Georgia Highlands College

Math 1111 College Algebra (Traditional)      

Instructor:   Mrs. Suggs            


When you set up your My Math Lab account on the course compass website, please use your highlands email account.  You can also get your WebCT Vista email forwarded to your highlands email account.  Your highlands email account is:

Course Description:  This course is a functional approach to algebra that incorporates the use of appropriate technology. Emphasis will be placed on the study of functions and their graphs; inequalities; and linear, quadratic, piece-wise defined, rational, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Appropriate applications will be included. Students receive credit toward graduation for only one of the following courses:  MATH 1001, MATH 1111.

Prerequisite:  Math 0099 or high school Algebra II and/or appropriate placement scores.

Student Learning:  Students completing this course should satisfy the following goal and learning outcomes.
Team Goal—Mathematics Students will analyze and apply mathematical information, concepts, and principles, embedded in verbal, numerical, graphic, or symbolic representations
Students will be able to solve equations     
Students will be able to solve inequalities
Students will be able to graph and interpret functions
Students will be able to model problem contexts mathematically to arrive at solutions
Students will be able to use technology appropriately
Students will be able to use logical, mathematical reasoning
Students will be able to appropriately express numbers and algebraic expressions in a variety of ways in given contexts
Students will be able to interpret data presented graphically and make appropriate graphs to summarize data
Students will be able to calculate and interpret the meaning of rates of change

Office Hours:  Office hours can be subject to change due to meetings or other happenings.  I will always try to let you know in advance of any cancelled office hours for the week; it is a good idea to send an email making an appointment with me so that you don’t travel to see me when I won’t be there. Appointment or not, office hours are drop-in hours so come by if you need anything.  I will post office hours on Vista after the first week of classes. 

Textbook:   Precalculus, 4TH edition  Blitzer;  Pearson/Prentice Hall

You are not required to have a hard copy of the text (it is up to you whether you want to have it or not).  When you register for MML, you will have access to an eBOOK, which you will be able to print out if you want.  Currently the MML access code is $80 when you buy directly from or $90 is you buy just the access code from the GHC bookstore. You CANNOT register until I give you the course ID number and it is different for every class.

My Math Lab, located at, will be used for homework and quizzes and your grade will be located here as well.  I will give you the course ID to sign up for this.
WebCT Vista; course information and announcements will be posted there. 
Calculators:          Use of a graphing calculator is necessary; TI-83 or TI-84 is recommended.

Disability Statement:     Students who feel that they need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should make an appointment with Student Support Services (Disabilities Support office:  Cartersville 678-872-8004; Douglasville and Floyd 706-368-7536; Marietta 678-915-5021; Paulding 678-946-1029) to coordinate reasonable accommodations.  The students are welcome to contact the instructors privately to discuss one’s specific needs.

Academic Policy:   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 mid-semester. 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. A grade of “W” (Withdraw Passing) cannot be awarded after midterm without the approval of the Academic Vice President.  A grade of “W” after midterm requires “documentable hardship”, which cannot be the avoidance of a bad grade.  Anyone who simply abandons the course WILL RECEIVE a grade of F.

                    **************The following are general policies and may change slightly semester to semester.  Please check Vista for a current and accurate syllabus for your specific class. That goes for make up and grading policies.

Makeup Policy:     There are exceptions to every rule and I reserve the right to change mine at any time, due to extenuating circumstances.  If you feel that you have a valid excuse and deserve a make-up or extension on something, please feel free to talk to me about it.     

  • There are no make-up exams. 
  • Daily quizzes cannot be made up.
  • Online work is due on its due date.  Late HW is accepted, but assignments will have a final submission date where you can no longer submit the work (the day of the exam). 
  • Book homework may be turned in late. No book work will be accepted after one week past its due date.

Grading Scale:               90-100 A      80-89 B        70-79 C        60-69 D          Below 60 F

          Daily Quizzes                     10%

          Online Quizzes                  10%

          Homework                          20%              (online and book work combined)

          Exams                                 40%

          Final Exam                         20%

Daily Quizzes:  This helps me to see what you learned in class and what you may still not understand.  These will be given in the last 10 minutes of class.  It is usually a basic question that covers what we did in class that day.

Big Quizzes:  Depending on the time we have, we will have 1 quiz approximately every 2 weeks.  You will have half of the quizzes in class and the other half will be online using My Math Lab (this is approximate—we could have more or less of one or the other). 

          For online quizzes you will get two attempts for each quiz, and the better grade will be taken. The quizzes are timed and you are not to use your notes.  I am not responsible for slow connections, java issues, or any other technical difficulties.  The reason you get 2 attempts is to account for these issues.  I will not allow you to have extra attempts because you were kicked off the internet or closed out your quiz on accident.  If you wait until the late minute to take your quiz and something happens, that is not my fault.  DO NOT WAIT till 10 or 11pm the night it is due.

         The in class quizzes will occur within the first 20 – 30 minutes of class—if you are late and miss the quiz you don’t get to make it up unless you have discussed it with me ahead of time.

Homework:  We will have a combination of book work and online homework. 

  • Bookwork:  You must show your work, answers only is not accepted. Bookwork will vary depending on the section. 
  • Online homework is done using MML.  You get multiple attempts at a problem. The goal is to let it help you learn, not to just rush through to get it done.  Because it can be time consuming, the number of problems given in an assignment will be limited.  
  • At the end of the semester, I will drop 3 – 5 of your lowest (online) homework assignments.

Tests:      There are 3 - 4 exams.

Final Exam:   This exam is cumulative and will count for 20% of your grade.  I am exempting those who have A’s.  So if you work hard enough to have an A in the class by the end of the semester, you can exempt the final exam.  The exemption policy is subject to change depending on assessment needs.


AttendanceClass attendance is strongly encouraged.  If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to check with me or a classmate to see what you missed.  You can always email me or find me during office hours to see what you missed.  See make up policy regarding missed work.

               It is NOT my job to catch you up if you miss class.  You need to find notes from another student. 

              Do not email me and ask "did I miss anything' or "did we do anything important".  If you miss class you will always miss something and it will always be important.   Just simply ask what you missed that day.

          ***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 class assignments can be completed while missing class.  The student must be in good academic standing in the course to make the request.  All approved course work must then be completed by the end of the semester in which the course was begun.

Conduct:  Policies on student conduct and academic integrity are in the college’s “Student Rights and Responsibilities” document. This can be accessed at

Disability Statement:   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

Financial Aid Recipients:  Federal regulations state that if a student did not attend classes and received failing grades, then the grades were not earned and financial aid need 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.

Early Grade 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.

Weather Policy:      If there is inclement weather, the college posts necessary announcements at  Check the web site for updates, if possible.  If SPSU closes, then GHC @ Marietta will also close.

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