Basic Mathematical Models/Developmental Mathematics
Pilot Course
Syllabus
Fall 2006
Dr. Kimberly Presser
INSTRUCTOR:
Dr. Kimberly Presser
SUPPLEMENTAL INSTRUCTION LEADER:
Brooks Emerick
- This semester our class is fortunate to be a part of the
Supplemental Instruction (SI) program. Supplemental Instruction is a
non-remedial academic method of tutoring students in a particular class
who may need additional help to pass, who simply want to learn more
about the particular subject, and/or who want to increase their
performance level.
- The SI leader will attend my 11:00 section of MAT 120 as a “model
student of the subject". The SI leader and I will work together
to
coordinate weekly lesson plans, discuss strategies, and implement
procedures
to help those of you who attend the SI review sessions.
- The SI leader will meet twice a week outside of class to review
information that I have taught during the weekly classes. Students who
voluntarily attend the sessions will learn appropriate applications of
study strategies as they review content material, i.e., note
taking and test preparation. If you initially feel intimidated about
asking questions in class or speaking with me, working with an SI
leader can be extremely helpful. Since attendance is voluntary,
students are not singled out or separated based on academic ability,
which helps all participants to feel more comfortable during the
sessions.
PREREQUISITES:
- Mathematics placement at the developmental level.
PURPOSE:
- This course has a dual purpose. The first goal is to
provide
extra assistance with pre-algebra material to improve your mathematical
skills
from the developmental level as we work through the college level
material
for Basic Mathematical Models.
- The second goal of the course is to study mathematical models in
order
to learn college algebra skills. In this course, we will learn
how
to collect data and represent it graphically, numerically, and
algebraically.
We will also learn how to convert between these representations, and we
will determine which kind of model is appropriate in various situations.
- MAT120 - Basic Mathematical Models serves primarily as a course
to prepare students for math-intensive majors such as business and
science majors. This is a prerequisite for both MAT 108 - Finite
Mathematics and MAT 124 - PreCalculus.
TEXT:
- Functions and Change: A Modeling Approach to College Algebra,
Third Edition by Crauder, Evans and Noell, published by
Houghton-Mifflin.
CALCULATORS:
- You are required to have a graphing calculator for this course.
The class demonstrations will be with the TI-83/84. If you choose to
use a calculator other than the TI-83/84, it is up to you to learn how
to do the necessary functions on your particular calculator. If you
have a problem obtaining a calculator for this course, please let me
know so that we can make other arrangements for you.
COURSE GOALS:
- To help remediate your pre-algebra skills from the developmental
level to the college level.
- To teach you the basic analytic skills from college algebra:
working with functions, solving equations, graphing lines, etc.
- To show you how these analytic skills are used in real-world
application problems.
- To help you learn to communicate mathematical ideas effectively.
- To develop your problem solving and critical thinking skills.
Especially in learning the importance of using proper units and making
sure
that your answer makes realistic sense.
STUDENT EXPECTATIONS:
- Attend class every day and make your best effort to arrive on
time.
- Read the section to be covered prior to class.
- Do the suggested homework assignments after the material is
discussed in class.
- Come see me during office hours (or schedule an appointment) as
soon as you need help.
- See the math department or LAC tutors if you need
still more
help.
- Be active in class. Participate in class discussions. Keep your
group on task.
- Check your email and the class web page regularly.
- Be responsible for any material missed when you are absent.
- ALWAYS ask questions if you need help or need to refresh on a
topic taught previously. I cannot give you the help that you need if
you
do not communicate your difficulties with me.
ASSESSMENT:
- Students participating in the pilot course will actually receive
three grades for this course: MAT 051/MAT052 and MAT 120.
- MAT051/MAT052 - Developmental Mathematics
- Grades in MAT051/MAT052 - Developmental Mathematics are
assigned
on a pass fail basis (S/U). These grades are not included in your
GPA
and the credits do not count towards graduation.
- As we work through the Basic Mathematical Models course
material,
we will pause to refresh ourselves on developmental mathematical skills
as
they pertain to the topics in the course. For example, when we
study
the section on Solving Nonlinear Equations we will pause to cover basic
factoring
skills. After covering this remedial material, we will have CHECKPOINT
QUIZ.
- Each CHECKPOINT QUIZ is passed with a score of 75% or
more.
- A CHECKPOINT QUIZ may be retaken during office
hours
until it is passed.
- A student will receive an S in MAT051 and MAT052 once they have
passed
each CHECKPOINT QUIZ Otherwise a grade of U will be
assigned
for both courses.
- MAT120 - Basic Mathematical Models
- HOMEWORK: Suggested homework assignments are given on
the class web page. I will not be collecting these assignments, but we
will discuss your homework questions daily. Doing the assignments is
the best way to
gauge your understanding of the material and prepare for the quizzes
and
tests.
- LABS: As this class consists of using modeling projects
to study college algebra concepts. There will frequently be
in-class
labs or take-home projects which involve data collection. These
can
consist of short writing assignments, projects or lab summaries.
The
percentages earned on any of these labs, projects or writing
assignments
will be averaged together at the end of the semester to determine your
Lab
grade. I will drop your lowest percentage when computing this
average.
Your Lab Grade will count towards 15% of your grade.
- QUIZZES:There will be weekly quizzes based on
material discussed
in the previous classes and the homework assignments. The
percentages
on your quizzes will be averaged together at the end of the semester to
determine your Quiz Grade. I will drop your lowest quiz percentage when
computing
this average. Your Quiz Grade will count towards 20% of your
grade.
- EXAMS:There will be three midterms each worth 15% of
your grade. The final exam will be worth 20% of your grade.
- GRADES:The scale for final grades is:
A |
A- |
B+ |
B |
B- |
C+ |
C |
D |
F |
92 - 100 |
90 - 91 |
88 - 89 |
82 - 87 |
80 - 81 |
78 - 79 |
70 - 77 |
60 - 69 |
less than 60 |
ATTENDANCE:
- I expect you to attend class each day. You only make things hard
on yourself if you don't come to class. Please make your best effort to
arrive on time. Entering the room late disrupts the class. Be aware
that
if you are tardy you may miss important announcements about homework
and
tests. It is your responsibility to check the web page and/or contact
me
to receive any materials handed out in class.
MAKE-UP POLICY:
- Make-ups will only be given under unusual circumstances. If you
need a make-up, you must contact me as soon as possible and
give me
proper third-party documentation for your absence. This means a
letter from your coach, a form from the Dean, a memo from your doctor
or
a note from your parents. You WILL NOT be allowed to make-up work, if
you
do not notify me PROMPTLY.
NOTICES:
- If you have a disability that may require special consideration
and/or modifications, please provide documentation from the Office of
Social Equity, suggestions for assistance to maximize class
participation, completion of assignments, etc., by the end of
the second week of classes. It is also best if you schedule a
meeting with the professor immediately.
- It is university policy that any student missing class due to
scheduled religious observances must provide in writing with the dates
at the beginning of the semester.
ACADEMIC DISHONESTY:
- It is the policy of Shippensburg University to expect academic
honesty. Students who commit breaches of academic honesty will be
subject to the various sanctions outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog.
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