Math 0300 Course Overview

 


About the Course

This section of Math 0300 is a blended on-line course.  This blended course does not meet on campus with the exception of taking the Midterm Exam and Final Exam In the Spring Creek Campus Testing Center.

There is no on-campus orientation specific to this course.  Attend a Collin orientation offered for online students, given on-campus or online.

You will need an Internet connection, an e-mail address and an up-to-date computer (see System Requirements below) with CD-ROM.   You must also possess basic computer skills (such as download files, attach files to email, etc.).  

MyMathLab software is used over the Internet to learn the material and do online tests, labs, and homework exercises.  The textbook is used to read and learn about the concepts and contains all of the homework exercises with answers. Another learning resource is lecture CD's providing lectures on each section of the textbook.

The following required textbook package includes the custom textbook, MyMathLab Access Code, Video CDs:                                                            

Basic College Mathematics

Third Edition

by K.  Elayn Martin-Gay

ISBN:  0-558-574858

Publisher:  Pearson/Prentice Hall

 

NOTE:  The textbook is custom for Collin college.  Chapter 7 is omitted in an effort to reduce the price of the textbook package.    This textbook package contains the CD Lecture Series to be used in this online course.

Communication with Instructor

Communication with the instructor is done through email, using CougarMail.  When using e-mail, always enter your course (MATH 0300), section number and your name in the subject.  Contact me by e-mail at jgodwin@collin.edu

All efforts will be made to respond to Emails within 48 hours (except weekends and holidays).  If you have not heard from me during that time period, please resend your message.

Information from instructor will be given through Cougarmail messages and through MyMathLab AnnouncementsThroughout the semester,  check your Cougarmail and read MyMathLab Announcements.  Delete old messages in Cougarmail to prevent your mailbox from becoming full, not allowing new messages.  

At least once a week, send an e-mail letting me know how you are doing in the course.   Contact me as often as necessary if you are experiencing difficulty in understanding the course requirements or concepts.  Send specific problems for additional explanation. 

Required Coursework

The course requirements include:

The Midterm Exam and comprehensive Final Exam is taken in the Spring Creek Campus Testing Center by specific deadlines posted in the Schedule.  A student ID is required when taking a test in the SCC Testing Center.  

To pass the class, the Final Exam grade must be at least 65% and the course average must be 70%.

Class Format

The format of this class is self-paced (modified)Modified self-paced means that a student may work ahead of schedule but must take tests and labs by deadline dates.  The course schedule posts lab and test deadlines dates.  The Schedule can be found in Blackboard CE and in MyMathLab.

Instruction is delivered through the textbook and the computer software, MyMathLab, and by viewing the CD Lecture Series. The course content is outlined in the Schedule, which paces the course and provides a weekly schedule for completing sections, labs and tests. Grades will be transmitted confidentially to the Pearson/Prentice Hall server and saved in your MyMathLab Gradebook. 

A special note on DUE DATES and pacing the course:

   

Blackboard CE 

Detailed course information is available in Blackboard CE, which is available by the first day of class.

For Blackboard CE login, go to http://online.collin.edu  Click on Blackboard CE.  Also available is a link to Blackboard CE tutorials.

For Username and Passwords for Blackboard CE:  

 

For technological issues, contact the Help Desk at 972.377.1777.  

 

Topics and important course information accessed in Blackboard CE:

MyMathLab

Using MyMathLab, students are aided in learning the concepts and submitting homework and reviews, online labs and online tests.  You will need to register as a MyMathLab student.  

Click on the "MyMathLab" link in Blackboard CE to access the following:

Use the following link for MyMathLab additional information:      

Once registered, login by clicking on the link:  http://www.coursecompass.com     For convenience, add this address to Internet Explorer favorites.

System Requirements

A PC with CD-Rom with Windows operating system and Internet Explorer 6.0 (or higher version) is required to run MyMathLab. In addition, Mac Users can access MyMathLab.

 

 Before using MyMathLab on a personal computer, check to make sure you have the required system configuration: 

Operating system:  Windows® 2000 or Windows® XP or Windows® Vista
Internet connection:  Cable/DSL (recommended), 56K modem (minimum)
Required Browser: 
Internet Explorer, Version 6.0 (or higher);  Mozilla or Firefox 
For AOL users: 
AOL users cannot access MyMathLab using the America Online Browser.  However, you can log in to AOL, minimize the AOL browser, and then launch Internet Explorer separately to access MyMathLab.
Memory:  64 MB RAM
Monitor resolution: 
1024 X 768 or higher

NOTE: System requirements are included in the pamphlet found in the MyMathLab Student Access Kit.  

Time Management

Time management is essential for success in the course.  

During fall and spring semesters, other Math 0300 classes meet for 3 hours per week with the instructor and students are expected to put in at least two to three hours outside of class for every hour in class.  Since this class covers the same material as traditional classes, a minimum of 9 - 12 hours per week to understand and learn the course content.  

During a summer semester, other Math 0300 classes meet 8 hours per week on campus, so a minimum of 16 - 24 hours per week may be needed to grasp the concepts and take tests/labs for this online course.  

It is better to work daily on math than to spend longer periods of time several times a week.  Each student should spend the amount of time that he or she needs to understand the concepts and perform well on homework assignments, reviews, graded labs and graded tests.   

Pacing

The Schedule sets the pace required for students to succeed in the course.  It outlines the course with dates specifying when course objectives, labs and tests must be completed.  Budget enough time to complete the assignments, labs and tests by the scheduled dates and deadlines given.  Once behind on the schedule, it is difficult to get caught up.  

Since the class is self-paced, students who need a quick review can progress through the material faster.  Homework, labs and tests may be completed BEFORE the scheduled dates and deadline dates.  

 

Personal Information Form – Required

Each student is to fill out the Math 0300 Student Information form and return it to me.  Copy this form in a Word document, fill it out and return the completed form to me as an e-mail attachment on or before the first day of class.        

MATH 0300 STUDENT INFORMATION FORM

Name: ________________________ Name you go by:____________

Cougar Mail address:_____________________________

 

Additional e-mail address:__________________________

 

Home Phone: _______________Work Phone: ___________________

Address:_________________________

                 __________________________

 

Part 1:  GETTING TO KNOW YOU

 

What was the most recent mathematics course you completed?  When?

                         

Why are you interested in this course?  What are your expectations?  What grade do you expect to earn?

 

 

What are your major academic interests and educational goals (degree, certificate, etc.)?

 

List three adjectives that describe your attitude towards mathematics.

 

How many hours per week do you work? ________How many hours are you registered for?_______

 

What actions will you take to be successful in this course?

 

Have you previously taken an online course?

 

To get to know you better, introduce yourself to me by sharing any relevant information about yourself. 


Part 2:  INDICATION YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THE FOLLOWING BY TYPING YOUR NAME:

I understand and agree to submit all course work (including Tests and Labs) done by me. _________________

I understand and agree to take tests without the aid of textbooks or notes.  This will be the method used for the final exam taken on campus in the Spring Creek Campus Testing Center.____________________

I understand that the Final Exam is to be taken in the Spring Creek Campus Testing Center (a student ID is required)._________________

I understand that homework is important and crucial for learning the course content._______________

I understand that I cannot use a calculator in this course.  Using a calculator is not permitted during homework, tests and final exam.________________

I understand that helpful resources include:  CD Lecture Videos which provide a presentation of the course topics, tutoring available in the Math Labs on each campus and through the ACCESS office, your instructor by sending e-mails with your questions. ___________________

I understand that this course is a modified self-paced course and that 5 online tests and 10 labs must be taken on or before deadline dates as listed in the Schedule.   Access to labs and tests after the due date is denied.  _________________

I understand that to pass the course, the final exam grade must be at least 65% and the course average must be at least 70%._________________  

I understand that I am to send an e-mail to the instructor each week stating my progress in the course.___________________