  # Beginning Algebra Course Outline

I. COURSE/CATALOG DESCRIPTION:
A one-semester course which covers the material generally included in a
first year high school algebra course. Topics covered include the real
number system, variable expressions, solving equations , polynomials,
factoring rational expressions, graphs and linear equations , systems of linear

II. A. PREREQUISITES, if any:
None

B. COREQUISITES, if any:
None

C. RECOMMENDED PREPARATION, if any:
Appropriate placement recommendation or MATH 070 with a grade of "C" or higher. Course must be taken on a "letter-grade" basis only. Course may be taken on a "credit" basis or for a letter grade. Course must be taken on a "credit" basis only.

IV. MEASURABLE COURSE OBJECTIVES AND MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR GRADE OF "C":
1. The student will demonstrate an understanding and comprehension of basic ideas and
elementary concepts of arithmetic.

2. The student will demonstrate a general understanding of the meaning of variable
expressions of a symbolic nature.

3. The student will demonstrate skills in solving first degree equations.

4. The student will demonstrate the ability to solve many problems in diverse areas, in a
step-by-step manner, when dealing with applications.

5. The student will develop manipulation skills when operating polynomials.

6. The student will demonstrate the various types of factoring and be cognizant of the
factoring process.

7. The student will demonstrate an understanding of skills in operations with and
simplifications of rational expressions.

8. The student will demonstrate a visual understanding of the Cartesian Coordinate
System and linear graphs .

9. The student will demonstrate the ability to solve linear systems of equations both
algebraically and graphically.

10. The student will demonstrate the ability to solve linear inequalities algebraically and
be able to present the solutions graphically.

11. The student will apply a basic understanding of the rules of radicals, their usage in the
simplification and in the solution of radical equations.

V. CORE CONTENT TO BE COVERED IN ALL SECTIONS:

VI. METHOD OF EVALUATION TO DETERMINE IF OBJECTIVES HAVE BEEN MET BY
STUDENTS:
(check all that apply)

Essay Class Activity Written Assignments Problem Solving Exercise Final Exam Oral Assignments Skill Demonstration Objective Quizzes Other VII. INSTRUCTIONAL METHODOLOGY: (Check all that apply)

Lecture Discussion Demonstration Audio Visual Activity Group Lab Activity Computer Assisted Instruction Individual Simulation/ Assistance Case Study On-Line Two (2) hours of independent work done out of class per each hour of lecture or class work, or 3 hours lab, practicum, or the
equivalent per unit.

Other VIII. TEXTBOOK(S) AND SUPPLEMENT(S):

Aufmann, R., Barker, V. and Lockwood, J. Beginning Algebra with Applications. 6th edition. Boston:
Houghton Mifflin, 2004.

Angel, A., Semmler, R. and Petrie, D. Elementary Algebra for College Students (Early Graphing). 2nd
Edition. Prentice Hall, 2004.

Kinney, P., and Robertson, D. Interactive Mathematics Elementary Algebra. 1st. edition. Plato Learning,
2004.

Bittinger, M. and Ellengogen, D. Elementary Algebra. 7th edition. Addison Wesley, 2006.
Gustafson, R. and Frisk, P. Beginning Algebra. 7th edition. Brooks/Cole, 2005.

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