LSC Office Hours (In Room W2846): Tuesday & Thursday 10:00AM - 12PM or by appointment This would be a good time to call to get help over the phone, Also, you may Email me at any time. If you have homework questions, also make use of the Discussions "Ask or Answer a Question" topic.
Online Office Hours: You may email me any time day or night, however, I will set aside Wednesday 10AM-Noon and Friday 10AM-Noon as "Online Office Hours" . At other times I will always try to reply to emails within a day during the week and within two days on the weekend.
Phone: 218-733-5992 or toll-free @ 1-800-432-2884 (Call during regular LSC Office Hours for help with your homework)
Text: Prealgebra by Aufmann & Barker, 5th Edition, ISBN 9780618956883 (or 0-618-95688-3, which corresponds to the same text).
Calculator: A Calculator of most any type is required for part of the course. Note that on the midterm exam, the first part of two parts does not allow a calculator to be used.
Grading: 1 Midterm - 200 points total 13 five-point Online Quizzes Using the Course Quiz Tool - 65 points
13 five-point Drop Box Assignments - 65 points 2 Homework Sets (Paper) - 40 points total (20 pts each)
Discussions Participation - 39 points total (3 pts/week)
Final - 200 points Total = 609 Points
Grades based on a percentage of final points: A - >90% B - 80 - 89 % C - 70 - 79 % D - 60 - 69 % F - <60 %
Basically, you have to do 5 things for this course:
Do assigned homework from the text book (with paper and pencil) and submit it when you take the Midterm Exam and then again when you take the Final Exam. A 20% late penalty will be assessed if you submit this homework late. Again, you will only be submitting at the time of the Midterm and again at the time of the Final.
Take Online Quizzes using the Quiz Tool. To take these quizzes, simply click on Quizzes in the menu on the Lake Superior Connect Course Page. The quizzes are due one day after the Dropbox Assignments are due. Late quizzes will be marked down 50%.
Take Dropbox Assignments and submit to the dropbox. To take these assignments, go to this Dropbox Assignments Page. You should bookmark this page. Dropbox Assignments submitted late will be marked down 50%!
Click on the Lake Superior Connect course page menu button Discussions and post or reply to someone else's post in the topics posted as being due. Only one post/reply total is required for each unit. Also, this is a great place to get help as I check on these Discussions and answer questions frequently. Make use of the Ask or Answer a Question topics to ask your own questions. No Late Discussions Accepted!
Take a Midterm Exam at LSC or an approved proctored location and take a Final Exam at LSC or an approved proctored location. The Midterm and Final will consist of a subset of problems similar or identical to the assigned homework. The Midterm will cover all sections that are outlined in the course Course Schedule Page up to the time of Midterm and is comprehensive. The Final will be somewhat comprehensive - a Final Exam study guide will be provided that outlines all sections tested. Go to http://www.mnonline.mnscu.edu/student/proctoring.html to find proctors in your area. Contact me about other proctor arrangements - all proctor arrangements must be approved by me in advance. Other than the proctors listed on the site, good candidates for proctors are full-time staff at educational institutions (including K-12) and libraries.
Important Note About 1 More Thing To Do: Stay up to date in this class! If you miss 2 weeks (14 days) of class without submitting any graded assignment, I am required to give you an FN grade. This means you MUST submit work - simply logging in does not satisfy the attendance requirement! See The LSC Policy On Attendance Here.
Other Online Resources such as PurpleMath - This is a GREAT Site - and Free!
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Official Course Outline
Course Dept and Number: Math 0450 Credits: 4
Course Title: Pre-Algebra
HOURS PER WEEK: 4 Lecture 0 Lab
This course covers whole numbers, fractions, decimals, ratio/proportions, percent, U.S. and metric measure, signed numbers, algebraic expressions, linear equations, applied geometry, and exponents.
Course Outcomes: The student will be able to:
1. identify facts and patterns in whole numbers, fractions, decimal fractions, ratios and percent numbers
2. evaluate numerical and algebraic expressions containing whole numbers, fractions, decimal fractions,
and percent numbers
3. convert units and perform operations with U.S. and metric measurements systems
4. solve simple linear equations and proportions in one variable
5. define and describe geometric figures and evaluate geometric formulas
6. solve applications problems in all discipline covered in this course
Methods of assessment of these outcomes include the midterm and final exams, weekly quizzes, and assigned textbook problems.
Student Responsibilities: (Note to faculty: must include those listed below. Any others you require are to be listed on the syllabus, not this outline form.)
1. Assessment. Students may be required to participate in college-wide assessment activities as part of this course. Such activities may include course or instructor evaluations, testing, or special assignments.
2. Student Code of Conduct. Charges of academic misconduct will be brought to the attention of the student and disciplinary action will be taken. See the LSC Student Code of Conduct, Policy 3.6.1, Part 6 for further details.
3. Non-attendance. Students are expected to attend classes regularly and are advised to officially withdraw from courses if they should stop attending. The College's Non-attendance Policy requires instructors to report students who are not attending class(es), resulting in the automatic issuing of an "FN" (failure for non-attendance) grade and re-evaluation and possible repayment of financial aid. Please refer to the LSC Policy 3.17.4 for additional information.
4. Student Success Day. All students are strongly encouraged to participate in Student Success Day activities.
Additional Related Information:
1. Disabilities.Students with disabilities who may need an accommodation in this class are encouraged to contact Georgia Robillard, Disability Coordinator at 733-7650, S1911, firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to ensure that accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.
2. Tutoring. Free tutoring is provided in the Learning Center (E2120) Monday-Saturday in many subjects. Walk in or make an appointment (733-5927). The most current tutor schedules/hours can be found online.
Evaluative Techniques and Grading Scale: Multiple methods of assessment are used as spelled out on in this syllabus.
This document can be made available in alternative formats by contacting Disability Services, E2114, at 218-733-7650 (voice) or 218-722-6893 (TTY).