Math 001 Introductory Algebra-Fall 2000
Section 01 9:00-9:50 M W F NC204
Section 02 2:10-3:00 M W NC204
2:00-2:50 T R
Ms. Heidi Benish, M.S.
Learning Center (LC) in MC312
796-3192 (work) 785-2268 (home) 796-3190 (Secretary-Barb)
Make appointments at front desk in MC312 or call 796-3190
-ModuMath Study Guide (white workbook) Local Calculator Prices
-ModuMath Algebra Study Guide (blue workbook) Kmart,OfficeMax $10.99
-Scientific Calculator (TI-30Xa is a good choice) Walmart $12.98
-graph paper ( 20 sheets needed halfway through course) Shopko $13.99
-pencil (for homework and tests) rather than pen Bookstore $16.99
-3-ring binder (all handouts will be punched)
-TIME...Approximately 8 hours a week outside of class is needed for this course. Plan your schedule accordingly.
Learning Center (LC):
The LC is a place for students to work, read, study, meet with tutors and/or study groups. It’s also the place on campus to find many necessary forms and information. When you have a question regarding anything related to your program at Viterbo and you don’t know whom to ask, the front desk of the LC is a good place to start. All services provided by the Learning Center, including tutoring, are free to all part-time and full-time Viterbo students.
MC312 Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday
Phone: 796-3190 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Friday
Drop-in Math Homework Help:
Monday-Thursday 11:00-11:50 a.m. and 3:10-4:00 p.m.
Friday 11:00-11:50 a.m.
In the LC at these times, the math specialist or a math tutor is available for drop-in homework help for all math courses. No appointment necessary. Just drop in.
Many students benefit from working with a tutor for this course. To sign up for a tutor, go to the LC and request tutoring. A tutor will be assigned to meet with you within a week.
Sister Delberta Schmidt, a former math teacher, has volunteered to meet with students to help them one on one or in small groups for this course.
Much of your out of class homework and testing will be done in the ModuMath Lab, located in MC312. There are six terminals and over 100 students using the program. Signing up for a machine in the ModuMath Lab binder is required.
In order to complete the course, you will need to test out of required lessons on the ModuMath machines. This will be done in the ModuMath Lab. The machine will keep track of your progress and your scores. It advantageous to study the lesson discs before attempting the tests since there is a 5-point penalty each time you attempt and fail to demonstrate competency.
Your final course grade will be determined using the following weights:
30% ModuMath Lab Scores (25%Algebra/5%Arithmetic)
50% In-Class Tests and Quizzes
10% Daily Homework/Attendance Quizzes
10% Final Cumulative Exam
The following will be used to determine your letter grade:
A 93-100 C 70-75
AB 88-92 CD 64-69
B 82-87 D 60-63
BC 76-81 F below 60
*A grade of a C or higher must be earned to take any other math courses at Viterbo.
Americans with Disabilities Act:
If you are a person with a disability and require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations for this class, please see me or Wayne Wojciechowski in MC230 or call 796-3085 within ten days to discuss your accommodation needs.
For more on the College Attendance Policy see page 36 of the 1999-2000 College Catalog. The following is the attendance policy for Math 001-Introductory Algebra.
Attending every class period is expected. The only time a student is not considered absent from class is when the student attends a extracurricular activity, such as a field trip; or when the student is representing Viterbo at an officially scheduled activity, such as a fine arts production, a conference, or an intercollegiate athletic event. When this occurs, you need to inform me one day ahead of time. Come to Murphy Center 312 to pick up materials.
Illness, funerals, job interviews, etc. occurring during class meeting time may be unavoidable during the semester. They are, however, considered absences. If you know ahead of time that you have to be gone, it is appreciated if you let me know. Three absences a semester may occur without any grade penalty. On the fourth absence, a student’s final course grade will be lowered one-half grade and a half grade for every two absences thereafter. Please be aware of how absenteeism can affect your course grade:
grade of A absences grade of B absences grade of C absences
AB 4 BC 4 *CD 4
B 6 C 6 *D 6
*A grade of a C or higher in Math 001 is the prerequisite for all other math courses at Viterbo.
**After the 9th absence (15% of the class meeting time), a failing grade (F) will automatically be issued.
Tests-Missing a test without notifying the instructor ahead of time will result in a zero with the option of taking a similar test at a later date and receiving half of the points. In the case of illness or unusual circumstances, rescheduling of tests for full credit may be granted if the instructor is contacted in person or by phone before the test is given in class.
Quizzes-No makeups on quizzes. Missing class on the day a quiz is given will result in a grade of zero.
Homework-Homework turned in late will receive credit with a penalty in points for tardiness.