MATH-0100: Support Course for MATH 1000 ( Online | Fall 2017 )

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Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Khalil Rassy

Instructor Rank

Associate Professor

Instructor Email krassy@southwest.tn.edu
Instructor Website

http://faculty.southwest.tn.edu/krassy

Instructor Office

MW 31 Macon Cove

Office Hours

TBA

Instructor Phone

901-333-4127

Course Information
Course Description

This co-requisite course contains topics which directly support the content in MATH 1000 Essential of Algebra-Enhanced; and it contains the five TBR approved mathematical competencies which include: the study of real numbers and operations, operations with algebraic expressions, graph analysis, equations solving, modeling and critical thinking.

Co-requisite:  MATH 1000 - Essentials of Algebra - Enhanced

Student Learning Objectives

Module 1

  • Use the order of operations to simplify mathematical expressions
  • Find the factors/prime factorization of a number
  • Multiply/divide fraction
  • Add unlike fractions
  • Write percents as fractions
  • Identify integers, rational numbers, irrational numbers, and real numbers
  • Find the absolute value of a real number
  • Define the meaning of inequality symbols

Module 2

  • Evaluate algebraic expressions given replacement values for variables
  • Combine like terms
  • Complete a table of values for an algebraic expression
  • Use the power, product and quotient rules for exponents
  • Find the coefficient and degree of a polynomial
  • Add/subtract/multiply polynomials
  • Use the product and quotient rules for radical expressions
  • Factor out the greatest common factor from a polynomial
  • Use scientific notation to solve real-world problems

Module 3

  • Use the addition and multiplication properties of equality to solve linear equations in one variable
  • Use formulas to solve problems
  • Solve application problems involving formulas or equations.
  • solve a linear inequlaity on one variable and graph the solution set on the real number line.
  • Graph a linea equation by finding and plotting orderen pair solutions

Module 4

  • Find the missing coordinate of an ordered pair solution, given one coordinate pair
  • Graph a linear equation by finding and plotting ordered pair solutions
  • Analyze the meaning of the x-intercept and the y-interecept
  • Compare the slopes of parallel and perpendicular lines
  • Interpret slope as a rate of change
  • Use the slope-intercept form to graph/write an equation of a line
  • Use the point-slope formula to find the equation of a line
  • Use function notation
  • Determine whether an ordered pair is a solution to a linear inequality in two variables
  • Graph a linear equation by finding and plotting ordered pair solutions
  • Graph a linear inequality in two variables

Module 5

  • Read line graphs
  • Decide whether an ordered pair is a solution of a system of linear equations
  • Solve a system of linear equations by graphing
  • Use the substitution method to solve a system of linear equations
  • Use the addition method to solve a system of linear equations
  • Solve real-world problems involving systems of linear equations
  • Graph a system of linear inequalities
Corequisites

Co-requisite Course:  MATH 1000 - Essentials of Algebra - Enhanced

Specific Course Requirements

Good internet conectivity

Lastest version of flash player for MyLabsPlus

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

REQUIRED:

  1. TI-83 (plus) or TI-84 (plus) graphing utility

Cell phones may not be used as calculators.

 

The eBook comes with the MyLabsPlus (MLP) software: Developmental Mathematics Custom Edition for Southwest Tennessee Commut 2016 Pearson Education. You have paid for access to this software  with your tuition.

Students will log in to the website: stcc.mylabsplus.com to access their course modules. Please see my email in your your PAWS account for information on how to log into your MLP account.

Hardware Requirements

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

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
  • Microsoft Edge+
  • IE 10 & 11: some issues+
  • Firefox (latest)+
  • Firefox ESR+
  • Chrome (latest)+
  • 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

Conditional Releases

The coursework in MyLabsPlus was designed with "prerequisite flags" to layer the content in a progressive manner. This means you cannot progress in the course unless prerequisite materials have been completed with mastery scores. These prerequisite materials: Competency lecture, competency homework, competency exam prep, and tests were developed to help you master the developmental math skills that are required to digest the concepts in your co-requiste MATH 1000 Essentials of Algebra (college-level math) curriculum.  There is a mastery score of 100% on the lecture videos (this means you must watch all the video lectures before starting on the competency builder assignment), a mastery score of 80% on the homework assignments, and a mastery score of 90% on the competency exam prep and 70% on competency exams. 

Students who cannot meet these mastery scores should contact their instructor.

There is no extra credit available for this course.

Note: The activities may contain supplemental materials which are not graded, however utilizing these resources will assist you in a better understanding of the curriculum.

Test Out Option

Each module begins with lecture videos, followed by a "competency homework" assignment. If you would like to try to test out of the module you can choose the "Test Out" exam to see if you score a 70% or higher in this competency. You only get 1 try at this "Test Out" option. If you pass the module by the "Test Out" option, please email your instructor immediately so your instructor can assign your "Test Out" score to your Competency Exam score and assign a 100% to the competency exam prep in that module.

Graded Items

Please see below the description of all graded items and their associated weight of each items.

 

   
5 Competency Exam Prep @ 1% each  5%

3 Competency Exams @5% each    

 

Proctored Exam: Competency 3

15%

 

40%

Proctored Exam: Competency 5 40%
Total 100%
   

PASS/FAIL Grading Method

Students must receive a 70% or higher on each Comptency exam to receive a "P" in the course, regardless of their overall score. 

Class Participation:

Students are expected to participate in the discussion boards. Collaboration with fellow classmates is strongly encouraged. Students should log in to PAWS regularly as all communication from your instructor is sent through the PAWS email.

Late Policy:

Students will be given a assignment due date calendar.  Students are encouraged to work ahead of this calendar whenever possible. Students are expected to email their instructor if unforeseen life events occur which prevent their completing assignments on schedule. 

Proctored Exams

The exams in Module 3 for Competency 3 and Module 5 for Competency 5 must be proctored and will be closed-book, closed-notes. Students who wish to try the "Test Out" exam in Module 3 and Module 5 will still need to have this test proctored. The deadline to take the last proctored exam is indicated on your course calendar. This date is the last day that the proctored test may be taken at the end of the semester. 

Grading Scale

70% or higher on ALL COMPETENCY EXAMS :                     P (PASS)

0 - 69 OR AT LEAST ONE COMPETENCY EXAM IS BELOW 70%:       F (FAIL)

Testing Procedure / Policy

There will be two proctored competency exams, Competency 3 and Competency 5, at the midterm and at the end of the semester and each are worth 40% of the overall final score. There will be five competency exam prep that are not proctored that are each worth 1% of the overall final score. There will be three competency exams that are not proctored that are each worth 5% of the overall final score.

Major Assignments

Course Design:

Competency Lecture

These are video lectures covering the topics in the homework assignment. These videos can be watched and rewatched. Students must make 100% (watch all videos) to move on in the module.

It is recommended that students watch these videos at home so that time in class can be spent working on math problems with  individualized instruction by their instructor.

Competency Homework

This assignment contains the TBR competency curriculum. Students must make 80% or higher to move on in the competency curriculum.

Contains built-in tutorials, step-by-step instructions for each problem. Can be worked and reworked as much as needed.

Test Out (OPTIONAL)

This exam is proctored, closed-book, closed notes. Students who make 70% or higher can skip the remaining assignments in the module and move to the next module.

Students get exactly 1 try to test out of the competency.

Students who pass by testing out should inform their instructor. Their instructor must manually enter the “Test Out” score in for the Mastery Exam score in that module.

More Practice A

Students who do not make a 70% or higher on the Test Out, must complete this homework assignment at 100% to move on.

Only missed Test Out problems are included in this assignment, and it contains built-in tutorials, step-by-step instructions for each problem.

Competency Exam Prep

This assignment narrows down the topics and contains practice problems to prepare the students for the Mastery Exam. Students must make a 90% on this assignment before taking the Mastery Exam.

 

Contains built-in tutorials, step-by-step instructions for each problem. Can be worked and reworked as much as needed.

Competency Mastery Exam

This exam is proctored, closed-book, closed notes. Students who make 70% or higher can move to their next module.

This exam does not contain any built-in tutorials.

More Practice B

Students who do not make a 70% or higher on the Mastery Exam, must complete this homework assignment at 100% to move on.

Only missed Test Out problems are included in this assignment, and it contains built-in tutorials, step-by-step instructions for each problem.

Participation / Attendance Policy

Attendance Policy

Student attendance is documented by PAWS and MyLabsPlus logins.

Individual instructors determine specific make-up policies. Students absent from a class might not be allowed to make up missed tests, writing assignments, or other graded work. Missed work will adversely affect final course grades. Documentation of reason for absence is expected.

Participation Policy

Content discussions and content reading on PAWS are required.

Policy on Student Professional Conduct

In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unathorized information in the taking of an exam,
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. 

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of Southwest's student conduct policies. 

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course. 

Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines

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 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
Technical Support

My.Southwest: Submit a Student Technical Support Request. Please provide a full detailed explanation of the problem.

PAWS: For course related questions, contact your instructor. For technical issues with the PAWS website, contact the College Helpdesk at (901) 333-4357.

Student Services
Embedded Librarian Service This service may be found inside PAWS courses.
Two Southwest Librarians are assigned to work with you and your instructor throughout the course for the entire semester. The Librarians will suggest library resources and answer questions sent to "Ask A Librarian".

To contact a Librarian, go to the Classlist and select the "Ask A Librarian" tab.
Student Services Links

Academic Support

The Academic Support Center(ASC) provides free services and resources to help Southwest students successfully reach their academic and career goals. These services include tutoring by peer and master tutors, computer labs, success workshops, academic coaching, early alerts from your instructors and areas for individual or group study at numerous locations. The ASC also provides Supplemental Instruction in some of our general education classes and the Center is also responsible for Academic Progress Reporting so that you will be award of your academic standing during the 5th-6th week of the semester. Online tutoring services are offered through Smarthinking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply login to your PAWS to access this online tutoring resource.

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

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: Available during working hours
  • Bert Bornblum Library: Available during library hours
  • Farris 2131: M-R 8-5:30, F 804:30

Union Avenue

  • Academic Support Center - F Building, Room 319, available during working hours
  • Parrish Library - Available during library hours
  • M105: 8-6:30

Gill

  • 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.

Whitehaven

  • 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.