Intermediate Algebra Math 111 Syllabus 
Western New Mexico University Instructor Email: (1) thompsons1@email.wnmu.edu Course Web Page: http://www.wnmu.edu (Select the My Online Courses
link on Instructor’s Personal Web Page: http://www.shellmonster.com. Information on your instructor may be found here. Telephone Number: (575) 8947485 (9 am to 5 pm MST, MF) Preferred Contact: Please contact via email (1). Class Location and Format This is an online, Internetbased course using WNMU’s WebCT tool. Class Hours N/A Class Web Site The course website is located at http://www.wnmu.edu through My Online Courses Course Description Basic Algebra for the student of algebra whose background needs strengthening.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of DSM 102 (Fundamentals of Algebra)
or appropriate CONPASS placement score. Concepts to be covered include
basic properties and definitions, equations and inequalities in one and
two variables, exponents and polynomials, rational expressions and rational
functions, rational exponents and roots and quadratic functions. This
online course closely parallels the facetoface classroom course at
WNMU. Required Textbook Intermediate Algebra, A Text/Workbook, 7th Ed., Charles P. McKeague. Since this is an online course, there are some minimum hardware and software requirements to complete the course. For recommended operating system requirements and web browser compatibility, see http://www.wnmu.edu/My Online Courses For all browsers, JavaScript and cookies must be enabled. To use Chat, Java must also be enabled. Please see http://www.webct.com/My Online Courses for details on internet browser setups. To complete this course, you will need the following software: Textbooks and software may be purchased at the WNMU bookstore, in person or online via : http://www.wnmu.edu.) Or you may purchase via other online resources such as http://www.amazon.com or http://half.com. Technical Support If you are having technical problems with WebCT, you can contact free
technical support through one of the following ways: Any course content related questions should be directed to your assigned instructor. Please refer to thompsons1@cs.wnmu.edu. Exit Competencies Upon completion of this course, the student will have proficiency in
the following:
Students should expect to spend at least 10 hours per week on this course. This includes readings, viewing course content, completing homework assignments, posting to the discussion area, etc. All announcements/changes/due dates will be posted on Blackboard (hereafter referred to as Bb): It is the student’s responsibility to check their Bb account and course calendar for communications and changes to the course several times a week. A grade of failing (50%) will be given for assignments not completed by their due date. No late assignments or quizzes will be accepted. Exams: Your instructor will arrange for proctoring any closedbook exams. Common locations include local libraries and Extended University branch centers. Course Outline Module 1: Basic Properties and Definitions. Objective: Become familiar with how to operate in the online WebCT environment and with course policies. Review fundamental definitions and notation and the real numbers. Reading: Ch. 1.1 – 1.2 Assignment: Homework problems: Ch. 1.1.1 – 1.1.5; 1.2.1 – 1.2.5. Module 2: Basic Properties and Definitions (cont.) Objective: Be introduced to the properties of real numbers and the arithmetic with real numbers. Reading: Ch. 1.3 – 1.4 Assignment: Homework problems: Ch. 1.3.1 – 1.3.5; 1.4.1 – 1.4.5.
Equations and Inequalities in One Variable. Objective: Study linear equations in one variable and formulas. Reading: Ch. 2.1 – 2.2 Assignment: Homework problems: Ch. 2.1.1 – 2.1.5; 2.2.1 – 2.2.5. Module 4: Equations and Inequalities in One Variable (cont.) Objective: Introduce applications of equations in one variable. Learn what linear inequalities in one variable are. Reading: Ch. 2.3 – 2.4 Assignment: Homework problems: Ch. 2.3.1 – 2.3.5; 2.4.1. – 2.4.5. Module 5: Equations and Inequalities in One Variable (cont.) Objective: Introduce equations with absolute value and inequalities involving absolute value. Reading: Ch. 2.5 – 2.6 Assignment: Homework problems: Ch. 2.5.1 – 2.5.5; 2.6.1 – 2.6.5. Module 6: Equations and Inequalities in Two Variables. Objective: Introduce paired data and the rectangular coordinate system. Learn the slope and equations of a line. Reading: Ch. 3.1 – 3.3 Assignment: Homework problems: Ch. 3.1.1 – 3.1.5; 3.2.1 – 3.2.5; 3.3.1 – 3.3.5. Module 7: Equations and Inequalities in Two Variables (cont.) Objective: To present linear inequalities in two variables. Introduce functions and function notation. Reading: Ch. 3.4 – 3.6 Assignment: Homework problems: Ch. 3.4.1 – 3.4.5; 3.5.1 – 3.5.5; 3.6.1 – 3.6.5. Module 8: Midterm Examination Objective: Test competency of understanding of Chapters 1, 2 and 3. Reading: None Assignment: MidTerm Examination. Details to be announced. Module 9: Exponents and Polynomials Objective: To discuss and apply properties of exponents. Study polynomials, sums, and differences and the multiplication of polynomials. Reading: Ch. 5.1 – 5.3 Assignment: Homework problems: Ch. 5.1.1 – 5.1.5; 5.2.1 – 5.2.5; 5.3.1 – 5.3.5.
Exponents and Polynomials (cont.) Objective: Introduce the greatest common factor and factoring by grouping. Study the factoring of trinomials and special factoring. Reading. Ch. 5.4 – 5.6 Assignment. Homework problems: Ch. 5.4.1 – 5.4.5; 5.5.1 – 5.5.5; 5.6.1 – 5.6.5.
Exponents and Polynomials (cont.). Objective: Review factoring and introduce solving equations by factoring. Reading: Ch. 5.7 – 5.8: Assignment: Homework problems: Ch. 5.7.1 – 5.7.5; 5.8.1 – 5.8.5. Module 12 Rational Expressions and Rational Functions. Rational Exponents and Roots Objective: Introduce the basic properties of rational expressions and reducing to lowest terms. Introduce rational exponents. Reading: Ch. 6.1; Ch. 7.1 Assignment: Homework problems: Ch. 6.1.1 – 6.1.5; 7.1.1 – 7.1.5.
Rational Exponents and Roots (cont.) Objective: To introduce the simplified form for radicals and learn
about complex numbers. Assignment: Homework problems: Ch. 7.3.1 – 7.3.5; 7.7.1 – 7.7.5. Module 14 Quadratic Functions Objective: To study how to solve quadratic functions by completing the square. Introduce the quadratic formula. Reading: Ch. 8.1 – 8.2 Assignment: Homework problems: Ch. 8.1.1 – 8.1.5; 8.2.1 – 8.2.5.
Thanksgiving Break – No Class. Module 16 Quadratic Functions (cont.) Objective: Introduce additional items involving solutions to equations. Learn how to graph parabolas. Reading: Ch. 8.3. 8.5 Assignment: Homework problems: Ch. 8.3.1 – 8.3.5; 8.5.1 – 8.5.5. Module 17 Final Examination Objective: Test competency of understanding of Chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8 . Reading: None
This is an intensive, undergraduatelevel course with regular and firm deadlines. Weekly Homework Assignments: You will be assigned homework each week, except for the week of Thanksgiving recess, the midterm and the final. Details on the homework can be found under the assignments icon. Homework format will normally utilize Microsoft Excel workbooks (sheets). Examples will be posted on the Bb course for you to study. You must submit your module (week) assignments by the end of each module (week) period to be considered for grading. Solutions will be posted in Bb following the submission deadline. Normally, this will be in the following module (week). Homework is worth 320 total points or 32% of the final grade. Weekly Discussion Topics: Discussions are, in essence, the equivalent of ‘class participation’ in an online course. The instructor will begin facilitation of these class discussions. Each discussion topic will last for oneweek. Discussions start on Mondays and will end on the following Sunday. Please log into the class and participate in the discussion at least four times during the oneweek window. You are expected to participate in all of the discussion topics presented during the semester. Please take care in composing your discussion postings; the idea is to have a conversation with the instructor and other students in the class, much as you would in a facetoface class. (The discussion area should not be a series of unrelated postings.) You are encouraged to share your ideas, ask questions, and comment/respond appropriately to other students’ comments. The instructor will evaluate your discussion postings in terms of both quality and quantity as part of the course grade. The discussion postings are worth 140 points or 14% of the final grade. During the first two weeks of the course you will have an opportunity to interact casually with other students in the class to form virtual study groups. Students in this class often find it is essential to pair up with other students in the class to discuss homework assignments. However, submitted homework assignments are expected to by your own work.
Final Examination: The final examination will also be an openbook examination and will encompass the whole course. As with the midterm examination, no collaboration is allowed. Further details will be announced prior to this period using our Bb course. The weight of the final examination is 340 points or 34% of the final grade. Letter grading: There are 1000 points available. Generally, scores equal to or above 90% A, 80%  B, 70%  C, 60%  D and below 60% – F.
You will be asked to complete a midterm and final course evaluation survey online for this course. These surveys are completely anonymous and provide useful information to improve this course for next semester’s students. These surveys will be listed on the Bb home page. If you have any questions or concerns about the survey, please ask the instructor. Course Policies Academic Integrity: Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in academic and professional manners. The University reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Access to Education: Qualified students with disabilities needing appropriate academic adjustments should contact the instructor as soon as possible to ensure your needs are met in a timely manner. For information on assistive technology available for student use and additional information on services available through Student Accessibility Services, see http://www.wnmu.edu/Special%20Needs%202/specialneeds.htm. Audit: A student may register for a course as an auditor, providing permission of the instructor is obtained. A student has the first four weeks of the semester to change a course to audit status. No changes in audit status will be processed after the fourth week of class. Students are charged the normal tuition rate for auditing a course. Collaboration: Collaborate work, such as studying or discussing course assignments and materials, (but not graded homework and exams) with other class members, is highly encouraged. Students are encouraged to collaborate with each other using the Bb email discussion area tools. Copyright: All materials in this course fall under copyright laws and should not be downloaded, distributed, or used by students for any purposes outside of this course. Privacy and Bb Tracking Notice: Bb or the course web site automatically records all students activities, including, your first and last access to the course, the pages you have accessed, the number of discussion messages you have read and sent, chat room discussion text, and posted discussion topics. This data is accessed by the instructor to evaluate class participation and to identify students having difficulty using Bb features. Incompletes, Withdrawals, and Drops: I give out incompletes only under extreme circumstances. If you are running into problems with the course, please contact me as early ass possible so you do not fall behind. This course falls under all WNMU policies for last day to drop courses, etc. Please see http://www.wnmu.edu/student.htm or the WNMU Course Catalog for information on WNMU services and policies. Please see the WNMU academic calendar for course dates, the last day to drop courses without penalty, and for financial disenrollment dates.
