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    Mathematics 150 

     
    Intermediate Algebra
    CRN: 30303
    16 Weeks - Distance Education course 

    On Campus Requirements
    Mandatory orientation on February 19, 2014 from 5:00PM to 6:00PM in MA 109.

    Note:
    All exams must be taken on campus in the Citrus College Testing Center during the indicated time period.

    Instructor  
    Name James Swatzel
    Email jswatzel@citruscollege.edu
    Phone (626) 857-4108
    Location MA 120
    Office Hours

    M 7:45AM - 8:15AM, 10:30AM - 11:25AM
    T 7:45AM - 8:15AM, 10:55AM - 11:25AM
    W 7:45AM - 8:15AM, 10:30AM - 11:25AM
    R 7:45AM - 8:15AM, 10:55AM - 11:25AM, 3:35PM - 4:15PM


    You will not use BLACKBOARD for this class

    Course ID # swatzel83427

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    Real number properties, first degree equations and inequalities, absolute value equations and inequalities, applications, polynomials, the binomial theorem, factoring, rational expressions, exponents, radicals, complex numbers, quadratic equations, applications, formulas, linear equations and inequalities, variation, functions, linear systems, conics, inverse functions, exponential, and logarithmic functions.

    MATERIALS AND CAPABILITIES ASSUMED
    Intermediate Algebra for College Students, Sixth Edition, by Robert Blitzer, ISBN: 1256697397
    Students must purchase MyMathLab software separately if they don't buy the book new from the Citrus College Bookstore at the following website: http://mymathlab.com/enrolling.html

    • Access to the World Wide Web
    • Ability to send and receive email  

    EMAIL ACCOUNTS 
    You will need to use your official Citrus College issued email account. Your email is established when you are registered for classes. You must have access to your email account prior to starting the class.

    If you have any questions or problems, please contact our distance education office for help. You can reach the DE office at (626) 914-8831. Also, feel free to contact Professor Swatzel at any time.

    CAMPUS RESOURCES
    Citrus College has several computer labs that provide access to the Internet and assistance with the use of the lab and its resources. Directions to Citrus College and a map of the college are available through the following link: http://www.citruscollege.edu/info/Pages/CampusMaps.aspx

    The following labs are suggested because of their hours of operation and easy access from parking lots.

    • IS 107 Campus Computer Center
    • MA 129 STEM Center 
    • Citrus College Library

    For complete information on Citrus College's instructional computer labs please see The Citrus College Lab Directory (http://www.citruscollege.edu/tecs/complabs/Pages/default.aspx).

    MEASURES OF STUDENT SUCCESS

    Exams and Assignments 
    There will be four exams in addition to the final exam. No Makeup exams will be given, however, your lowest exam score will be replaced with final exam (if higher).

    Note: All exams must be taken on campus in the Citrus College Testing Center during the indicated time period.

    The Citrus College Testing Center is located on the 2nd floor of the ED building.

    Test Dates
    TEST #1 – 3/20 or 3/24 covering Chapter 1, 2 and 3
    TEST #2 – 4/21 or 4/22 covering Chapter 4 and 5
    TEST #3 – 5/1 or 5/5 covering Chapter 6 and 7
    TEST #4 – 5/22 or 5/27 covering Chapter 8, 9, and 10
    FINAL EXAM – June 9 or June 10 covering Chapter 1 to 10

    NOTE: The final exam is comprehensive and cumulative.

    Student learning outcomes:
    Use standard form and techniques in working with real number properties, first degree equations and inequalities, absolute value equations and inequalities, formulas, applications, exponents, polynomials, the binomial theorem, factoring, linear systems, functions, rational expressions, variation, radicals, complex numbers, quadratic equations, conics, inverse functions,  and exponential and logarithmic functions and simultaneously demonstrate scholarly behavior in all class interactions.

    WARNING: If you are not registered in MyMathLab by March 4, then you will be dropped from the course.  If you are inactive in course compass or MyMathLab for two weeks then you will be dropped from the course or if the drop deadline has passed then you will be assigned an FW in the course.

    Homework
    Homework will be computer based. Homework will be done using "MyMathLab". Homework must be taken seriously as the homework will help prepare you for the exams.

    There will be 12 assignments. All assignments must be submitted by the indicated due dates. No late assignments will be accepted.

    Student Registering
    1. Go to http://www.pearsonmylabandmastering.com in your web browser.
    2. Under Register, click Student.
    3. Enter the Course ID exactly as provided by your instructor and click Continue. Your course information appears on the next page. If it does not look correct, contact your instructor to verify the Course ID.
    4. Sign in or following the instructions to to create an account. Use an email address that you check and, if possible, use that same email address for your username. Read and accept the License Agreement and Privacy Policy.
    5. Click Access Code. Enter your Access Code in the boxes and click Next. If you do not have an access code and want to pay by credit card or PayPal, select the access level you want and follow the instructions. You can also get temporary access without payment for 17 days.
    6. Once your registration is complete, a Confirmation page appears. You will also receive this information by email. Make sure you print the Confirmation page as your receipt. Remember to write down your username and password. You are now ready to access your resources!


    Assistance:
    In mathematics many topics build from previous topics, therefore it is extremely important for you to seek extra help with your mathematics if need be. The Mathematics Study Center located in MA 130 is an excellent place to study. It is staffed by student aides who can help you if you encountering difficulties with the material. The Learning Assistance Center, located in the ED building offers free tutoring sessions. You may also see me during my office hours or make an appointment to see me at another time. I am here to help you succeed. Do not hesitate to contact me if you are encountering difficulties.

    Accommodation: Citrus College is committed to providing access to education for students with disabilities. If you have a disability or medical condition which requires accommodation, please see me within 2 weeks or as soon as possible so arrangements can be made.

    Honor Policy
    All work must be your own. You may discuss the material in the course and help one another; however, any work you hand in for a grade must be your own. If you have any questions about this, please see me immediately.

    Cheating will not be tolerated. Any student caught cheating will be given at least a zero on the assignment or exam and will be referred to the Dean of Student Affairs for disciplinary action. You may be given an F for the course and/or be removed from the class. Repeat offenders may suffer expulsion from the college.

    COMMUNICATION POLICY
    It is my desire to respond quickly to any of your attempts to contact me. I want to be available to you throughout the semester. I will make every effort to respond to your emails within 48 hours of receipt (including submitted assignments). If you do not receive a return email from me within 48 hours, please follow-up with either another email or a phone call. Any emails over the weekend will be responded to the following Monday (unless a holiday). If you call me and I am not in, please leave a message and a return phone number. I will make every effort to return your call within 48 hours.

    GRADING
    Homework: 17%
    Tests: 55%
    Final Exam: 28%

    GRADE SCALE
    100-90% A
    89-80% B
    79-70% C
    69-60% D
    59-0% F

    INTRODUCTION TO COURSECOMPASS
    Most of your time in this course will be spent in the CourseCompass system. Thus, one of your first assignments is to go through these video, presentations, and web pages to familiarize yourself with the CourseCompass system. Go to http://www.coursecompass.com/html/take_a_tour.html and watch:

    NOTE: The instructor reserves the right to modify this syllabus with prior notice if necessary.

    Accommodations 

    If you have a disability documented by a physician or other appropriate professional and wish to discuss academic accommodations, please contact the DSP&S office at (626) 914-8675. Please discuss your accommodations with your instructor by email. Be sure to allow at least one week for appropriate accommodations to be arranged. 

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