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Spring 2014 MATH0099 Syllabus

Georgia Highlands College

Course Syllabus  ̶  MATH 0099, Intermediate Algebra

Spring Semester 2014

Class:       MATH 0099, Intermediate Algebra. CRN 20370 MW 9:00-10:50 AM Room 301

Course Description:

This course is a review of intermediate algebra. Topics include properties of numbers, linear equations and inequalities, quadratic equations, polynomials, and rational expressions and roots.  Students must pass the class with a C or better and also pass an exit examination.

Prerequisites: Satisfactory placement scores/MATH 0097

Instructor:    Dr. Tim Floyd

Contact:          Text or Email to tfloyd@highlands.edu

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. 




Paulding Campus- Office 407

11:00 AM-12 Noon

2:00-3:00 PM


Cartersville Campus – Room TBD

5:30-6:15 PM


Paulding Campus- Office 407

11:00 AM-12 Noon

2:00-3:00 PM


Cartersville Campus – Room TBD

5:30-6:15 PM


Contact Information:       

E-mail Address

tfloyd@highlands.edu -- USE FIRST

Web Site Address


Required Materials:  Introductory & Intermediate Algebra For College Students, 4th Edition, Robert Blitzer. My Math Lab is optional. Course ID for MML is floyd49326.

Calculator Policy:  Students may use calculators on exams.  No other electronic devices may be used during exams and will result in an automatic F on the exam.

D2L: Your test grades will be posted in D2L. Do not send the instructor email messages from D2L. Use the Highlands email address to contact the instructor.

Course Content:  Chapters 6 – 11

Grading Policies:

  • Exams (100%)
    • Five exams will be given during the semester. Each exam will count 100 points. 
    • There will be no make-up exams.
    • The five test grades will be averaged and rounded to the nearest point.
  • My Math Lab Grade (Can replace Test 5))
    • By the next-to-last week of class you will be informed of your MML Grade.
    • Your average will be calculated with that grade and you will decide whether or not you need to take test 5.

The following grading scale will apply:

A% - 90-100

               B% - 80-89


F% - less than 70  


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 exit exam but who do not earn the required score on the exit exam. Students not deemed eligible to take the exit exam will earn a grade of F for the course.

Note: There is no D grade in MATH0099.  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.


COURSE COMPLETION: In order to complete Learning Support requirements for mathematics, you must do one of the following:

·             Have a final average of A or B in this course. If this happens you are eligible to move on to your College Algebra course.

·             Or if you have a final average of  C you must pass the COMPASS Exit Exam with a score of 40 or higher. You get two opportunities to pass the COMPASS Exam if needed.

·             If your average is below C then you must complete LS requirements before you can continue to your College Algebra.


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: On or before March 17, 2014.

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.


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.




 This schedule indicates material to be covered during class on the indicated date. If your time allows please review the section before class that date.


13         Day 1 information.


15         Chapter 6 – all sections.


20         Holiday


22         Chapter 5 and 6 – all sections.


27         Chapter 3 sections 1 and 2


29         TEST 1 SNOW




3          Chapter 3 sections 3 and 4 TEST 1


5          Chapter 3 section 5 Chapter 3:1


10         Chapter 8 section 1 and 2 Chapter 3: 2-3


12         Chapter 8 section 3 and 4 SNOW


17         Applications from chapter 3 and 8. Chapter 3:4-5


19         TEST 2 Chapter 8:1-2


24         Chapter 7 section 1 and 2 Chapter 8:3-4


26         Chapter 7 section 3 TEST 2




3          Chapter 7 section 4 and 5 Chapter 7:1-3


5          Chapter 7 section 6 and 7 Chapter 7:4-5


10         Chapter 9 section 1 and 2


12         Chapter 9 section 3


17          Applications from chapter 7 and 9 



19         TEST 3


24         SPRING BREAK – No Class


26         SPRING BREAK – No Class


31         Chapter 10 section 1 and 2





2          Chapter 10 section 3


7          Chapter 10 section 4 and 5


9          TEST 4 – Cumulative


14         Chapter 10 section 6


16         Chapter 10 section 7


21         Chapter 11 section 1


23         Chapter 11 section 2


28         Cumulative Review

            Determine if a student needs to take TEST 5


30         TEST 5




5          Determine Final Class grade, status, whether or not COMPASS is needed.


COMPASS DATE: For those who have a C and need to take compass the date will be announced in class.

Page last updated: February 16, 2014