MATH 171/171A I1  PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA SAMPLE SYLLABUS
INSTRUCTOR: Ms. Valerie Melvin OFFICE: S – 602F OFFICE HOURS:
EMAIL: vmelvin@cfcc.edu PHONE: 3627139 MTWTH 1 – 2
WEB PAGE: cfcc.edu/vmelvin M 2 – 3
MATH LAB HOURS (S 606) Wednesdays 9 – 11 am Virtual Office Hours: M 1  3
CFCC General Education Competencies Will Incorporate All or Some of the Following:

Written Communication 

Understanding Social Structure 

Oral Communication 

Problem Solving 

Critical Thinking 

Understanding Scientific Concepts & Application 

Basic Computer Usage 
OPTIONAL TEXT: You may either purchase the text and access code from the bookstore or you may use the ebook available online after you register into the Course Compass part of your course. The text is Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry, 4th Edition, Bittinger, Beecher, Ellenbogen, Penna. Addison, Wesley Longman Publishing and an accompanying Student Access Code for MyMathLab. You must have a graphing calculator. Instructions for the TI83/TI84 are provided online and in the text; however, all other makes and models will be your responsibility to learn to operate. YOU MUST COMPLETE THE ONLINE ENROLLMENT VERIFICATION NO LATER THAN MIDNIGHT, AUGUST 24TH OR YOU WILL BE ADMINISTRATIVELY WITHDRAWN.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is the first of two courses designed to emphasize topics that are fundamental to the study of calculus. Emphasis is placed on equations and inequalities, functions (linear, polynomial, rational), systems of equations and inequalities, and parametric equations. This course also includes a laboratory. Emphasis in the lab is placed on experiences that enhance the materials presented in the class. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to solve practical problems and use appropriate models for analysis and predictions. Upon completion of the lab, students should be able to solve problems, apply critical thinking, work in teams, and communicate effectively.
COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion, students should be able to: identify whether an equation represents a function; identify the domain and range of a function; evaluate a function; find the inverse of a function; graph linear, polynomial, piecewise defined, exponential and logarithmic functions, as well as apply basic translation techniques; write the equation of a line incorporating the relationship between parallel and perpendicular lines; solve a multitude of equations manually and graphically, to include but not limited to: linear, quadratic, radical, rational, exponential and logarithmic; analyze rational expressions; identify vertical, horizontal and/or oblique asymptotes as well as any x and yintercepts; use technology to fit regression lines/curves to given data; and, be able to distinguish which is the ‘best’ model; write the equation of a circle in standard form using the midpoint and distance formulas. Identify the center and radius of a circle; determine equivalent rectangular equations for parametric equations and graph parametric equations; solve systems of linear equations
CLASS HOURS/WEEK: 3 SEMESTER CREDIT: 3 LAB HOURS/WEEK: 2 SEMESTER CREDIT: 1
PREREQUISITES: Completion of MAT 080 or MAT 090. COREQUISITES: MAT 171A (lab)
EVALUATION: You will have 5 unit tests weighing 11% of your grade each for a total of 50%. THERE ARE NO MAKE UP OR LATE TESTS! IF YOU MISS A TEST, YOU WILL RECEIVE A GRADE OF “0”. You may replace the lowest test grade with your final exam grade. You will have 14 online homework assignments which will average 20% of your course grade. THERE WILL BE NO MAKE UP OR LATE WORK. You will have a proctored comprehensive final exam worth 25% of your course grade. You will have two opportunities to take the final exam. The final exam will be given at the Downtown Campus. You must take the final exam to pass the course. THERE WILL BE NO MAKE UP OR LATE HOMEWORK OR LABS ACCEPTED!
The grading scale is as follows:
92  100 A
84  91 B
76  83 C
68  75 D
67  below F
We will be covering chapters 1 – 5 and sections 9.1, 9.2, and 10.7.
ONLINE ASSIGNMENTS: Homework assignments are grouped together containing two or three sections each. The homework is set up for you to have three attempts at each problem. You can enter an answer three times before the system counts that problem wrong, then you can click on “Similar Exercise” at the bottom of the page and try again. If you use the “Help Me Solve This” feature it will count as one of your attempts. You may open and close the homework any number of times prior to the due date and time. Tests must be completed in one setting, you will not be able to close a test and reopen it. Also, there are no aids associated with the tests. This is not a selfpaced course. The due dates are final dates, not suggested ones. The technology required to take this course is your responsibility. Computer glitches or problems are not acceptable excuses for late or incomplete work.
PROCTORED FINAL EXAM: You have two options for the proctored final exam. You will need to make arrangements at the beginning of the semester to free your schedule of any possible conflicts for one of these dates and time. If you live more than 50 miles from the CFCC campus, you may secure a proctor at your local community college or university to take this exam. The site and proctor must be preapproved by your instructor. Be prepared to present a photo ID before beginning the exam. This exam is comprehensive and contains 15 open ended questions.
MATH LAB and LEARNING LAB: Extra help is available at either the MATH LAB or the Learning Lab. The MATH LAB is located in room S606. You may go there at any time without an appointment, but you will have to fill out a form the first time you go in. The Learning Lab is located in the L building near the Library. You are encouraged to go to the Learning Lab on a regular basis if you are having difficulty with the work.
ATTENDANCE: “Students must be in attendance at least eighty (80%) percent of the clock hours of a course to receive credit for the course. Those who do not meet minimum attendance requirements will be given the grade of “F”, which will be computed in the students’ grade point average as a failing grade.” “Attendance in online (Internet) courses is measured not only by the initial login (enrollment verification due within the first 8 days of the semester) but also by completion of 80% of the required course work.” (CFCC Catalog, page 19) Therefore, you cannot miss any combination of assignments that result in more than 20% of the course work. Students will be allowed two days of excused absence each academic year for religious observances required by the faith of the student. These excused absences will be included in the twenty (20%) percent of allowable clock hour absences. Students are required to provide written notice of the request for an excused absence by completing the Religious Observance Absence form available in Student Development. The completed form must be submitted to the Vice President of Student Development or his/her designee a minimum of ten (10) school days prior to the religious observance. The Vice President of Student Development or his/her designee will notify the instructor within three (3) school days of receiving the request. Students will be given the opportunity to make up any tests or other work missed due to the excused absence and should work with their instructors in advance of the excused absence to delineate how to make up the missed coursework.
HONOR CODE: Upon logging onto this course, you are agreeing to complete all graded assignments independently. You will not solicit nor secure assistance on tests or homework assignments. Furthermore, if there is just cause, your instructor may require some or all of your graded assignments to be proctored.
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Tobacco use is prohibited on all CFCC property. The first offense is a warning and the second offense may result in disciplinary action.
DISABILITY SERVICES: If you are a person with a disability and anticipate needing accommodations of any type in order to access or participate in this class, you must contact the Disability Support Services Office (Galehouse Bldg. room A215, 3627012 or 3627158), provide the necessary documentation of the disability and arrange for the appropriate authorized accommodations. All information shared with the Disability Support Services Office is protected as confidential.
DISCLAIMER: Information contained in this syllabus was, to the best knowledge of the instructor, considered correct and complete when distributed for use at the beginning of the semester. The instructor reserves the right, acting within the policies and procedures of Cape Fear Community College, to make changes in course content or instructional techniques without notice or obligation.