MATH 103 - College Algebra
2023 Summer Syllabus, Section 02, CRN 9538
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 course uses the E-book bundles with ALEKS 360 software. An ALEKS access code for this course can be purchased online (through the Blackboard link) or from the UND Bookstore. Follow the registration instructions on Blackboard to access ALEKS for this course.
Whether you’re taking courses in the classroom or online, it’s important to have the right technology and equipment. Visit the UND Technical Requirements webpage for more information. Students are expected to use their official UND email in the course. For technical assistance, please contact UND Technical Support at 701.777.2222. Visit the University Information Technologies (UIT) website for their hours, help documents and other resources.
For this course, you will need:
- A computer of tablet that is capable of accessing Blackboard and running Yuja Software capture ( Chromebooks are not compatible).
- Stable, reliable, high-speed (>20 Mbps) internet access.
- Webcam and microphone (inbuilt or external).
- Recommended but not required: Printer (or touchscreen technology to write on PDF) - if a student does not have a printer, work can be done on blank paper.
- Scanner or camera (phones work) to capture an image of your written work (if not using a touchscreen) - special instructions must be followed if a student is using a phone camera.
Minimum Technical Skills Needed
In order to succeed in this course, at a minimum, you should be able to:
Insert minimum requirements expected and needed. In the bulleted example list below
- Navigate in and use basic Blackboard functions
- Download and open electronic documents
- Create, save, and upload/attach electronic documents
- Send, receive, and manage email
Access and Log in Information
This course was developed and will be facilitated utilizing Blackboard. To get started with the course, please go to: http://blackboard.UND.edu 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.
This course is divided into modules. You will have 3 days to complete a module. In each module, you will be expected to:
- Watch content and practice problem videos on Blackboard and ALEKS
- Complete an ALEKS module which will typically have around 20 topics. Review modules during test periods may have more or fewer topics depending on your mastery of the material.
- Complete a Written Assignment (not every Module) and submit the pdf on Blackboard. The assignments will consist of conceptual and/or application problems and will be based on the material learned in that module or previous modules.
- Due dates for Modules are based on Central Standard Time.
- Expect to work through 6-8 topics in ALEKS every day. Details of the schedule are available in Blackboard.
Exams 1,2 and 3 are open on Sunday until Monday night.
The FINAL EXAM is open on Friday and Saturday.
Example and optional addition: What Should Students Do First?
- Prior to the start of the first week, you should have reviewed the syllabus and taken the Syllabus Quiz.
- Purchase access to ALEKS
Example and optional addition: How Students Should Proceed Each Week for Class Activities
On the left side course menu in Blackboard there is a “Lessons” tab. Inside Lessons you will find all the required readings, videos, and assignments/activities for the week. An overview of each week can be found in Blackboard under the Schedule tab.
Many services are available to UND students such as writing assistance from the UND Writing Center, free online tutoring via Starfish. Visit the Student Resources page for more information. Students also have access to the 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.
Insert the course requirements/expectations. An example is posted below.
- The student will review the syllabus and course schedule posted in Blackboard.
- The student will access and follow all course instructions found in the weekly area of the Blackboard course.
- The student will manage their time especially since this is a 6-week course (expect 15-20 hours per week) and not wait until the last hour to complete assignments/exams.
- The student will complete and submit assignments, exams, quizzes, etc. in the manner described in Blackboard and on the course schedule. We will use Central Standard Time for due dates and times.
Instructor Responsibilities and Feedback
Insert responsibilities students can expect the instructor to meet. Example provided below.
- The instructor will provide feedback on all assignments/exams by Wednesday of the following week.
- The instructor will be available via email for questions and feedback.
Email the instructor for questions about the course and topics.
In the Subject of each Email, please note what course you are enrolled in.
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 need to contact me directly, check the Faculty tab in Blackboard or the syllabus for my contact information. I will respond back to you within 48 hours during the week or weekend.
When participating in class (online or in person) it is important to interact with your peers in an appropriate manner. Always use professional language (no Netspeak). When you capture yourself in Yuja, use the same etiquette you would in a classroom.
Assignment Final Grade
- Written pdf assignments ( 10-20 pts each) 15 %
- ALEKS Modules 20%
- Exams (20% each) 40%
- Final Exam 25%
Final Grade Scale
> 89.5% A
< 59.4% F
Schedule of Topics and Assignments
|6/26||The course begins. Read the syllabus & purchase ALEKS access.
Take the Practice YUJA Test by the due date.
|Modules 0, 1, 2 by due dates in blackboard
|7/3||Check Practice YUJA Test comments by instructor. Complete another Practice YUJA test if needed.||Modules 3,4, 5 by due dates in blackboard
Written Assignment 1
EXAM 1 Sunday/Monday
Module 6 & 7
Written Assignment 2
|7/17||Module 8, 9 & Review Module 10
|7/24||Modules 11, 12
Written Assignment 3
|7/31||Final exam is on Friday/Saturday!||Module 13 &14
Final Exam FRIDAY/SATURDAY
- Due dates for each assignment or activity are firm.
- No extensions will be given during the Summer Session due to the short time-line.
- No extensions are granted for computer/internet issues. It is up to the student to have a backup plan if technical difficulties arise.
It is expected that students will complete all requirements for a course during the time frame of the course. No Incompletes are offered for this course.
Resolution of Problems
Should a problem occur, you should speak to your instructor first. If the problem is not resolved, email Dr. Michael Minotte. If the problem continues to be unresolved, go to the department chair, and next to the college dean. Should the problem persist, you have the right to go to the provost next, and then to the president.
The student must complete the homework without copying answers from other sources.
All written assignments must
- be uploaded to blackboard to receive full credit,
- neat and legible
- show all work and use proper mathematical notation in a vertical manner (no continuous equations horizontal from each other)
If the integrity of an assignment or exam is doubtful, the student will receive a score of 0 on that exam/assignment. The instructor might or might not give the student an oral exam via zoom to determine the grade of an exam.
University of North Dakota Policies & Resources
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 UND.dss@UND.edu 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 UND.dss@UND.edu. 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 UND.EO.TitleIX@UND.edu.
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.
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, UND.EO.TitleIX@UND.edu 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; donna.smith@UND.edu; 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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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).
- UND Care Team: 701-777-2664 (8:00 AM to 4:30 PM M-F) or 701-777-3491 (evenings and weekends)
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- Abuse and Rape Crisis Hotline (CVIC): 701-746-8900 (24 hours)
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- Emergency Room: 701-780-5280
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- Food For Thought Pantry: (Wilkerson Commons Room 169; 701-777-4200)
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (1-800-273-8255)