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Introductory Algebra
CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Basic concepts and techniques of
algebra for students without recent experience in
algebra. Integers, algebraic expressions , firstdegree equations, simple
rational expressions and proportions ,
integer exponents , scientific notation, polynomials and factoring, solving
equations by factoring, graphing and
systems of linear equations .
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES: By the end of this
course, the successful student will be able to do the following:
• Rewrite algebraic expressions in useful forms.
• Solve basic algebra problems.
• Begin studying intermediatelevel algebra topics.
TEXTBOOK: The “textbook” for this class is ALEKS, an internetbased learning
system. Once you have obtained
your personal access code and manual from the book store, you may log in to the
system from any computer with
internet access at . If you have previously worked with
the ALEKS system for another
class, please register as a new student – do not continue using your old
account. Your course code for introductory
algebra is GWLLUTWD6M.
GENERAL COURSE POLICIES: I expect you to work at least 10 hours per week
learning new topics in ALEKS.
You may work in the CSMP computer lab or anywhere that you have internet access.
I will be available at class
time and during office hours to help you with any questions you may have.
Since you are not obligated to be in class every day, it is very important that
you regularly check your
puc.edu email account for announcements that may affect your grade for the
course. These announcements will
include times for recommended class meetings, scheduled assessments, progress
notices, extra credit
opportunities, and more.
Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. If you are involved in cheating (or
assisting other students in
cheating), you should expect severe penalties including possible dismissal from
the class with a failing grade.
(For more information, refer to the schoolwide policy in the catalog.)
GRADING: If you finish all portions of the ALEKS pie before finals week, and
verify the completion with a
proctored final assessment, you will receive an A for the course. If you do not
finish all portions of the ALEKS pie,
your grade will be determined by what percentage you have completed from each
portion, as well as the total
number of hours you’ve spent in the program. The details of the grading policy
are on the next page of this
syllabus.
AVAILABLE HELP: There are many sources for help in this class in addition to the ALEKS program. My office is
in Chan Shun Hall, room 238E. Feel free to drop by during any of the office
hours that are posted by the door, or
make an appointment for a more convenient time. I will usually be available in
the CSMP computer lab to give
individualized help during the 1:00 hour on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
Thursday. In addition, you may get
help from the free tutoring provided by the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC),
or from any of your classmates.
ALEKS has the capability of telling you which of your classmates are experts on
any topic with which you may be
struggling. You also may be amazed at how much understanding you gain for
yourself when you work at helping
a classmate. Try it!
GRADING SCHEME FOR MATH 019, INTRODUCTORY ALGEBRA
Your grade will be determined by taking a weighted average of the time you spend
in ALEKS and the number of
items you master. You already know that you are expected to put in 10 hours per
week (a couple of hours each day)
and can get a rough idea of the number of topics you should master from the
following table.
Week:  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10 
Hours:  10  20  30  40  50  60  70  80  90  100 
Topics:  47  79  105  127  146  163  178  192  205  217 
You may check your hours in ALEKS at any time by clicking
on the report menu. While you’re there you can also see
how many topics you mastered on your last assessment. I will also update your
grades every week at D2L.puc.edu to
indicate where you stand in relation to these targets.
In figuring your overall percentage, the time spent will be weighted at 20% of
your grade and the topics mastered
will be weighted at 80%. Once your overall percentage has been calculated , your
letter grade will be determined
from the following table.
B+  84%  C+  70%  D+  56%  
A  92%  B  80%  C  65%  D  53% 
A–  88%  B–  75%  C–  60%  D–  50% 
Please note that the number of topics mastered will be
taken from your most recent assessment that appears to be
valid. The first assessment for which you receive credit must be a proctered
one. After that, you may do assessments
wherever you like as long as you do them on your own. If you have an assessment
that radically differs from the
work you’ve been doing up to that point, I will ask you to come to the lab to
verify the results. Assessments are only
considered valid if you do them on your own (with your notes and a calculator ).
Getting other people or sources to
help you with an assessment could result in your being dropped from the course
with a failing grade. Please see the
college catalog policy on Academic Integrity for more details. Also, I can only
give you credit for hours in which you
are actually learning new material. If you seem to have put in several hours
without adding any topics to your pie,
then we will need to talk about what is going on.
You should also note that your cumulative time totals from each week will factor
into your grade (with progressively
greater weights as the quarter progresses); hence, you must begin putting in
regular hours every day from the
beginning of the quarter.
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