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Math 97 Syllabus

Text Box: This syllabus presents a tentative plan for the course.  Deviations may be necessary.MATH 0097 Beginning Algebra

Course Syllabus

Summer Semester 2013


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Douglasville 129

Paulding Tutorial Center



11:15am – 2:35pm


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Course Description:  This course is a review of beginning algebra. Topics include properties of numbers, linear equations and inequalities, quadratic equations, and multiplying and factoring polynomials.


Instructor:   Melanie Largin

E-mail:          mlargin@highlands.edu


Office Hours:         Office hours are as follows but are subject to change:

Douglasville:  MW 7:30am - 8:30am and M 2:30pm - 3pm in Room 135

Paulding:  W 2:30pm - 3pm in Tutorial Center


Textbook & Software  Bundle: Introductory & Intermediate Algebra for College Students, Fourth edition, Robert Blitzer, Pearson Publishing – MyMathLab bundle


Textbook Web Site:  mymathlab.com to access software and course information


Course Content: Selected sections as outlined on the course assignment list.  Additionally, COMPASS review material will be included in the course.


Grading Policies:  A, B, C, F, and IP are potential grades in this course with criteria as follows:


                                                A – 90 to 100

                                                B – 80 to 89

                                                C – 70 to 79

F – Below 70 – Indicates a student has not earned grades in Math 97 sufficient to continue on to Math 99

IP – means IN PROGRESS and is awarded at the discretion of the instructor, instead of an F, for students who are not eligible to proceed to Math 0099 but who demonstrated progress throughout the semester.


If a student simply quits attending class without officially withdrawing, the student will receive a grade of F in the class.


Grades are calculated based on the following percentages:


                                                5  Tests                                               55%

                                                5  Study Guides                                  10%

                                                5  Test Reviews                                  10%

                                                MyMathLab Online Homework            15%

                                                Compass Packet                                 10%


In order to complete Learning Support requirements for mathematics, students must earn a grade of C or better in MATH 0099 and pass the COMPASS exit exam with a score of 40 or higher.


Each student is responsible for keeping track of his or her own grades and all graded assignments that are returned.  If a student has a question about a grade, it can only be addressed with appropriate documentation.


Calculator/Software/Internet Use:

·        Each student taking this course needs access to a TI-83 or equivalent graphing/scientific calculator. 

·       Each student will need access to his or her Georgia Highlands email account for official course communication as well as the Hawkes homework system.

·       Use of calculators is allowed during exams EXCEPT for the first exam in Math 97.

·        Sharing calculators during exams is not permitted.

·        Students are encouraged to use computer software, Internet resources, and calculators to complete homework assignments and to prepare for exams unless specifically noted by the instructor. 


Academic Policies



If a student simply quits attending class without officially withdrawing, the student will receive a grade of F in the class. The last day for officially withdrawing from class without grade penalty is 7/3/13.  Withdrawals after mid-semester are subject to approval by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and will be issued only in cases of extreme emergency or hardship.


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 (6/12/13)

Week 5: Evidence of Course Pursuit (N/A)

Week 8: Mid-term Grades (6/26/13)


Student Conduct and Academic Integrity

Policies on student conduct and academic integrity can be accessed at http://www2.highlands.edu/academics/academicaffairs/academ.htm or through GeorgiaVIEW Vista

            Some items specific to this class include the following policies:

Cell phones must be kept on vibrate.  If you receive a call during class that must be answered, step outside the classroom before you answer it.   You may not send text messages during class.  If I observe you texting, you will be asked to leave the room for the rest of the class period.  You are responsible for any notes or work missed.

You may not use a cell phone calculator during any test, nor may you have your cell phone out during testing.  Violation of this rule will result in a 0 on the test.

Laptops are allowed only if you can demonstrate to me that you are taking math notes during class.  Any other type of laptop activity will not be allowed and if it is observed, you will be asked to leave the room for the rest of the class period.  You are responsible for any notes or work missed.

If you must leave the room, do so quietly and return in the same manner.  Excessive exits and entrances are not allowed and if deemed distractive you will be asked to the leave the room for the rest of the class period.  You are responsible for any notes or work missed.




 Learning Support Rules

Policies from the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) govern Learning Support programs at all USG schools with limited adjustment by Georgia Highlands College. The following policies are most important to Learning Support students.


Enroll for Learning Support courses first and do not withdraw from Learning Support courses


1. During each semester of enrollment any student (full or part-time) must first register for all required Learning Support courses before being allowed to register for other courses. Students requiring developmental courses in two or more areas may be allowed to enroll in two Learning Support courses along with an "activity course." Activity courses at GHC are Physical Education courses and FCST 1010 and 1020.

2. Students enrolled in both Learning Support and credit courses may not withdraw from Learning Support courses unless they also withdraw from credit courses.


Take FCST 1010 with any Learning Support requirements


Beginning in Fall 2012, students who enter the college with any Learning Support requirement must take The College Experience (FCST 1010) within the first two semesters of enrollment.


Complete a Learning Support "area" within a limited number of attempts to avoid USG suspension


1. A student must complete requirements in Learning Support English or Learning Support Reading within two attempts. If ENGL 0099 or READ 0099 is not passed within two attempts, the student is suspended from institutions in the University System of Georgia.

2. For Learning Support Math, the "area" consists of two courses, MATH 0097 and MATH 0099. Both courses must be passed within the same three attempts. For example, a student who takes and passes MATH 0097 in one term

has used one attempt. The next term, if the student takes MATH 0099 and fails, the student has used two attempts. In the following term, the student must take and pass MATH 0099. If both classes are not passed within the same three attempts, the student is suspended from institutions in the University System of Georgia for one year.

3. All time spent in Learning Support courses is cumulative within the University System of Georgia. All attempts at all USG institutions are included in the attempts rules.

4. For students entering the college in Spring 2012 or later, no appeals for additional attempts will be permitted except for those who have qualifying disabilities documented with GHC's Student Support Services office.

5. After a one-year Learning Support suspension, GHC may readmit a suspended student or another USG institution may admit the student.


Complete Learning Support requirements before earning 30 hours of academic credit


1. A student may not accumulate more than 30 hours of academic credit before completing ALL Learning Support requirements. A student who accumulates 30 hours of academic credit and has not successfully completed required Learning Support courses may enroll ONLY in Learning Support courses until requirements are successfully completed


2. A transfer Learning Support student who has not exceeded three attempts may be granted semester hours to exit an area(s) if that student was making appropriate progress at the sending institution and is ready for the exit level course at GHC.


Students in a career program, rather than a transfer program, must check with an advisor to determine how these policies apply.

Receipt of any form of financial aid may require that students complete all Learning Support courses within a specified time. Contact GHC's Financial Aid office at finaid@highlands.edu for more information.

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Additional information regarding the Learning Support policies and procedures can be accessed at http://www2.highlands.edu/academics/support/index.htm.

Please refer to the Georgia Highlands College catalog or web site for other general academic information.


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 class.  Students 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. 


Student Learning Outcomes: Each student completing MATH 0099 should meet the following goal and expected results.

Team Goal—Mathematics: The student will be able to demonstrate the ability to apply mathematical thought and methods.

Related Team Outcomes

·       Students will be able to demonstrate algebraic skills in solving equations.

·       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.


Attendance: Students are expected to attend each and every scheduled class session. Since lectures begin promptly at the scheduled time, students are encouraged to avoid arriving late to class. Roll will be taken during each class session.


If a student misses 2 or more classes, he or she must receive permission from the chair of the Academic Success and eLearning Department (Dr. Diane Langston – 706/295-6357) in order to continue to attend the class.  If permission is not received, the student will be administratively withdrawn from the class and must re-register for the same class in the next term.


Assignment Due Dates, Late Work, Extra Credit and Make-up Work


·        Homework assignments are based on the sections noted on the class schedule and are due the day before every test day by Midnight.  All homework is to be completed within the MyMathLab online system.  Additional homework assignments may be referenced and assigned in class.


·        As the instructor determines, classwork will be given at random throughout the term.  It is done and graded in class and earns you extra points on your next test.  If you are not present when the assignment is given, or leave before it is graded, you will not earn these extra points.  Classwork cannot be made-up.


·        Study guides are completed outside of class before a test, are turned in with the test, and can be used on the test itself.  Study guides not turned in with the test can still be turned in but will carry a 10-point deduction.  Full answers to each study guide will be available for review prior to the actual test.  Before the study guide is turned in, for full credit, it should be corrected.


·        If a student misses a test for whatever reason, then he or she will receive a grade of zero on that test.  However, the final in this class is optional and can be used to either replace a zero or some other low test grade.  If prior arrangements have been made with the instructor a test may be given early.  Only in the case of a documented excused absence will a make-up test be allowed after the test has been given in regular class and even then, the make-up must be completed within 5 days of the originally scheduled test.


·        There are no re-takes on tests.  If you enter the classroom and receive a test, the grade counts.


·        After each test, an additional test review will be available through MyMathLab and will give you an opportunity to practice items you may have missed on the test.  They can be taken as many times as you wish before the end of the term.


·        A Compass Practice assignment will also be done in D2L.  This is due the last day of class as noted on the class schedule.  This assignment can be done as many times as you wish up until the due date.


·        There is no extra credit work.



Tutorial Center


For extra help with this class, GHC has a tutorial center that can provide assistance.  Their schedule can be found at the following website:





Extended Absence Policy:  Students, who have circumstances that prevent them from continuing to attend classes over an extended period of time, sometimes request that the faculty member permit them to submit work in absentia to receive credit to complete the course. If the concurrent absences will constitute more than 15% of the class sessions for the term, then written permission from the Division Chair is required before any course assignments can be completed while missing class.  The student must be in good academic standing in the course to make the request.  All approved coursework must be completed by the end of the semester in which the course was begun.


Cheating:  Cheating (or even the appearance of cheating) will not be tolerated in this class. Any student that the instructor suspects of cheating will be removed from the testing area. The issue will then be referred to the appropriate Georgia Highlands College committee for investigation.


ADA: If anyone in the class feels that he/she needs accommodation due to a disability, please feel free to discuss this with the instructor early in the term. Georgia Highlands College has resources available for students with certain disabilities. Accommodations may be made (such as providing materials in alternative formats, assuring physical access to classrooms or being sensitive to interaction difficulties that may be posed by communication and/or learning disabilities) through Student Support Services on all campuses. For more information please contact: Cartersville 678-872-8004; Douglasville and Floyd 706-368-7536; Marietta 678-915-5021; Paulding 678-946-1029



School Closing:  If there is inclement weather, please note the following:


·       Decisions about weather status are sometimes made between 5-6 AM.

·       Information is sent to Channel 11 (WXIA-TV in Atlanta) and various radio stations.

·       Be advised that station regulations may not allow for clarity in location-specific announcements such as “Georgia Highlands, Cartersville only.”  Generally speaking, stations simply broadcast something like “Georgia Highlands is closed.”  Due to geography one location might be closed and not the others. 

·       Depending on the circumstances, both day and night classes may be closed or one or the other.  This is not always stated clearly in the media.

·       If Southern Polytechnic State University closes, then the GHC classes there are closed regardless of other locations of GHC.

·       The college web site is probably the best source of information – www.highlands.edu

·       GHC does not make up classes missed due to weather closings.



Georgia Highlands College believes it is important to establish a clear policy that specifically addresses weapons in the workplace.  Georgia Highlands College prohibits all persons who enter the college property from carrying a handgun, firearm, or prohibited weapon of any kind onto the property regardless of whether the person is licensed to carry the weapon or not.  The only exceptions to this policy are police officers, security guards, or other law enforcement persons who are on duty, in uniform and or performing in an official capacity.

This policy also prohibits weapons at any College sponsored functions such as parties or picnics.  Prohibited weapons include any form of weapon or explosive restricted under local, state, or federal regulation.  This includes all firearms, illegal knives, or other weapons covered by the law.  (Legal, chemical-dispensing devices such as pepper sprays that are sold commercially for personal protection are not covered by this policy.)  You are responsible for making sure that any potentially covered item you possess is not prohibited by this policy.  If you have a question about whether an item is covered by this policy, or if you become aware of anyone violating this policy, please report it to Security or Human Resources immediately.  For additional and more detailed information on this Policy please consult the Georgia Highlands College Policy and Procedures Manual.

Approved – President’s Cabinet (7/28/08)

There are resources available to you if you are experiencing academic or personal difficulties or need help with academic advising.  Please go to the hub area in Cartersville and ask for individuals in Counseling and Career Services, Disability Support, Financial Aid, and/or Advising.  In addition, there is a tutorial center on the Cartersville campus located in the library.



Page last updated: June 4, 2013