# Course Syllabus for Basic Concepts of Mathematics

**COURSE OBJECTIVE:** Pre-algebra and beginning algebra
topics: arithmetic of real numbers and polynomials (including

factoring); solving linear equations; graphing in two variables; applications
and modeling. Students required to take this

course must complete it with a C- or better within four quarters of enrollment
or face suspension/dismissal. ASC 080 and the

next required level of pre-college algebra, MATH 090, do not count toward
graduation in any degree program. Thus,

students who have taken these two courses must complete at least 190 hours to
graduate.

**PREREQUISITE: **One of the following is required for
enrollment in this course:

• Qualification through the department’s placement exam

**TEXTBOOK and SPECIAL EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENT:
**• Introductory Algebra, An Applied Approach, 7th Edition, Aufmann, Barker,
Lockwood, Houghton Mifflin, 2006.

• Text specific DVD’s are available in the library.

• Graphing calculator (TI-83 or TI-84 series is preferred). Calculators may not be shared for any graded activity.

Calculators that can do symbolic manipulation are not allowed (i.e. TI-89, TI-92, TI-Nspire, or similar HP, Casio, or

Sharp calculators).

**GRADING SCALE:
**A- (90-92); A (93-100)

B- (80-82); B (83-86); B+ (87-89)

C- (70-72); C (73-76); C+ (77-79)

D (60-66); D+ (67-69)

F (0-60)

**EVALUATION METHOD:
**Homework: 5% -- Assigned problems for each lesson; turned in the following
class. Homework is NOT objectively graded.

Quizzes: 15% -- See schedule; lowest grade is dropped.

Tests: 50% -- See schedule; thorough testing of concepts and procedures.

Exam: 30% -- Comprehensive. The exam must be passed to pass the course.

I recommend you keep all returned papers for review and grade verification.

**UNITS OF INSTRUCTION:
**1.1-1.8; 2.1-2.3; 3.1-3.6; 4.1-4.5; 5.1-5.4; 6.6-6.7; 7.1-7.4; 10.1-10.2

**ATTENDANCE POLICY:
**• You are expected to attend each class. If you should miss a class, you are
still responsible for the material covered in

your absence.

• You are expected to take the tests/quizzes on the scheduled night even if you missed the previous class. Missed

tests/quizzes are recorded as zeros. If you should miss a test/quiz due to extreme circumstances beyond your control,

effort should be made to make up the test/quiz before the next class. “I’m not ready” is not a valid excuse to miss a test

or quiz!

**PARTICIPATION:** Mathematics is not a spectator
sport!

Students are expected to:

1. read as a part of learning mathematics,

2. be actively involved in problem solving, and

3. discuss the mathematics they are learning.

Active involvement is vital in learning mathematics. Your participation helps us
to diagnose strengths and weaknesses

before the formal test evaluation.

Practice is a necessary part of learning mathematics. As
such, all exercises are suggested as practice problems. Specific

homework problems will be assigned from the text daily, but are typically not
collected for grading. The list will offer

minimal coverage of the material. Work as many problems as are necessary for you
to master the material. When you feel

confident with the material for a particular lesson, turn in your work for
completion credit.

**WORKLOAD:** “Students are expected to spend three
hours per week (including class hours) in study for each quarter hour

of credit attempted” (Otterbein College Course Catalog, p. 300). As such, this 5
credit hour class requires 15 hours per week.

Five hours are in class, leaving ten hours outside of class. It is highly
recommended this time be spread over several days, as

daily interaction with the material generally maximizes learning. If possible, I
recommend your involvement in study groups

of other class members. Cooperative learning is a valuable learning technique.

**ELECTRONIC DEVICES IN THE CLASSROOM: **As a courtesy
to your fellow classmates and instructor, please turn

off your cell phone, beeper, or anything else that might cause a disturbance
during class. Thank you!!

**ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT POLICY: **Students are encouraged
to help each other learn the course material. Unless

specifically prohibited, you may discuss homework problems with one another.
Participants in these discussions usually

enjoy the benefit of deeper and greater learning. However, all work submitted
for evaluation that is based on discussions

with others must be your own work. Any work submitted for evaluation that
includes work done by another, or copying of

another’s work, is a case of misconduct. When academic misconduct is found in
any assignment or examination submitted

for evaluation, the student will receive a zero grade for that assignment or
exam. The misconduct will be reported to the

Office of the Academic Dean, and if a previous academic misconduct offense is on
your record, you will receive a grade of F

for the course and a referral to the judicial system of the college.

**DISABILITY SERVICES: **Students with disabilities
must have them documented and registered with the Academic

Support Center if they wish to be granted special treatment (extra time on
tests, quiet environment, etc.).

**OFFICE HOURS and SUPPORT:
**• I should be in the classroom at least 15-30 min. before each class and
will stay after class as needed.

• The Academic Support Center on the second floor of the library offers walk-in tutoring for this course (extension 1610).

• One or more copies of the text, the student study and solutions guide, and a text-related graphing calculator guide are on

closed reserve in the library.

• A variety of general math helps are available on the Internet. See me if you have trouble finding them.