Syllabus

Math 1065:  College Algebra

 

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 week for fifty minutes.
  • Lab participation in the CAVE (College Algebra Virtual Environment) for a minimum of three flexible hours per week 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 www.pearsonmylabandmastering.com, try accessing your assignments through www.mathxl.com/login_mml.htm
  • A minimum score of 60% is required on all practice tests.
  • If you need technical assistance, contact MML student technical support at 1.800.677.6337 or http://www.mymathlab.com/contactus.html .
  • For additional information, refer to http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/math1065/.
  • Email communication with your instructor from anywhere other than your ECU official account will not be given any consideration and will be discarded.

Required Materials

  MAKE SURE YOU BUY THE GREEN PACKAGE! 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.  
  • 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 3 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.  See page 2 for how course pack checks affect your course 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.
  • 4 Big Blue Books (8.5″ x 11′)

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 (churcha@ecu.edu) prior to the end of ECU’s drop/add period.  He/she will have to watch a video of the material covered during the first class meeting and complete a set of questions about course policies.  Once these requirements have been satisfied, Ms. Church will add the student back into a class.
  • Class meets once a week for fifty minutes at the  scheduled time.  In class, your teacher will present an overview of the work for the week.  Your week starts on the day your class  meets and ends on the day before the class meets the next time.
  • You will receive a participation grade for each  class meeting.  You must attend for  50 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 50-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, issued by the Dean of Students Office (death in the immediate family, severe personal illness,    required military service,  etc.), contact your   teacher immediately, preferably before the absence occurs or immediately   thereafter. Note: A letter from Student Health does not qualify as a university excuse.
  • Video lectures for all sections are available.  They can be accessed through MyMathLab or the Math 1065 website.
  • You should read the e-text (for each section), and complete the “Outside of Class” sections in your course pack 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. If you fail to follow this class rule throughout the 50-minute class meeting, then you will receive a grade of 0% for that class meeting.
  • There will be 3 random course pack checks during the semester to ensure that you have purchased and are utilizing the Math 1065 College Algebra Course Pack. Your instructor will be checking that you have been completing the “Outside of Class” sections of the course pack. Below details how course pack checks will affect your overall course grade:
  1. Missing zero course pack checks: Your final average will be rounded up to the next highest whole number no matter what (e.g.  an 82.2 would be an 83).
  2. Missing 1 course pack check: Regular rounding conventions used for your final average (e.g. an 89.6 would be a 90 but an 89.4 would be an 89).
  3. Missing 2 or 3 course pack checks: No rounding will be used for your final average (e.g. an 89.99 would be an 89).

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.)
  • Lab participation for a minimum of 3 flexible hours  per week is required, but you should plan to spend at least 5-6 hours per week   either in the lab or elsewhere in order to master the material.  Teachers and tutors will be in the lab  ready to provide you with personalized help.  You are strongly encouraged to interact  with teachers, tutors and other students in the lab in order to get  individualized, immediate answers to your questions.  Your lab week starts on the day your   class meets and ends on the day before the class meets the next time.  For example, if your class meets on  Wednesday, then your week starts on Wednesday morning at 9 AM and ends the  following Tuesday at 9 PM.  Some exceptions may be made to accommodate holidays, test weeks and school  breaks.  See your daily schedule for specific details.
  • You will receive a lab participation grade for  each week.   You must work in the lab  a minimum of 3 hours each week following all lab rules to earn a grade of  100%.  If you fail to meet this requirement for a specific lab week, you will receive a grade of 0% for that  week.   Check your daily schedule  for exceptions.

Note 2:59 hours does not equal 3 hours and will result in a grade of 0% for that week.

  • If you must miss a week in the CAVE and have a documented university excuse, issued by the Dean of Students Office (death in the immediate family, severe personal illness, required military service, etc.), contact your teacher immediately, preferably before the absence occurs or immediately thereafter. A CAVE absence (missing an entire week in the CAVE) will NOT be excused, but can be made up (in a timely manner) once documentation has been turned into your instructor/professor.
  • After the completion of Test 1 (or Test 2), if you have an overall 95 average or higher then you have the option to become a “Fast Track” student (will be explained further on page 8). It will be your responsibility to notify your instructor that you are eligible. If your overall average drops below the 95, then you must return to class and you will need to meet the lab weekly requirement.
  • 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 week even if all required hours have been  completed.
  • No  texting or cell phone calls in   the CAVE.
  • Students may only use NON-graphing calculators while in the CAVE. Graphing calculators, cell phone calculator, ipod calculator, ipad calculator, etc. may not be used. If you forget your non-graphing calculator, then you may check one out with a photo ID.
  • 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 week.
  • 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 test days, holidays and school breaks.  Please refer to your daily schedule for your weekly lab requirement.
  •  You may check the computer availability in the CAVE by clicking on this link:  http://www.ecu.edu/campusmaps/itcs/computerlab.html.

Syllabus Quiz

  • There is a syllabus quiz in MyMathLab that covers the contents of the syllabus.  Read the syllabus carefully before attempting this quiz.
  • You must complete the syllabus quiz with a score of 100% before you will be able to open any graded assignments in MyMathLab.
  • You may not receive help while you are taking the syllabus quiz.
  • The Syllabus Quiz does not count towards your course average.

Homework

  • 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.

Type

Exercise Descriptions Sample of Numbering Features

1

StandardStep-by-StepBrief 2.1.154.1.SbS-135.3.BE-47 ~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

2

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
  • In general, homework assignments for the week are due at 11:00 PM two nights before the day of your class meeting.
  • Graded homework for each section has a due date and will close, but the same homework assignment (labeled Practice Homework) is open throughout the semester to be used for studying.
  • Practice Homework does not count towards your course average.

Quizzes

  • 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.
  • After your first attempt on a quiz, MyMathLab will generate a personalized homework assignment (based on questions you answered incorrectly on the quiz). It is recommended that you complete this personalized homework assignment before attempting the quiz again. Personalized homework assignments do not count towards your course average.
  • 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.
  • In general, quizzes are due at 11:00 PM on the night before your class meets again.

Tests

  • A practice test will be assigned prior to each of our three tests.  You may take the practice test as many times as you would like, however, you must score at least 60% on the appropriate practice test prior to your scheduled test time. Failure to meet this requirement will result in a 0% for your test grade.
  • 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.
  • All practice tests are copies of the actual tests. Practice Tests do not count towards your course average.
  • The proctored, password protected tests and final  exam are taken using MyMathLab   in the Pirate CAVE.  It will be your   responsibility to register for them on MyMathLab (click on the Schedule a Test button).
  • There will be an announced time period for which   each test will open and close for scheduling.  You will schedule your test by clicking  on the “Schedule a Test” menu button in MyMathLab.  Once the  scheduling time period has ended, there will not be any rescheduling unless a student has a documented university excuse issued by the Dean of Students Office (death in the immediate family, required military service, an official ECU function, etc.).
  • Please make sure that you have scheduled your test prior to the   schedule closing date as you will receive a grade of 0% if you do not   schedule your test.  Please  note:  upon completion of a test  scheduling process, a confirmation message containing the test date and  time will appear on the screen, and a confirmation email will be sent to  the email account you have indicated. You should confirm that the reservation is complete by clicking on the “Check Reservation/Need Support?” link in the system.  You have not scheduled a test until you see this confirmation message!
  • Please arrive at the CAVE at least 15 minutes  before your scheduled testing appointment.   Items required for entry in the Pirate CAVE for testing are a test   reservation appointment, your ECU OneCard, and a NEW blank 8.5” x 11” bluebook.  You may also bring a  writing instrument and a non-graphing calculator.  Please do not bring backpacks or other  personal items into the testing lab. 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.
  • The three tests are  comprehensive.
  • Only 1 attempt is allowed for each test.
  • After completing all homework and quizzes, you should prepare for tests and the final exam by repeatedly practicing until   you can get all exercises correct without any assistance from MyMathLab learning aids, notes, the  eText, or tutors.  Practice Tests  are available in MyMathLab for each test and will be open throughout the semester.
  • You are not allowed any assistance on tests. 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, quizzes, and online learning aids in MyMathLab.    Remember, academic dishonesty is a  violation of the university code of student conduct.
  • If you miss a test, a makeup may be allowed depending on the circumstances:
  1. If you did not register for the test during the registration period, no makeup will be allowed.
  2. If you did not score at least a 60.00% on the appropriate practice test, prior to your scheduled test day/time, no makeup will be allowed.
  3. If you miss a test because you scheduled it but went to take it on the wrong day or at the wrong time, no makeup will be allowed.
  4. If you miss a test because you are sick, no makeup will be allowed. Remember the final exam can be used to replace your lowest test score.
  5. If you miss a test and have a documented university excuse (death in the immediate family, required military service, and official ECU function, etc.), print a Makeup Test Request Form from MML, fill it in, attach the documentation and contact Ms. Church (churcha@ecu.edu) ASAP.
  6. If you miss a test because of extenuating circumstances of a very serious nature totally beyond your control (not covered in #5 above), print a Makeup Test Request Form from MML, fill it in, attach appropriate documentation and contact Ms. Church (churcha@ecu.edu) ASAP.

Final Exam

  • There is a practice final exam on MML. You should work it numerous times. You DO NOT have to make at least a 60.00% on the practice final exam in order to take the actual final exam.
  • The final exam will be given during exam week (see course calendar for the days the final exam will be offered). It will be your responsibility to register for the final exam on MyMathLab (click on the Schedule a Test button). Please  note:  upon completion of a test  scheduling process, a confirmation message containing the test date and  time will appear on the screen, and a confirmation email will be sent to  the email account you have indicated. You should confirm that the reservation is complete by clicking on the “Check Reservation/Need Support?” link in the system.  You have not scheduled a test until you see this confirmation message!
  • There will be an announced time period for which the final exam will open and close of scheduling. Once the registration period has ended, there will not be any rescheduling unless a student has a documented university excuse issued by the Dean of Students Office (death in the immediate family, required military service, an official ECU function, etc.).
  • Please check your final exam schedule for your other courses prior to scheduling your MATH 1065 final as to avoid registering for a day/time that you have another final exam.
  • Please arrive at the CAVE at least 15 minutes  before your scheduled final exam.   Items required for entry in the Pirate CAVE for testing are a test   reservation appointment, your ECU OneCard, and a NEW blank 8.5” x 11” bluebook.  You may also bring a  writing instrument and a non-graphing calculator.  Please do not bring backpacks or other  personal items into the testing lab. 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 final exam must be submitted  prior to leaving the CAVE.
  • Only 1 attempt is allowed for the final exam.
  • Your  final exam score will be entered in the grade book as your final exam score   and also as a Test #4 score.  Then,  the lowest of the scores on Tests #1-4 will not be used in the final grade  calculation.  This has the effect of   replacing your lowest of three test scores with the final exam score if it  is higher.
  • If you miss your final exam, please read the following to determine which option best applies to your circumstances:
  1. If you did not register for the final exam during the registration period, then you need to contact Ms. Church (churcha@ecu.edu) immediately. She will sign you up for the Wednesday December 17th final exam time that begins at 8:00pm. There will be a 15 point penalty deducted from your final exam score.
  2. If you miss the final exam because you scheduled it but went to take it on the wrong day or at the wrong time, then you need to contact Ms. Church (churcha@ecu.edu) immediately. She will sign you up for the Wednesday December 17th final exam time that begins at 8:00pm. There will be a 15 point penalty deducted from your final exam score.
  3. If you miss the final exam because you are sick and can provide a doctor’s note stating that you were not allowed to return to class until a date/time after your scheduled final examination, then contact Ms. Church (churcha@ecu.edu) immediately. Once she receives this documentation, she will reschedule your final exam. There will be no grade penalty.
  4. If you miss the final exam because you are sick but cannot provide a doctor’s note stating that you were not allowed to return to class until a date/time after your scheduled final examination, then contact Ms. Church (churcha@ecu.edu) immediately. She will sign you up for the Wednesday December 17th final exam time that begins at 8:00pm. There will be a 15 point penalty deducted from your final exam score.
  5. If you miss a test and have a documented university excuse (death in the immediate family, required military service, an official ECU function, etc.), contact Ms. Church (churcha@ecu.edu) ASAP. She will reschedule your final exam. There will be no grade penalty.
  6. If you miss the final exam because of extenuating circumstances of a very serious nature totally beyond your control (not covered in #5 above), print a Makeup Test Request Form from MML, fill it in, attach appropriate documentation and contact Ms. Church (churcha@ecu.edu) ASAP. She will determine on an ad hoc basis if your final exam will be rescheduled with no penalty or if you will be signed up for the Wednesday December 17th final exam time that begins at 8:00pm with a 15 point penalty deducted from your final exam score.

Course 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)

10%                 Quizzes                       15 quizzes (2 lowest grades dropped)

45%                 Tests                            3 tests (lowest will be replaced with 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

 ***See page 2, under class meetings, for how “rounding” works in this course (course pack checks).***

Incomplete

An incomplete will be given on an ad hoc basis. A student must be passing the course at the time the incomplete is requested in order for his/her request to be considered.

Fast Track Option

  • After the completion of Test 1 (or Test 2), if you have an overall 95 average or higher then you have the option to become a “Fast Track” student (note: this overall score excludes class attendance and CAVE attendance).
  • It will be your responsibility to notify your instructor that you are eligible and want to participate in the “Fast Track” option.
  • “Fast Track” students are not required to attend class meetings or complete CAVE hours.
  • All homework assignments, quizzes, and practice tests can be completed outside of the CAVE. They must be completed on or before their due dates (see course calendar).
  • “Fast Track” students may take all of the tests, including the final exam, before their regularly scheduled times (see course calendar). Early test dates/times for “Fast Track” students will be available on Fridays (sign-up sheet located in the CAVE). You must sign-up for a test at least 48 hours in advance. Tests must be taken on or before the regularly scheduled test dates.
  • “Fast Track” students are expected to follow the same testing procedures and rules as all other students.
  •  If your overall average drops below a 95, you will then return to the normal schedule and will no longer be eligible for the “Fast Track” option.
  • Course grades for “Fast Track” students will be entered at the end of the semester at the same time that all MATH 1065 grades are entered.

Announcements

Throughout the semester announcements will be made in class, through the MyMathLab announcement page, and by ECU email. It is the student’s responsibility to check the announcement page on MyMathLab daily. Failure to check announcements on a daily basis is NOT an excuse for missing an assignment, rescheduling a test, or missing an opportunity to improve your course grade.

Starfish

Starfish Retention SolutionsTM is an early alert and connection tool used by East Carolina University to support student academic success. Working thorough Blackboard, Starfish enables instructors to give praise or raise concerns regarding your academic performance within a course. Called “kudos” and “flags,” these notifications are sent to your ECU e-mail account and copied to your advisor.

Please note that not receiving a Starfish notification does not indicate good or poor academic performance. You should always speak with your instructors if you are unsure of your academic status on your course.

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 Note

East 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 252.737.1016.

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 http://www.ecu.edu/cs-studentlife/policyhub/academic_integrity.cfm.

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

1.8

30-59 semester hours

1.9

60-74 semester hours

2.0

75 or more semester hours

2.0

 

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 (http://www.ecu.edu/alert). Note: If ECU cancels classes, then the CAVE will be closed.