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Course Outline for Elementary Algebra
1. COURSE CONTENT AND OBJECTIVES:
COURSE CONTENT AND SCOPE –Lecture: If applicable, outline the topics included in the lecture portion of the course (Outline reflects course description, all topics covered in class). 
Hours per topic 
COURSE OBJECTIVES  Lecture (If applicable): upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to… (Use action verbs – see Bloom’s Taxonomy below for “action verbs requiring cognitive outcomes.”) 
1. Real numbers
a. Signed numbers 
5  Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to: 1.
Calculate with signed numbers,

2. Algebraic expressions
a. Simplifying expressions 
5  
3. Equations and inequalities
a. Solving linear equations and 
10  
4. Polynomials and exponents
a. Laws of exponents 
10  
5. Rational expressions
a. Operations with rational 
10  
6. Linear equations in two variables
a. Slope 
10  
7. Systems of equations
a. Solution by graphing 
10  
8. Factoring techniques
a. Common factors 
10  
9. Quadratic equations
a. Solving quadratic equations by 
10  
10. Roots and radicals
a. Simplifying radical expressions This course may also include: 
10  
Total lecture hours*  90 
*Total lecture and laboratory hours (which includes the final examination) must equal totals on page 1.
2. REQUIRED TEXTS:
Provide a representative list of textbooks and other required reading; include author, title and date of publication:
Introductory Algebra Equations and Graphs,
Katherine & Bruce Yoshiwara; Beginning Algebra, Lial/Hornsby; Beginning Algebra, Elayn MartinGay 
3. SUPPLEMENTARY READINGS:
Reading assignments may include, but are not limited to the following:
4. WRITING ASSIGNMENTS:
Title 5, section 55002 requires grades to be “based on
demonstrated proficiency in subject matter and the ability to
demonstrate that proficiency, at least in part, by means of essays or, in
courses where the curriculum committee deems
them to be appropriate, by problem solving exercises or skills demonstrations by
students.” Writing assignments in this
course may include, but are not limited to the following:
Writing assignments in this course include, but
are not limited to, problem solving exercises. 
5. REPRESENTATIVE OUTSIDE ASSIGNMENTS:
Out of class assignments may include, but are not limited to the following:
6. REPRESENTATIVE ASSIGNMENTS THAT DEMONSTRATE CRITICAL THINKING:
Title 5, section 55002(a) requires that a degree
applicable course have a level of rigor that includes “critical thinking and the
understanding and application of concepts determined by the curriculum committee
to be at college level”. Critical thinking
may include, but is not limited to analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Provide
examples of assignments that demonstrate
critical thinking.
Writing assignments involve problem solving and
analysis. For example: "Two hikers are 11 miles apart and walking toward each other. They meet in 2 hours. Find the rate of each hiker if one hiker walks 1.1 mph faster than the other." 
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