Georgia Highlands College

Georgia Highlands College

Math 0099 Intermediate Algebra



Instructor: Harriet Kiser                   Phone: (706) 295-6327                   Office: Rome -Walraven 324


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Textbook: Introductory and Intermediate Algebra ; D. Franklin Wright, Hawkes Publishing

Course Description:  This course is a review of intermediate algebra. Topics include properties of real numbers, linear equations and inequalities, quadratic equations, polynomials, and rational expressions and roots.


Course Delivery:   The schedule for this class includes one day of lecture and one day of lab work each week. Attendance for both lecture and lab are mandatory.  There will also be required lab work outside of class time.



In this course you will have five (5) tests.

The average of these 5 tests will make up 60% of your grade.

20% will come from Certifications completed on the computer.

The Final Exam will be in the form of a Practice Compass Exit test and will count as 20% of your grade.

A, B, C, IP and F are potential grades in this course. An IP means IN PROGRESS and is awarded only to those students eligible to take the COMPASS exit exam but who do not earn the required score on COMPASS to exit Learning Support mathematics. Students not deemed eligible to take COMPASS will earn a grade of F for the course. Students must pass the class with a C or better and also pass the Compass Exit examination to successfully complete Math 0099.


Note: Grades will be assigned as follows:  90-100=A   80-89=B    70-79=C    0-69= F  


Midterm for Fall 2011 is October 20th.

 A grade of W cannot be assigned after midterm. After this date a "W" may be issued only in cases of documented hardship (which does not include performing poorly in this class). Applications for hardship withdrawal may be obtained on-line. 


Please note that any student enrolled in a credit level course cannot drop a developmental course without first dropping all credit level courses. You must have a “C” average (70 or above) to be eligible to take the Compass Exit Exam. If you do not pass the Exit Exam on the first try, you will have one more opportunity to take the Exam. If you fail to pass the Exam after two (2) attempts you will be given an IP (in progress) or an “F”. If you have questions regarding the grading procedure, please see me.  


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


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 (  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 (  Please contact the Registrar’s Office at if you need any assistance."



Attendance:   It is highly recommended that you attend class every day.  If you do not notify the instructor, in advance, of an absence on a test day a grade of zero will be assigned the missed test and you will not be allowed to make up the test. If you are absent from class it is your responsibility to contact the instructor and make up any missed test within one week, provided you notified the instructor in advance of the absence. 


Tutorials:  The Math Lab, located in the Tutorial Center offers one-on-one tutoring as well as software to accompany your textbook.  Please take advantage of the excellent services offered by the tutorial center if you are having any difficultiesAct promptly--do not get behind!!!!


Supplements to the text: Hawkes Learning Systems software


ADA Students

Disability Statement

If anyone in the class feels that they need accommodation due to a disability, please feel free to discuss this with me 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. 



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 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. 

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.


 Calculator Requirement: Each student taking this course needs access to a TI-83 or equivalent graphing/scientific calculator.  Students will use their calculator while participating in class, taking exams, and completing homework exercises.  Please note that sharing calculators during graded assignments is not permitted."


Disruptive behavior in the classroom will not be tolerated.


The instructor reserves the right to change the above plans as circumstances warrant.




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