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Georgia Highlands College

Course Syllabus  ̶  MATH 0989, Foundations of College Algebra

Summer Semester 2014

Class:       MATH 0989, Foundations of College Algebra

     CRN 50255, MW 11:15 am – 2:35 pm, Room 164

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.

Prerequisites: Satisfactory placement scores

Instructor:    Kelly Shane

Office:          Office W-221 Floyd Campus

Office Hours:         

Instructor will be available before or 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.

 Contact Information:       

Direct Number to Office


E-mail Address

kshane@highlands.edu (Try email first.)

Web Site Address



Required Materials:  MyMathLab, includes electronic version 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 Test 1.  No other electronic may be used during exams and will result in an automatic 0 on the exam.

Course Content:  Chapters  1 – 11, selected topics

Grading Policies:

  • Exams (75%)
    • Five exams and a final will be given during the semester. Each exam and the final will count 100 points. 
    • There will be no make-up exams.
    • The final exam will be cumulative.  If the score on the final is higher than the student’s lowest exam grade, the grade will be replaced with the score from the final.
    • Date of Final: Monday, August 4, 10:00 am
  • Quizzes (10%)
    • Quizzes will be given daily.
    • There will be no make-up quizzes.
    • The lowest quiz grade will be dropped.
  • Homework (8%)
    • Homework will be due every class from MyMathLab.
    • Computer homework will be due at the beginning of the next class meeting.
    • Students will lose 10% per day of credit to questions completed after the due date.
  • Notebook (7%)
    • The notebook will be checked every class meeting at the beginning of class.
    • It must be written in pencil.
    • It must include all questions worked from the MyMathLab assignments.
    • Write out enough of the question to be able to check it.  (Write out equations, etc.)
    • Write problem number.  Each problem has a number in the form Chapter.Section.Problem.  (Example: 6.5.31 means Chapter 6, Section 5, Problem 31)  This is the number you need to write down. 
    • Show steps or no credit will be given. 
    • All graphs must be drawn in notebook.
    • There will be allowances for one late notebook homework assignment over the course of the semester.

The following grading scale will apply:

  • A% - 90%-100%
  • B% - 80%-89%
  • C% - 70%-79%
  • F% - less than 70%   

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

Note: There is no D grade in MATH 0989.  Students with an average below 70% will receive an F% in the course.

Note: Please keep a copy of all graded tests, homework and all other relevant documents from the course until the end of the semester.  If a student needs to go through a grade appeals process for any reason, without documentation, the appeals process will become weak for them to establish a case.

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 6: Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory Progress

Last Day to Withdraw without Academic Penalty: July  8

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 MATH 0989 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.

Early Grades Statement:  GHC offers a variety of part-of-term classes to allow our students to have flexible schedules.  However, there are only three Semesters each year; Spring, Summer and Fall.  It is only at the end of each Semester that grades are rolled to academic history and available on the official transcript.  After each part-of-term, as soon as Instructors have entered grades, they may be viewed online by logging into the SCORE (https://discovery.highlands.edu:9986/pls/SCORE/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin).  Transcripts may also be request at any time by logging into the SCORE.  Prior to the end of term, should a student need an early grade letter sent to another institution they may complete the request form and submit it to the Registrar’s Office for processing (http://www2.highlands.edu/site/registrar-forms).  Please contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@highlands.edu if you need any assistance.

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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