MATH 165 01: Calculus I

MATH 165 - Calculus I

2023 Spring Syllabus, Section 01, CRN 6396

Course Information

You are responsible for knowing this material, so please read carefully. Any changes will be announced in a Blackboard Announcement. You will be responsible for any changes. Your continued enrollment in this course is your implicit agreement to abide by the requirements of this class.

This syllabus describes the requirements and procedures for Math 165 on campus. You are responsible for knowing this material, so please read carefully. Any changes will be announced through Blackboard and/or email. You will be responsible for any changes. Your continued enrollment in this course is your implicit agreement to abide by the requirements of this class. 

Times and Location

MTRF 10:10am-11am in UND Witmer Hall, Rm 305

Instructor Information

Mary Dietz


2023 Spring Office Hours:
(see Blackboard for availability)

Course Description

Limits, continuity, differentiation, Mean Value Theorem, integration, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.

Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this course, you should be able to: 

  • Evaluate and conceptually understand some limits. Find derivatives of algebraic, transcendental and trigonometric functions. Develop conceptual understanding and fluency with algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions.  

  • Apply the derivative to graph functions, find the extremum of functions, and solve optimization and related rates problems.   

  • Utilize the Mean Value and Rolle's Theorems.

  • Understanding of Reimann Sums and use the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Use U-substitution to evaluate proper integrals.  

  • Apply integration and problem-solving strategies to find the area of a region or the volume of a solid. 

Course Materials

A laptop computer. Chrome books are not compatible withhomework or exams. 

This course uses the interactive program, Knewton Alta for homework and examsYou may access Knewton by following the instructions found in the first Lesson Folder in Blackboard. 

Textbook:  APEX Calculus I Late Transcendentals, Rev June 2021The free eBook is available via Blackboard.  You may purchase a paper copy of the text in the bookstore for a small fee. 

Technical Requirements/Assistance

For technical assistance, please contact UND Tech Support at 701-777-2222. For a list of Technical Requirements please visit the website. Visit for their hours, help documents and other resources.  Students will need a computer/laptop with a web camera (a notepad will not work for YuJa recordings).

Minimum Technical Skills Needed

In order to succeed in this course, at a minimum, you should be able to: 

  • Navigate in and use basic Blackboard functions. 

  • Send, receive, and manage email. 

Course Logistics

Access and Log in Information

This course was developed and will be facilitated utilizing Blackboard. To get started with the course, please go to: and log in with your NDUS.Identifier, Username and Password. If you do not know your NDUS Identifier or have forgotten your password, please visit Your NDUS Account page on the UIT website.


You will have access to: 

  • UND Student Resource Site via Blackboard: It is recommended that you become familiar with the tools and tutorials within the site to better equip you in navigating the course. 

  • Free math tutoring is available on third floor in Witmer Hall.  Hours will be posted but they are generally M-F 9 am -4 pm.

  • Infobase provides online training solutions that answer “How do I do that?” questions through an extensive library of short, easy-to-understand video tutorials. Faculty, staff, and students will be able to stay on top of the latest technology applications and get answers to software question 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

How the Course is Organized 

The course is organized into 16 Weekly Modules.  Each Module contains  

  • Objectives

  • To Do List  

  • Videos 

During class time, there may be one or two quizzes/assignments completed during the class period. There will be between 9 and 20 of these in-class assignments. 

In class, the instructor will begin with any questions the students have concerning the homework.  The remaining time will be spent on the lecture.  Lecture materials are also available in Blackboard to make it easier to follow along. 

What Should Students Do First? 

Prior to the start of the first week or soon after, you should go to Blackboard and 

  • Read the syllabus and exam schedule. 

  • Read all instructions in the first Lesson folder and in the Announcements.

  • Follow the instructions in Blackboard to create and purchase access to Knewton Alta. 

  • Get started on the Precalculus Functions Review and the Precalc Trigonometry Review. 

How Students Should Proceed Each Week for Class Activities 

On the left side course menu in Blackboard there is a Lessons tab.  Inside each weekly module you will find a folder for each lesson covered that week containing a To Do List, Objectives, Videos and any other course material the instructor may post.  Before each lesson is covered in class is the best time to watch the videos.  If you are comfortable with the material, you may go to Knewton  via Blackboard and start the homework.  If you start Knewton and have difficulty on a problem, you can click on the “more instruction” tab and there may be a video or example to help you.  

When a topic has been lectured on, a quiz or in-class assignment may be given (both during class only).  You can expect 1 or more quizzes each week.  After class is the best time to start the homework assignments while the lecture is still fresh in your memory.  Keep up with the homework and always ask questions in class if you have any. 

Course Overview

The course content is organized into sixteen weeks. Each week contains a list of learning objectives, a weekly To Do list, links to lesson videos, Knewton Alta homework assignments, and written quizzes/assignments to be submitted once or twice weekly during class.  The  computerized homework assignments together with any written quizzes/homework assignments will be used to assess your comprehension and application of the material covered during the week.  


Please refer to Blackboard for the schedule.  You can see due dates for online homework in Knewton and you can see the exam dates under the Schedule tab in Blackboard. 

WEEK 1:   1.1  

WEEK 2:   1.2, 1.3  

WEEK 3:   1.4, 1.5 

WEEK 4:   1.6 and EXAM 1 

WEEK 5:   2.1, 2.2, 2.3 

WEEK 6:   2.4, 2.5 

WEEK 7:   2.6 and EXAM 2 

WEEK 8:   3.1, 3.2 

WEEK 9:   3.3, 3.4, 3.5 

WEEK 10: 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 

WEEK 11: 4.4 and Exam 3 

WEEK 12: 5.1, 5.2 

WEEK 13: 5.3, 5.4 

WEEK 14: 5.5 and Exam 4 

WEEK 15: 6.1, 6.2 

WEEK 16: 6.3, 6.4 

WEEK 17: Final exam 

Student Expectations

To get the most from your experience, we recommend that you consider the following: 

  • Visit the course Blackboard site daily. 

  • Review and revisit the syllabus and course schedule posted in Blackboard.  

  • Do your homework assignments in a timely manner. Leaving everything for the due date will likely lead to failure. 

  • Attend class each day and participate by asking questions during class. 

  • Bring laptops to class each day. 

  • Come to office hours or to the Math Learning Center when you need more help.

  • Communicate the algorithms used above with correct mathematical notation.

Instructor Expectations

  • Post announcements in Blackboard that are not mentioned in the classroom.

  • Provide feedback on written assignments/quizzes within 5 days. 

  • The instructor will be available in the office or the Math Learning Center (3rd Floor Witmer) during office hours for problem-solving and instruction. 



 Announcements will be posted in Blackboard on a regular basis. Be sure to check the class announcements regularly as they will contain important information about class assignments and other class matters. 


If you have any questions, check the Faculty tab in Blackboard or the syllabus for my contact information.  Please refrain from asking homework questions via email.  It is preferred that all math questions be asked during class or office hours.  


 When participating in (an online) class it is important to interact in an appropriate manner. Always use professional language (no netspeak) in your postings and emails. Please be respectful at all times. 

Assessment & Grading

This course is made up of a series of assignments and assessments to assist you in achieving the course learning objectives/outcomes. Each week you will work on a combination of assignments, quizzes, and exams.   

Knewton Alta Homework is assigned for each section.   

To get full credit for a homework, it must be completed by the due date.  However, you can complete your homework within 7 days of the due date for 10% penalty per day.  No extensions will be given beyond the 7-day period.  Please do not wait until the last minute to start working on your homework.  Deadlines will NOT be extended for any reason. 

Exams:There will be four exams and one comprehensive final exam. 

You will take exams in Knewton and write an explanation/show work for each and every problem on the exam on your exam paper.  It is the written work that receives the most credit for the exam.  Should you get an answer correct in Knewton, you will not receive credit for the problem if you do not give supporting work or explanation.  You will take the Knewton exam in class on your laptop or iPad on the day before the written exam. 

All exams will be closed notes/book. You will not be allowed to use a calculator, phone, or any other electronic device during the exam (other than your laptop for the Knewton portion). If I find that you have violated those rules, you will receive a score of 0 on the exam and your name will be turned into UND for academic dishonesty.  

In-Class:There will be anywhere from 8 to 20 in-class assignments/quizzes. 

There will also be several assignments/quizzes in class with no make-up if you miss class that day.  They are 20 points each. 

Grades are based on the following weights:
  • Knewton Homework                                                      15%
  • In-class                                                                             15%
  • Exams                                                                               50%
  • Final Exam                                                                       20%

I will be posting all grades under the My Grades tab in Blackboard.  It is your responsibility to know where you stand in this course and to make sure that your scores are accurate. I do not offer any “last minute” bonus at the end of the semester to bring up your grade. I do not email grades to students. 

Grading Scale

  • 90-100%   A 

  • 80-89%     B 

  • 70-79%     C 

  • 60-69%     D

  • 0-59%       F       There will be no curving

Course Evaluation

  • At any time during the semester, please let me know which aspects of the course help you learn—and which aspects might be modified to help future students learn more effectively.  

  • Please note that the course evaluations are anonymous and that I won’t see the results until after the grades for the course are submitted, allowing you to provide honest and constructive feedback. 

Course Policies

Late Work 

To get full credit for a homework, it must be completed by the due date.  However, you can complete your homework within 7 days of the due date for 10% penalty per day.  No extensions will be given beyond the 7-day period.   

No makeup exams will be given unless the student contacts me prior to the scheduled exam time and provides written documentation of a medical or other emergency. In the case of a valid excuse, the make-up exam will be more difficult. Extended vacations (such as another day after a holiday) are not acceptable excuses for taking a make-up exam. 


It is expected that students will complete all requirements for a course during the time frame of the course. For reasons beyond a student’s control, and upon request by the student or on behalf of the student, an incomplete grade may be assigned by the instructor when there is reasonable certainty the student will successfully complete the course without retaking it. The mark “I,” Incomplete, will be assigned only to the student who has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work up to a time within four weeks of the close of the semester, including the examination period, and whose work is incomplete for reasons satisfactory to his or her instructor. 

Incompletes are entered on the final grade roster, and instructors must submit by email a “Report of Incomplete Grade” form to the Office of the Registrar. The instructor may choose any one of the following options for the deadline to complete the course: 

  1. The default date as stated in the “UND Schedule of Courses.” 

  2. Extend to 12 calendar months after the end of the course. 

  3. A date of the instructor’s choosing no later than 12 months after the end of the course. 

Incomplete grades will convert to a grade of “FI” if a grade or incomplete extension is not submitted by the instructor to the Office of the Registrar on or before the deadline written on the “Report of Incomplete Grade” form. 

University of North Dakota Policies & Resources

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a serious matter, and any deviations from appropriate behavior will be dealt with strongly. At the discretion of the professor, situations of concern may be dealt with as a scholastic matter or a disciplinary matter.

As a scholastic matter, the professor has the discretion to determine appropriate penalties for the student’s workload or grade, but the situation may be resolved without involving many individuals. An alternative is to treat the situation as a disciplinary matter, which can result in suspension from the University, or have lesser penalties. Be aware that I view this as a very serious matter and will have little tolerance and/or sympathy for questionable practices. A student who attempts to obtain credit for work that is not their own (whether that be on a paper, quiz, homework assignment, exam, etc.) will likely receive a failing grade for that item of work, and at the professor’s discretion, may also receive a failing grade in the course. For more information read the Code of Student Life.

Access and Opportunity, Disability Support, & Medical Services

The University of North Dakota is committed to providing equal access to students with documented disabilities. To ensure access to this class and your program, please contact Disability Services for Students (DSS) to engage in a confidential discussion about accommodations for the classroom and clinical settings. Accommodations are not provided retroactively. Students are encouraged to register with DSS at the start of their program. More information can be obtained by email or by phone at 701.777.2664.


UND is committed to maintaining a safe learning environment while providing quality learning experiences for our students. COVID-19’s continued presence within our UND community may necessitate changes in classroom management as the academic year progresses. As such, UND asks students and instructors to be flexible when necessary to promote a safe environment for learning. Please do not attend an in-person class or lab if you are feeling ill, particularly if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been directed by health professionals to quarantine or isolate. If you are not able to attend class or lab, please notify your instructor as soon as possible and discuss options for making up any missed work in order to ensure your ability to succeed in the course. If you will have an extended absence due to serious illness or other uncontrollable circumstances, you may request an absence notification through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Similarly, if your instructor is ill they may need to cancel class or temporarily move your course to online delivery to ensure that you are able to complete the course successfully.  Instructors may require students to wear masks in the classroom or in the laboratory as a preventative measure designed to facilitate uninterrupted classroom engagement and to facilitate health and safety in the classroom.   If your instructor does require masks in class or in a laboratory, you are expected to comply with that request.

UND also strongly encourages all members of the University community, including students, to get vaccinated, seek out testing when needed, and model positive behavior both on- and off-campus to foster a healthy and safe learning environment for all students. Individuals who would like to discuss disability accommodations regarding masks should contact the Disability Services for Students (DSS) office at 701.777.2664 or Individuals who are unable to wear a mask due to a sincerely held religious belief should contact the UND Equal Opportunity and Title IX Office at 701.777.4171 or

Religious Accommodations

UND offers religious accommodations, which are reasonable changes in the academic environment that enable a student to practice or observe a sincerely held religious belief without undue hardship on the University. Examples include time for prayer or the ability to attend religious events or observe a religious holiday. To request an accommodation, complete the student religious accommodation request form. If you have any questions, you may contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office.

Pregnancy Accommodations

Students who need assistance with academic adjustments related to pregnancy or childbirth may contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office or Academic Affairs to learn about your options. Additional information and services may be found at Pregnancy Resources.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

It is the policy of the University of North Dakota that no person shall be discriminated against because of race, religion, age, color, gender, disability, national origin, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, veteran’s status, or political belief or affiliation and the equal opportunity and access to facilities shall be available to all. Concerns regarding Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, ADA, and Section 504 may be addressed to Donna Smith, Assistant Vice President for Equal Opportunity & Title IX and Title IX/ADA Coordinator, 102 Twamley Hall, 701.777.4171, or the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Dept. of Education, 230 S. Dearborn St., 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604 or any other federal agency.

Reporting of Discrimination, Harassment, or Sexual Misconduct

If you or a friend has experienced sexual misconduct, such as sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, please contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office or UND’s Title IX Coordinator, Donna Smith, for assistance: 701.777.4171;; or visit the Title IX webpage. You may also contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX office if you or a friend has experienced discrimination or harassment based on a protected class, such as race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, pregnancy, marital or parental status, veteran's status, or political belief or affiliation.

Faculty Reporting Obligations Regarding Discrimination, Harassment, or Sexual Misconduct

It is important for students to understand that faculty are required to share with UND’s Title IX Coordinator any incidents of sexual misconduct or of discrimination or harassment based on a protected class that they become aware of, even if those incidents occurred in the past or are disclosed as part of a class assignment. This does not mean an investigation will occur if the student does not want that, but it does allow UND to provide resources to help the student continue to be successful at UND. If you have been impacted by discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct, you can find information about confidential support services on the Equal Opportunity & Title IX webpage..

UND Cares Program

How to Seek Help When in Distress

We know that while college is a wonderful time for most students, however, some students may struggle or have issues that arise. You may experience students in distress on campus, in your classroom, in your home, and within residence halls. Distressed students may initially seek assistance from faculty, staff members, their parents, and other students. In addition to the support we can provide to each other, there are also professional support services available to students through the Dean of Students and University Counseling Center. Both staffs are available to consult with you about getting help or providing a friend with the help that he or she may need. For more additional information, please visit the UND Cares Program Webpage.

How to Recognize When a Student is in Distress

The term “distressed” can mean any of the following:

  • Student has significant changes in eating, sleeping, grooming, spending, or other daily activities.
  • Student has cut off or minimized contact with family or friends.
  • Student has significant changes in performance or involvement in academics, sports, extracurricular, or social activities.
  • Student describes problems (missing class, not remembering, destructive behavior) that result from experiences with drinking or drugs.
  • Student is acting withdrawn, volatile, tearful, etc.
  • Student is acting out of character or different than usual.
  • Student is talking explicitly about hopelessness or suicide.
  • Student has difficulty concentrating or difficulty carrying on a normal conversation.
  • Student has excessive dependence on others for company or support.
  • Student reports feeling out of control of one’s emotions, thoughts, or behaviors.

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Today, the University of North Dakota rests on the ancestral lands of the Pembina and Red Lake Bands of Ojibwe and the Dakota Oyate - presently existing as composite parts of the Red Lake, Turtle Mountain, White Earth Bands, and the Dakota Tribes of Minnesota and North Dakota. We acknowledge the people who resided here for generations and recognize that the spirit of the Ojibwe and Oyate people permeate this land. As a university community, we will continue to build upon our relations with the First Nations of the State of North Dakota - the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Nation, Spirit Lake Nation, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.

Additional Resources

It is my goal to foster an environment of mutual respect in which everyone feels comfortable voicing their opinions, sharing their stories, and learning about potentially heavy or personally relevant material. If, at any point, you feel like the information covered in this class elicits thoughts, feelings, or concerns that you would like to discuss further, don’t hesitate to reach out to me, or the UND Counseling Center (701-777-2127).

Further, if you experience extenuating circumstances, sexual violence, identity-based harm, or any other personal crisis during the semester, don’t hesitate to reach out to me so we can provide academic assistance and help you in this course, and put you in contact with the appropriate resources and services (if needed).