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MATH 121, College Algebra, v2 IS
University of Mississippi

3 credit hours

INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION:

Mr. Azlin

Instructor name:

Michael Azlin

Office: Hume Hall, Room 218

Instructor Information:

I received both my B.S. and M.S. from Ole Miss, and I joined the university in 2007.

I "grew up" in the Grove, and have been attending football games (and other sporting events) here since 1970 in the midst of Archie Mania! I am a veteran of the United States Navy. My passions include watching sports, playing trivia, reading, cooking, traveling, and photography.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact me directly using the Email Your Instructor link on the Lessons page. NOTE: Whenever sending email, please be sure to indicate your course title and number in the subject line.

For lesson or test administration issues, please contact the iStudy department:

The University of Mississippi, Department of Outreach and Continuing Education
iStudy
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: (662) 915-7313, toll-free (877) 915-7313
Fax: (662) 915-8826
E-mail: istudy@olemiss.edu

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This is a 23-section Independent Study course in Algebra! The course is self-paced and entirely online. Topics include linear, quadratic, rational, and radical equations. Other topics consist of inequalities, the algebra of functions (including polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions), the graphs of some of these functions, and systems of equations in two variables.

TEXTBOOK INFORMATION:

hawkes logo

Required Software + eBook Bundle: College Algebra: A Concise Approach, by Paul Sisson; ISBN: 9781941552773

Hawkes Learning Systems

Instructor Name: iStudy Algebra (Note, although I am your instructor, the listing on Hawkes is iStudyAlgebra!)
Section Name: iStudy--Your last name, first initial--date of course enrollment

The ISBN above is for the required Software + eBook Bundle. The eBook (digital textbook) and software are good for life. DO NOT purchase a used License Number or Access Code (from other students or online vendors), as License Numbers and Access Codes are registered to the original purchaser only. You should not download and install anything; follow the instructions on Blackboard for enrolling in the Hawkes portion of the course. For those who may want a “physical” book, it is suggested that you use either: College Algebra, 2nd Edition, by Paul Sisson; ISBN: 9781932628272, or College Algebra: A Concise Approach, by Paul Sisson; ISBN: 9781935782025. Both of these are usually under $10 on Amazon.

It is your responsibilility to obtain the software and eBook for this course.

Use the ISBN number in this syllabus to make sure you get the exact software bundle required in this course.

COURSE OBJECTIVES – STUDENTS WHO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE MATH 121 WILL BE ABLE TO:

COURSE OUTLINE:

UNITS

Blackboard and Hawkes Material

Due for Grades

1

2.1a Linear Equations in One Variable

Hawkes assignments

2.2 Linear Inequalities in One Variable

Hawkes assignments

2.3 Quadratic Equations in One Variable

Hawkes assignments

Quiz 1

Non-proctored Quiz in Hawkes.You have two attempts at 75 minutes per attempt. Only your best score will count. You must score at least 80% on this quiz to enable the next section.

Quiz

2

2.4 Higher Degree Polynomial Equations

Hawkes assignments

2.5 Rational Expressions and Equations

Hawkes assignments

2.6 Radical Equations

Hawkes assignments

Bonus

All Bonus Homework Sections

Hawkes assignments

Quiz 2

Non-proctored Quiz in Hawkes.You have two attempts at 75 minutes per attempt. Only your best score will count. You must score at least 80% on this quiz to enable the next section.

Quiz

Practice Test 1

Non-proctored and untimed practice test in Hawkes for bonus points with unlimited attempts (best score counts).

Practice test

Exam 1

Proctored course exam in Hawkes with a sixty (60) minute time limit. This exam must be submitted to enable the next section.

To be scheduled and completed

before proceeding

3

3.2 Linear Equations in Two Variables

Hawkes assignments

3.3 Forms of Linear Equations

Hawkes assignments

3.4 Parallel and Perpendicular Lines

Hawkes assignments

Quiz 3

Non-proctored Quiz in Hawkes.You have two attempts at 75 minutes per attempt. Only your best score will count. You must score at least 80% on this quiz to enable the next section.

Quiz

4

4.1 Relations and Functions

Hawkes assignments

4.5 Combining Functions

Hawkes assignments

4.6 Inverses of Functions

Hawkes assignments

Quiz 4

Non-proctored Quiz in Hawkes.You have two attempts at 75 minutes per attempt. Only your best score will count. You must score at least 80% on this quiz to enable the next section.

Quiz

Practice Test 2

Non-proctored and untimed practice test in Hawkes for bonus points with unlimited attempts (best score counts).

Practice test

Exam 2

Proctored course exam in Hawkes with a sixty (60) minute time limit. This exam must be submitted to enable the next section.

To be scheduled and completed

before proceeding

5

4.2a Linear and Quadratic Functions

Hawkes assignments

5.1 Introduction to Polynomial Equations and Graphs (excluding complex numbers)

Hawkes assignments

5.2 Polynomial Division and the Division Algorithm (excluding complex numbers)

Hawkes assignments

Quiz 5

Non-proctored Quiz in Hawkes.You have two attempts at 75 minutes per attempt. Only your best score will count. You must score at least 80% on this quiz to enable the next section.

Quiz

6

6.1a Rational Functions

Hawkes assignments

6.1b Rational Inequalities

Hawkes assignments

Quiz 6

Non-proctored Quiz in Hawkes.You have two attempts at 75 minutes per attempt. Only your best score will count. You must score at least 80% on this quiz to enable the next section.

Quiz

Practice Test 3

Non-proctored and untimed practice test in Hawkes for bonus points with unlimited attempts (best score counts).

Practice test

Exam 3

Proctored course exam in Hawkes with a sixty (60) minute time limit. This exam must be submitted to enable the next section.

To be scheduled and completed before proceeding

7

7.1 Exponential Functions and their Graphs

Hawkes assignments

7.2 Applications of Exponential Functions

Hawkes assignments

7.3 Logarithmic Functions and their Graphs

Hawkes assignments

Quiz 7

Non-proctored Quiz in Hawkes.You have two attempts at 75 minutes per attempt. Only your best score will count. You must score at least 80% on this quiz to enable the next section.

Quiz

8

7.4 Properties and Applications of Logarithms

Hawkes assignments

7.5 Exponential and Logarithmic Equations

Hawkes assignments

8.1 Solving Systems by Substitution and Elimination

Hawkes assignments

Quiz 8

Non-proctored Quiz in Hawkes.You have two attempts at 75 minutes per attempt. Only your best score will count. You must score at least 80% on this quiz to enable the next section.

Quiz

Practice Test 4

Non-proctored and untimed practice test in Hawkes for bonus points with unlimited attempts (best score counts).

Practice test

Exam 4

Proctored course exam in Hawkes with a sixty (60) minute time limit. This exam must be submitted to enable the final exam.

To be scheduled and completed before proceeding

Practice Final Exam

Non-proctored and untimed practice exam in Hawkes for bonus points with unlimited attempts (best score counts).

Practice exam

Final Exam

Proctored comprehensive final exam in Hawkes covering material from each of the previous exams. There will be a two-hour (120 minute) time limit on the final exam.

Final Exam

GRADING:

GRADING SCALE

Grade

Percentage

A
A−
B+
B
B−
C+
C

C-
D
F

90 and above
88 – 89.9999
86 – 87.9999
80 – 85.9999
78 – 79.9999
76 – 77.9999
70 – 75.9999

68 – 69.9999

60 – 67.9999
0 – 59.9999

GRADING INFORMATION:

The grading format is as follows:

Note: Grading calculations are done automatically in Hawkes.

You can do hypothetical grade simulations with the following formula:

Course Average = 0.08*(Homework Avg) + 0.12*(Quiz Avg) + 0.56*(Test Avg) + 0.24*(Final Exam) + 0.02*(Bonus HW Avg) + 0.02*(Practice Exam Avg)

Remember, in the formula above, the lowest of the four grades will be replaced by the final exam grade--if the final exam grade is higher (thus the final has the potential to be worth 38% of your overall grade).

There are no curves nor "grade bumps" in this course.

FAILURE TO TAKE THE FINAL EXAM WILL RESULT IN FAILURE OF THE COURSE

TESTING INFORMATION:

A student who wishes to receive credit for an Independent Study course must take all required exams under the supervision of an approved test site official (a proctor). iStudy has a testing facility (DETL, the Distance Education Testing Center at UM) to proctor tests for students in the Oxford area. Students near Tupelo, Southaven, Grenada or Booneville can use our regional campus testing centers. Other students are allowed to take tests from any approved 2 or 4 year college or university. Testing centers and public libraries can also serve as proctors, but K-12 schools are not acceptable. More information is available on the iStudy website. If you are testing in Oxford, you need to submit a test application via Register Blast. The link to Register Blast can be found at the iStudy website. If you are not testing in Oxford, you need to submit an online test application via the iStudy website.

NOTE:

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

CALCULATORS

Only non-graphing calculators are allowed for the proctored testing in this course. It is suggested that you use a non-graphing calculator for all other work so that you are acclimated come test time. The suggested calculator for use is the TI-30XS Multi-View, and that model of calculator will be provided at the Oxford testing center.


HOMEWORK


QUIZZES


PRACTICE EXAMS

A practice exam has been created for each of the tests and for the final exam. Like the homework, these practice tests are VERY useful and powerful tools. The practice tests are built from the quizzes. Each test and the final exam will be built directly from its respective practice test. It is suggested that you work EACH of them prior to the actual test. In addition to gaining essential practice, you will receive BONUS POINTS based on your practice test scores.


MIDTERM COURSE EXAMS


FINAL EXAM

FAILURE TO TAKE THE FINAL EXAM WILL RESULT IN FAILURE OF THE COURSE


A LAST WORD

Algebra is not a spectator sport; it requires active participation and PRACTICE. You can “study,” you can “review,” and you can watch someone do examples; however, above all else, you must PRACTICE. There are no assignments in the course that are meant as "busy work." They have been created for each section of material, and are intended to prepare you for the quizzes and exams. They are VERY useful and powerful tools, as the quizzes, and exams will be built from these assignments.

ADA AND STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES:

The University of Mississippi is committed to ensuring equal access to an education for enrolled or admitted students who have disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The office serves those with physical, nonphysical, and mental disabilities. University policy calls for reasonable accommodations to be made for eligible students with verified disabilities on an individualized and flexible basis.

It is the responsibility of any student with a disability who requests a reasonable accommodation to contact the Office of Student Disability Services (662-915-7128) in 234 Martindale Center to be verified with that office. SDS will then contact the instructor through the student by means of an Instructor Notification of Classroom Accommodations form. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.olemiss.edu/depts/sds.

M BOOK: ACADEMIC DISHONESTY / Plagiarism:

You should not share your private personal passwords (for your Blackboard account or for your email) with anyone else, including brothers or sisters, boyfriends or girlfriends, or parents. Logs of all your activity within the Blackboard course environment, including the Internet location from which you are accessing Blackboard, are available to the instructor and to the Independent Study office. Any evidence of logins to a student's Blackboard course by someone other than the student will be treated as an act of academic dishonesty and will result, at minimum, with failure in the course; the student may also be subject to the more severe disciplinary actions outlined in The University Policy on Academic Dishonesty. (ACA.AR.600.001)

Academic Dishonesty is expressly prohibited by The University of Mississippi. See The University of Mississippi's M Book. This includes plagiarism and self-plagiarism. Plagiarism is not only prohibited by the university but it could also be a legal offense (ex: copyright, infringement, fraud, etc.).

To be absolutely clear, working with another person to answer submitted questions or any of the test questions is unacceptable. If it is determined that any student has violated this policy, the instructor will take the appropriate steps under The University of Mississippi's Academic Dishonesty policy. These range from failing the course to being suspended from The University of Mississippi.

If you have any questions about plagiarism please consult the web links below or contact the iStudy office.

SUGGESTIONS FOR INDEPENDENT STUDY STUDENTS:

Set aside a regular time for studying and preparing your lessons.

You can contact your instructor in one of these ways:

  1. Contact your instructor directly by using the Email Your Instructor link to send an email via Blackboard. You can usually expect a reply within 24 hours, except on weekends when it may take longer.
  2. Contact your instructor indirectly by sending a written message or email message to the instructor in care of the iStudy department (istudy@olemiss.edu). Your message will be promptly forwarded to the instructor.

Do not let unanswered questions keep you from getting the maximum out of each lesson.

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