Course Syllabus

Office Hours: Friday 11:00 – 12:00, my office, first floor

Phone: +355 445 12345 Ext. 348

E-mail: emirasmokthina@unyt.edu.al

 

Catalog Description

College algebra is mathematics at the beginning of the college level. It gives a treatment of the number system (real and complex numbers), polynomials, functions and graphs, equations and inequalities, exponents and logarithms.

Prerequisite:  Nothing

 

Course Purpose

It emphasizes the conceptual understanding, quantitative reasoning, and contemporary applications by maintaining a dynamic balance among theory, applications, modeling, and drill. Students work to develop a deeper understanding of a range of mathematical topics using interactive math tutorials that allow the student to solve math problems interactively.

 

Required Readings:

Main textbook: Aufman, and Barker, and Nation (2011), College Algebra and Trigonometry, seventh international edition, Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning, Canada.

 

Additional textbooks:

  • Raymond A. Barnett, Michael R. Ziegler, Precalculus: functions and graphs, third edition, McGraw-Hill, Inc.
  • Robert L. Mayes, Lawrence M. Lesser, ACT in Algebra, WBC/ McGraw-Hill, Inc.

 

Students may also draw upon resources available on the following website:

http://www.wtamu.edu/academic/anns/mps/math/mathlab/col_algebra/index.htm

 

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Know the number system (real and complex numbers)
  2. Solve different types of equations and inequalities
  3. Know functions and sketch graphs.
  4. Know properties polynomials.
  5. Know exponential, logarithmic functions, sketch graphs and solve equations.

 

Content of the Course

 

  • Preliminary concepts
    • The real number system
    • Intervals, absolute value, and distance
    • Polynomials
    • Factoring
  • Equations and inequalities
    • Linear equations and their applications
    • Quadratic equations
    • Other type of equations
    • Inequalities
    • Variations and applications
  • Functions and graphs
    • Introduction to functions
    • Linear and quadratic functions
    • Properties of graphs
    • The algebra of functions
  • Polynomial and rational functions
    • Polynomial division and synthetic division
    • Polynomial functions; zeros of polynomials
    • The remainder theorem
    • The factor theorem
  • Exponential and logarithmic functions
    • Inverse functions
    • Exponential functions and their graphs
    • Logarithmic functions and their graphs
    • Properties of logarithms
    • Exponential equations
    • Logarithmic equations

 

Course Requirements

 

Participation: Participation extends beyond mere attendance. Active participation is meant as the effort and the interest that a student shows in the class, including homework. After each session students are expected to study all the relevant material, read all the associated exercises, identify the difficult points and pose their questions in the next session either directly to me or in the class. You may miss up to three classes without penalty – your first two absences count whether you have a good excuse or not. Each absence beyond the first three will cost you points off of your participation grade. The only exceptions to this rule are severe illness (doctor’s note required) and UNYT approved trips/activities. Appropriate documentation for absences beyond the first three is necessary the class day directly before or after the one you miss. You are expected to attend class and I do keep attendance records. In general: this class is intensive and interactive. Missing class could seriously affect your grade! Students who are absent more than 20% of the total hours of the semester (i.e. 9 hours) may be required to withdraw from the course.

Class conduct: Exams are closed books. Also, you use your own calculator and nothing else will be allowed. Mobile phones are strictly not tolerated in the class for any use (including computations). Cheating and plagiarism in any form will result immediately in the grade F.

Students are reminded not to approach the instructor for copies of the previous week’s materials during, or immediately after class. Students are expected to collect materials from their classmates or see the instructor during the office hours.

Students are responsible for everything that is announced, presented or discussed in class. The way to avoid any misunderstanding associated with this course is to attend class. Please, be courteous during class; both to me and your colleagues. I find late arrivals distracting, which cause a decline in the quality of my lecture. Importantly, it is also disruptive to your colleagues. Please, refrain from talking during class; it is disruptive to your colleagues and the lecture. I expect the best behavior from all of you. This is what education is all about. Please, consider that the language of instruction is English, so all our conversation into the class must be in this language.

 

Exams: Two examinations will be taken, a midterm exam during week seven of the course and a final exam covering all course content during the final examination period. Exam format may combine a mixture of short answer, true/false, matching, sort answer, and reasoning problems covering all readings, lecture, hand-out and class discussion content. Another test will be included in the period between the midterm and final exam.

 

 

Final Examination: Friday, February 05 2016, Time: 13:00 -16:00, Class 3E,

 

 

General Requirements

Deadlines in submitting the homework are critical. Therefore, late assignments and absence from tests will not be tolerated.   In the event of illness or emergency, contact your instructor IN ADVANCE to determine whether special arrangements are possible. The University’s rules on academic dishonesty (e.g. cheating, plagiarism, submitting false information) will be strictly enforced. Please familiarize yourself with the STUDENT HONOUR CODE, or ask me or your advisor for clarification.

 

 

 

 

Criteria for Determination of Grade

 

  UNYT UoG
Active Participation 10% 10%
Homework 20% 10%
Midterm exam  20% 20%
Test 20% 10%
Final exam 30% 50%

 

Grading scale follows the official UNYT and UOG as below:

 

Letter Grade Percent (%) Generally Accepted Meaning
           A 96-100 Outstanding work
           A- 90-95
           B+ 87-89 Good work, distinctly above average
           B 83-86
           B- 80-82
           C+ 77-79 Acceptable work
           C 73-76
           C- 70-72
           D+ 67-69 Work that is significantly below average
           D 63-66
           D- 60-62
           F 0-59 Work that does not meet minimum standards for passing the course

 

Grade Designation Percentage

(%)

Generic Assessment Criteria
 

 

 

Distinction

 

 

 

86-100

The work examined is exemplary and provides clear evidence of a complete grasp of the knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to the Level of the qualification. There is also ample excellent evidence showing that all the learning outcomes and responsibilities appropriate to that Level are fully satisfied.
 

 

 

Distinction

 

 

 

76-85

The work examined is outstanding and demonstrates comprehensive knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to the Level of the qualification. There is also excellent evidence showing that all the learning outcomes and responsibilities appropriate to that Level are fully satisfied.
 

 

 

Distinction

 

 

 

70-75

The work examined is excellent and is evidence of comprehensive knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to the Level of the qualification. There is also excellent evidence showing that all the learning outcomes and responsibilities appropriate to that Level are satisfied.
 

 

 

Merit

 

 

 

65-69

The work examined is very good and is evidence of the knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to the Level of the qualification. There is also very good evidence showing that all the learning outcomes and responsibilities appropriate to the Level are satisfied.
 

 

 

Merit

 

 

 

60-64

The work examined is good and is evidence of the knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to the Level of the qualification. There is also good evidence showing that all the learning outcomes and responsibilities appropriate to that Level are satisfied.
 

 

 

Merit

 

 

 

55-59

The work examined is sound and is evidence of the knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to the Level of the qualification. There is also sound evidence showing that all the learning outcomes and responsibilities appropriate to that Level are satisfied.
 

 

 

Pass

 

 

 

40-54

The work examined is sound but provides limited evidence of the knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to the Level of the qualification. There is also sound but limited evidence showing that all the learning outcomes and responsibilities to that Level are satisfied.
 

Fail

 

0-39

Work that is significantly below average and does not meet minimum standards for passing a course.

 

Technology Expectations: usage of power-point, excel, word.  Students must keep copies of all assignments and projects sent by e-mail.

Assignments are to be word-processed and converted into pdf files. Continuing and regular use of e-mail is expected.

 

STUDENTS : If you feel that you have encountered special learning difficulties or serious problems that interfere with your studies, please make an appointment with UNYT Counseling Center, Dr. E Cenko (enilacenko@unyt.edu.al). and/or the Academic Support Center, Dr. A Canollari (albanacanollari@unyt.edu.al). They are trained to help students with learning difficulties and have offered to provide this service to our students, just as it is offered in all American universities; you can also discus with your academic advisor.

If you need help with course content, please refer to the Math Center. Please feel free to talk to me for additional information.

 

 

                                              GOOD LUCK!

 

Date Prepared: October 2, 2015

Prepared by Dr. Emira Smokthina