Math 22 On-Line Course Syllabus: Summer 2014
Instructor: Mrs. Leach
Office: Missouri S&T 213 Rolla Bldg
Office Hour: By appointment
Course Prerequisite: Students are responsible for ensuring that Calc II (Math 15/21 or equivalent) is on their official Missouri S&T academic record with a grade of C or better not later than the first day of classes. Students will be dropped from Math 22 if they cannot officially demonstrate that they have satisfied this prerequisite. Note that graduate students who are taking Math 22 are not subject to this requirement.
Office Hours: Because of the asynchronous nature of this course, all virtual office hours are by request. As requests are made, all students will be notified of scheduled dates/times such that anyone can participate in any scheduled virtual office hour independent of who has made the request. Students should request dates/times for virtual office hours via EMAIL to the instructor. Virtual office hours are always conducted during normal business hours during times mutually convenient to the instructor and student.
Virtual office hours are conducted via the Adobe Connect application, which is accessed via the Missouri S&T Blackboard system. Students who are non-resident to Missouri S&T will be given a userid/password combination to use for the Blackboard system by the Missouri S&T Information Technology Department upon admission to Missouri S&T.
Course Organization: All pertinent course information can be found on the course homepage. This is an asynchronous on-line course. Click here for a summary description of how the course works.
This course makes use of the WebAssign application. This application contains all of the course resources (textbook, videos, examples, etc.) and it provides the means by which students can view/submit their homework assignments and take quizzes. The WebAssign application is very straightforward and students are encouraged to spend some time at the beginning of the course familiarizing themselves with the features they may find useful.
There are “not-later-than” dates which are referred to as “absolute due dates” for homework, quizzes and exams. Since this course is asynchronous, students may work well ahead of the absolute due dates and students are encouraged to do so.
Attendance Policy: Since there are no classes to attend, student attendance will be monitored and recorded through timely completion of homework assignments, quizzes and exams. “Timely” means that these items are completed not later than their respective absolute due date (described above). Students who fail to keep the schedule for these class activities for whatever reason will incur an “absence” for each infraction. Student enrollment in this course may be terminated by the instructor for excessive absences due to late homework or quizzes. Student enrollment in this course will be terminated by the instructor for excessive absence due to a late exam. Students are responsible for keeping track of their individual attendance record. The Missouri S&T Academic Alert System will be used by the instructor to inform students if they are in danger of being dropped for poor attendance.
Communications: Students may interact with one another via the WebAssign application or other means (texting, Email, etc.), as desired. Students may interact with the instructor in three ways. The means by which students interact with the instructor (or with each other) depends on the student’s needs and location. The instructor is accessible via office hours, Email or phone.
Regardless of the medium used, students should expect a response from the instructor within one business day. Note that weekend days (Saturday, Sunday) and holidays are not business days.
Homework: There is a homework assignment for each section from the text that is covered in the course. Late homework is not accepted. Homework due dates are NOT changed on a per-student basis for any reason. The “absolute due date” for all homework is the due date for each homework assignment indicated in the WebAssign system. The system is configured to allow students three attempts at each portion of each assigned problem. A portion of a question can be submitted for grading by the WebAssign system without affecting the number of attempts remaining on any other portion (question, or part of a question) of the assignment. The system is also configured to allow students to see correct answers to problems they missed once the assignment is submitted by the student for grading. Students are welcome to work with each other on homework assignments, but each person must do his/her own individual assignment since the problems will be different for each student and the system keeps track of grading per individual student. The percentage earned of the total possible homework points in the WebAssign system multiplied by 100 is the student’s homework grade for the class.
Hour Exams: There are three hour exams worth 100 points each. Absolute due dates for each hour exam are as follows:
Exam #1: June 11, 2014
Exam #2: June 26, 2014
Exam #3: July 10, 2014
The exams cover material from the textbook, homework problems, and additional materials developed for the course (videos, on-line examples, etc.). Calculators will not be permitted for use on the hour exams, but students are allowed one single-sided 8.5” x 11” crib sheet. Anything may be written on a student’s own crib sheet EXCEPT FOR worked examples of problems. Crib sheets must be handwritten by the respective student unless a documented physical disability precludes this. Crib sheets may not be a photocopy of any kind. A student may not use another individual’s crib sheet. Violation of crib sheet rules can result in penalties up to and including a score of zero for the exam with revocation of the crib sheet privilege for offending students. Students will turn in their crib sheet along with their exam. Crib sheets are not returned to students, so if students desire to keep a copy of their crib sheet, they should photocopy the sheet prior to the exam.
How to Request An Exam:
- Contact the testing center to schedule the desired date/time of the exam. Most testing centers require some advanced notice. Students should consult with the testing center they use to determine that testing center's requirement. Most testing centers (including the Missouri S&T Testing Center) charge a fee for their services.
- Request an exam authorization from the Course Instructor via EMAIL. The Course Instructor requires two working days advanced notice.
- The EMAIL to the Course Instructor must contain only: Exam Number, Date, Time (Exam #1, 6/10/14, 3PM) for example.
- Students should always expect a response to this EMAIL from the Course Instructor and should assume that NO exam has been authorized if a response has not been received.
- Students who cannot follow the instructions above will be advised to follow the instructions and re-submit the request. Students should assume that NO exam has been authorized if instructions have not been followed correctly.
- Students will be required to adhere to the date/time agreed to with the Course Instructor.
- Any changes to the date/time must be coordinated with the testing center and must receive approval by the Course Instructor. Students are responsible for making coordination and securing approval.
- Students will not be allowed to take more than one exam in any seven (7) day period. Students will not be allowed to take the final exam earlier than six weeks from that student's start date for the course.
Testing Center: Students who are in or around the Rolla area for the duration of the course will be required to use the Missouri S&T Testing Center, which charges a fee for its services. For students not in the Rolla area, the testing site and proctor will be assigned by the Course Instructor. Normally, This is a testing center at a college/university local to the student. Students bear all responsibility for fees that may be charged by these testing centers. The course instructor reserves the right to revoke approval of a testing center at any time for any reason. In this case, the instructor will provide a replacement that satisfies the needs of the course without placing an undue burden on the student. Students are responsible for coordinating exam dates/times with the testing center. This should be done prior to the student requesting an exam date/time from the instructor.
Assessment Feedback: Feedback on homework and quizzes is provided immediately by the WebAssign application. Hour exams will be sent by the proctoring facility to the instructor, who will grade each exam. Once exams are graded, scores are posted to the WebAssign system. Exams are not returned to students. For students not in-resident on the Missouri S&T campus, the instructor will provide a brief narrative to each student on each exam that reflects problem areas for the student on that particular exam. This narrative will noramlly be provided to students within one week of the exam date. For students who are in-resident on the Missouri S&T campus, feedback for exams is given during regular office hours. Feedback regarding the final exam is given in the form of the student’s final course grade, which is reported to students via the JOE’SS system.
Final Exam: The final exam is worth 200 points towards the final course grade. The absolute due date for the final exam is Thursday, July 24, 2014. Calculators are not permitted for use on the final exam, but students are allowed one double-sided 8.5” x 11” crib sheet made from a single piece of paper. The rules and penalties for crib sheets as described above apply to the crib sheet used for the final exam. Students will turn in the crib sheet used for the final exam. Neither the final crib sheet nor the final exam is returned to students.
Technical And Other Assistance:
- Questions involving homework problems or course material should be directed to the course instructor during virtual office hours. Additionally, students are free to work together on the homework and are free to contact one another to this end at will.
- Issues and problems involving personal computing equipment or Internet Service Providers owned or contracted by students are the responsibility of the owning/contracting student.
- Problems involving access to the course website http://web.mst.edu/~leachdp can be addressed to the Missouri S&T Information Technology Helpdesk (573-341-4257) or http://help.mst.edu .
- Problems involving WebAssign: The WebAssign web site has numerous avenues for students to seek assistance for technical questions and problems with the WebAssign application. These include a comprehensive user’s guide, help topics and live phone-in or EMAIL support for the WebAssign application. Students should take some time to become familiar with these resources.
Grading: Course grades are computed using scores from the WebAssign Homework, WebAssign Quizzes, hour exams and final exams only. There are no extra credit points or projects, no quizzes or homework outside of the WebAssign system and no “participation” or “attendance” points. Grades on individual assignments, quizzes or exams are not “curved” for any reason.
On exams, students are expected to show all relevant work in order to receive full credit. An answer, even a correct answer, with no supporting work will, in general, be worth few points. Points will also be deducted for failure to show “critical” work, such as graphs and key algebraic steps, as well as omission/abuse of mathematical symbols, such as equal signs, integral signs, limit notation, etc. On the other hand, correct procedures, but with minor computational errors, may earn almost full credit even when the final answer is incorrect. A good rule of thumb regarding expectations in grading is that if correct well-documented work with minor errors is submitted, then most of the points should be expected. If substandard work that has occasional truth therein is submitted, if it appears that a student is merely “parroting” what appears in a solution manual, or if a question is incompletely answered, fewer points should be expected.
There are 600 points possible in the course. The final course grade is determined as follows: 540-600 earns an A, 480-539 earns a B, 420-479 earns a C, 360-419 earns a D, below 360 points earns an F. The instructor reserves the right to alter these ranges. Any such changes would be in the student’s benefit.
Questions: Student questions, problems or issues should be addressed with the student’s instructor first. Questions or problem that cannot be resolved satisfactorily at this level should be directed to the Department Chair of Mathematics & Statistics at Missouri S&T, Dr. Steve Clark. He may be reached at 573-341-4906 or via Email at email@example.com.
Academic Dishonesty: The Missouri S&T regulations concerning academic dishonesty are found on page 30 of the Missouri S&T Student Academic Regulations handbook (Section 200.010). It is each student’s responsibility to be aware of these regulations. Academic dishonesty is not tolerated in this course.
Extra Help: Students are expected to make full use of course materials as a first means of understanding the subject matter. If there is a need for additional help, students are welcome to make use of virtual office hours. However, a first question that will be asked of students seeking assistance in this manner is whether the student has made use of the course materials in answering the question at hand. In addition to virtual office hours, most colleges and universities have some form of mathematics assistance (Math Lab, Math Help Room, etc.) for use by students that may be accessible to anyone. Web sites such as http://www.mathnerds.com can also be a source for additional assistance. Students bear sole responsibility for any assistance they may obtain via resources outside of the structure of this course.
Disability Support: Students with a documented disability who anticipate needing accommodations in this course are strongly encouraged to meet with their instructor early in the semester. These students will need to request that the Missouri S&T Disability Service staff (located in 203 Norwood Hall, phone 341-6655, Email firstname.lastname@example.org , also see http://dss.mst.edu for more information) provides a letter that can be presented by the student to the instructor. This letter verifies the disability status and specifies the accommodation(s) that are requested. This letter must be presented to the instructor by the student before any accommodations can be arranged and within a reasonable amount of time prior to the accommodations being needed.