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MA 135 College Algebra
Burns, James D.


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 135 College Algebra

Semester

U1T 2013 DLA

Faculty

Burns, James D.

Title

Senior Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

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

Office Location

Online

Office Hours

AS Required

E-Mail

james.burns@park.edu

calif1610@gmail.com

Semester Dates

3 June 2013 - 28 July 2013

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.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Graph polynomial, rational, radical, logarithmic and exponential functions
  2. Compute the sum, difference, product, quotient and composition of two given functions
  3. Determine all the rational, irrational and non-real zeroes and their respective multiplicities, of a polynomial function with rational coefficients
  4. Analyze and solve absolute value, rational, radical, logarithmic and exponential equations
  5. Determine the domain and range of a function and whether it is one-to-one
  6. Find a restricted domain for which a function is invertible; find the equation of the inverse function
  7. Convert an exponential expression to its logarithmic form and vice versa
  8. Evaluate polynomial, absolute value, rational, radical, logarithmic and exponential functions
  9. Add, subtract, multiply and divide complex numbers and give answers in the form a + ib.


  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
Core Assessment:

This assessment is the final exam and it will be designed to assess at least 9 of the learning outcomes listed below at the instructor’s discretion and will make up at least 30% of the course grade.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Homework – Mymathlab weekly homework will contain exercises from your textbook to be submitted by Sunday of the corresponding week.  You can return to the homework as often as you like to earn the total maximum points availale (30).

Quizzes Each week includes one MyMathLab quiz. The Quiz  is not timed. You can take the quiz twice.  However, quizzes must be completed by 11:59 PM 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 proctored final exam in Week 8. Please read the proctor announcement posted in the announements section of the classroom.

Grading:

Grading Plan:

HW                              320  Pts              32%

QUIZZES                      240 Pts             24%
 
DISCUSSION              160 Pts             16 %

PROCTORED FINAL   280 Pts             28%

TOTAL                         1000 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
3 - 9 June     Review: Sets, real numbers, polynomials, factoring

10 - 16 June   Review: Rational exponents, rational expressions, radical expressions 

17 - 23 June
  Chapter 1: Linear equations, quadratic equations, applications and modeling, complex numbers, other types of equations, inequalities, absolute value

24 - 30 June 
Chapter 2: Rectangular coordinates, circles, functions, linear functions, equations of lines, graphs of basic functions, graphing techniques, function operations
 
1 - 7 July   Chapter 3: Quadratic functions, synthetic division, zeroes, polynomial functions
 
8 - 14 July    Chapters 3 and  4: Rational functions, variation, inverse functions

15 - 21 July
  Chapter 4: Exponential functions, logarithmic functions, evaluating logarithms, exponential and logarithmic equations, applications and models
 
22 - 28 July    Chapter 5: Linear systems, matrix solutions of linear systems, determinants;  Proctored 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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97

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 2012-2013 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.
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 2012-2013 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)
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Outcomes
Graph polynomial, rational, radical, logarithmic and exponential functions                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
>80% on the exam questions that relate to CLO#1. On the sample exam, the relevant questions are A11, A13, A14. Instructors should designate approximately the same weight for CLO#1 questions.


 
60% to 79% on the exam questions that relate to CLO#1.
 
<60% on the exam questions that relate to CLO#1.
 
 
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Outcomes
Compute the sum, difference, product, quotient and composition of two given functions                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
>80% on the exam questions that relate to CLO#2. On the sample exam, the relevant questions are A2, A5. Instructors should designate approximately the same weight for CLO#2 questions. 60% to 79% on the exam questions that relate to CLO#2. <60% on the exam questions that relate to CLO#2.  
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Outcomes
Determine all the rational, irrational and non-real zeroes and their respective  multiplicities, of a polynomial function with rational coefficients                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
>80% on the exam questions that relate to CLO#3. On the sample exam, the relevant questions are A1, A10. Instructors should designate approximately the same weight for CLO#3 questions. 60% to 79% on the exam questions that relate to CLO#3. <60% on the exam questions that relate to CLO#3.  
4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Outcomes
Analyze and solve absolute value, rational, radical, logarithmic and exponential equations                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
>80% on the exam questions that relate to CLO#4. On the sample exam, the relevant questions are A6, A8, A10, A12, A15. Instructors should designate approximately the same weight for CLO#4 questions. 60% to 79% on the exam questions that relate to CLO#4. <60% on the exam questions that relate to CLO#4.  
5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Outcomes
Determine the domain and range of a function and whether it is  one-to-one                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
>80% on the exam questions that relate to CLO#5. On the sample exam, the relevant questions are A3, A5. Instructors should designate approximately the same weight for CLO#5 questions. 60% to 79% on the exam questions that relate to CLO#5. <60% on the exam questions that relate to CLO#5.  
6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Outcomes
Find a restricted domain for which a function is invertible;  find the equation of the inverse function                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
>80% on the exam questions that relate to CLO#6. On the sample exam, the relevant questions are A3, A9. Instructors should designate approximately the same weight for CLO#6 questions. 60% to 79% on the exam questions that relate to CLO#6. <60% on the exam questions that relate to CLO#6.  
7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Outcomes
Convert an exponential expression to its logarithmic form and vice versa                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
>80% on the exam questions that relate to CLO#7. On the sample exam, the relevant questions are A4. Instructors should designate approximately the same weight for CLO#7 questions. 60% to 79% on the exam questions that relate to CLO#7. <60% on the exam questions that relate to CLO#7.  
8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Outcomes
Evaluate polynomial, absolute value, rational, radical, logarithmic and exponential functions                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
>80% on the exam questions that relate to CLO#8. On the sample exam, the relevant questions is A12. Instructors should designate approximately the same weight for CLO#8 questions. 60% to 79% on the exam questions that relate to CLO#8. <60% on the exam questions that relate to CLO#8.  
9                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Outcomes
Add, subtract, multiply and divide complex numbers and give answers in  the form  a + ib.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
>80% on the exam questions that relate to CLO#9. On the sample exam, the relevant questions is A7.  Instructors should designate approximately the same weight for CLO#9 questions. 60% to 79% on the exam questions that relate to CLO#9. <60% on the exam questions that relate to CLO#9.  

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