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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra
Law, Kimberly


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

MA 125 Intermediate Algebra

Semester

U1T 2012 DLD

Faculty

Law, Kimberly

Office Location

Online Daily

Office Hours

Online Daily

Daytime Phone

803-981-2869.  Call between 0830 and 1900 Eastern Time.

E-Mail

kimberly.law@park.edu

kimlaw24@hotmail.com

Semester Dates

4 June 2012 - 29 July 2012

Class Days

Online

Class Time

Online

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Your lab fee for MyMathLab includes the e-book version of the textbook.

If you wish to have a hardcopy version of the text you may order it from MBS, the Park online bookstore at http://direct.mbsbooks.com/park.htm.

OPTIONAL:
Hardcopy Text:
Intermediate Algebra, 11th Ed.
Authors: Lial, Hornsby, McGinnis
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
ISBN: 9780321715418


Textbook image

 
Links in the course are provided for downloading required FREE software for the multimedia presentations of the course. 

PLEASE NOTE: It is expected that you will have access to a scientific calculator.  You will not be allowed to use a programmable, graphing, or statistical calculator on your final exam, nor will you be able to use a computer, so you will need to take a hand-held scientific calculator with you for the final exam.  I suggest you use the same calculator throughout the course.  Then you will be familiar with it and will avoid having to learn how to use a new calculator at final exam time.
 
I do not have a brand requirement, but the cost of most brands run about $10 - $15 and can be found in office supply stores or department stores.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:

Student Solutions Manual: The textbook has an incredible book that goes along with it that you can purchase if you like, it's not required. It's called the Student Solutions manual, and here's why this is so great. As you know, the answers to the odd problems are in the back of the textbook. The Student Solutions Manual goes one step farther--it actually shows you how work out, step by step, each of the odd problems in the textbook

You can't buy the solutions manual through Park's bookstore, but you can get it directly from the sites such as Amazon.com.  It's available for approximately $1 (yes, $1) used from sites such as amazon.com. The ISBN of the Student Solutions Manual for our text is 0321715829. I know that's one more expense, and that's why it's not required. But for those of you who struggle with math, and think that seeing how to work out all of the odd problems might help, I wanted you to know that it was available. Many of my previous students have encouraged me to urge you to purchase this book—they’ve felt that it was simply invaluable to their studies.

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.

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:
MA 125 Intermediate Algebra Fundamentals of algebra. Topics include the real number system, basic operations of algebra, linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, functions and graphs, systems of equations. Additional considerations include radicals, rational functions, and basic analytic geometry. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Grades are not given, they are earned.  They are student earned by demonstrating concept mastery through course assignments and evaluations.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. State and use basic terminology and symbols of the discipline appropriately
  2. Solve linear equations and inequalities in one variable and verify solution(s)
  3. Manipulate and simplify exponential expressions
  4. Perform arithmetic on and factor polynomials and solve polynomial equations
  5. Solve “word” problems
  6. Manipulate and simplify rational expressions
  7. Manipulate and simplify radical expressions and translate into/ from exponential form
  8. Solve equations involving radicals
  9. Apply the method of completing the square
  10. Apply the quadratic formula
  11. Graph algebraic equations and inequalities of one and two variables.


Core Assessment:


  1. Manipulate, simplify, and evaluate algebraic expressions


  2. Solve and check algebraic equations and inequalities


  3. Apply algebraic techniques to solve practical applications


  4. Graph algebraic equations and inequalities

 

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

THE COURSE LEARNING ACTIVITIES

Introductions - By the end of the first week of the course submit a short paragraph to introduce yourself, and respond to someone else's introduction

Each week you will have these regular learning activities:

Reading – Read the assigned chapter sections in your textbook 

Lecture –
Read the Content Lecture Files contained within the course

Media - View videos, flash files, and PowerPoint presentations

Webliography - Enhance the learning experience with varying presentations and examples of the weekly topics beyond the course lectures, textbook, and MyMathLab 

Discussions - Answer one question for each week, and post a response to someone else's answer (graded activity)

Homework - Complete the MyMathLab weekly homework assignment (graded activity)

Quiz - Complete the MyMathLab weekly quiz (graded activity)

Final Exam - Complete the final exam in week 8 (graded activity)

Grading:
 

Assignment

Possible Points

Total Points

Total %

Introduction 5 pts

5

0.9

Introduction Response

5 pts

5

0.9

Discussion Answer  

10 pts each

80

13.7

Discussion Response 5 pts each

40

6.8

Homework 15 pts each

120

20.5

Quiz

20 pts each

160

27.4

Final Exam

175 pts

175

29.9

TOTAL

 

585

 


Letter Grade

Letter

Number of Points

Percentage

A

524 - 585

89.5 - 100%

B

466 - 523

79.5 - 89.4%

C

407 - 465

69.5 - 79.4%

D

349 - 406

59.5 - 69.4%

F

000 - 348

00 - 59.4%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

It is unfair to other students to allow some individuals to submit assignments after the scheduled due date. Therefore, all assignments are expected to be completed by set deadlines. An exception to the rule is a 24 hour extension provided only for thread postings; but using it will mean you will be assessed with a 50% penalty on earned points for the assignment. The only other considerations for allowable late assignments are limited to the following valid list of emergency reasons. Please note even these reasons are only acceptable at the discretion of your instructor.

  • A medical emergency or a serious acute illness. All medical emergencies and illnesses must be verified by a note on letterhead by an M.D., D.O., P.A., or R.N. I will not normally accept a note from other health professionals (e.g., Ph.D., MSW, D.C., Physical Therapist) because their professional functions rarely involve medical emergencies or acute illnesses. I will accept late work for students who can provide evidence of a verified medical emergency (but not acute illness) involving a child, spouse, parent, sibling, or grandparent.
  • An Accident or Police Emergency. I will require an accident report or note on letterhead from an appropriate law enforcement officer to accept late work due to accidents or police emergencies (e.g., assault on student, student taken hostage, detained witness of a crime).
  • Unforeseen Jury or Witness Duty. I will require a note on letterhead from a judge or attorney stating you had no advance notice of duty to accept late work due to jury or witness duty.
  • Unforeseen Military Deployment or Activation. I will require a note on official letterhead from your commanding officer stating you had no advance notice of deployment or activation.
  • Funerals for Immediate Family Member (e.g., parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts/uncles, first cousins). I will require a copy of the obituary or a note from a minister or funeral director.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Proctored Final Exam
The Final Exam will test you on all the material covered in the first seven weeks of the course.  It will be a OPEN BOOK and OPEN NOTES exam, and you will be allowed to use a non-graphing, non-programmable calculator.  It must be taken in person (requiring a photo identification) no later than Thursdayof the 8th week of instruction at one of the Park University campuses around the country.  If one is not available in your area, the instructor will approve a non-Park proctor if the Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor, found at the Park University web site, are followed. 

It will be your responsibility to ensure that your approved and accepted proctor form reaches the instructor by the end of the sixth week.  Fifteen BONUS points will be earned by all who have submitted their proctor form on file before the end of the 2nd week of the term. Please see the “Final Exam and Proctor Information” portion of the Course Home Page for details and guidelines regarding the Proctor Extra Credit.   

Fifteen PENATLY points will be assessed on the Final Exam if your proctor form is not submitted in the Park proctor system before the end of the 6th week of the term. 

Submission of Work
A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday 12:01 am MT and Sunday at 11:59 PM CENTRAL time.  The first week begins the first day of the term/semester. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed and successfully submitted by the posted due date. 

Ground Rules for Online Communication & Participation General email

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. When sending email other than assignments, you must identify yourself fully by name and class in all email sent to your instructor and/or other members of our class. Online threaded discussions are public messages and all writings in this area will be viewable by the entire class or assigned group members. 
Online Instructor Response Policy:  Online Instructors will check email frequently and will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours. 
Observation of "Netiquette": All your Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact.  Spelling and grammar are very important in an Online course.  What you put into an Online course reflects on your level of professionalism.  Here are a couple of Online references that discuss writing Online http://goto.intwg.com/ and netiquette http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html
Please check the Announcements area before you ask general course "housekeeping" questions (i.e. how do I submit assignment 3?).  If you don't see your question there, then please contact your instructor.   

Technical Problems If you experience computer difficulties (need help downloading a browser or plug-in, you need help logging into the course, or if you experience any errors or problems while in your Online course), click on the Help button in your Online Classroom, then click on the helpdesk menu item, and then fill out the form or call the helpdesk for assistance.   If the issue is preventing you from submitting or completing any coursework, contact your instructor immediately. 

If you experience internet connectivity issues, CALL THE INSTRUCTOR AT ONCE.  Do NOT wait until your internet connection is restored.  For that reason, PRINT a copy of the syllabus out to ensure that you have all of the instructor's contact information should something happen to your computer and/or your internet connection.

Finally…In this class, we will live by the Golden Rule.  I will treat you in the same manner I would like to be treated.  Professionalism, maturity, and academic perseverance will be rewarded handsomely.  Finally, the only “dumb” question is the one that goes unanswered.  You are here to learn - if a subject remains uncertain in your mind, ask for help! 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

In Week 1 we start the course with a review of fraction rules followed by an introduction to the properties and operations of Real Numbers.  We’ll also examine properties of exponents and roots, and then discuss the order in which mathematical operations are to be applied as we simplify algebraic expressions.

In Week 2 we'll begin learning techniques to solve linear equations in one variable followed by a discussion of formulas and how to solve problems using them.  Next we will apply those skills to real-life situations as we develop a general plan for solving application problems, and specific plans for certain types of problems.  We will also learn the processes of solving linear and compound inequalities and finish up the unit by learning how to solve absolute value equations and inequalities.

In Week 3 we'll be introduced to the Rectangular Coordinate System.  We will learn how to graph lines of equations in two variables.  We’ll discuss how to determine slope and how to use it to graph lines and find equations of lines.  We will also learn how to graph linear inequalities in two variables, and we’ll finish the unit by becoming acquainted with functions.

In Weekwe will discover some new properties of exponents along with the properties of polynomial expressions.  We will learn how to use scientific notation as a tool for expressing very large and very small numbers.  We will exam methods for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing polynomials.  We will expand our understanding of functions to include polynomial functions.

In Week 5 we will learn how to factor polynomials. Methods to be learned include: factoring by grouping, factoring trinomials, factoring perfect squares and perfect cubes. We finish the unit by focusing on a fundamental approach to factoring will be presented, and we will learn problem solving skills when the polynomial is part of an equation.
 
In Week 6 we start learning about rational expressions by examining their properties. From there we will begin the task of learning how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational expressions. We will learn two methods for simplifying complex fractions before we tackle solving equations involving rational expressions.

In Week 7 the properties of radical expressions are initially discussed before we take on the task of learning the procedures for simplifying, including the conversion from a radical expression to a rational exponential expression. Next we’ll learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide radical expressions. This is followed by a presentation of methods we will use for solving equations containing radical expressions.  We finish the unit by focusing on manipulating the polynomial equation into a particular format in a process known as completing the square. Once that process is learned we will use it to derive a generalized formula for solving all quadratic equations. 

In Week 8 we'll start by determining how to graphically find a solution set of two intersecting equations in two variables, known as a system of linear equations, followed by the procedure to solve a system algebraically.  We will finish the unit, and the course, with an introduction to Complex numbers.  We will learn the properties of these numbers, and how to apply mathematical operations on them.  During this final week of the course you will also complete the proctored Final Exam and the Course Evaluation.

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
Academic dishonesty includes committing or the attempt to commit cheating, plagiarism, falsifying academic records, and other acts intentionally designed to provide unfair advantage to the students.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to, intentionally giving or receiving unauthorized aid or notes on examinations, papers, laboratory reports, exercises, projects, or class assignments which are intended to be individually completed.  Cheating also includes the unauthorized copying of tests or any other deceit or fraud related to the student's academic conduct.

Falsifying academic records includes, but is not limited to, altering grades or other academic records.

Other acts that constitute academic dishonesty include:

Stealing, manipulating, or interfering with an academic work of another student or faculty member.

Collusion with other students on work to be completed by one student.

Lying to or deceiving a faculty member.

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
ALL GRADED WORK FOR THIS COURSE MUST BE YOUR OWN.  YOU ARE NOT TO RECEIVE OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE FROM ANYONE OTHER THAN YOUR INSTRUCTOR.  To further clarify; classmates, spouses, co-workers, tutors, clergy, librarians, friends, relatives, and pets are included as OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE.  PLEASE DO NOT VIOLATE THIS RULE.

When discussion questions request you to answer in your own words, do not copy words from the textbook as your own.  State YOUR understanding of the concept, not the understanding of some other person.  If you are allowed to quote the textbook, or other sources, you must use proper quotation markings and declare the source including web URL address or book page number from which you copied the text.  Not following these rules constitutes plagiarism, and will not be tolerated.  (This means you will not earn points for the assignment, and if the plagiarism does not stop immediately you will FAIL the course.  Additionally, a report of the incident will be sent to your permanent academic file.)

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: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 .

Additional Information:



INCOMPLETE POLICY




Incompletes are NOT a right, but a rare exception that are granted only in the most extraordinary of situations.




If you feel that you will require an incomplete (again, the exception, not the rule), it is your responsibility to contact your instructor BEFORE THE END OF THE COURSE and make this request. In most cases, written third party documentation will be required to support your request. It is at the discretion of the instructor whether an incomplete will be granted and for what length of time it will be granted, with an absolute maximum extension period of 90 days. Furthermore, incomplete grades will be assigned following all the requirements indicated by the Park University Incomplete Policy.




Click here to view Park University's Incomplete Policy 

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Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Evaluate 4 out of 4 algebraic expressions Evaluate 3 out of 4 algebraic expressions Evaluate 2 out of 4 algebraic expressions Evaluate 0 or 1 out of 4 algebraic expressions 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Simplify and manipulate 4 out of 4 algebraic expressions Simplify and manipulate 3 out of 4 algebraic expressions Simplify and manipulate 2 out of 4 algebraic expressions Simplify and manipulate 0 or 1 algebraic expressions 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Solve and check 4 out of 4 algebraic equations Solve and check 3 out of 4 algebraic equations Solve and check 2 out of 4 algebraic equations Solve and check 0 or 1 out of 4 algebraic equations 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Solve 4 out of 4 practical applications Solve 3 out of 4 practical applications Solve 2 out of 4 practical applications Solve 0 or 1 practical applications 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Graph 4 out of 4 linear equations or inequalities Graph 3 out of 4 linear equations or inequalities Graph 2 out of 4 linear equations or inequalities Graph 0 or 1 linear equations or inequalities 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Find 4 out of 4 slopes of lines Find 3 out of 4 slopes of lines Find 2 out of 4 slopes of lines Find 0 or 1 slopes of lines 
First Literacy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
(Formulas) 1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Use and evaluate 4 out


of 4 formulas


 
Use and evaluate 3 out


of 4 formulas


 
Use and evaluate 2 out


of 4 formulas


 
Use and evaluate 0 or 1 out


of 4 formulas


 
Second Literacy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Outcomes
(Order of Operations) 1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Apply order of operations to 4 out of  4 algebraic expressions





 
Apply order of operations to 3 out of  4 algebraic expressions





 
Apply order of operations to 2 out of  4 algebraic expressions Apply order of operations to 0 or 1 out of  4 algebraic expressions 

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