Explores relations and functions graphically, numerically, symbolically, and verbally. Examines exponential, logarithmic, polynomial, and rational functions. Investigates applications from a variety of perspectives. Graphing calculator required. TI-89 Titanium or Casio Classpad 330 recommended. Prerequisite: MTH 95, RD 115, and WR 115, or equivalent placement. Audit available.  (For detailed information, see the Course Content and Outcome Guide ).


Distance Education: Web Course Information

CRN 47476

From the Instructor:
Q:What book will we use?
A:We will be using Precalculus: Concepts Through Functions, a Unit Circle Approach to Trigonometry 2nd edition by Sullivan & Sullivan

In this course MyMathLab is required. You can either purchase a standalone MyMathLab access code (this comes with an electronic copy of the book and student solutions manual) or you can purchase a new book that comes with MyMathLab. I will email out instructions on this before the first week of classes to your pcc email account.

Q: Are chances of doing well online the same as a course that meets face-to-face?
A: No, typically online passing rates are much lower than face-to-face 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 face-to-face course you wanted to take was full or because you want to take a class with me this is not a wise decision. You should take an online course because you have researched it and found that it is a good fit for your learning style. Note that if you've had a C or lower in any previous math courses taking MTH 111 online is probably not the right choice for you.

Q:When does the class start?
A: You will have access to Desire2Learn (D2L) Sunday evening, the day before the term starts. It is possible I will open up the course earlier. If so, 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 on the left, you will see the link to access D2L.

Q:When should I start the course?
A:Immediately!! I am expecting you to access and start the course the day I give you access or the day after. We have our first assignment due Tuesday the first week of the term . The longer you wait to access the course, the chance of succeeding in the course diminishes. When you access the D2L course and participate in the activities it is the equivalent of attending a face-to-face course. Students that do not sufficiently participate in the course by Wednesday 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 quizzes based on assigned homework, participation in weekly discussions, weekly MyMathLab homework assignments, two graded homework writeups, and two face-to-face exams. Note that the two face-to-face exams make up 70% of your grade.

The two exams are taken on the PCC Willow Creek Campus and are REQUIRED. Note that if you live 60 miles or more outside the Portland Metro area and cannot make it to the Willow Creek campus, you must find a proctor at a local University or Community College by the end of the second week of the term. Please contact me during the first week of the term for the required proctor paperwork. If you do live within 60 miles of the RC campus you must attend the face-to-face exam or you will receive a 0 on it.

The assignments take time to complete. If you are taking too many courses you may find that you cannot keep up in the long run. Typically, it is completing the homework and learning the concepts that will take the majority of your time. Please make sure your schedule allows you to spend at least 15 - 20 hours on this course .

Q: What are the dates for the two proctored exams?
Thursday, October 23rd at the Willow Creek campus from 6 - 8PM
and Tuesday, December 9th at the Willow Creek campus from 6 - 8PM

Q:Is an online course self-paced?
A:The online course is not self paced. The pace is set by the instructor who releases modules containing lecture notes and quizzes on a weekly basis. In about a week period you get to decide when you will study, but it cannot be done all in 1 day or even all in 2 days. Students who eventually drop out, attempt to participate 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: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 a face-to-face 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 a face-to-face class you can sit passively and obtain information by the exchange of information between teacher and student. That component is missing here.
Do not 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.
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.

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. Can study independently.
  3. Can learn mathematics by reading.
  4. Understands that learning a concept takes time and can persevere when concepts don't make sense.
  5. Has the available time to go over the material, do homework and study.
  6. 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).
  7. Can communicate effectively in writing, and is willing to communicate in writing.
  8. Is willing to communicate with the instructor and other students in writing via discussion boards.
  9. 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.
  10. Can work through computer issues such as a video is not working, need to update Java, is willing to call the help desk to work through computer issues.
  11. 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 material, videos (create by me or a second party), and MyMathLab. You also have as a resource the textbook used for this course.

Q: Is there homework?
A: Yes lots of it done on MyMathLab.

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.
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  CRN Campus / Bldg / Rm Time Days Dates
WEB » 47476 - 22-Sep-2014 thru 13-Dec-2014
Instructor: Jessica E Bernards
Notes: CRN 47476 - MyMathLab REQUIRED
Tuition: credit Fees: $20.00
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