LS Mathematics (MATH 0530) Syllabus
INSTRUCTOR: Mary Lou Baker
EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred)
OFFICE LOCATION: Warf
103 OFFICE PHONE:
CRN: 81351/81352/81357/81358/81359 CLASS LOCATION: Warf 110
Freda Werner – Warf 111 – (931)540-2710
LEARNING SUPPORT CHAIR: Victoria Gay – Clement 223 – (931)540-2859
Assistant Director of Learning Support: Shellie Manns – Clement 125-
These personnel are able
to provide information regarding regular faculty office hours and/or assist
with contacting instructors.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: MATH 0530 Learning Support for MATH 1530 – 2
This course will allow students to develop and show mastery of the outcomes
to support college level mathematics which include: real number sense and
operations, solve equations, analyze graphs, modeling and critical thinking,
and operations with algebraic expressions. The student must show competency
in at least three of five Learning Support Mathematics outcomes to earn a
passing grade in this course. This course is institutional credit only.
Any student enrolled in this course will be required to take MATH 1530
(Elementary Statistics) as a co-requisite. Exception: if a
degree/certificate program does not require any college-level MATH course,
but does require completion of Learning Support Mathematics, then MATH 0530
may be taken as a stand-alone course. Students meeting these criteria must
seek permission of instructor.
MyLabsPlus subscription is
required (ebook is included)
a scientific non-graphing calculator (2-line display calculator is
Note: A calculator with graphing capabilities will not be allowed in this
ear phones for use in the computer lab
Competency 1 - Real Number Sense and Operations
Apply the order of operations to evaluate expressions
Perform operations with rational numbers
Determine the other equivalent forms of the number when given a
fraction, decimal number, or percent
Identify and calculate with irrational numbers
Recognize and apply magnitude (absolute value) and ordering of real
Solve real-world application problems
Competency 2 - Operations with Algebraic Expressions (including
Identify and simplify like terms
Evaluate algebraic expressions when given values for the variables
Create a table of values from an expression
Evaluate expressions involving powers and roots
Use the distributive law to write equivalent expression
Add, subtract and multiply polynomials
Factor a polynomial using GCF only
Simplify an expression involving integer exponents using the rules
Solve real-world application problems
Competency 3 - Analyze Graphs (emphasis on linear functions and
graphs, including inequalities)
Create a table of values and a graph for a given relations
Identify and interpret rate of change
Use and interpret function notation particularly as it relates to
graphic and tabular data
Analyze the graph of a linear function identifying the x-intercepts,
y-intercepts, and slope
Graph a linear equation in two variables using ordered pairs, using
the x-intercept and the y- intercept, and using the slope and the
Write a linear equation in two variables when given information
about their graphs
Graph linear inequalities in two variables
Solve systems of equations using graphing, substitution and
Solve real-world application problems.
Competency 4 - Solve Equations (emphasis on linear
Solve a linear equation in one variable using multiple approaches -
numerical, graphical, and symbolic
Solve a linear inequality in one variable and graph the solutions
Solve formulas and literal equations for a specified variable
Solve proportions that simplify to linear expressions
Solve real-world application problems
Competency 5 - Modeling and Critical Thinking
Basic statistics: mean, median, mode
Solve real-world application problems
Regular class attendance is required and is necessary for success in any
mathematics course. Students are expected to attend class and to be on time
for each class meeting. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of the
period. Attendance for classes that meet only once per week will be taken
both at the beginning of class and immediately after the break.
Please take the attendance policy seriously. If you are absent, then expect
an email from your instructor encouraging you to return to class. It is
never too late to come back to class under any circumstance!
2. Instructor Absence:
In the rare case that the instructor should be absent, class should continue
utilizing the instructional aide as the primary instructor. If no instructor
is available to manage the class, then every effort will be made to contact
enrolled students by email and/or phone.
3. Inclement Weather:
In case of inclement
weather, please check the Chargernet webpage
http://chargernet.columbiastate.edu or call the Columbia State closing
line at (931) 540-2515.
Follow instructions given for late openings and how this may affect class
times. Students are individually responsible for decisions regarding travel
4. Cell phones and
all other electronic equipment: will be turned off and stored during
class time. Texting will not be tolerated. If the instructor finds that a
student is texting during class time, then the student will be directed to
leave the class and that student will be counted as absent for the entire
day. The student will be directed to leave the classroom for Internet
“surfing.” It is important to remain focused and work on mathematics while
in the classroom.
5. Assignments: All assignments and tests will be
completed on-line utilizing the MyMathLabsPlus website. Students are
responsible for completing all assignments prior to testing. The
expectation for this course is that students will need to work a minimum of
3-6 hours outside of class each week in order to progress through the
program at the expected rate. Students with limited Internet access may
print homework and attempt the problems offline; however, once the homework
is completed it must be entered online so that the program grades the
6. Notebook: Students should keep a notebook that
includes notes from videos/textbook, completed homework problems, and/or
completed work from the study plan. These notes are essential so that the
instructor, aide and/or tutor may better assist the student with
difficulties they encounter with the course objectives.
7. Testing: Cell phones may not be used as calculators,
no exceptions. A calculator with graphing capabilities will not be
allowed in the classroom nor on any pre-test or post-test for any
Competency. Scratch paper will not be allowed during tests
unless given by the instructor.
8. Deadlines: An ideal deadline will be established within
the online program for each competency. Bonus points will be awarded to the
passing grades of students who meet the established deadline. Students who
miss deadlines will be encouraged to meet with a tutor and/or attend a
9. Two Attempt Policy: A student must put forth
his/her best efforts to complete the course within the initial semester
enrolled. Financial aid will not pay for any attempt in excess of two
attempts. An attempt is defined to be enrollment in a course beyond the
first 14-day period within a given semester.
10. Student Identification:
Columbia State students are expected to be able to produce a valid student
ID upon request by faculty/staff/employees.
Student Conduct: A student may be directed to leave the
classroom if their conduct is not conducive to the overall progress of the
class. Cheating and other forms of academic misconduct, including
plagiarism, are prohibited. The instructor has the authority to assign a
zero for the exercise or examination or to assign an F in the course in the
case of academic misconduct. Please refer to the Columbia State student
Recording of learning activities is allowed only with faculty permission and
is to be used for educational purposes by individual students. When
recording is permitted, all students should be aware that voices/images may
during the process. No portion of instructional recordings may be reproduced
or published by students.
13. Internet/Social Media Use:
Program/institutional expectations for professionalism, confidentiality, and
mutual respect extend to Internet and social networking settings. Discipline
and grade consequences may be applicable to inappropriate “virtual”
We Care About Your Success! Your instructor will be using
C-STAR to help you succeed in this course. The instructor may set alerts,
flags, referrals, or kudos to let you know about your course grades or
academic performance. You will need to go to ChargerNet and select the
C-Star icon to access your C-Star account. Also, you may receive emails from
C-Star regarding your course grades or academic performance. Please pay
attention to these emails, flags, and alerts and consider taking the
recommended actions. They are sent to help you be successful! In addition,
your instructor may: (1) request that you schedule an appointment by going
to C-Star, or (2) recommend that you contact a specific campus resource,
such as tutoring or counseling. You may also be contacted directly by one of
15. Students with Disabilities:
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, students are
encouraged to register with the counseling/disability services office for
possible assistance with accommodations. It is the student’s responsibility
to voluntarily and confidentially provide appropriate documentation
regarding the nature and extent of a disability. Students requesting special
accommodation are (strongly) encouraged to contact the counseling/disability
services office at the beginning of the semester.
Columbia State Emergency Procedures are posted in each
classroom. In emergency situations follow instructions provided by
faculty. Do not stop to collect belongings if told to evacuate the building
or classroom. Should the building be evacuated, proceed immediately to the
designated area. Faculty are responsible for checking attendance following
an evacuation to determine that all students are accounted for.
17. TBR GUIDELINE P-080 – Discrimination and Harassment Complaint and
This Tennessee Board of Regents guideline provides for investigation and
resolution of complaints of discrimination or harassment on the basis of
race, color, religion, creed, ethnic or national origin, gender
identity/expression, disability, age, status as a covered veteran, genetic
information and any other category protected by federal or state civil
rights law. Any student or employee who believes s/he has been subjected
to, or is aware of, discrimination or harassment, should use the procedure
for reporting and resolution of discrimination or harassment complaints.
Students and employees are required to be knowledgeable of policies and
guidelines, report suspected violations to the Director of Human Resources,
and cooperate with investigations. Employees or students found to have
violated this Guideline are subject to disciplinary action including
dismissal, termination, or other appropriate sanction. A link to this
guideline and a complaint form is on Charger Net(myCN).
Visitors are not permitted to attend any class meeting: This
includes children, spouses, friends, students or any other person not
registered for this course.
The taking of all pretests and posttests is required. Note: The
order of completion for the competencies is (1) Competency 1, (2) Competency
4, (3) Competency 3, (4) Competency 2, and (5) Competency 5.
Assignments must be completed as prescribed by individual assessment of
skills before a posttest will be allowed. A final grade will be calculated
based on attendance/progress and posttest grades. In order to pass the
course, the student must successfully complete Competencies 1, 4, and 3.
If any student is not successful in completing the required competencies
and therefore must enroll in the course for a second attempt, then that
student will begin with the last unsuccessful competency.
student is taking this course as a co-req, then they are encouraged to also
finish Competencies 2 and 5. If a degree/certificate program does not
require any college-level MATH course (Nursing and Vet Tech), but does
require completion of Learning Support Mathematics, then it will be
necessary for those students to finish all 5 competencies.
If the student who is not co-req is successful in completing 3 competencies,
but does not finish the five competencies, then he/she must re-enroll in
this course to finish the remaining competencies.
Any student who stops attending class before passing all course requirements
will receive a grade of “FA” unless official withdrawal procedures are
followed prior to Wednesday, November, 4.
Grades will be issued based on attendance and posttests as follows:
1. Attendance/Progress (10% of grade): Students will be given points
for daily attendance. Students must be on-time to receive the full
attendance points. A tardy will result in a reduction of daily attendance
points. An absence will result in no points being awarded for that day.
2. Posttests (90% of grade): Any pretest grade greater than or equal
to 75% may be substituted for the posttest score. The student would
then progress to the next module. A minimum grade of 75% on the posttest
will be considered mastery. If the student does not meet this requirement,
then the students must repeat the competency with individually prescribed
assignments before the student will be allowed to retest the posttest.
Average of grades is at least 90% = A
Average of grades is at least 80% but less than 90% = B
Average of grades is at least 70% but less than 80% = C
Failure to complete a minimum of three modules successfully = F
A grade of FA will be used to designate an unofficial withdrawal for
those students who stopped attending and did not complete the course.
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edited on 24-Aug-2015