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MTH60 Introductory Algebra- 1st Term

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Introduction to algebraic concepts and processes with a focus on linear equations and inequalities in one and two variables. Applications, graphs, functions, formulas, and proper mathematical notation are emphasized throughout the course. A scientific calculator is required. The TI-30X II is recommended. Prerequisites: MTH 20 and RD 80 (or ESOL 250). Audit available.  (For detailed information, see the Course Content and Outcome Guide ).


Distance Education: Web Course Information

CRN 42176

From the Instructor:
Q:What book will we use?
A: MyMathLab is required for this course. You can either purchase a standalone MyMathLab access code at http://www.mymathlab.com/ (this comes with an electronic copy of the book and student solutions manual) or you can purchase a new book that comes with MyMathLab from the PCC bookstore. It is called Introductory Algebra with MyMathLab, 6th edition, by Blitzer . Please note that this course uses the same textbook that on campus courses use.

Q: Are chances of doing well online the same as a course that meets on campus?
A: No, typically online passing rates are much lower than on campus courses. I have taught this course for several years now and the average passing rate has been consistently lower than my on campus courses. This is true for other online math courses as well, not particular to my course. This is due to students not being aware of what it takes to succeed online or ignoring the message I have for you below. If you are taking an online course because the on campus course you wanted to take was full this is not a wise decision. You should take an online course because you have researched it, and it is a good fit for your learning style. Please continue reading.

Q:When does the class start?
A: You will have access to Desire2Learn (D2L) Sunday evening the day before the term starts. If it is possible I will give you access Sunday morning before the term starts or even earlier. If earlier, I will send an email message to the class via MyPCC email.

Q:How do I access the course?
A:Log into MyPCC. On the main webpage, in the Quick Links window you will see the link to access D2L.

Q:When should I start the course?
A: I am expecting you to access and start the course the day I give you access or the day after. The longer you wait to access the course, the chance of succeeding in the course diminishes. How well you do in the course is usually determined in the first four days. Also, when you access the D2L course and participate in the activities it is the equivalent of attending an on campus course. Students that do not sufficiently participate in the course by Thursday will be dropped. However, it is up to you do drop the course if you are not planning on attending (i.e. Do not rely on me to drop you.)

Q: How I am graded?
A: You will have weekly online quizzes based on assigned homework in MyMathLab, participation in weekly discussions, exams (The second exam will be online like the quizzes and the first exam and the final exam are given at the PCC Rock Creek Campus. If you are living outside the Portland Metro area (more than 60 miles from the Rock Creek Campus), you may request (within the first week) to have your exams proctored elsewhere. It is your responsibility to find a proctor that is approved by me, typically a testing center at a nearby university or community college).

Q: What are the dates for the two proctored exams?
A: Exam 1 will be Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 from 6 - 8 pm. The Final Exam will be Thursday, December 11th, 2014 from 6 - 8 pm. Both at the Rock Creek Campus, Building 2, Room 123.

Q:Is an online course self paced?
A:The online course is not self paced. The pace is set by the instructor who releases the modules week by week that contain the content for the course. You will typically have a week to turn items in, but this work cannot be done in a day. Students who eventually drop the course, attempt to work on the course only a few times during a one week period. You must realize that you will need to study every other day at a minimum. If your strategy is to do all the work on Saturday and Sunday, for example, this will not work.

Q:Are the assignments due the same time every week?
A:Mostly, yes. With the exception of the first week, where I have a few early due dates to check students for attendance, weekly work is always due on Monday nights by 11 pm.

Q:I am taking an online course because I do not have much time to study and I am hoping it is easier. Is this correct?
A:An online environment is harder than an on campus course. You have to be very disciplined and make sure you have a set schedule of when you will study. If you have a hard time motivating yourself to study then an online environment is not for you.
Please note that when you take an on campus class you can sit passively and obtain information by the exchange of information between teacher and student. That component is missing here.
I would not suggest that you take this course if you are taking a full class load and working. Leave yourself free time that you can use when emergencies arise. If you have a schedule that has no free time available, then you are setting yourself up for failure.
Suppose you get ill and fall behind a few days (this occurs in on-line environments as well), if you are only taking two classes it should be possible to catch up, but if you are taking three and working full time, then it will be more difficult to do so. Furthermore, the class starts quickly (three sections in week 1), and the pace continues throughout. YOU SHOULD START THE COURSE the first day of availability. If you wait five days after the course starts to actually start studying, it is too late. Here is a quote from as student:

    This term has been a difficult one for me. I will admit to not having given this class the attention it deserves thus far, and sadly, it is because it is an online class, and because my physical classes serve as a constant reminder twice a week as to what needs to be accomplished. I do not think algebra is a difficult subject, but there are so many rules! I find my greatest problem to be understanding all of the complicated formulas and knowing when to use them. .

Q:What type of student should take an online course?
A:An online student should possess the following traits.
  1. Should be a strong math student.
  2. Comfortable with technology and able to learn quickly or seek out help if not familiar with something (for example, Word, OpenOffice, converting a document to a .pdf file, using an equation editor to properly format math symbols, MyMathLab, etc)
  3. Can study independently.
  4. Can learn mathematics by reading.
  5. Understands that learning a concept takes time and can persevere when concepts don't make sense.
  6. Has the available time to go over the material, do homework and study.
  7. Does not have prior commitments that will make logging in and participating not possible (e.g. getting married, going on vacation, having surgery, other medical conditions, taking too many courses, working too many hours).
  8. Can communicate effectively in writing, and is willing to communicate in writing.
  9. Is willing to communicate with the instructor and other students in writing via discussion boards.
  10. Will not depend solely on tutors, that is, some students are under the notion that having a tutor is all it will take to attain understanding and pass a course.
  11. Can work through computer issues such as a video is not working, need to update Java, is willing to call the helpdesk to work through computer issues.
  12. Not a procrastinator.

Q:Will I have to interact with other students?
A:Yes, part of your grade is to participate in online discussions with your classmates.

Q:How is the material presented?
A:I will provide the student with written notes and videos (create by me or a second party). You also have as a resource the textbook used for this course, as well as the many, many resources in MyMathLab (there are many!).

Q: Is there homework?
A: Yes lots of it. You work the problems on paper, and enter the answers online in MyMathLab.

Course Specific Requirements:
This course will be using Desire2Learn, our Learning Management Software at PCC that is used to deliver online courses. To login to your course, please go to: https://my.pcc.edu and click on the Desire2Learn login link on the left of your MyPCC homepage.
Web Technical Requirements:
Please be sure to read the Technical Requirements for this delivery mode.
Students with Disabilities:
Students with disabilities should notify their instructor if accommodations are needed to take this class. For information about technologies that help people with disabilities in taking Web based distance learning classes please visit the Office for Students with Disabilities website.
To register, you need the CRNs (ex. 22398) of your selected classes.
Please note that for many courses, additional fees may apply.
To find textbooks, you need the CRN, Campus, Term & Course Number (ex. BA101).
  CRN Campus / Bldg / Rm Time Days Dates
WEB » 42176 - 22-Sep-2014 thru 13-Dec-2014
Instructor: Wendy J Fresh
Notes: MyMathLab REQUIRED. Click on "Course Information Page."
Tuition: credit Fees: $20.00
For information, contact Rock Creek

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