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MA 135 College Algebra
Burns, James D.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

MA 135 College Algebra

Semester

S2T 2011 DL

Faculty

Burns, James D.

Title

Senior Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

MS. Naval PostGraduate School
BS, The University of South Carolina
PMP

Office Location

Online

Office Hours

AS Required

Other Phone

4102947725

E-Mail

james.burns@park.edu

calif1610@gmail.com

Semester Dates

14 March 2011 - 8 May 2011

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

MA125

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT YOU DON'T HAVE TO  PURCHASE THE TEXTBOOK. A DIGITAL VERSION OF THE TEXTBOOK IS AVAILABLE INSIDE THE COURSE SHELL.
this is the textbook info:
Text: College Algebra: 10th Edition

Authors: Lial, Margaret L., Hornsby, John, & Schneider, David I.

Publisher: Pearson Education Inc., 2009

ISBN: #10: 0-321-49913-1 or #13: 978-0-321-49913-4

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
Required scientific calculator
Optional graphing calculator

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McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.
Advising - Park University would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Please contact your Campus Center for advising or enrollment adjustment information.
Online Classroom Technical Support - For technical assistance with the Online classroom, email helpdesk@parkonline.org or call the helpdesk at 866-301-PARK (7275). To see the technical requirements for Online courses, please visit the http://parkonline.org website, and click on the "Technical Requirements" link, and click on "BROWSER Test" to see if your system is ready.
FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.


Course Description:
MA135 College Algebra: Prerequisite:MA125, or a high school or transfer course equivalent to MA125, or an ACT math score greater than 23, or an SAT math score greater than 510, or a COMPASS score greater than 66 in the Algebra placement domain, or a COMPASS score 0-45 in the College Algebra domain. A consideration of those topics in algebra necessary for the calculus. Topics include:Solving equations and inequalities, graphing, functions, complex numbers, the theory of equations, exponential and logarithmic functions. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
I learn more every semester than any student, because I have many students to help me learn. We should all work together on every assignment except quizzes and final exams.  I believe that anyone can learn Algebra; it takes repetition.  Repetition gives rise to insight.  Insight helps us recognize patterns and remember approaches to solving problems - which after all is the purpose of Algebra.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. 1. Graph a function from among these types: polynomial, rational, radical, logarithmic and exponential
  2. 2.  Compute the sum, difference, product, quotient and composition of two given functions
  3. 3. Determine all the rational, irrational and nonreal zeroes and their respective multiplicities, of a polynomial function with rational coefficients
  4. 4. Analyze and solve absolute value, rational, radical, logarithmic and exponential equations
  5. 5. Determine the domain and range of a function and whether it is one-to-one
  6. 6. Find a restricted domain for which a function is invertible; find the equation of the inverse function
  7. 7. Convert an exponential expression to its logarithmic form and vice versa
  8. 8. Evaluate polynomial, absolute value, rational, radical, logarithmic and exponential expressions
  9. 9. Evaluate logarithmic and exponential functions at a given argument
Class Assessment:

Homework – Mymathlab weekly homework will contain exercises from your textbook to be submitted by Sunday of the corresponding week.

Quizzes Each week includes 1 Mymathlab quiz. The Quiz  is not timed. Quizzes are due Sunday.

Weekly DiscussionRespond at least once to a topic for that week, furthermore you need to post a ‘thoughtful’ comment to someone else's posting.

Final Exam – Complete the final exam in Week 8.

Grading:

Grading Plan:

HW                              160  Pts              27%

QUIZZES                      150 Pts             25%
 
DISCUSSION               120 Pts             20 %

PROCTORED FINAL   170 Pts             28%

TOTAL                          600 Pts           100 %

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submission is only allowed with the permission of the instructor, which is NOT guaranteed.  I will require a very good explanation of the reason you were not able to complete work on time.  NOTE: Park University Policy states that if you do not take a proctored final exam, I am required to give you an F.  Should you take a late exam, I will submit a grade change form.  You need a very good reason not to complete the exam on time.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Disruptive behavior, racist, or sexist speech out of context will not be tolerated. Professional Net ettiquete is required from all students.  Behave as though your mother was reading your posts.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week                          Chapter
Week ending 16 Jan     Basic review
Week ending 23 Jan     Basic review
Week ending 30 Jan     Chapter 1
Week ending 6 Feb      Chapter 2
Week ending 13 Feb    Chapter 3
Week ending 20 Feb    Chapter 4
Week ending 27 Feb    Chapter  4
Week ending 6 Mar      Chapter 5

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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