in the course. Access codes that come packaged with textbooks from sources other than MBS Direct are not guaranteed to work. Do not purchase a MyMathLab access code, because it will not work for this course.

Another option is to purchase only a MyLabsPlus access code through the MyLabsPlus link in the course, and utilize the online textbook and solutions manual that are available electronically through the MyLabsPlus website with the code.

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.

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

- online at http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/columbia.htm (
*be sure to select Online Education rather than your home campus before selecting your class*) - by phone at 800-325-3252

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

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.

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.

Additional requirements specific to this course:

- Adobe Flash Player,
- The most updated version of Java.
- Access to MyLabsPlus to complete weekly homework.

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.

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

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### Grading

#### Grading Scale

#### Grade Weights

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% |

Assignment Category | Points | Percent |
---|---|---|

Discussion | 50 | 5% |

Homework | 200 | 20% |

Quizzes | 150 | 15% |

Midterm Exam | 300 | 30% |

Final Exam | 300 | 30% |

Total |
1000 |
100% |

Assignment | Points | Due |
---|---|---|

Discussion 1: Initial Post/Response | 6 | Friday/Sunday |

Discussion: Introduction | 2 | Sunday |

Discussion: Equation Editor Post | - | |

MLP Homework | - | |

Quiz 1 | 25 |

Assignment | Points | Due |
---|---|---|

Discussion 2: Initial Post/Response | 6 | Friday/Sunday |

MLP Homework | - | Sunday |

Quiz 2 | 25 | |

Proctor Information | N/A |

Assignment | Points | Due |
---|---|---|

Discussion 3: Initial Post/Response | 6 | Friday/Sunday |

MLP Homework | - | Sunday |

Quiz 3 | 25 |

Assignment | Points | Due |
---|---|---|

Discussion 4: Initial Post/Response | 6 | Friday/Sunday |

MLP Homework | - | Sunday |

Quiz 4 | - | |

Midterm Exam | 300 |

Assignment | Points | Due |
---|---|---|

Discussion 5: Initial Post/Response | 6 | Friday/Sunday |

MLP Homework | - | Sunday |

Quiz 5 | 25 |

Assignment | Points | Due |
---|---|---|

Discussion 6: Initial Post/Response | 6 | Friday/Sunday |

MLP Homework | - | Sunday |

Quiz 6 | 25 |

Assignment | Points | Due |
---|---|---|

Discussion 7: Initial Post/Response | 6 | Friday/Sunday |

MLP Homework | - | Sunday |

Quiz 7 | 25 |

Assignment | Points | Due |
---|---|---|

Discussion 8: Initial Post/Response | 6 | Friday/Saturday |

MLP Homework | 200 | Saturday |

Quiz 8 | - | |

Final Exam | 300 |

You will be expected to actively participate in the discussion each week throughout the course. The discussion board is our classroom. Actively reading the etext/textbook and Content in our online course are the foundation for the mathematical knowledge, but additional learning happens through our discussion of the concepts and the ideas behind the calculations on the discussion board.

Each week you will choose one discussion question from the Content area of our course. Your original post should provide the original question, your solution process explaining each step, analysis of the solution process, and the final solution. Effective posts will lead the reader through your thought processes and explain key ideas or where difficulties might arise. The goal is to move beyond “I don’t understand how to do number 32” or “Here is the answer to number 15” to looking for patterns in the problems. This will help you generalize from the particular problems to rules that apply in similar situations.

You will also respond to at least one of your classmates’ posts. Your responses should provide more than “Good post” or “I got the same answer.” Ask questions about areas that are confusing to you or where you would like to see more details about the process. You may also respectfully point out errors and a reference in the book or an alternative solution. The expectations and grading rubric for discussions are outlined in more detail in the course Content area.

Your introduction discussion posting is worth 2 points. Weekly discussion is worth 6 points (4points for main discussion posting/ 2 points for reply).

You will complete homework in MyLabsPlus each week. You may rework each homework assignment until its due date. MyLabsPlus provides tools to assist you with the homework such as Show me an Example or Help Me Solve It. If you use these tools, you will have to complete a similar problem without using the tools in order to receive credit for the problem. You may rework each homework exercise until you get it correct by selecting “similar exercise” at the bottom of the screen.

Homework scores are not recorded weekly since you have the opportunity to complete missed homework for credit after the due date. Your final percentage in MyLabsPlus is applies to the 200 Homework points. Homework is worth 20% of your final grade.

There are quizzes in Weeks 1-3 and 5-7 are each worth 25 points. Quizzes are timed (60 minutes), multiple choice, and computer graded. You will have 5 attempts on each quiz during the quiz period (with the highest score recorded), so use each attempt to improve your understanding of the concepts. Quizzes are worth 15% of your final grade. The quizzes in Weeks 4 and 8 are for practice only and do not count toward your final grade.

There will be a Midterm and a Final Exam. Both exams are computerized and proctored. Each exam will have a 2-hour time limit. You will have one attempt on each exam; be sure to save your work often. The Midterm Exam will be open from Tuesday through Sunday of Week 4. The Final Exam will be open from Tuesday through Saturday of Week 8.

You must arrange an acceptable proctor. Proctor information is due by 11:59 PM on Sunday of Week 2. More information about proctors can be found below in the Proctor Policy.

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

Sections 1.1 – 1.4

Post an answer to one of the discussion questions found in Content and reply to at least one classmate.

Introduce yourself to your classmates. State your city/state and include any information that you would like to share about you, your family, work history, hobbies, interests and where you are in school.

Use the instructions and screen shots included in the 'Equation Editor Guide' in the Content area and duplicate the 3 equations. Post these 3 equations in the EE/HTML Editor discussion topic. This feature is required for all postings with, fractions, exponents, or radicals.

Complete homework in MyLabsPlus each 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.*

Sections 2.1 – 2.4

Post an answer to one of the discussion questions found in Content and reply to at least one classmate.

Complete homework in MyLabsPlus each 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.*

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.

Sections 3.1, 3.2, 3.4

Post an answer to one of the discussion questions found in Content and reply to at least one classmate.

Complete homework in MyLabsPlus each 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.*

Reread Chapters 1 - 3

Review previous homework in preparation for the midterm exam.

Computerized, proctored, 2-hour exam

Sections 4.2, 4.3, and 5.1

Complete homework in MyLabsPlus each week.

Sections 5.2 – 5.4

Complete homework in MyLabsPlus each week.

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.

Sections 6.1, 6.3, 6.5

Complete homework in MyLabsPlus each week.

Reread Chapters 1 - 6

Review previous homework in preparation for the final exam

Computerized, proctored, 2-hour exam

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

No late quizzes will be accepted.

All homework sets are due the last Saturday of the course.

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.

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.

- Columbia College Helpdesk: CCHelpDesk@ccis.edu 800-231-2391 ex. 4357
- D2L Helpdesk: helpdesk@d2l.com 877-325-7778

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.