Lackawanna College
MAT 120 OA: College Algebra
Spring I 2019: January 22 – March 15, 2019
Online Course 3 Credits
Instructor

Vincent E. Pricci



Email

vince.pricci@falcons.lackawanna.edu


Office Hours

Online through Chat at a mutually convenient scheduled time.


Email is checked several times daily.







Textbook
MyMathLab Software (Required) Course ID: pricci37124
Algebra for College Students eighth edition; Robert Blitzer. Prentice Hall 2017 (Optional)
Description
MAT 120 (Formerly MA 116) – College Algebra This collegelevel course is designed to prepare students for further study of college mathematics. It commences with a review of intermediate algebra concepts and progresses through subject matter within college algebra. Topics to be covered include algebra and problem solving, factoring techniques, linear functions and inequalities, systems of linear equations, polynomials, polynomial functions, rational expressions and functions, radicals, radical functions, rational exponents, imaginary and complex numbers, quadratic equations and functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, graphing techniques and analysis (3 Credits).
Objectives
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
 Apply the following mathematical topics to the objectives listed: a. Arithmetic Operations, b. Properties of real numbers, c. Domain of a variable, d. Laws of Exponents, e. Scientific Notation, f. Rectangular Coordinates, g. Graphs of Equations, Lines and Circles
 Simplify polynomials by Adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing; use the formulas for special products. Apply concepts regarding functions and their graphing techniques using rectangular coordinates, set and interval notation.
 Factor polynomials using G.C.F, Trinomials, Special Factors and Factor by grouping concepts.
 Simplify rational expressions by Adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. Apply concepts regarding functions and their graphing techniques using rectangular coordinates.
 Divide Polynomials including concepts regarding Long Division, Synthetic Division and The Remainder Theorem. Solve polynomial equations by factoring. Solve rational equations.
6.
Requirements & Instructional Methods
Instructional methods include lecture, discussion and interaction, video analysis, and shared reflection. Assignments include:
Project

Percent of Grade

Discussions

10%

Homework Assignments

20%

Quizzes

25%

Tests

30%

Final Exam

15%

Evaluation
Each assignment within a category will have equal value. For example, the Chapter 5 Test will be weighted equal to the Chapter 6 Test. Below is the rubric that will be used for scoring discussion replies.
Online Course Attendance Policy
Students enrolled in creditbearing courses at Lackawanna College will fail any course(s) in which they accumulate absences beyond the maximum number allowed. This pertains to online courses as well.
Attendance is defined by participating in an academic activity within the online classroom, which includes posting replies in a graded discussion forum or submitting a written assignment. Activities (Syllabus quiz, Course Navigation Quiz, Academic Honesty Pledge, Autobiography) not related to the aforementioned activities will not count for attendance purposes.
Students that fail to participate in an academic activity as described above in the online classroom prior to the last day to drop/add a course will automatically be dropped from the course.
 You are required to engage in discussion by making an initial post to your instructor’s prompt by the assigned day of the week, and then submitting the required number of replies by the end of the week.
 Students who do not participate in any courserelated discussions AND who do not submit any courserelated assignments for ONE week will be DROPPED from the course. It is the responsibility of the student to formally withdraw from the course at the Registrar’s office.
Online Course Discussion Policy
In order to understand, remember, and benefit from what we learn in class, discussion and interaction are critical. Responses such as, “I like what you said.” “I agree.” Or “Good thinking.” are NOT acceptable. Also, you should NOT simply repeat what someone else has already said.
Good Discussions in Course Resources will help you, but you should also use this rubric to gain all possible points for your contributions and, more importantly, to get the most out of our class discussion!
Ask yourself the following questions to help guide you in having a great discussion:
 Did I answer the discussion questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material that promoted conversation?
 Did I support my answers to the discussion questions with research and reading?
 Did I respond to at least two classmates?
 Did I continue the conversation with peers that replied to my discussion?
 Did I answer any additional questions the instructor may have asked?
 Are all of my responses detailed and clear?
 Did I participate in the discussion on 4 separate days?
 Did I relate my responses to the course reading, notes, and/or personal life?
 Did I provide the class with a response that is nongeneric and inspiring – meaning that they learned from what I have contributed and can continue the conversation
 Did I use proper grammar, spelling and netiquette?
Responses that do not move the conversation forward by providing information to which others can respond and build upon will negatively affect your weekly score.
Withdrawal Policy
A student has the privilege of withdrawing from any courses or from the College itself without academic penalty up to and including the final date for withdrawal indicated on the College calendar.
To withdraw officially from a course or from the College, a student must obtain the proper withdrawal form from the Student Affairs Office or from your Center Director, complete this form and submit it to the Registrar's Office before the final day for withdrawal without academic penalty as indicated on the College calendar. If a student stops attending a course for which he/she is registered after the published census date (end of drop/add) without having officially withdrawn from the course, the student will be assigned an AW (penaltygrade failure) for the class. No exceptions will be made.
Students who violate the College's Academic Integrity Policy and fail a course in consequence may not exercise the withdrawal privilege in that particular course.
Financial obligations to the College will be determined according to the Refund Policy.
Instructor Policies
As future professionals, you should practice behaviors that represent you as responsible and thoughtful. To that end, this class abides by the following rules:
 There is no extra credit.
 With the exception of homework/quizzes/tests from MyMathLab, assignments must be submitted via file exchange on the Portal. Files must be saved as .doc or .pdf only.
 All emails and responses posted in the General Questions section of the forum will be answered within one day.
 All assignments will be graded within 3 days of the assignment due date
Grading
Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Quality Points

A

96 – 100

4.0

A

90 – 95

3.67

B+

87 – 89

3.33

B

83 – 86

3.0

B

80 – 82

2.67

C+

77 – 79

2.33

C

73 – 76

2.0

C

70 – 72

1.67

D+

67 – 69

1.33

D

60 – 66

1.0

F

0 – 59

0

Due Dates and Late Penalties
Late assignments will not be accepted. Any assignment/quiz/test not completed by the due date will receive a grade of 0. Please follow all deadlines listed in the syllabus and course calendar. Technical difficulties are NOT a justification for lateness.
Academic Integrity
Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated. Sanctions will include an automatic F for plagiarism, but the severity or frequency of the violation may result in dismissal from the College as well. Please see the Student Handbook for a complete explanation.
The following are among the forms of dishonesty, in a classroom of any type, for which sanctions may be applied:
 Using books, notes or other materials during an examination, unless expressly permitted;
 Using purchased essays, term papers or preparatory research for such papers;
 Copying others' work or engaging in unauthorized cooperation during an assignment or examination;
 Allowing another student to copy from an examination or other assignment intended to be performed independently;
 Borrowing from published works, whether material is taken verbatim or with minor alterations, without proper and/or sufficient acknowledgment;
 Submitting as one’s own work originally done by someone else;
 Submitting the same written report in more than one course without prior approval from the instructor(s) involved;
 Stealing examinations or assignments;
 Supplying or selling examinations or assignments;
 Misrepresenting statements concerning work submitted;
 Falsifying or fabricating experimental data or results;
 Falsifying or fabricating the need for extensions on papers or makeup examinations.
 Misrepresenting identity in an online course
(Please see student handbook for more information)
Disability Statement
Lackawanna College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution. Students with disabilities and other needs should feel free to contact the instructor privately if there are services and adaptations which can be made to accommodate specific needs. Students who are having difficulties with class material are strongly advised to seek assistance in the reading and writing lab. If you feel that you have a disability that has not been formally documented, you may meet with Mrs. Christine Kiehart in the academic development office to discuss your options. Please note that disability services do not include exemption from participation requirements in courses considered part of the School of Distance Education, including online and hybrid courses.
Lackawanna College Notice of Nondiscrimination
Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership, or any other legally protected classification. Announcement of this policy is in accordance with State Law including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and with Federal Law including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Lackawanna College is committed to providing an educational and work environment that is free from unlawful sexual discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender based harassment.
In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Lackawanna College will not tolerate any forms of sexual misconduct including but not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence and genderbased harassment by employees, students or third parties. This includes prohibiting discrimination against pregnant and parenting students. The College also prohibits retaliation against any person who makes a claim of discrimination or harassment or who provides information in such an investigation. This policy applies to admissions, employment, treatment and access to all programs and activities that take place either on or off the campus at Lackawanna College.
Lackawanna College will fully and promptly investigate all allegations of sexual misconduct and will take action reasonably designed to resolve the complaint in an equitable manner, end a hostile environment if one has been created, prevent its recurrence, and, when appropriate, take steps to remedy its effects on individuals and the college community.
Lackawanna College complies with Title IX and all other federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.
Reports or inquiries regarding nondiscrimination should be made to:
Title IX Coordinator/ Executive Director of the Student Wellness Program, Marsha Pigga, Angeli Hall, Room 102, 501 Vine Street, Scranton PA, 18509 (570) 9551466/ (570) 6777589, piggam@lackawanna.edu.
Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action inquiries: Georgia Egan, Affirmative Action Officer/Director of Continuing Education, Angeli Hall, Room 300C, Vine Street, Scranton PA (570) 9617815, EganG@lackawanna.edu or Gopu Kiron, Affirmative Action Officer/eLearning Director, Angeli Hall, Ground Floor, Vine Street, Scranton PA, (570) 5047929, kirong@lackawanna.edu.
Additional information regarding Title IX requirements and how to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights: Office of Civil Rights at www2.ed.gov/ocr, 8004213481. Philadelphia Office: Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, The Wanamaker Building,100 Penn Square East, Suite 515, Philadelphia, PA 191073323 Telephone: 2156568541, Email: OCR.Philadelphia@ed.gov.
Portfolio and Coursework
Lackawanna College will empower you to experience learning by inspiring your critical thinking, assessing your talents and skills, motivating you toward a career choice, and encouraging you to make a difference. In evidence of this learning, the College requires a graduation portfolio containing Career Documents, including a résumé, two letters of recommendation, and a career exploration; Core Coursework, including a research paper from College Writing; three sample papers or projects from Major Coursework; and a Lackawanna College Reflection Paper.
Course Schedule
Week

Dates

Topic

Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity

1

January 22 – January 24

Syllabus and Getting Started
5.1 Introduction to Polynomials and Polynomial Functions

Simplify polynomials by Adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing; use the formulas for special products. Apply concepts regarding functions and their graphing techniques using rectangular coordinates, set and interval notation.

 Let’s Get to Know One Another Discussion
 Academic Honesty Pledge Discussion
 Syllabus Quiz
 Course Navigation Quiz
 Post to Discussion Questions
 KWL Chart on Polynomials
 5.1 Homework assignment in MyMathLab

1

January 25 – January 27

5.2 Multiplication of Polynomials
5.3 Greatest Common Factors and Factoring by Grouping

Simplify polynomials by Adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing; use the formulas for special products. Apply concepts regarding functions and their graphing techniques using rectangular coordinates, set and interval notation.
Factor polynomials using G.C.F, Trinomials, Special Factors and Factor by grouping concepts.

 Reply to Discussion Questions
 5.2, 5.3 Homework assignments in MyMathLab
 5.1  5.3 Quiz in MyMathLab

2

January 28  January 31

5.4 Factoring Trinomials
5.5 Factoring Special Forms

Factor polynomials using G.C.F, Trinomials, Special Factors and Factor by grouping concepts.

 Post to Discussion Questions
 5.4, 5.5 Homework assignments in MyMathLab

2

February 1 – February 3

5.6 General Factoring Strategy
5.7 Polynomial Equations and Their Applications

Factor polynomials using G.C.F, Trinomials, Special Factors and Factor by grouping concepts.

 Reply to Discussion Questions
 5.6, 5.7 Homework assignments in MyMathLab
 5.4  5.7 Quiz in MyMathLab
 Chapter 5 Test in MyMathLab
 Complete Last Column of KWL Chart on Polynomials

3

February 4 – February 7

6.1 Rational Expressions and Functions: Multiplying and Dividing

Simplify rational expressions by Adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. Apply concepts regarding functions and their graphing techniques using rectangular coordinates.

 Post to Discussion Questions
 6.1 Homework assignment in MyMathLab

3

February 8 – February 10

6.2 Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions
6.3 Complex Rational Expressions

Simplify rational expressions by Adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. Apply concepts regarding functions and their graphing techniques using rectangular coordinates.

 Reply to Discussion Questions
 6.2, 6.3 Homework assignments in MyMathLab
 6.1  6.3 Quiz in MyMathLab

4

February 11 – February 14

6.4 Division of Polynomials

Divide Polynomials including concepts regarding Long Division, Synthetic Division and The Remainder Theorem. Solve polynomial equations by factoring. Solve rational equations.

 Post to Discussion Questions
 6.4 Homework Assignment in MyMathLab

4

February 15 – February 17

6.5 Synthetic Division and the Remainder Theorem
6.6 Rational Equations

Divide Polynomials including concepts regarding Long Division, Synthetic Division and The Remainder Theorem. Solve polynomial equations by factoring. Solve rational equations.

 Reply to Discussion Questions
 6.5, 6.6 Homework Assignments in MyMathLab
 6.4  6.6 Quiz in MyMathLab
 Chapter 6 Test in MyMathLab

5

February 18 – February 21

7.1 Radical Expressions and Functions
7.2 Rational Exponents

Evaluate radical expressions using the properties of exponents including fractional exponent and rational exponent concepts.

 Post to Discussion Questions
 7.1, 7.2 Homework Assignments in MyMathLab

5

February 22 – February 24

7.3 Multiplying and Simplifying Radical Expressions
7.4 Adding, Subtracting, and Dividing Radical Expressions

Evaluate radical expressions using the properties of exponents including fractional exponent and rational exponent concepts.

 Reply to Discussion Questions
 7.3, 7.4 Homework Assignments in MyMathLab
 7.1  7.4 Quiz in MyMathLab

6

February 25 – February 28

7.5 Multiplying with More than One Term and Rationalizing Denominators

Evaluate radical expressions using the properties of exponents including fractional exponent and rational exponent concepts.

 Post to Discussion Questions
 7.5 Homework Assignment in MyMathLab

6

March 1 – March 3

7.6 Radical Equations
7.7 Complex Numbers

Evaluate radical expressions using the properties of exponents including fractional exponent and rational exponent concepts.

 Reply to Discussion Questions
 7.6, 7.7 Homework Assignments in MyMathLab
 7.5  7.7 Quiz in MyMathLab
 Chapter 7 Test in MyMathLab

7

March 4 – March 7

8.1 Square Root Property and Completing the Square
8.2 Quadratic Formula

Divide Polynomials including concepts regarding Long Division, Synthetic Division and The Remainder Theorem. Solve polynomial equations by factoring. Solve rational equations.

 Post to Discussion Questions
 8.1, 8.2 Homework Assignments in MyMathLab
 8.1 – 8.2 Quiz in MyMathLab

7

March 8 – March 12

9.3 Logarithmic Functions
9.4 Properties of Logarithms

Apply the following mathematical topics to the objectives listed: a. Arithmetic Operations, b. Properties of real numbers, c. Domain of a variable, d. Laws of Exponents, e. Scientific Notation, f. Rectangular Coordinates, g. Graphs of Equations, Lines and Circles

 Reply to Discussion Questions
 9.3, 9.4 Homework Assignments in MyMathLab
 9.3 – 9.4 Quiz in MyMathLab

7

March 13 – March 15

Course Evaluation
Final Exam



* This course outline is subject to amendment as class needs and progress dictates.