GOALS: The goal of this course is to teach students topics in elementary algebra which will prepare them for Intermediate Algebra. Students must earn a C or better in this course in order to advance to Math 1003 Intermediate Algebra.
***Registration and participation in MyMathLab is a REQUIRED portion of this course.***
HOMEWORK: All homework assignments are completed online using MyMathLab (MML). This program is installed on the computers in the Bolin 103, Bolin109, Clark Student Center, Library, Dillard, and Bea Wood computer labs. You may also choose to use your personal computer; however, you will need to download necessary plug-ins. An online homework assignment has been created for each textbook section covered in class. Online homework problems may be printed, and the answers entered at a later time. Homework problems are also available from the book but these will not be graded. Your lowest four homework scores will be dropped and the remaining scores will be averaged to determine your homework grade for the course. The assigned problems represent a minimum number of problems to be worked. You are strongly encouraged to work additional problems.
EMAIL: A valid email account is required for the MyMathLab online homework program and for communications from the instructor. You may use any personal email account or the account provided to you by MSU. Include your name and class/section in all emails to the instructor.
FINAL EXAM: The FINAL EXAM is mandatory for all students. Failure to take the FINAL EXAM will result in a grade of “0" on the final exam.
GRADES: Grades will be computed in the following manner:
Online Homework (MML) - 100 Points (Maximum)
4 Tests (100 Points each) - 400 Points (Maximum)
Final Exam (200 Points) - 200 Points (Maximum)
Total - 700 Points (Maximum)
630-700 Points earned - A
560-629 Points earned - B
490-559 Points earned - C
420-489 Points earned - D
Below 420 Points earned - F
TESTS: Tests must be completed in class and within the time allotted.
HOMEWORK: Homework must be completed online through the MyMathLab system.
TESTS: Make-up tests will be given prior to the return of that test to any Beginning Algebra class if possible; otherwise, a grade of “0” will be recorded. The final exam (scaled appropriately) can be used to replace the lowest test grade.
HOMEWORK: Homework must be completed by the due date in order to receive full credit.
Any changes to the schedule will be announced in class and will be recorded on the MML website. If there is a discrepancy between MML and the printed schedule, the MML date is binding.
Students are expected to attend all meetings of the classes in which they are enrolled. Attendance is an essential component of this course and will be checked in every class.
EXCESSIVE ABSENCES: If you are absent from more than 4 classes on or before October 21, 2013, (last drop day), you will receive a grade of "F" for excessive absences (regardless of your grade average for the course).
EXCUSED/UNEXCUSED ABSENCES: Absences are not categorized as excused or unexcused. All absences from class will be counted as official absences except authorized absences (as defined in the Student Handbook). If you miss class because you are hospitalized or have a death in your family, you should notify the Dean of Students immediately.
AUTHORIZED ABSENCES: Absences due to required participation in university-sponsored activities must be approved by the Division Director or Athletic Director and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Students with written approval must present a signed letter or memo to the instructor at least two days prior to the date of the absence. Only prior notification can guarantee lack of penalty for these absences. It is the responsibility of the student to arrange with the instructor to make up all work missed during an authorized absence.
LATE ARRIVALS: If you arrive after roll has been checked, you will have been counted absent for that class. It is your responsibility to contact the instructor immediately following class regarding your late arrival. If you choose not to do so, the absence will be officially recorded. Any late arrival may be counted as an absence at the instructor's discretion.
CLASSROOM DISRUPTIONS: Students who need to leave class prior to the dismissal of class must have the permission of the instructor. If a student has not received the instructor's permission prior to leaving class early, the student will be counted absent for that class. It is disruptive to the classroom environment for students to leave class for personal reasons and then return to the classroom. Students may not leave the classroom unless sudden illness occurs. Students should turn off cellular telephones and pagers during class. It is the policy of the University that dependent children not be cared for in campus offices and classrooms. No food or drink(s) are allowed in classrooms in Bolin Science Hall.
STUDENT DROPS: If you wish to drop this course, you must first contact your instructor. Students who have not met the readiness standards of the Success Initiative must continue to attend class and may not drop this course prior to Monday, October 14, 2013. The last day to drop in order to receive a “W” is by 4:00pm on Monday, October 21, 2013. Drops after this date will receive a grade of “F”. Students receiving financial aid should contact the financial aid office before initiating a student drop.
ALL cell phones/pagers/texting must be turned OFF and put away during class time.
ABSOLUTELY “ZERO TOLERANCE” POLICY REGARDING TEXTING DURING CLASS.