

JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY
COURSE CODE: "MA 1015"
COURSE NAME: "Intermediate Algebra"
SEMESTER & YEAR:
Fall 2023

SYLLABUS
INSTRUCTOR:
Simone Morici
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS:
TTH 4:305:45 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS:
45
CREDITS:
3
PREREQUISITES:
OFFICE HOURS:
By appointment


COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course provides a review of elementary algebra for students who need further preparation for precalculus. Students enroll in this course on the basis of a placement examination. The course covers the basic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division involving algebraic expressions; factoring of polynomial expressions; exponents and radicals; solving linear equations, quadratic equations and systems of linear equations; and applications involving these concepts. This course does not satisfy the General Distribution Requirement in Mathematics and Science.

SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:
 Set theory
 Operations between numbers
 Variables and polynomials
 Probability
 Equations and inequalities
 Introduction to functions and graphing techniques

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Upon completing this course the student should be able to:
1. Understand the basic topics of set theory.
2. Solve different types of numerical expressions.
3. Factor polynomials and simplify simple rational expressions.
4. Produce solutions to firstdegree and seconddegree inequalities.

TEXTBOOK:
Book Title  Author  Publisher  ISBN number  Library Call Number  Comments  Format  Local Bookstore  Online Purchase 
Beginning and Intermediate Algebra  Tyler Wallace  http://www.wallace.ccfaculty.org  9781458377685      http://www.wallace.ccfaculty.org/book/Beginning_and_Intermediate_Algebra.pdf 

REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
Book Title  Author  Publisher  ISBN number  Library Call Number  Comments 
Course handouts  Simone Morici  JCU    These handouts are available for download on the Moodle page of the course. 
RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:

GRADING POLICY
ASSESSMENT METHODS:
Assignment  Guidelines  Weight 
Quizzes  Four inclass quizzes, each on a specific subject. (The lowest quiz score may be dropped.)  30 
Midterm exam  Midterm evaluation on the material covered in the first half of the course.  15 
Final exam (comprehensive)  Final exam on the material covered in the whole course.  45 
Attendance and participation  Attendance and active participation to the class are fundamental and will be part of the final evaluation.
 10 
ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course. BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the studentâ€™s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments. CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings. DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail. FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.
ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Please refer to the university catalog for the attendance and absence policy.


ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic
dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred.
In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment,
may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of
academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student
who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from
the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation
to the President, who will make the final decision.

STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap.
Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning
of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.


SCHEDULE



Session  Session Focus  Reading Assignment  Other Assignment  Meeting Place/Exam Dates 
Week 1 to 2  SET THEORY: sets, subsets, Venn diagrams, union and intersection of sets.  Pages 119 of the handouts.   
Week 3 to 7  PROPERTIES OF OPERATIONS: addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, exponents and logarithms, powers of 10, absolute values, numerical expressions.  Pages 2067 of the handouts.   
Week 8 to 9  VARIABLES: definition of variable, operations between variables, expressions with variables, polynomials, factoring polynomials by special products.  Pages 6895 of the handouts.   
Week 10  PROBABILITY THEORY: percentages, definition of probability through Venn diagrams, compound probability.  Pages 96105 of the handouts.   
Week 11 to 14  EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES: linear equations and inequalities, quadratic equations and inequalities, systems of equations and inequalities.  Pages 106143 of the handouts.   
