DSPM-0850: Intermediate Algebra (Web-Assisted)

Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Mickey Beloate

Instructor Rank

Associate Professor

Instructor Email mbeloate@southwest.tn.edu
Office Hours

on office door at Maxine Smith Center

Instructor Phone

(901) 333-6017

Department Phone


Course Information
Course Description

This course if offered as a Web Assisted course which means that the student meets with the instructor for lectures and testing. Other work is done outside of class like homework. Attendance is mandatory for this class and all STCC attendance policies apply.

This course covers intermediate algebraic topics such as roots and radicals, factoring, rational expressions and equations, quadratic and higher degree equations, exponential and logarithmic equations, and geometrical concepts including triangle relationships.

Student Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. General Skill: The student will keep a math notebook with all homework worked out to demonstrate mastery of organization and problem solving.
  1. Be able to simplify and do operations with roots and radicals. Simplify irrational expressions and simplify complex and imaginary numbers.
  1. Be able to factor polynomials using the distributive property and common factors. Be able to factor other types of special factors and general trinomials.
  1. Be able to simplify rational expressions, do operations with rational expressions and solve rational equations.
  1. Be able to solve quadratic equations using square root method, factoring method or quadratic equation method. Be able to graph quadratic functions and find vertex and general shape. Be able to solve higher power equations.
  1. Be able to work with logarithms and exponential conversions and be able to solve equations involving these.Be able to use the calculator to solve applied problems.
  1. Be able to understand and use triangle formulas and relationships to solve geometry problems. Be able to calculate perimeter, area and volume for various geometrical shapes. Be able to use the pythagorean theorem to solve for missing sides of right triangles and be able to use distance and midpoint formulas.

Passing grade in DSPM0800 or appropriate placement score.



Instructional / Learning Methods

Classroom lectures each week and attendance required. Participation grade from class attendance. Regular Testing in classroom. Math notebook is part of grade.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware, and Software Requirements
Required Text

Basic Math, Algebra and Geometry with Application by Cleaves and Hobbs.

MyMathLab that comes with new book and is optional

If student has an old book and do not have MyMathLab they can go to www.coursecompass.com and purchase MyMathLab with credit card.

Electronic version of book comes with purchase of MyMathLab

Additional Text

MyMathLab is optional for this course and comes with new book.

If student does not have MyMathLab they can purchase it online at www.coursecompass.com

Supplementary Materials

Access to JAVA which is free download from www.java.com is required as well as free downloads from websites for MyMathLab.

MyMathLab will require several free easy downloads on student computer.

Texas Instruments model TI-83 plus or TI-84 is recommended.

Student needs to have math notebook for testing online when allowed.

Get #2 pencils and Scantron for Final Exam.

Hardware Requirements

Student needs to have own home computer and high speed internet is recommended.

If this course requires the use of a computer, these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My.Southwest, etc.).

  • minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended)
  • SVGA monitor, minimum resolution 800x600 (1024x768 strongly recommended)
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • floppy drive, zip drive, or CD-RW drive
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • at least 512 MB of RAM (recommended)
  • (optional) printer
Software Requirements

Students can use MyMathLab for videos and practice tests.

The software listed below is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course may have specific software requirements.

  • Windows 7, Vista, XP
  • Mac OS X (up to 10.6) (OS 10.6 recommended)
  • Linux with a Supported Browser
  • Internet Explorer 7+
  • Firefox 3+
  • Opera 9+
  • Safari 4+
  • Current Anti-Virus protection
  • Reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

Many instructors may require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word. To learn how to obtain discounted software from Microsoft, visit http://southwest.tn.onthehub.com.

Assessment and Grading
Method of Evaluation

Tests over Chapters 12,13,14,15,16,18,19 will be given online and in classroom, accounting for 80% of students grade.

Mandatory Final exam will be taken with Mr.Beloate and will count 20%.

Attendance to class is mandatory and is 2 points of students over-all average.

Grading Scale




No Ds given in Developmental Studies at STCC

Below 70

Testing Procedure / Policy

Tests will be in classroom for Web Assisted classes.

No cheat sheets, notes or books allowed on Final Exam.

Calculator skills will be tested using the TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator(See calculator requirement)on Midterm and Final Exam.

Major Assignments

Take Chapter Tests in classroom. Final Exam taken in Classroom

Keep homework in notebook notebook will be graded at Final Exam sessions.

Participation / Attendance Policy

Attendance to weekly class lecture mandatory. Participation grade is 2 points added to the over-all average.

Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines

Email Mr.Beloate at mbeloate@southwest.tn.edu

Each student has been provided a Southwest e-mail account. Please do not email your classmates unless the topic relates specifically to this course. E-mails that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden. Below are a few guidelines that you should keep in mind when sending email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Typing in all CAPS is considered SHOUTING in Cyberspace. So please use upper and lower case characters when sending e-mails.
  • Remember, without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your e-mails and use good Netiquette
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members.

Online instructors will respond to all e-mails within 48 hours.

Discussion Guidelines

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to at all times when using the Discussion forum. Reply button rather starting a new topic.

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to when using the Discussion forum. Messages that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden.

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion.
  • Please try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the class. Be respectful of others' ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Technical Support
My.Southwest Support

When experiencing problems with My.Southwest, you may need to submit a Student Technical Support Request.

When requesting help please provide as much information as possible, such as, your name and a full detailed explanation of the problem.

If you are experiencing difficulty with this Web site, please contact your instructor.

Online Course Support

Many problems can be solved by making sure your browser settings are correct. Visit the PAWS Online Orientation - and run the "system check" to check your browsers compatibility.

For technical support call the Helpdesk at (901) 333-4357.

Course Topics
Tentative Schedule

This course covers intermediate algebraic topics such as roots and radicals, factoring, rational expressions and equations, quadratic and higher degree equations, exponential and logarithmic equations, and geometrical concepts including triangle relationships.

Student Services
Student Services Links
Drop/Withdrawal Dates

See the official college catalog for the current withdrawal policies. Important semester drop and withdrawal dates can be found on the college Web site at http://www.southwest.tn.edu.

Academic Misconduct

Mr.Beloate reserves the right to exclude any student from the course who exhibits behavior that is detrimental to another student in the course or interferes with the instructor teaching or other students learning.

Students who copy other students work or use other people to take tests in classroom are cheating Final Exam or regular tests will be guilty of cheating and be given a zero on the test or exam.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. A student guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, is immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. The instructor has the authority to assign an “F” grade or a zero for the exercise or examination, or to assign an “F” for the course. College sanctions for academic misconduct may include suspension or dismissal from the College. Please see the section in the current Catalog on Academic Misconduct.

Classroom Behavior: Any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct violating the general rules or regulations of the College may be ordered to temporarily leave the classroom. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom can be achieved only through appropriate procedures of the College.

Open Labs

Macon Cove

  • Academic Support Center - Nabors Auditorium, Room 100 (Mac), Room 108 (PC)
  • Bert Bornblum Library (Mac and PC) - Available during Library hours only.

Union Avenue

  • Academic Support Center - F Building, Room 319
  • Parrish Library - Available during Library hours only.


  • Computer Lab- Room 101 (Please note - this room is available when classes are not scheduled. Schedule fluctuates each semester.)
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Maxine Smith

  • Open Lab- Room 101.
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.


  • Open Lab Building 6, Room 127
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.
Syllabus Updates The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes.