Georgia Highlands College

Math 0099 Syllabus

Intermediate Algebra

Spring Semester 2011

CRN20417   4 hours

Mon/Wed 2:00 pm – 3:50 pm

Cartersville Campus


Instructor:  Sheila Smith

Phone Number:  (678 )872-8101


Office Hours: 














9:30 am-12:00 pm

10:45 am-1:15 pm

9:30 am-12:00 pm



Other office hours are available by appointment.  Office hours are subject to change without notice.  Students are strongly encouraged to schedule a meeting with the instructor whenever necessary to discuss course policies or course material.   Office hours do not take the place of class time.  So, please do not expect for material to be “retaught” every time you may miss class.  Questions about homework are always welcome provided that you have attempted the work beforehand


Text:    INTRODUCTORY & INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA, FIRST EDITION, D. Franklin Wright, ISBN:   978-0-918091-98-1.  The accompanying CD with the Hawkes Learning System Software is also required.


Prerequisites:  Satisfactory placement scores or Math 0097.


Course Description:  This course is a review of intermediate algebra.  Topics include factoring techniques, operations with rational expressions, solving rational equations, equations of lines, systems of linear equations, introduction to functions, operations with radicals, and solving 2nd degree equations.  Some COMPASS review material will be included in the course.


Course Content:  Selected sections of Chapters 4, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.


Withdrawal:  The last day to drop the class and possibly receive a “W” is midterm – Thursday, March 3, 2011.  After this date, a “W” may be issued only in cases of documented hardship (which does not include performing poorly in this class).  If a student simply quits attending class without officially withdrawing, the student will receive a grade of  F in the class.  Please read and review the Learning Support policy related to dropping this course.




Grading Policies:  Each student’s average for the semester will be based on 4 tests each worth 100 points, daily quiz grades, and a homework average.  The average of the 4 tests will count 60% of your grade. The average on homework is 20% and the total points on quizzes is worth 20% of your grade.   It is your responsibility to verify when tests are scheduled and to be prepared accordingly.    At the end of the semester, any student will be able to replace the lowest test grade with the highest test grade. There is no extra credit, so please do not ask.

        • A, B, C, IP, and F are potential grades.

• An IP in MATH 0099 will be awarded only to students taking the COMPASS Exit exam but not passing the exam.

• Preliminary (pre‐COMPASS testing) grades are A, B, C, or F. Students eligible for an A, B, or C sit for the COMPASS exam.

• Students passing COMPASS with a 40 or higher on the algebra exam receive the appropriate final grade (A, B, or C) as calculated pre‐COMPASS. Students taking but not passing COMPASS receive an IP.

• Students not eligible to take the COMPASS exam receive an F.

• Both IP and F are NOT passing grades. Students receiving either grade are required to repeat MATH 0099 and are subject to other Learning Support restrictions.



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.  There is no distinction between “excused” and “unexcused” absences.  Students absent on a test day will NOT be allowed to take a make-up test unless the student contacts the instructor BEFORE the test is given.   Make-up tests will be allowed only in extreme circumstances.   If a make-up test is allowed, it must be taken prior to the next class meeting at the convenience of the instructor.  Students who do not take a test will receive a zero on that test.  If you know in advance that you will be absent on test day, it is your responsibility to contact the instructor to set up a time to take the test in ADVANCE of the regularly scheduled time.  Classes will end each day with a “problem of the day”.  This problem will be graded on a 4 point scale.  If you are not present at the end of class, you will lose these points.  At the end of the semester, any student with 3 zeros or less on the “problems of the day” will be allowed to drop the 3 lowest grades. 


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.  (Note:  If a program has a more stringent absence policy than this, then the program policy prevails.)



Please put cell phones and pagers on VIBRATE  during class.  PLEASE, NO TEXTING during class.


COMPASS Information:  The COMPASS exit exam will be taken at the end of this course.  The scheduled day for taking the COMPASS will be announced later.  A score of 40 or better on the COMPASS will allow you to exit the course.  You are given two opportunities to pass the COMPASS.  You must have a grade of 70+ in this course to be eligible to take the COMPASS.


Calculators:  Use of calculators is allowed on all tests.  Each student taking this course needs a 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.


Assignments:  The graded homework assignments will be done using the Hawkes Learning System Software.  The online homework problems are the minimum that should be done to learn the material.  The textbook has many additional problems that will provide valuable practice.   You are expected to STUDY, to work problems, to read the assigned material, to become familiar with and use the software, and to come prepared to class.  An opportunity to ask questions will be provided each class meeting.


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




Policies on student conduct and academic integrity:  Cheating (or even the appearance of cheating) will not be tolerated in this class.  Any student whom the instructor suspects of cheating will be removed from the testing area and the issue will be referred to the appropriate Floyd College committee for investigation.  The Student Complaints and Dishonesty Policy can be found at:




                   This course proudly supports the mission of IC @ GHC.



The mission of the Georgia Highlands College (GHC) Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is to create a curriculum-wide culture of information competency (IC) among students, which will be demonstratedthrough writing or other modes of communication.


  • The student will determine the nature and extent of information needed.
  • The student will access the needed information effectively and efficiently.
  • The student will evaluate information and its sources critically.
  • The student will demonstrate his/her information competency through writing or other modes of communication.


Financial Aid Statement:

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.


Disability Statement:  Any student who feels they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should make an appointment with the Access Center to coordinate reasonable accommodations.  You are welcome to contact me privately to discuss your specific needs. 



Note:  We will have a lot of material to learn in this course and we will have to move swiftly.  Do NOT  fall behind.  Be sure to take advantage of the tutorial center if you need it.  Other classmates will also prove to be valuable resources.  Do not hesitate to contact me by email or phone if you need help with problems.



Student Learning

Students completing this course should satisfy the following goal and learning outcomes:

         Team Goal – Mathematics


Related Team 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.


Inclement Weather Policy:

If there is inclement weather, the college posts necessary announcements at Check the web site for updates, if possible. 

Cancellation notices for Floyd or Cartersville locations will be reported to radio stations and WXIA-TV in Atlanta.  However, please 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.”

 Classes in  Carrollton or Mariettawill be cancelled when, respectively,  University of West Georgia, or Southern Polytechnic State University close.


Children on Campus Policy:

Children of currently enrolled students are allowed on campus only with the direct supervision of that parent.  Children will not be allowed to roam the campus or be left unattended by their parent at any time nor at any location.  Children may be present in an academic class or lab only with the advanced permission of the instructor.  The attending parent will assume responsibility for the behavior of the child.  Children are to follow the same conduct rules of reasonable behavior that apply to regular Georgia Highlands students.


No Weapons Policy:

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, or other law enforcement persons who are on duty, in uniform and or performing in an official capacity.  Additionally, 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


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




Learning Support Rules

Learning Support is a statewide program designed to help students progress academically. Learning Support courses carry Institutional credit only, which means that grades are not computed in the semester grade point average or in a transfer or graduate average. However, grades in Learning Support courses are included in some financial aid calculations, so multiple failures or withdrawals from Learning Support courses can affect financial aid.  Contact GHC's Financial Aid office at for more information. 

Policies from the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia govern Learning Support 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 two or more Learning Support requirements

Beginning in Spring 2011, students who enter the college with two or more Learning Support requirements must take The College Experience (FCST 1010) within the first two semesters of enrollment.

Complete a Learning Support "area" within three attempts or risk USG suspension

  1. A student must complete requirements in any one area of Learning Support (English, reading, or math) in three attempts. For math, the Learning Support area at GHC consists of two courses.  Both math courses must be passed in the same three attempts.  If a student does not complete the area requirements in three attempts, the student will be suspended from institutions in the University System of Georgia for one year.  After one year, GHC may readmit the student or another USG institution may admit the student.
  2. Suspension for one year after three failed attempts may be appealed.  A student may appeal to receive a fourth attempt in a Learning Support area.  To be eligible to appeal, a student must be in an exit level course (ENGL 0099, READ 0099, or MATH 0099) and must have reached the attempt limit in only one Learning Support area. If granted the additional attempt, the student may enroll in only the required Learning Support course for the semester.  Attempts beyond four are not granted except in special circumstances such as disability documented with GHC's Student Support Services office.



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 for more information. 

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