# Mini Syllabus

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 Course ID: MAT122 Title: Intermediate Algebra Modality: Mixed Media Credit Hours: 3.00

## Course Section Information

Section: 11732

Term: Summer I 2014

Start Date: 7/21/2014

Weeks: 14

Last date to withdraw: None

Instructor: Rebecca Thompson

## Course Materials

Be sure that you have all the necessary materials prior to the start date of your course.

Calculator:

Texas Instruments model TI-83, 83 Plus, 84 or 84 Plus, is strongly recommended.

Note: Calculators with symbolic manipulating capabilities, or CAS, such as TI-89, TI-92 or TINspire CAS are not allowed on exams.

Textbook required for Course:

Title: Intermediate Algebra
Author: Lial/Hornsby/McGinnis
ISBN: 9781269634687

Rio Salado College has developed a unique Textbook Savings Program that uses customized textbooks and saves students up to 50% off the original price of textbooks. This textbook is included in the Textbook Savings Program and has been customized specifically for this course at Rio Salado College by Pearson Custom Publishing so that it contains information most relevant to the course. Your course materials are available through the Rio Salado College Bookstore. All materials should be verified by ISBN before purchasing at the Rio Salado Bookstore (480-517-8710 or 1-800-584-8775 or www.riosalado.edu/bookstore) or from another seller.

## Course Description and Competencies

Official Course Description
Quadratic, rational, radical, exponential, and logarithmic functions and equations; graphs of quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic functions; equations quadratic in form; operations on rational expressions, radical expressions, and complex numbers; rational exponents; applications.

Official Course Prerequisites
Grade of "B" or better in MAT090, MAT091, MAT092, MAT093, or equivalent, or a satisfactory score on the District placement exam.

Course Note
Students may receive credit for only one of the following: MAT120, MAT121, or MAT122.

Official Course Competencies
1. Use function notation.
2. Solve quadratic equations by factoring, completing the square, and the quadratic formula.
3. Solve equations quadratic in form.
4. Solve rational and radical equations.
5. Perform operations on complex numbers.
6. Perform operations on radical and rational expressions.
7. Simplify radical and rational expressions.
8. Simplify expressions involving rational exponents.
9. Graph quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic functions.
10. Identify the domain of quadratic, rational, radical, exponential, and logarithmic functions.
11. Rewrite logarithmic expressions using the properties of logarithms.
12. Evaluate formulas involving exponential or logarithmic expressions.
13. Model and solve real-world problems using quadratic, rational, radical, exponential, and logarithmic equations.

## Course Requirements

1. You must complete all assignments in the course to be eligible to get a passing grade. The assignments which will be turned in and graded are the six Mail-In Quizzes found in the Course Packet.  The other assignments given in the Course Packet, those involving exercises from the textbook, are not to be turned in; they are for your practice only.
2. Examinations:  There are two required in-person exams (a midterm and final) for this course. It is strongly recommended that you study the Practice Exams prior to taking the Midterm and Final.  See the Exams section below for more information on taking your Midterm and Final exams.
3. Note: You must earn a combined average of 60% on the Midterm and Final exams in order to pass the course.

Note: Keep a copy of all of your assignments!  Make sure that your submissions can be read by your instructor. If you write lightly in pencil it may be difficult to read.

## Time Requirements

Remember that this is a three credit-hour class. As such, you will need to dedicate significant time to this course. Plan to spend at least three hours on course content and at least six hours on homework for a total of at least nine hours each week.

There are 5500 possible points for this course.

 Six mail-in quizzes = 1100 points = 20% of your total grade One Midterm exam = 2200 points = 40% of your total grade One Final exam = 2200 points = 40% of your total grade Total Points 5500 points

Note to student: You must earn a combined average of 60% on the midterm and final exams in order to pass the course. Students with an average on these exams of less than 60%, regardless of their performance on assignments, will not receive a passing grade.

The final course grades will be determined by the following scale:

 Grade Determination Grade Points Percentage A 4950 - 5500 points 90%-100% B 4400 - 4949 points 80%-89% C 3850 - 4399 points 70%-79% D 3300 - 3849 points 60%-69% F 0 - 3299 points 0%-59%

Please note: The grading procedure for this course is based on the total number of points possible.

The grading scale is administered equally to all students in the course. Do not expect to receive a grade higher than that earned by your total points. There will be no point adjustments made for such things as "class participation" or other subjective factors.

Extra credit is not available for this course.

## Exams

This course contains in-person exams which must be completed at an approved testing site.

Students who live within Maricopa county please see the testing information in your Print Based Student Handbook, or you may view it on the Internet at: http://www.riosalado.edu/testing/

Students who live outside of Maricopa County or are registered with Disability Resources and Services may request to have exams proctored. Please contact the Testing Center at (480) 517-8560 or 1 (866) 670-8420 (Toll-free).

Requests may also be made on the Internet by filling out and submitting the proctor request form, located at: http://www.riosalado.edu/testing/examproctor/pages/default.aspx.

In-Person Examination Procedures

1.  There is no appointment necessary to take your exam. Exams can be taken during normal hours of operation at any Rio Salado College testing site.
2. Your midterm and final exams have a 3 hour time limit.  Please make sure you get to the testing site no later than 3 hours before closing.
3. You must complete the final exam by your course end date.

• Letter grade (A, B, C, D, F) - Awarded if the student completes all work, including the final exams.
• Extension - Students may request an extension because of illness or other extenuating circumstances, if they have been doing acceptable work. The instructor will define the requirements and timelines to complete the course.
Please Note: Instructors are not obligated to give extensions.
• Withdrawal - Students may submit a withdrawal request on or prior to the “Deadline for Student to Withdraw with Guaranteed Grade of W” indicated in the college catalog.

Students should not contact their instructor to request a withdrawal. A student wishing to withdraw from a class within the stated timeline must do so by visiting my.maricopa.edu or by calling Student Enrollment Services at 480.517.8540 (1.800.729.1197 toll-free). In extreme circumstances, students do have the option of requesting a complete withdrawal from the college by providing Student Enrollment Services with appropriate documentation.

Credit/No Credit Option (P/Z) - This course may NOT be taken on a credit/no credit basis.

## Late or Missing Assignments

Assignments that have due dates are due on time according to the due dates. If you need to request an extension for an assignment, a request must be made to your instructor by voicemail at least one week prior to the due date.

Late points may be applied at the instructor's discretion.

## Photocopy/Back-up Assignments

The due date that is listed in your course calendar is the last date on which an assignment can be delivered to the Course Support Office.

## Extra Credit

Extra credit is not available.

Some images used in courses are licensed as follows: Accunet/AP Multimedia Archive, http://www.clipart.com, http://www.jupiterimages.com, EBSCO Image Collection.

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## Submitting Assignments

All assignments are listed under the "Reading Assignment" box and in the "Assessing Your Learning" section.

The due date listed in your course calendar is the last date on which an assignment can be delivered to the Course Support Office, or postmarked.

Distance Learning Drop Box

Distance Learning students can now drop off class assignments (in an appropriately addressed envelope) and return library books, videotapes and/or cassettes at the Distance Learning Drop Box.

The Drop Box is conveniently located along the curb in front of the Rio Salado building at 2323 W. 14th  Street in Tempe.

Mailed Assignments

All mailed assignments must be properly addressed and mailed with adequate postage. Please remember all correspondence to Rio Salado College must have a return address, an addressee, and the correct postage. The U.S. Postal Service may refuse delivery if any of these three are missing. All items placed in the Rio drop box must have a return address and an addressee. Please keep a copy of all work turned in to your instructor. Assignments will not be accepted if postage is due. If you are unsure of the postage required, take the item to the post office and have it weighed.

Include the course section number and assignment identifier on the envelope below your name and return address. Envelopes that are labeled incorrectly can cause a delay in processing your work. Address your envelope as shown in this example:

From:

Course and Section Numbers:   GPH111, Section ______
Assignment Identifier:   Essay 1

To:

The Course Support Office Rio Salado College
P. O. Box 63310
Phoenix, AZ 85082-3310
Attn: (Write your instructor’s name here)

The Course Support staff cannot answer questions about the receipt of specific mail-in assignments. Only your instructor can do so.

Note to students: Please submit only one assignment in each envelope. The special envelopes provided to you by Rio Salado are only for computer answer sheets. Please mail all other assignments in separate envelopes.

Note to students: The U.S. Post Office no longer offers Sunday or holiday mail posting, and pick-up does not automatically mean that your envelope will be posted the same day. To be safe, allow extra time: mail early.

Faxed Assignments

Assignments may be faxed to (480) 377-4728 for print and mixed media courses. Your name, your instructor's name, and the course name and section numbers must appear at the top of every page. When the Course Support Office receives assignments, they are sent to your instructor for evaluation. Once your instructor has graded your assignment, he or she will return it to you.

Protect your hard work. Again, clearly label every page of your assignment with your name, the course and section numbers, your instructors name, and the name of the assignment as it appears in the syllabus.

## Course Completion Policy

A student who registers for a Print or Multimedia course is assigned a start date and an end date. It is the student's responsibility to note due dates for assignments and to keep up with the course work.

Students may request an extension because of illness or other extenuating circumstances, if they have been doing acceptable work. The instructor will define the requirements and timelines to complete the course.

Please Note: It is the prerogative of the instructor to decide whether or not to grant the request.

## Library Services

The Rio Salado Library is committed to student success and provides a variety of materials and services to enhance student learning.  Utilizing Rio’s online library for your research is the best way to ensure that your sources are validated, authoritative, and appropriate for college-level coursework. Librarians are available to help you at all times via our Ask a Librarian live chat service. You can access all library services at www.riosalado.edu/library.

Academic Misconduct includes cheating, conspiring to cheat, soliciting to cheat, attempting to cheat, plagiarism, fabrication on an assignment, or other forms of dishonest presentation.

Posting assessments on an unauthorized web site, soliciting assessment answers and the unauthorized acquisition of assessments, assessment answers, or other academic material is cheating.

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.  It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling or sharing of term papers or other academic materials.  Information gathered from the Internet and not properly identified is also considered plagiarism.

We expect every student to produce his/her original, independent work. Any student whose work indicates a violation of the MCCCD Academic Misconduct Policy at https://chancellor.maricopa.edu/public-stewardship/governance/administrative-regulations/2-students/2.3-scholastic-standards/2.3.11-academic-misconduct (including cheating and plagiarism) can expect sanctions as specified in the college catalog.

Rio Salado College uses software that uncovers plagiarism from student to student and other data sources on the Internet. If a student is found to have plagiarized content, grade consequences will be applied in accordance with departmental policies.

## Civility Policy

The faculty of Rio Salado place a high value on the importance of general ethical standards of academic behavior and expect that communication between students and instructors or among students shall maintain the level of formality and mutual respect appropriate to any college teaching/learning situation.

Language or behavior that is rude, abusive, profane, disruptive, or threatening will not be tolerated. Activity of this type is Academic Misconduct as defined in MCCCD Policy AR 2.3.11. Students engaging in such behavior will be removed from the course with a failing grade. Additional sanctions may be applied pursuant to AR 2.3.11.

## Requirement for Active Class Participation

Please note that students may be withdrawn from class for non-participation.

If you receive financial aid of any kind, it is your responsibility to protect your eligibility to receive financial aid by meeting the active participation requirements of this class.

Please notify Course Support at (480) 517-8243 1-800-729-1197 or by email at course.support@riosalado.edu. Please include your name, student number, phone number, and new address including city, state, and zip code.

## Disability Statement

In accordance with Rio Salado College and Maricopa Community College District policies, all students should have equal access to course materials and technology. Please contact the Disability Resources and Services Office prior to the start date of your course at 480-517-8562 if you have any of the following needs:

• you are a student requiring an academic adjustment due to a documented disability (as protected by The Americans with Disability Act Amendment Act)

• you are experiencing difficulty accessing course materials because of a disability

• you are pregnant or parenting and would like to discuss possible academic adjustments (as protected under Title IX)

References:

## Disclaimer

Course content may vary from this outline to meet the needs of this particular group.

## Student Solution Center

Rio Salado College is dedicated to a quality learning experience and has provided the Student Solution Center webpage, www.riosalado.edu/current/StudentSolutionCenter/Pages/default.aspx, as a resource for students to raise issues to our attention. We look forward to the opportunity to provide an equitable solution to all involved parties. For grading or instructional issues, students should first contact their faculty member(s) in accordance with the Instructional Grievance Process at chancellor.maricopa.edu/public-stewardship/governance/administrative-regulations/appendices/students/s-6-instructional-grievance-process, as published in the college catalog. For non-instructional complaints, students may contact the Judicial Affairs team by telephone at 480-517-8749 or 480-517-8152, or email at judicial.affairs@riosalado.edu. Students may also contact their state regulatory agency (www.riosalado.edu/about/research-planning/state-authorization/Pages/Agency.aspx); the Arizona SARA Council at azsara.arizona.edu or by email at ldueck.azsara@riosalado.edu; and/or the Higher Learning Commission by telephone at 1-800-621-7440, or email at complaints@hlcommission.org to escalate their concerns.

Bookstore 480-517-8710 or 1-800-584-8775 Fax: 480-517-8356

The RSC Bookstore does not accept credit cards over the phone. If you want to purchase textbooks with a credit card, including a Citi Prepaid Visa Card, you must either order your books online (www.riosalado.edu/bookstore) or visit the store in person. The bookstore is located in the Conference Center at 2323 W. 14th St., Tempe, AZ 85281. (Major cross streets are Broadway and Priest).

You may also purchase textbooks using the online ordering system.

Cashier's Office 480-517-8334, 480-517-8330, Fax: 480-517-83594

Information about Rio Salado College computer labs located throughout the valley. The computer labs are open to registered students and have a variety of software available. Computer courses can also be taken from your home or office if you have the appropriate hardware and software. Some RSC locations have either Knowledge Commons or staff-supported and monitored Computer Labs.

Counseling for personal concerns that are interfering with your academic success, scholarship information, career planning, job hunting skills, and information or referrals to community services.

Course Support 480-517-8243

Course Support produces and distributes introductory materials such as welcome letters and instruction on how to access their courses to distance learning students and faculty.

The facility is located at 2250 W. 14th St., Tempe, AZ 85281.

Disability Resources & Services 480-517-8562 (www.riosalado.edu/disability_services)

Provides support and services to students with documented disabilities.

Financial Aid Toll-Free: 1-855-622-2332 Fax: 480-377-4702 (http://www.riosalado.edu/financial_aid)

Grants and scholarships are available to assist eligible students with college expenses. To be eligible for federal financial aid, students must meet application criteria and select a program of study. Applying for financial aid will take at least eight weeks, so begin early!

Includes the President's Honor Roll, Phi Theta Kappa, and Honors Program classes with award stipends for eligible students.

Instructional Helpdesk 480-517-8380, Toll Free 1-866-511-8380 (www.riosalado.edu/help/instructional/Pages/default.aspx)

Library Services 480-517-8424, Toll Free 1-800-729-1197, Fax 480-517-8449 (http://www.riosalado.edu/library)

Library books, DVDs, online databases of magazine and newspaper articles, online encyclopedias, image collections, e-books, reference assistance (phone, in-person, or e-mail).

Registration & Transcripts 480-517-8540, Toll Free 1-800-729-1197, Fax 480-517-8199 (www.riosalado.edu/registration)

Public Safety 480-377-4555

Student Enrollment Services/Student Affairs) 480-517-8540 (www.riosalado.edu/current)

Ask for a Student Enrollment Representative to assist with general college information, registration and records information, tuition and fee payment information, transcript requests, pre-requisite approvals, basic course selection, or waivers.

Ask for a Student Enrollment Advisor for assistance with: educational goals and objectives, transcript evaluation, disability services and resources, advisement issues, scholarship and financial aid options, program and admissions information.

Sun Sounds 480-517-8300 http://www.sunsounds.org/

Available to help you work through any technological barriers that may come up during your "Online Experience."

Testing 480-517-8560 or Toll Free 1-866-517-8560 http://www.riosalado.edu/testing

Distance learning midterm/final exams; testing sites, directions, business hours and schedules; exam proctoring for out-of-county students; disability services; placement testing; GED; prior learning assessment; national exams: CLEP, DANTES; degree specific exams.

Testing Information (recorded), 480-517-8558