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Math 0097

Georgia Highlands College

Course Syllabus  ̶  MATH 0097, Elementary Algebra

Fall Semester 2012

Class:       MATH 0097, Elementary Algebra

    Room W-253

Course Description:

This course is a review of beginning algebra. Topics include properties of numbers, linear equations and inequalities, quadratic equations, multiplying and factoring polynomials, rational expressions and roots.

This is a 4 hour course.  In addition to two weekly class meetings, students are required to spend an additional 70 minutes working in the mathematics lab located in the Library.  Lab time will be part of the student’s grade.

Prerequisites: Satisfactory placement scores

Instructor:   Harriet Kiser

Office:          Office W-343, Floyd Campus

Office Hours: 

Please note that additional office hours are available after class and by appointment. Students are strongly encouraged to schedule a meeting with the instructor whenever necessary to discuss class policies or course material. 












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Required Materials:  MyMathLab, includes etext of Introductory & Intermediate Algebra For College Students, 4th Edition, Robert Blitzer

Calculator Policy:  Students may use calculators on exams, with the exception that no calculators will be allowed on the pre-test or post-test exam for Module #1.  No other electronic devices may be used during exams and will result in an automatic F on the exam.

Course Content:  Chapters 1 – 6

Grading Policies:

  • Five Exams.  (80% of grade)
    • All students must take a pre-test for each of the six assigned modules.  If the student scores an 80 or above of the pre-test, he or she receives credit for the module.  The student’s grade for the module will be their pre-test grade.
    • Homework for the module will be created based on what material was missed on the exam.  After working through this material, students will then be allowed to take a post-test. 
    • Students must finish all assigned homework and the quiz for a given exam to be eligible to take the post-test.  A score of 80 or higher on each assignment is needed to receive credit.
    • A student must score an 80 or higher on the post-test to receive credit for the module.  The student’s grade for the module will be their score on the post-test.
    • Students scoring above a 60 but below an 80 on the post-test may take a retest the next class meeting.
    • Students scoring below a 60 on the post-test must redo the chapter review and quiz to be eligible to retest.
    • If a student scores below an 80 on the retest, he or she will be assigned a new set of homework for the module based on what was missed on the exam.  Once these assignments are completed, the student can take a second retest.
    • If the student does not score above an 80 on their third attempt, the instructor will work with the student developing a plan.  This may include require Tutorial Center visits or additional lab time. 
    • Students scoring above an 80 on the pretest wanting to improve their grade may take the post-test.  Whichever grade is higher will be their grade for the module.
  • Lab Time (10% of grade)
    • Each week will be worth 100 points under the Lab Time category.
    • To receive full credit, students must log-in 70 minutes worth of time in the Mathematics lab located in the Library.  This time must be spent in the lab working.
    • If a student puts in between 35 minutes and 69 minutes, they will receive 50 points for the week.
    • If a student spends less than 35 minutes of lab time in a week, the student will receive a 0 for the week.
    • Extra lab time from previous weeks will not carry over to the next week.
    • Students who finish their course material for the entire semester do not have to come to the lab.  Once a student has completed the coursework for the entire semester, they will receive Lab Time credit for the weeks between when they have finished and the end of the semester.
  • Daily Grade (10% of grade)
    • Students will receive a daily grade at each class meeting for work done in class.
    • Students must be on time and stay entire class time to receive Daily Grade.
    • Students who spend class time on anything other than assignments for this class will forfeit their Daily Grade for that class meeting
    • Students who finish their course material for the entire semester do not have to come to class.  Once a student has completed the coursework for the entire semester, they will receive Daily Grade credit for the days between when they have finished and the last end of the semester.
    • Rules for daily grade:
  • Each class meeting will be worth 100 points under the Daily Grade category.
  • Students who are late to class will lose 25 points of their daily grade for that day for up to the first 10 minutes late.  Students will lose an additional 25 points for each 10 minutes after that.
  • Students who leave early after discussing the situation with the instructor will lose 50 points for the day.  The student must attend at least an hour of class to receive any points.
  • Students who leave class without speaking to the instructor will lose 100 points of their daily grade for that day.
  • Students that are not working on their material will lose 50 points for the first infraction and the remainder of their daily grade for the second time.
  • Students that use any type of electronic device in class (with the exception of an instructor approved calculator) lose 50 points for the first infraction and the remainder of their daily grade for the second time.
  • Students utilizing the computer for anything other than their computer homework program will lose 50 points for the first infraction and the remainder of their daily grade for the second time.

The 10 point grading scale (90%—100% = A, 80%—90% = B, etc.) will apply.

A%, B%, C%, IP, and F% are potential grades in this course.

An IP means IN PROGRESS and is awarded to students who finish 3 or more modules but do not complete all 5.  Students that finish fewer than 3 modules will receive an F.

Note: There is no D grade.  Students with an average below 70% will receive an F in the course.

Note: This is a tentative schedule and the instructor reserves the prerogative of altering the above plans as circumstances dictate.

Academic Policies:

Students who simply quit attending class without officially withdrawing will receive a grade of F% in the class.


Early Warning Program:  Georgia Highlands College requires that all faculty members report their students' progress throughout the course of the semester as part of the institution-wide Early Warning Program (EWP).  The objective of the program is to support academic success by reviewing early indicators of satisfactory student progress.  In accordance with EWP, faculty members provide the Registrar's Office with academic reports of each student enrolled in their course(s) at checkpoints staggered throughout the semester.  The following success factors are reported at their corresponding checkpoint:

  • Week 2: Notification of Non-attendance
  • Week 5: Evidence of Course Pursuit
  • Week 8: Mid-term Grades

Midterm Date: October 10

Last Day to Withdraw without Academic Penalty: October 23

Withdrawals after this date are subject to approval by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and will be issued only in cases of extreme emergency or hardship.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students completing this course should satisfy the following goal and learning outcomes:

    * Students will be able to demonstrate algebraic skills in solving equations. Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to apply mathematical thought and methods.

    * Students will be able to graph an abstract function.

    * Students will be able to model concrete problems and arrive at solutions.

    * Students will be able to demonstrate algebraic skills in solving inequalities.

    * Students will be able to use appropriate technology to enhance mathematical thinking and understanding.

Class Attendance:

Due to MATH0099 being a developmental course, if a student is absent for more than 15% of the course, he/she will not be allowed to turn in any make-up work until gaining permission directly from the Director of Academic Support.

Academic Dishonesty: 

Cheating will not be tolerated in this class.  If the instructor suspects a student of cheating, the instructor will notify the student of the allegations outside of class.  Then, the allegations will be referred to the Director of Student Life for appropriate action.  The procedures and penalties implemented both by the instructor and the Director of Student Life shall be in accordance with the college's Academic Integrity Policy, online at:


Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance:        

Students who feel they need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should make an appointment with the Access Center (Disabilities Support office:  Floyd location, 706.802.5003; Cartersville location, 678.872.8009).  Access Center personnel will offer information and guidance, as well as coordinate reasonable accommodations under ADA. Students are welcome to contact the instructor privately, outside of class, to discuss specific accommodation requests.

Special Note to Students Receiving Financial Aid:

This message applies only to students receiving financial aid:  Federal regulations state that if a student did not attend classes and received failing grades, then the grades were not earned and financial aid needs to be reduced accordingly.  Please be advised that any student receiving a 0.00 GPA will be required to prove that the 0.00 GPA was earned by attending classes or completing requirements for each classStudents who have earned at least one passing grade for the semester will not be affected by this regulation.  If a student has properly withdrawn from all classes, the student’s financial aid should be adjusted from the time they signed the withdrawal form. 

Inclement Weather Policy:

If there is inclement weather, the college posts necessary announcements at http://www.highlands.edu. Check the web site for updates, if possible.

In Conclusion:

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns during the semester, please feel free to contact me.



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