Summer Information

Math 1065:  College Algebra

Summer 2014 Syllabus


Prerequisite:  A score of 75 or better on the Accuplacer Mathematics Placement Test OR a score of 540 or better on the math section of the SAT OR a score of 20 or better on the math section of the ACT OR successful completion of MATH 0001/0045


Course Design Overview

  • Class meets once a cycle for ninety minutes.  A cycle includes 1 class day and 2 lab days.  Every 3 days the cycle repeats for a total of 8 cycles.
  • Lab participation in the CAVE (College Algebra Virtual Environment) for a minimum of three hours per cycle is required.
  • All homework, quizzes, tests, and the final exam will be completed online using a web-based learning and assessment system called MyMathLab.  If you have difficulty accessing MyMathLab through, try accessing your assignments through
  • If you need technical assistance, contact MML student technical support at 1.800.677.6337 or .
  • For additional information, refer to

 Required Materials

A College Algebra/TestCal package, ISBN 9781256631507, is required.  This code will give you access to the eText, which you should read regularly.  Please note you may get temporary access for 17 days at no charge. If you are repeating Math 1065 and already have a MyMathLab account (using the Trigsted package), you do not need to purchase it again.  Also, if you already have a Pearson account, you do not need to create a new one.

  • Your ECU email address is required.  This email address must be entered in the email address field during the registration process in MyMathLab even if it is not the email address you use most often.  *Email communication with your instructor from anywhere other than your ECU official account will not be given any consideration and will be discarded.
  • A Math 1065 College Algebra Course Pack is required and should be brought to every class.  It may be purchased from the Dowdy Student Store.  There will be a minimum of 2 course pack checks  during the semester (one for each testing period) to ensure that you have purchased and are completing the “Outside of Class” sections in the Math 1065 College Algebra Course Pack.  These checks will count as one quiz grade.
  • You will need the course ID# ___________________.   Please note there is a different course ID for each section of MATH 1065.
  • A non-graphing calculator with logarithmic and exponential capabilities is required; we recommend the TI-30XS MultiView calculator.   A cell phone may not be used as a calculator.
  • Headphones to listen to the video lectures in the CAVE are required.

Class Meetings

  • Attendance is mandatory on the first day of class.  If you do not attend, you will automatically be dropped from the course. Any student who needs to be added back into the course must meet with Ms. April Church ( prior to the end of ECU’s drop/add period.  He/she will have to complete a set of questions about course policies with a score of 100%.  Once this requirement has been satisfied, Ms. Church will add the student back into a class.
  • Class meets 8 times during the summer term for 90 minutes each at the scheduled time.  In class, your teacher will present an overview of the work for each cycle.
  • You will receive a participation grade for each class meeting.  You must attend for 90 minutes, take notes, pay attention, stay awake, and follow rules to earn a grade of 100%.  If you fail to meet this requirement throughout the 90-minute class meeting, you will receive a grade of 0% for that class meeting.  Attendance will be taken each class meeting.
  • If you must miss class and have a documented university excuse (death in the immediate family, severe personal illness, required military service, court-ordered appearance, etc.), contact your teacher immediately, preferably before the absence occurs or immediately thereafter.
  • Video lectures for all sections are available.  They can be accessed through MyMathLab or the Math 1065 website.  You should watch the videos, read the e-text (for each section), and complete coursepack assignments prior to attending class.
  • All cell phones, computers and any other electronic devices must be turned off and put away out of sight during class.

Lab Hours in the CAVE

  • The Pirate CAVE is located in the basement of Joyner Library.
  • When you enter and leave the CAVE, you will present your OneCard to the desk assistant and he/she will swipe your card so that your time in the CAVE may be recorded for each visit.  It is your responsibility to make sure that you are signed in when you enter and signed out when you leave.  (If you need to use the restroom, you will have to sign out.)
  • You will receive a lab participation grade for each cycle.   You must work in the lab a minimum of 3 hours each cycle following all lab rules to earn a grade of 100%; this means you must be “doing math” when you are in the CAVE.  If you fail to meet this requirement for a cycle, you will receive a grade of 0% for that cycle.  Your lab participation average is worth 5% of your final grade.
  • Note 2:59 hours does not equal 3 hours and will result in a grade of 0% for that week.
  • Teachers and tutors will be in the CAVE ready to provide you with immediate, personalized help.
  • There are 16 lab days in the summer term.  The CAVE will be open from 10:00 AM – 1:15 PM on designated lab days.  The CAVE is not open on class days.  Refer to your daily schedule for class and lab days.
  • You are allowed to do only your Math 1065 work or your math-related activities (such as reading the eText or watching a math video) while you are in the lab.  The penalty for violating this rule will be you are asked to leave the lab and will receive a zero in lab participation for that cycle even if all required hours have been completed.
  • No texting or cell phone calls in the CAVE.
  • No food, drinks, water, gum, candy, tobacco products, or weapons are allowed in the CAVE.
  • You must keep track of your lab participation.  The tutor at the time clock can only tell you your time for that particular visit as you leave the lab, not the total hours for your specific lab cycle.
  • It is strongly recommended that you bring your math notebook with you to the lab.  Do all of your work in it in an orderly manner and refer back to this work whenever necessary.
  • The CAVE is closed on class days, test days, holidays and school breaks
  • You may check the computer availability in the CAVE by clicking on this link:


  • You should watch the videos, review your class notes and read the eText before attempting the homework.
  • If you rely on the MyMathLab learning aids or other help to get an exercise correct, then use the Similar Exercise feature and rework the exercise repeatedly until you can get it correct without any help.  Many students who become overly dependent on the learning aids or other assistance to get a score of 100% on the homework assignment find out that they score much lower on the tests.
  • Your homework answers are saved after each exercise is completed, so you can exit your homework and return to it any time prior to the due date.
  • There are two types of homework exercises.


Exercise Descriptions Sample of Numbering Features













~learning aids available in MML

~in general three attempts allowed for each iteration with feedback after each

~Similar Exercise (new iteration for same exercise number) allowed an unlimited number of times

~tutors in the CAVE  and the PTC can assist with these exercises


Reading Assessment 2.1.RA-3 ~learning aids NOT available in MML

~can be attempted only two times with feedback after each

~Similar Exercise NOT allowed

~multiple choice, usually found at the end of each homework assignment

~tutors in lab can NOT assist with these exercises

  • Homework assignments for the cycle are due at 11:00 PM on the night before your class meets.
  • Graded homework for each section has a due date and will close, but the same homework assignment (labeled Practice Homework) is open throughout the summer to be used for studying.   The Practice Homework does not count toward your final grade in the course.


  • You should master your homework before attempting the quizzes, and you should try to do the quizzes without any help.  If you rely on help to get a score of 100% on the quizzes, you will score much lower on the tests.
  • You will not get feedback after each exercise is entered.  You must work through the entire quiz and submit it before seeing your score.  You can review your quiz in your MyMathLab grade book under “Results”, and the MyMathLab learning aids will appear for the review.
  • The online quizzes can be attempted up to ten times prior to the due date.
  • Quizzes are cumulative.
  • Quizzes should be used as preparation for tests.  Re-take the quizzes until you can do the work correctly without any assistance from notes, the eText, or the MyMathLab learning aids.
  • You may not give nor receive help while you are taking a quiz (treated as cheating under ECU’s Academic Integrity clause); tutors will be glad to review it with you once you have completed it.
  • It is recommended that you take a quiz at least four times even though you earn a score of 100% before that.  This will ensure that you see a cross-section of the exercises drawn from the exercise pools from which the questions are drawn.
  • Only your best quiz score for each quiz will be counted in your semester average.
  • Quizzes can be taken anywhere using MyMathLab but the preferred location is the CAVE.
  • Quizzes for the cycle are due at 11:00 PM on the night before your class meets.

Tests and the Final Exam

  • The proctored, password protected tests and final exam are taken using MyMathLab in the Pirate CAVE.
  • You will take each test in the CAVE during your normal class time.  For example, if your class meets from 8:00-9:30, then you will take your test from 8:00-9:30 on test days.
  • Please arrive at the CAVE at least 10 minutes before your testing time.  Items required for entry in the Pirate CAVE for testing are your ECU OneCard,  an 8.5” x 11” bluebook,  a writing instrument and a non-graphing calculator.  You will be assigned to a particular workstation.
  • If a student is caught with any unauthorized materials in the testing lab (information written on oneself, the desktop, calculator, notes) or if the student accesses a cell phone or other electronic device, that student will receive a grade of 0% on the test and possible disciplinary actions.
  • Once a student is seated for a test/exam, he or she is not permitted to move from that location for the duration of the exam.  The exam must be submitted prior to leaving the CAVE.
  • In extreme situations (power failure, server failure, forced evacuation of building) should a testing session be interrupted, student test work will automatically be saved, so that when power or reconnection is re-established the student may again log into their test and resume work for the remainder of their time.  If a testing session is interrupted for some other reason, it is likely that the student will be advised by a test proctor to X out of their test (by clicking on the upper right corner X of their browser); the student in this case should not click the Submit button for their test because then the student will not be permitted to re-start and finish their test.  For whatever reason the testing session is interrupted, the test may resume soon thereafter or at a later time.  Students will be advised by the test proctor whether they should wait in their seats until the test can be re-started, or whether they should submit their names and then leave the CAVE to return at a later time.
  • Only 1 attempt is allowed for each test and the final exam.
  • After completing all homework, you should prepare for tests and the final exam by repeatedly taking the practice tests. All practice tests are copies of the actual tests. Practice tests do not count towards your course average.
  • You should take the practice test in a test setting, using only blank paper, a non-graphing calculator, and something to write with, in order to prepare for the actual test.
  • Tutors are not allowed to give you help while taking a practice test, but they will gladly review a practice test with you once you have completed it.
  • You are not allowed any assistance on tests or the final exam.  This includes notes, formula sheets, or any other type of outside help.  While testing, you are not allowed access to other online materials, including your homework and online learning aids in MyMathLab. Remember, academic dishonesty is a violation of the university code of student conduct.
  • If you miss a test, no makeup will be allowed and a grade of “0” will be recorded in the grade book – unless the absence is a University Excuse (issued by ECU Dean of Students Office).
  • There is a practice exam on MyMathLab.  You should work it numerous times.
  • Each test and the final exam are worth 25% of your final grade.
  • Throughout the semester there will be scores for two tests and a final exam.  Your final exam score will be entered in the grade book as your final exam score and also as a Test #3 score.  Then, the lowest of the scores on Tests #1-3 will not be used in the final grade calculation.  This has the effect of replacing your lowest of two test scores with the final exam score if it is higher.
  • The final exam will be given during the last day of class.  (If absent from this exam, a student is allowed to make up this exam only if he/she has a note from the Dean of Student’s office.)

Final Grade Calculation      

Weight             Item                             Details

10%                 Participation               5% for class participation and 5% for lab participation

10%                 Homework                  30 homework assignments (2 lowest grades dropped)

5%                   Quizzes                       9 quizzes (lowest 1 grade dropped)

50%                 Tests                            2 tests (lowest will be replaced with final exam score if higher)

25%                 Final Exam                  cumulative


Grading Scale

A    93 and above                                C   73-76

A-   90-92                                            C-  70-72

B+  87-89                                            D+  67-69

B    83-86                                            D   63-66

B-   80-82                                            D-  60-62

C+  77-79                                            F   59 and below


Throughout the summer announcements will be made in class, through the MyMathLab announcement page, and by ECU email. Check these daily.

Technical Difficulties: 

East Carolina University and its faculty are not responsible for outcomes due to individual technical issues, nor scheduled MML downtime. You are responsible for resolving any personal technical issues that arise in the completion of your assignments. Please be aware of scheduled MML maintenance windows, and adjust your schedule accordingly.  If you need technical assistance, call MML student technical support at 1-800-677-6337.

Special NoteEast Carolina University seeks to fully comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Students requesting accommodations based on a disability must be registered with the

Department for Disability Support Services (located in Slay 138).  The telephone number is


Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a fundamental value of higher education and East Carolina University; therefore, I will not tolerate acts of cheating, plagiarism, falsification or attempts to cheat plagiarize or falsify.  Should I determine that an academic integrity violation has taken place, I reserve the right either to assign a grade penalty or to refer the case to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities for an Academic Integrity Board hearing. I will assign a grade penalty up to an F for the assignment or course. Should it come to my attention that you have had a prior academic integrity violation, or if there are other aggravating circumstances, I will refer the case directly to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Should the Academic Integrity Board determine that you committed an academic integrity violation, you may be assigned a grade penalty and/or any other sanction allowed in the student Code of Conduct, up to and including suspension from the University. The Student Handbook is online at

Retention Requirements


GPA Hours at ECU (identified in Transcript in  Banner Self Service) plus transferred credit hours

 Retention Requirements Effective with Fall 2011  grades

GPA for all courses taken at ECU

1-29 semester hours


30-59 semester hours


60-74 semester hours


75 or more semester hours


 University Closings:

In the event of a weather or other emergency, information about the status of classes at ECU is available on the ECU emergency information hotline (252.328.0062) and on the emergency alert website ( Note: If ECU cancels classes then the CAVE will be closed until classes resume.



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