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MA 125 Intermediate Algebra
Beard, Dina


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

F1B 2012 BLT

Faculty

Beard, Dina

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

B.S. Computer Science
Mathematics/MAT

Office Location

Fort Bliss

Office Hours

Before/After class or by appointment as needed.

Daytime Phone

(915) 920-4651

E-Mail

Dina.Beard@park.edu

dbeard2003@yahoo.com

Semester Dates

August 20, 2012 - Oct. 14, 2012

Class Days

--M-W--

Class Time

6:00 - 8:30 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA, Lial, Margaret L., Hornsby, John, & McGinnis, Terry.  Addison Wesley.  11th Edition. 2012. ISBN-10: 0-321-71541-1.  ISBN-13:  978-0-321-71541-8.

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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:
Everyone may succeed if we work together as a team.  As a facilitator, I believe in what I do and enjoy educating students.  I will make myself available to help the student with any trouble he/she is having with the subject matter when necessary. The student must want to learn, be ready to learn and follow through with classroom instructions on what needs to be done.  This is how we will succeed.

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.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Student is able to associate some classroom exercises to daily life situations.
  2. Student may get rid of subject matter fears they have acquired in the past.
  3. Student feels a sense of accomplishment after taking this class.
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:

Class Participation          100

Homework                      270

Quizzes                          180

Midterm                          200

Final Exam                      250

Total                             1000

Grading:

900 - 1000 = A

800 - 900 = B

700 - 800 = C

600 - 700 = D

599 - below = F



Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late homework will be accepted provided the student makes prior arrangements with the instructor as to why the homework is being submitted late.

Make up exams and make up quizzes will be allowed if and when the absence is excused.  Exams and quizzes will be different from the original exams and quizzes. 

Points will be deducted for any late homework and make up exams or quizzes.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
CELL PHONES MUST BE ON SILENT MODE DURING CLASS.
CELL PHONES MUST BE TURNED OFF DURING EXAMS.

Students must be respectful at all times.

Students must make every effort to be in class on time.  If students are late 15 minutes or more, they will be counted absent unless they have a valid excuse.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 Date Topic
         Assignment
Week 1
  Introduction and Syllabus Review
 Ch.1 Hw, Ch. 2 Hw
   Cont. Chapter 2
 Quiz 1, Ch.2 Hw
Week 2
 Chapter 3
 Ch. 2 Quiz, Ch. 3 Hw

 Cont. Chapter 3, Chapter 4
 Ch. 3 Hw, Ch. 4 Hw
Week 3
 Cont. Chapter 4, Chapter 5
 Quiz Ch. 3, Ch. 4 Hw

 Cont. Chapter 5
 Quiz Ch. 4, Ch. 5 Hw
Week 4
 Chapters 1-5 Midterm Exam


 Chapter 6
 Ch. 6, Hw
Week 5
 Cont. Chapter 6, Chapter 7
 Ch. 6 Hw, Ch. 7 Hw

 Cont. Chapter 7
 Quiz Ch. 6, Ch. 7 Hw
Week 6
 Chapter 8
 Quiz Ch. 7, Ch. 8 Hw

 Cont. Chapter 8
 Ch. 8 Hw,
Week 7
 Chapter 9
Ch. 9 Hw

 Cont. Chapter 9
 Ch. 9 Hw
Week 8
 Final Exam Review


 Final Exam


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 95-96

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 95

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.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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 .



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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