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«• This class requires 9 to 15 hours per week. If you are unwilling or unable to dedicate this amount of time to this class, you should reconsider ...»

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MAT 121 – Intermediate Algebra, MAT 151 – College Algebra,

and MAT 182 - Trigonometry

Course Syllabus

Spring 2011

Information Vital To Success In This Class

Please Read Carefully

• This class requires 9 to 15 hours per week. If you are unwilling or unable to dedicate this amount of

time to this class, you should reconsider taking this class in an online format. Not dedicating this

amount of time to the class will put you in serious risk of failing the class or withdrawing and losing the money you paid for the class.

• MAT 151 has significant homework requirements. Three sections per week must be completed and this means that you will be required to complete approximately sixty (60) homework questions per week (about 20 questions per sections).

• This class is NOT recommend for student who have repeatedly failed the same class more than two times.

• The MCC Mathematics Department strictly enforces prerequisites. If you do not meet the prerequisites for this class within the past two years, you will be withdrawn from the class. Students who have prerequisites more than two years old MUST complete the ALEX placement test in the MCC assessment center. Having the prerequisite mathematical skills and concepts are vital to being successful in this class.

• Online classes are not for everyone. Please visit http://www.mc.maricopa.edu/mcconline/current.html to make sure you are ready for an online class.

Instructor Information John Seims Instructor 480-654-7768 Telephone seims@mesacc.edu (Please see Student-Instructor Correspondence below) E-Mail Address S256 Office Monday – Thursday: 4:00 – 5:30 pm Office Hours MAT 121 Specific Information Course Description Quadratic, rational, radical, exponential, and logarithmic functions and equations; graphs of quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic functions; equations quadratic in form; operations on rational expressions, radical expressions, and complex numbers; rational exponents; applications. Prerequisites Grade of "C" or better in MAT090, MAT091, MAT092, MAT093, or equivalent, or a satisfactory score on the District placement exam.

Materials You will need the following material for MAT 121:

Introductory and Intermediate Algebra for College Students: An Early Functions Approach, • Custom Edition for Mesa Community College, by Robert Blitzer or Intermediate Algebra for College Students, Custom Edition for Mesa Community College, by Robert Blitzer.

Graphing Calculator (TI-83+ or TI-84 preferred).

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MAT 151 Specific Information Course Description This course will cover the concepts of relations and functions; polynomial functions; exponential and logarithmic functions; systems of equations and inequalities; matrices;

sequences and series. Course Note: May receive credit for only one of the following: MAT 150, MAT 151, MAT 152, or MAT 187. Prerequisites Grades of "C" or better in MAT 120 or MAT 121 or MAT 122 or equivalent, or satisfactory score on the district placement exam within the past two years. Course Note: May receive credit for only one of the following: MAT 150, MAT 151, MAT 152, or MAT 187.

Materials You will need the following materials for MAT 151:

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MAT 182 Specific Information Course Description A study of measures of angles, properties of graphs of trigonometric functions, fundamental identities, addition and half-angle formulas, inverse trigonometric functions, solutions of trigonometric equations, complex numbers and properties of triangle solution. May receive credit for only one of the following: MAT 182 or MAT 187. Prerequisites Grade of "C" or better in MAT 150, or MAT 151, or MAT 152, or equivalent, or concurrent registration in MAT 150, or MAT 151, MAT 152, or satisfactory score on District placement exam within the past two years.

Materials You will need the following materials for MAT 182:

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Assessments Your grade in the class will be determined using the following assessment instruments (graded items, such as tests).

Graded Assessment Items (Will Count Toward Your Grade) Page 2 of 10 Homework Assignments – You will have a homework assignment each week of the class to complete online. These homework assignments should be completed after reading the appropriate sections and watching the sections’ lecture videos (available online within each section). These homework assignments are designed to make sure you are maintaining progress throughout the class. You should not wait until the last minute to complete your homework assignments. You can work on the assignments throughout the week. You do not have to complete the homework assignments in one sitting.

Chapter Quizzes (Chapter Tests) – You will have timed, online tests in this class. These tests will be designed to assess your comprehension of the concepts and skills, as well as your ability to apply the concepts and skills to real-world situations (application problems). It is strongly recommended that you do NOT use your textbook or notes during the test (although this is not prohibited). You will have a three day window (including one or two weekend day(s)) to complete the tests.





Final Exam (Final Test) – You will be required to complete a final exam in this class. The final exam will assess your comprehension of the concepts and skills, as well as your ability to apply the concepts and skills to real-world situations. You will be allowed to use your textbook, but no notes. Scrap paper will be provided to you. You will be required to complete the final exam on the MCC – Red Mountain Campus or an approved proctored testing site (see note below). The final exam may be completed online or on paper.

Important Note To Students Outside the Phoenix/Mesa Area

If you do not live in the area, you must procure a appropriate proctored testing site to complete the final exam. Local colleges or universities usually have testing facilities that students can use, but they usually charge a proctoring fee. You are responsible for this fee. Once you obtain a proctored testing site, you must forward to me the name of the site, as well as the name, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address of the director so that I can verify the appropriateness of the site. This information must be obtained at least one week prior to the exam so I can verify the information. Failure to do this will result on a zero for the exam. You will need to provide picture identification to the proctored testing site.

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Non-Graded Assessment Items (Will Not Count Toward Your Grade - But Are Critical to Your Success in the Class) Tracked Tutorial Exercises – Tracked tutorial exercises will be provided in each section to give you additional practice with the skills and concepts presented in the chapter.

Multimedia Textbook Exercise Set - Multimedia Textbook Exercises will be provided in each section to give you additional practice with the skills and concepts presented in the chapter. They are more closely matched to the problems in the exercise sets in the textbook Page 3 of 10 Academic Honesty The College regards acts of academic dishonesty, including such activities as plagiarism, cheating and/or violations of integrity in information technology, as very serious offenses.

Students found completing work for other students or having another person complete any assignment for the student may result in one or both of the student’s expulsion from the college. Please see the college catalog and student handbook for further details.

Disability Support Services If you have a learning, physical, or other disability that may hinder your learning in this class, please let me know and contact Disability Support Services at 480-461-7447 (voice) and 480-969-5587 (tdd). The paperwork prescribing the necessary accommodations can be completed through this office.

Learning Assistance Options (Getting Help) There are numerous options to assist you in learning the material required in this class.

1. Instructor - I will establish office hours using that you can utilize to get academic help. Please do not be afraid to ask for help. That's why I'm here. Feel free to stop by my office on the Red Mountain campus as well.

2. E-Mail – Feel free to e-mail me any question you may have concerning the class. Please use the subject line MAT xxx – Your Name – Subject, where xxx is your class number, when e-mailing me. Send your e-mail to seims@mesacc.edu. You can also click the Ask Instructor A Question directly from a homework question to ask me a question. This is the preferable method as it allows me to see the question.

3. Tutoring Center at MCC - You can utilize MCC’s free tutoring on both the Southern and Dobson or Red Mountain campuses. Online tutoring is available through MCC. Visit http://www.mc.maricopa.edu/library/LE/ for information and tutoring times.

4. Online Tutoring Throuh MyMathLab – With the purchase of MyMathLab, you are entitled to free online tutor support through the CourseCompass / MyMathLab website.

5. Other Students - I will establish discussion groups that you can utilize to request assistance from other students. Discussion groups are asynchronous, which means that they are not in real time. In addition, I will have a few synchronous (real-time) chat and whiteboard rooms set up for students to utilize. These rooms are called virtual classrooms. Feel free to use them to help each other.

Student-Instructor Correspondence (E-Mail) It is very likely you will need to communicate with me during the semester. Since I am not always in my office, e-mail is the best way to communicate with me.

Please use the following subject line format when sending me an e-mail.

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Where xxx is your class (151, for example), Your Name is your name, and E-Mail Subject is the subject of the e-mail. E-mail not using this subject line format may be lost due to the college’s spam filters. I will respond to all e-mails using the proper subject line within 48 hours (usually within 24 hours).

Course Compass / MyMathLab Technical Assistance The publisher of your textbook has established technical support for you if you experience technical problems while using Course Compass. If you are experiencing technical problems, please call 1-800-677-6337. You must have frequent access to a reliable computer. You are responsible for the course requirements despite any computer difficulties you may have. Computer problems is not an acceptable excuse for not completing course assignments and test.

Often, rebooting your computer can solve some difficulties. It is your responsibility to have the latest Page 4 of 10 plug-ins installed for the class. Click the Support tab within the course shell for the most up-to-date plugins.

Technical Problems on The Publisher's End Because this is a class that extensively utilizes technology, there is bound to be problems. These can be simple network outages or technical problems on the publisher's side of things. If this happens and you can not access the course, don't panic. I will not be able to access the class either. If this should happen when you are to complete an online test, I can simply extend the deadlines. Read your textbook and complete the textbook exercises to keep up your progress.

Course Compass technicians will put messages on the Course Compass logon screen when technical issues arise or if they are planning on performing maintenance.

Student Rights and Responsibilities All students should be aware of their rights and responsibilities at Mesa Community College. Please reference the college catalog and student handbook for student rights and responsibilities.

Grading I will utilize the following point system to compute your grade. Be sure to pick the table that corresponds to your class.

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Use the formula (HA × 0.25 + QA × 0.50) ÷ 0.75 to compute your grade at any time prior to the final exam, where HA is the average of all homework assignments and QA is the average of all quizzes. Be sure to use a 0 for all past due, uncompleted assignments and quizzes.

The MyMathLab gradebook will not give you an accurate reflection of your grade as it does not substitute zeros for all past due, uncompleted assignments and quizzes. Unfortunately, it ignores them resulting in an inaccurate grade.

The final average will be translated into one of the following letter grades. Traditional rounding will be employed (89.5% will be rounded up to a 90%).

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Curves – A curve of final grades is not guaranteed. I will not know if a curve will be applied to the grades until I compute the grades at the end of the semester. If a curve is applied to the grades, I will not know how much the curve will be until I compute the grades at the end of the semester. Please do not ask about curves as I will not be able to answer your question on this topic until all grades are computed at the end of the semester.

Grades are Earned Not Given – I do not “give” grades. Grades are earned by you based on the quality of your work and your comprehension of the material in the class. I do not negotiate grades. If at the end of the semester, you have a 79%, you have a C. If you have a 69%, you have a D. If I make an error in grade computation, please alert me right away. I will definitely correct these.

Important Dates

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Withdrawal Policy Students may withdraw with a W (withdraw passing) up to or on March 4th. After 4th, students may withdraw with a W if the you are making a grade of D or higher at the time of the withdraw request or withdraw with a Y (withdraw failing) if the you are failing the class at the time of the withdraw request. No withdraw requests will be accepted after April 25th and students must complete the class for a grade of A, B, C, D, or F. It is your responsibility to request a withdraw either by completing a add/drop form or e-mailing me to request a withdraw (you must provide a reason for your withdraw).

REQUESTING A WITHDRAW IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY AND WILL NOT BE DONE

AUTOMATICALLY IF YOU STOP ATTENDING CLASS.



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