OnLine Course Syllabus for Beginning Algebra
INDEX
I. Catalog Description
II. Overview and Course Goals
III. Course Objectives and Measurable Learning Outcomes
IV. Course Policies
Student Conduct
On Line Participation
Ground Rules for On line Participation
Academic Honesty
Levels of Communication
V. Grading Policy
VI. Schedule
VII. Course Expectations
Discussion/Conference
Quizzes
Reading/Video
Homework:
Proctored Computerized Midterm/Comprehensive Final Exam:
VIII. Course Materials
Required Text Required Graphing Calculator Optional Tutoring
OnLine Study Guide
IX. Course Schedule
Week 1: The Real Number System
Week 2: The Real Number System
Week 3: Linear Equations In One Variable
Week 4: Linear Inequalities In One Variable , Linear Equations in Two Variables
Week 5: Linear Equations and Inequalities in Two Variables
Week 6: Exponents and Polynomials
Week 7: Exponents and Polynomials, Factoring Polynomials
Week 8: Factoring Polynomials
X.Instructor Information  Debbie McGovney
• phone: 5738934452
• fax: 6365520020
I. Catalog Description
An introduction to the fundamental concepts of algebra. Review of arithmetic
skills, solving
linear equations and inequalities, application problems, graphing lines, and
introduction to
polynomials and factoring. Students must repeat the course if a grade of U, F,
or D is awarded.
There is no prerequisite for this course.
II. Overview and Course Goals
Welcome to Beginning Algebra (MATH 104), on line!
During Week 1, we have an introduction to basic
algebraic concepts, discuss fractions, real
numbers, and learn some algebraic terminology and properties.
During Week 2, we continue the discussion of real numbers and variables.
This includes
addition/ subtraction /multiplication/division of positive and negative numbers ,
the order of
arithmetic operations, and the meaning of exponents.
During Week 3, we learn how to solve linear
equations using the Addition and Multiplication
Principles. We’ll cover solving equations with fractions and percents , and
solving formulas for a
particular variable. We’ll learn how to set up application problems, and then
solve them using
these techniques.
During Week 4, we apply the techniques to solving
linear inequalities. We’ll look at graphing,
and learn how to graph linear equations in two variables, both by hand and using
a graphing
calculator. You will take a proctored computerized midterm exam sometime on
Wednesday –
Saturday of this week.
During Week 5, we’ll take a closer look at
graphing. We’ll cover the calculation and meaning
of slope, various ways in which the equation of a line can be written, and look
at graphing linear
inequalities in two variables.
During Week 6, we cover exponents and polynomials
in more detail. We’ll discuss polynomial
operations including addition , subtraction, multiplication, and division of
polynomial
expressions.
During Week 7, we’ll finish the discussion of
exponents by looking at rules governing negative
exponents, and learn how to use scientific notation when working with very
large/small numbers.
We’ll then learn several methods used to determine the factors of a polynomial.
During Week 8, we’ll practice the factoring skills
learned in Week 7, and then use factoring to
solve quadratic equations . You will also take a proctored computerized final
exam on
Wednesday  Saturday of this week
VI. Schedule
• Homework/Discussion Assignments (due
throughout the week of weeks 18): 15%
of course grade. In weeks 1  7, there will be 12 homework/discussion points
possible each week. In week 8, there will be 6 homework/discussion points
possible,
for a total of 90 points.
• Quizzes (due Saturday at Midnight of weeks 18, the two lowest quiz
scores will be
dropped in weeks 7 and 8): 10% of course grade. Each quiz counts 10 points, 60
points for session. Late quizzes will not earn credit.
• MidTerm Exam (end of week 4): 35% of course grade. Counts 210 points
• Final Exam (end of week 8): 40% of course grade. Counts 240 points.
Final grades will be determined as follows:
ASSIGNMENT 
POINTS 
ITEM PERCENTAGE 
Discussion /Homework 
90 
15% 
Quizzes 
60 
10% 
Midterm Exam 
210 
35% 
Final Exam 
240 
40% 
Total 
600 
100% 
WEEK

ASSIGNMENT

POSSIBLE
POINTS 
DUE DATE (ALL TIMES IN
CENTRAL TIME) 
Week 1 
1 Introductory Posting in D2L 
2 
Within 2 days of you joining the
class. 

MyMathLab Homework Assignment in
CourseCompass 
8 
Midnight, Friday, June 5, 2009 

1 Math Discussion Posting in D2L 
2 
Midnight, Friday, June 5, 2009 

Week 1 Quiz 
10 
Midnight, Saturday, June 6, 2009 




Week 2 
MyMathLab Homework Assignment in
CourseCompass 
8 
Midnight, Friday, June 12, 2009 

1 Math Discussion Posting in D2L 
4 
Midnight, Friday, June 12, 2009 

Week 2 Quiz 
10 
Midnight, Saturday, June 13, 2009 








Week 3 
MyMathLab Homework Assignment in
CourseCompass 
8 
Midnight, Friday, June 19, 2009 

1 Math Discussion Posting in D2L 
4 
Midnight, Friday, June 19, 2009 

Week 3 Quiz 
10 
Midnight, Saturday, June 20, 2009 




Week 4 
MyMathLab Homework Assignment in
CourseCompass 
8 
Midnight, Friday, June 26, 2009 

1 Math Discussion Posting in D2L 
4 
Midnight, Friday, June 26, 2009 

Week 4 Quiz 
10 
Midnight, Saturday, June 27, 2009 

2 hour Proctored Computerized Midterm
Exam 
210 
May be taken any time June 24, 25,
26, or 27, 2009 




Week 5 
MyMathLab Homework Assignment in
CourseCompass 
8 
Midnight, Friday, July 3, 2009 

1 Math Discussion Posting in D2L 
4 
Midnight, Friday, July 3, 2009 

Week 5 Quiz 
10 
Midnight, Saturday, July 4, 2009 




Week 6 
MyMathLab Homework Assignment in
CourseCompass 
8 
Midnight, Friday, July 10, 2009 

1 Math Discussion Posting in D2L 
4 
Midnight, Friday, July 10, 2009 

Week 6 Quiz 
10 
Midnight, Saturday, July 11, 2009 




Week 7 
MyMathLab Homework Assignment in
CourseCompass 
8 
Midnight, Friday, July 17, 2009 

1 Math Discussion Posting in D2L 
4 
Midnight, Friday, July 17, 2009 

Week 7 Quiz 
10 (First of two lowest quiz scores is
dropped) 
Midnight, Saturday, July 18, 2009 




Week 8 
MyMathLab Homework Assignment in
CourseCompass 
4 
Midnight, Friday, July 24, 2009 

1 Math Discussion Posting in D2L 
2 
Midnight, Friday, July 24, 2009 

Week 8 Quiz 
10 (Second of two lowest quiz scores
is dropped) 
Midnight, Saturday, July 25, 2009 

2 hour Proctored Computerized Final
Exam 
240 
May be taken any time July 22, 23,
24, or 25, 2009 
VII. Course Expectations
Homework: Each week, you will be assigned a number of problems to
complete in the
MyMathLab area that comes with the course materials. Homework assignments must
be
submitted before midnight on Friday, central time. Late submissions will not
receive credit.
Discussion: Each week, you will be required to do 1
math discussion posting in the
Discussion area of D2L. Week 1 also requires an introduction posting.
Quizzes: Each week, a quiz is posted in the Content area of D2L by noon
on Tuesday
and is due by midnight on Saturday, central time. You will submit your answers
in the Quizzes
area of D2L. The quizzes will be closely related to the suggested homework
problems assigned
for the week (see below in the weekly guide). In weeks 7 and 8, the two lowest
quiz scores will
be dropped. Late quizzes will not receive credit.
Week 1: Introduction to Algebra, Fractions, Real
Numbers, Basic Rules of
Algebra  Reading: Sections 1.1 – 1.4, pp. 152
Week 2: Working with Real Numbers, Exponents, Order of Operations , and
Mathematical Models  Reading: Sections 1.5 – 1.8, pp. 5393
Week 3: Solving Linear Equations, Formulas and Percents, Problem Solving 
Reading: Sections 2.1 – 2.5, pp. 107158
Week 4: Solving Linear Inequalities, Graphing Equations in Two Variables –
Reading: Sections: 2.6. 4.1, 4.2, pp. 159171, 223245
Week 5: Slope of a Line , SlopeIntercept and PointSlope Equations of a Line,
Linear Inequalities in Two Variables – Reading: Sections 4.3 – 4.6, pp.
247278
Week 6: Working with Exponents and Polynomials – Reading: Sections 6.1 –
6.5, pp. 342383
Week 7: Negative Exponents, Scientific Notation,
Factoring Polynomials –
Reading: Sections 6.7, 7.1  7.4, pp. 393403, 413444
Week 8: Review of Factoring, Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring –
Reading: Sections 7.5 and 7.6 pp. 446463
X. Instructor Information – Debbie McGovney  I
received my
Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the University of Iowa, Iowa City and
my Master's degree in Mathematics Education from the University of
Missouri, Columbia. I have been teaching Math for 23 years and for
Columbia College for 13 years. I have been teaching online classes for four
years.
Telephone: (573) 893 4452
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