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Prof. Sally Keely
Mathematics Dept.
Clark College

Mathematics Online Syllabus

2017.Fall
version 22.2.B
rev. 2017-09-22

This is a vital document, a contract between student and instructor. Read it thoroughly!
This syllabus contains information relevant to ALL of Prof. Keely's math online courses.
It is supplemented by your individual Class Syllabus which contains class-specific information.

  1. Instructor Information:
    1. Contact information
    2. Educational philosophy
  2. Technical Information:
    1. Class websites
    2. Technology requirements
  3. Waitlist, Late Add, and Attendance Policies:
    1. Waitlist and late add information
    2. Late add policy
    3. Attendance and online presence policies
  4. Course Requirements, Assessment, and Evaluation:
    1. Week 1 Orientation Assignments
    2. Class participation (CPRs)
    3. Discussion Questions (DQs)
    4. Substantive Messages
    5. Daily practice problems (MML study plan)
    6. Quizzes
    7. Final examination
    8. Rules governing turned-in work (inc. late work policy)
    9. Outcomes Assessment
  5. Points and Grades
    1. Points possible chart
    2. Grade scale and grading policies
  6. Distance Learning:
    1. Online community
    2. Discussion board posting guidelines
    3. Profile guidelines
    4. Technical difficulties (inc. late work policy)
  7. Supporting Information:
    1. Tutoring, assistance, and support
    2. College-wide student information and policies (inc. ADA accommodation)
    3. Student code of conduct (inc. academic honesty and plagiarism policy)
    4. Contractual obligation
  8. Refer to your SPECIFIC CLASS SYLLABUS (linked from the "Syllabi" tab on InteGreat.ca/OL) for class-specific information (course description, prerequisites, textbooks, MyMathLab course ID code, etc.).
Instructor Information

Contact Information:

Professor: Sally Keely, M.S., C.O.I. (Certified Online Instructor)
E-mail address: skeely@clark.edu [Read first: How do I email the professor?]
Faculty Website: contact.sallykeely.com includes contact info and office hour schedule.
Note When is the professor online/offline?

Educational Philosophy:

I love math!  It is fun, exciting, aesthetically beautiful, and intriguingly vital. Thinking mathematically helps you to analyze and solve problems in an organized logical manner. I hope through this course you will improve your critical thinking skills and appreciate the usefulness of mathematics in your own life and career.

I will present mini-lectures and classroom demonstrations utilizing symbolic, numeric, and graphical methods of problem solving. We will accomplish the course objectives through interactive group discussions and active learning exercises that support conceptual understanding. Students and professor form a collaborative learning community where we all enthusiastically engage in the teaching and learning experience. My role is to facilitate your learning through guided activities in a challenging meaningful supportive atmosphere. This is in line with my teaching motto, "I am not here to teach at you, I am here to help you learn." 

Technical Information

Class Websites:

WAMAP (www.wamap.org) is where you will "go to class" and participate on the discussion boards. The class calendar is built into your WAMAP classroom.

MYMATHLAB (portal.mypearson.com/mypearson-login.jsp) is where you will study the e-text, work tutorial practice exercises, and take tests.

(Optional) Prof. Keely's Mathematics Online Web (www.integreat.ca/OL) provides supplemental resources including FAQs. You never need to visit this site directly, but it does provide handy access to class information if you need it (e.g. class calendar without first having to login to WAMAP).

Technology Requirements:

Daily access to a high-speed internet connected computer is necessary. See FAQs - software and plug-ins for list of required software. See FAQs - required computer skills for list of computer/technical skills you need prior to entering this online class.

You must use your Clark Student Email (@students.clark.edu) for all communications with the instructor. To activate your account see FAQs - clark student email. Use this email account when registering in Wamap and MyMathLab.

An electronic grapher is required. This may be a free online graphing program, graphing software on your computer, a graphing app on your mobile device, or a handheld graphing calculator. See FAQs - graphers and FAQs - calculators.

It is important to have a back-up plan for internet access in case of an interruption with your primary service. Clark campus labs or library, a local library, friends or family computers, or maybe even a cellular device can serve as your back-up access. It is your responsibility to have adequate access to the class materials and websites.

Waitlist, Late Add, and Attendance Policies

Waitlist and Late Add Information:

WAITLIST: The waitlist is operated by the registration department and faculty cannot override it. The waitlist ends approximately a week prior to the term's start date (see waitlist end dates). If you are on the waitlist and enough students drop by this date then you will be automatically moved from the waitlist into the class. Check your waitlist status.

ADDING CLASS POST-WAITLIST / PRE-DAY 3: During the week before the term starts and Monday - Tuesday the first two days of the term you can add yourself to any open class without needing instructor permission. Watch the class status carefully during that time and jump on any opening! If the class is full, complete the email version of the class orientation and email it back to me from your Clark Student Email account. Although I will NOT overload the class, there may be spots that I know are coming open (e.g. replacing a student who has not met the prerequisite.) If I am able to grant you permission to add you must register a.s.a.p. as it is only good that day so keep an eye on your Clark email!

ADDING CLASS ON DAY 3 OR DAY 4: Starting on Wednesday day three of the term instructor permission is required to add. I will not overload the class, but if a class has an opening I may be able to add new students. Adding late is not ideal, so to fill any open spots I will only provide add permission to students who have completed the email version of the class orientation and emailed it back to me from your Clark Student Email account. If I am able to grant you permission to add you must register a.s.a.p. as it is only good that day so keep an eye on your Clark email!

Starting at noon on Thursday day four of the term (Wednesday day three in summer) for the benefit of the class as a whole and your own chance of success I am very unlikely to permit any more late adds.

Late Add Policy:

If you add a class on or after the first day of the term, then before midnight on the day you register you MUST:
(1) register with WAMAP and login to your math class in WAMAP,
(2) complete all the orientation items posted there that you have missed (e.g. "Assn Day 1"), and
(3) attend class in WAMAP the following day as well.

I reserve the right to drop late-added students if all the first-week class requirements and this two-consecutive-day attendance rule are not met in a timely manner.

Attendance and Online Presence Policies:

DAY #1-2: You must login to your class in WAMAP on both day #1 and day #2 and complete the orientation requirements listed there by their deadlines or risk being withdrawn from class under Clark's "No-Show" Policy.

REST OF TERM: Attend class and post regularly! Neglect to do so and you will suffer grade penalties. Throughout the term your goal should be to come to class and participate in the discussions at least every other day.

  • Attendance (reading the discussion boards) is required a minimum of three days each week (preferably spread out but they may be consecutive). To be in attendance for the day you must login to WAMAP, enter your math class, read the Class Announcements, and read the posts in that week's discussion board. For each week that you fail to meet this "three-day attendance rule" your final course grade may be reduced by one-third of a letter grade (e.g. from a B to a B-).

  • Online presence (posting to the discussion boards) is vital to the success of the class. After week one, for each week that you fail to post any messages to that week's discussion board (DB#) your final course grade may be reduced by one-third of a letter grade (e.g. from a B to a B-).

  • Note: Not meeting attendance or online presence during your one CPR Freebie Week will not count against you.

  • See FAQs - attendance vs. online presence vs. participation
Course Requirements, Assessment, and Evaluation:

This course requires your daily attention and online participation. Be an active participant! Don't procrastinate! The course activities and requirements are intended to provide you with ample opportunities to learn the material and for progress feedback. I expect you to work hard and to be successful! I too pledge to be active in the classroom and help make the class a success.

A typical day in this class requires you to ... Login to your CMS and refer to the class calendar listed there. It is your guide to the daily schedule, readings, handouts, and deadlines. Read any materials (e.g. lesson notes) and investigate any links listed. Study the e-text sections listed (in MyMathLab watch the video lecture, read the e-text, work tutorial exercises). Participate in that week's discussion board by reading any new messages and joining your classmates and instructor in the threaded conversations.

Week One Orientation Assignments:

The class orientation is conducted via five assignments (worth 2 points each) that must be completed by their respective week one deadlines. They are detailed in your online classroom and also listed in the "orientation" tab at Maths Online Web.

Class Participation Requirements (CPRs):

Class participation is a major part of your overall grade (10 points per week). This class is designed on a collaborative learning model with the weekly discussion boards at its heart. Plan to read and contribute to the threads on the weekly discussion board on at least three days each week.

Starting in week 2 to earn the full 10 participation points for the week you must post to that week's discussion board (DB2, DB3, etc.):

QUALITY: Post a substantive response to each of the two discussion questions (DQs) by their deadlines. (3 points each) 6 pts
FREQUENCY: Post ("S" or "R" tagged messages) on at least three different days. (3 pts for 3+ days, 1 pt for 2 days, 0 pts for <2 days) 3 pts
QUANTITY: Post a total of at least four messages.
1 pt
Total Possible CPR Points: 10 pts

For full CPR points for the week you need 4 posts over any 3 days including substantive responses to both DQs.
See FAQS - minimum number/type of posts needed for full CPR points.

CPR Freebie Week: Everyone has a messy or overly busy week once in a while. So your one single worst week of participation is considered your "CPR Freebie Week" and your CPR score for that week will be dropped. Not meeting CPRs during your freebie week will not count against you.

NOTES:

  1. No CPR points will be granted for messages posted during the 12-hour "dead zone" noon to midnight Saturday (in FWS, but in Summer term Friday instead). See FAQs - dead zone and FAQs - definitions of "day" and "week".
  2. No attached files! All work/steps must be typed in the body of the message and not in a separate attached file. See FAQs - attachments and FAQs - handwritten work.
  3. Logistic (e.g., Where is the assignment?), technical (e.g., How do I download ...), social messages (e.g., Happy Birthday!), or trivial (e.g. "checking in") do NOT count toward class participation or online presence at all.
  4. Participation points are earned on that week's discussion board only (DB2, DB3, etc.). Posts to any other boards do not earn participation points.
  5. The last time CPR points can be earned in class is noon Friday of week 10 or noon on the "last day of ___ quarter classes" (as published by the Clark College Registrar) whichever comes first. In summer term the last time CPR points can be earned is noon Thursday of the last week of class.
  6. For even more details about CPRs see the Q&As starting at FAQs - CPRs.

Discussion Questions and Substantive Messages:

Each week two Discussion Questions (DQs) will be posted at the top of the weekly discussion board. Your responses must be substantive and posted by its deadline (see class calendar for due dates/times). Each DQ is worth 3 points toward CPRs. Partial credit may be granted at my discretion (per FAQs - DQs). You will not be able to see other student's responses until I open the thread sometime after the due date/time and then you can make additional posts ("R" tagged messages) to the DQ threads to round out your CPR points for the week.

A substantive message MUST meet these four criteria:

  1. Discuss a mathematics concept relevant to that week's mathematical content / learning objectives,

  2. Include at least mostly accurate mathematics (terminology, process, explanation) that is properly formatted (using the built-in math editor to create expressions as needed),

  3. Contain comments that are well thought-out, clear, logical, thorough, in your own words from your own understanding, timely, and that meet appropriate academic standards (correct spelling, proper basic grammar and punctuation, citations as needed, etc.), AND

  4. Contain at least 75 words (not counting a restatement of the question, an opening "hello", citations, nor your sign-off).

Daily Practice Problems (MyMathLab Study Plan):

This class has NO graded textbook assignments or traditional homework. Instead points are earned from class participation (CPRs on the weekly discussion board), quizzes, and the final exam. However, success in mathematics requires regular practice, so you should work daily practice problems. For these I recommend that you work problems in your MyMathLab study plan and take advantage of the self-help features such as "help me solve this". See FAQs - homework and FAQs - study plan for more details.

Quizzes:

Weekly quizzes (or semi-weekly in summer term) will be conducted online using a publisher's online testing system (MyMathLab). Quizzes will be timed (meaning that once you click the link to access the quiz you will only have a certain amount of time to complete it and submit your answers). Quizzes will only be accessible for a 57-hour window (noon one day to 9pm another). You may start the quiz anytime during its 57-hour window, but once you start it you only have 45 minutes to complete it and you must submit the completed quiz by its deadline (see class calendar for due dates). Quizzes cannot, under any circumstances, be taken outside that window of accessibility.

You may take each quiz twice (possibly different questions) and only your best score for that quiz will count. There will be 10 quizzes total and your lowest two scores get eliminated.

Quizzes cover recent material in the e-text, assigned readings, lesson notes, class postings, and related materials. Quiz questions will be short answer or multiple choice. Some questions may require work be shown but most will not. In some classes quizzes may include an untimed "take-home" portion where work will need to be shown and submitted by email.

When taking the quiz, you may refer to your notes, the e-text, any other printed resources, and use a grapher, but you absolutely may NOT discuss quiz questions or answers with any human until after the due time! See Code of Student Conduct for ramifications of cheating and disciplinary action that can be taken.

If you inadvertently get LOCKED OUT from a MyMathLab quiz you must email me at once per the rules at FAQs - locked quiz and be prepared to finish it up right away.

Immediately after submitting your quiz online you will be able to see your score in the MyMathLab gradebook. This assures that the quiz submitted properly. It is your responsibility to be sure that the quiz is completed by the due date/time and submitted properly.

Any time after the due date/time you may review your quiz, see the correct answers, and discuss the quiz problems with your classmates in the "Quiz # thread" on the weekly discussion board. For more info see Q&A starting at FAQs - quizzes.

Final Examination:

A mandatory comprehensive final exam is required in all math classes. It is conducted online using the same testing system as the quizzes. The final exam is timed, can only be taken once, is accessible for a couple of days only (three in summer term), and cannot be taken outside that window of accessibility. A "final exam information sheet" containing specific details about the final exam is/will be linked in the last unit of your class calendar.

If you inadvertently get LOCKED OUT from the MyMathLab final exam you must email me at once per the rules at FAQs - locked exam and be prepared to finish it up right away.

You will automatically fail the course if you do not take the final exam. If you have a dire emergency that prohibits you from taking the final as scheduled, refer to the final exam information sheet for directions on requesting a make-up exam. I will require written documentation of the emergency or conflict. I reserve the right to deem your reason unacceptable and refuse to allow you to make-up the exam or to make you take a proctored final exam without notes/text at a later date on-campus.

If on the official "last day of class" (5 days prior in summer term) you have earned fewer than 50% of the class participation points yet more than 50% of the quiz points then I may consider this to be an "unusual discrepancy" and follow the rule below (next section).

If you stop attending class prior to the final exam, or if it is impossible for you to earn higher than an F in the class even if you score 100% on the final exam, then you will not be given access to the final exam.

Rules Governing Turned-in Work (including late work policy):

LATE work earns zero credit, even in the event of a technical difficulty or medical emergency. No missed work can be "made-up".

If I feel that the work you turned-in (including quizzes and exams) was not done by you or was not from your own understanding, then you will earn zero credit at my discretion. 

If there is any unusual discrepancy between your ongoing daily work/scores and your quiz/exam work/scores, at my discretion I may require you to take without notes/text but with photo ID either an oral examination in my office (up to 3 hours long) or a proctored assessment in an on-campus testing center or a combination thereof. I will use this information and my professional evaluation to determine your level of competency of the course objectives and understanding of the course content and assign a course letter grade based accordingly.

Outcomes Assessment:

Clark's mathematics courses support the division's program level outcomes. Upon successful completion of the course you should be proficient in the division's course level outcomes listed in your specific class syllabus. I break these down further to topic level objectives in my lesson notes for each course. These outcomes and objectives will be evaluated through interactive class discussions, frequent quizzes, and a comprehensive final examination.

Points and Grades

Points Possible Chart:

The total points possible are listed below by class length.

  10-week
8-week
Week 1 Orientation (Assignments #1-5 @ 2 pts each)
10
10
Class Participation (CPRs)
(10 pts per wk in wks 2+ with lowest wk eliminated)
80
60
Online Quizzes
(best 8 of 10 quizzes @ 15/12 pts each)
120
96
Online Cumulative Final Exam
40
32
Total Points Possible:
250
198

Grade Scale and Grading Policies:

Your course grade will be determined by the percentage of the total possible points that you accumulate throughout the class. Course grades are calculated by dividing your total points accumulated by the total points possible, rounding decimals down to the nearest whole percent, and letter grades assigned according to the following scale:

100%-93% A

W-grade: The deadline to withdraw is set and published by the college registrar. If you stop attending class and do not officially withdraw through the registrar's office by this deadline you will earn an F in the course. See Clark College Withdrawal Policy.

I-grade: If you have extenuating circumstances beyond your control such as a documentable medical emergency and are unable to complete the course this term, you may contact me privately to request an incomplete. It is you that must initiate the incomplete request, I'm not legally allowed to recommend it. There are potential adverse ramifications you must consider and stringent conditions you must meet (e.g. having completed at least 80% of the course with a grade of "C" or higher). I reserve the right to refuse your request.

(*) I do not assign "C-". Instead I drop the cutoff for a passing "C" from 73% to 70%, a huge help to students with a "borderline" grade.

90%-92% A-
87%-89% B+
83%-86% B
80%-82% B-
75%-79% C+
70%-74% C
N/A (see *) C-
67%-69% D+
63%-66% D
60%-62% D-
00%-59% F

NOTES:

  1. Failing to meet the attendance / online presence requirements may impact your final course grade.
  2. I reserve the right to make an adjustment to your final calculated grade, up or down, sometimes significantly, based on my professional assessment of your overall level of understanding of the material and preparedness to be successful using skills gained in this course.
  3. If this course is a prerequisite to another math course, you need at least a "'C" to continue onto the next math course and any grade lower than "C" will require you to repeat this course before moving on.
  4. See What do A,B,C letter grades really mean?
  5. There is no extra credit available per FAQs - no extra credit.
  6. Grades are kept confidential between student (even minors) and instructor only. For legal reasons under FERPA, Washington State will not allow grades or progress in class to be discussed over email or by phone.
Distance Learning

Online Community:

This is not an independent study course. The success of this course depends on everyone being an active participant! We are an online learning community - participation is essential if we are to learn with each other. You are expected to login regularly, read every post on the weekly discussion board, and contribute with frequent substantive messages. We all share the responsibility for the development of the class through active collaboration. See Why does this class require participation on the discussion boards?.

Discussion Board Posting Guidelines:

When posting to the class discussion boards please use appropriate etiquette. See FAQs - DB etiquette.

Online written communications depend on properly formatted messages and math expressions. Math expressions can be typed online in a number of ways including plain text, ASCII, HTML, or using an equation editor built into your CMS. Discussion board messages and tests will be graded on what you actually write and not on what you might have meant. Format them carefully! See How do I post mathematics notation online?.

Profile Guidelines:

You are encouraged to add a profile photo in your CMS. See How do I add a photo to my profile?. Note: Keep your profile and profile photo academically appropriate. If any profile information or photo is deemed inappropriate by the instructor for any reason you may be blocked from the classroom until it is fixed and you may not make-up any consequentially lost points.

Technical Difficulties (including Late Work Policy):

All deadlines are strict. No late work will be accepted. Nothing can be "made-up" even in the event of technical difficulties. Technology and the internet do fail sometimes, so don't procrastinate and do have a back-up plan for internet access in case of an interruption with your primary service.

If you are having trouble posting to the discussion board or accessing the class materials, get help immediately as every day you delay may cost you points. For technical assistance post a tech question to the "General Q&A" discussion board in your CMS or email your instructor.

Supporting Information

Tutoring, Assistance, and Support:

Your #1 source of help is each other! Participate on the weekly discussion board regularly. Many students find it extremely helpful to form ongoing study groups. Groups can meet in-person on or off campus or online in a real-time chat room.

The STEM Help Center in BHL-101/102 (schedule) provides free drop-in assistance with math on-campus. Free online tutoring is also available (eTutoring.org).

If you ever need help with this course please contact me at once. I am available for help online on the discussion boards, by email, during my online office hours, or by appointment.

College-Wide Student Information and Policies (including ADA Accommodation):

Visit Supplemental Syllabi Information for important college-wide student information including information about emergency management, discrimination and harassment, and ADA accommodation. Also available are two specific college policies: Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Policy and Non-discrimination and Harassment Policy. You may want to sign-up for emergency RAVE alert.

If you have a disability or medical condition of which I should be aware, please let me know. Any student with a disability who may require accommodation in order to fully participate in this class should contact Disability Support Services.

If you use a screen reader and the e-textbook is not cooperating, please contact me as there may be an HTML version available. The publisher provides MyMathLab Accessibility Information.

Code of Student Conduct (including Academic Honesty and Plagiarism Policy):

Anyone interfering with the educational process is subject to summary removal by the instructor and may be referred to the Dean of Students for disciplinary or other action. 

You are expected to conduct yourself with integrity. You must comply with the "Clark College Code of Student Conduct". If you cheat, or aid someone else in cheating, you violate a trust and do yourself and the college a disservice. You are expected to keep your academic communications professional and polite, and to treat your classmates, your professor, and all college employees with respect and civility.

You WILL NOT:

  1. Discuss or post about quizzes or exams in any capacity with anyone until after the due time.
  2. Plagiarize work or violate copyrights
  3. Cheat in any manner. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, plagiarizing work, copying/swapping/sharing answers on tests or assignments, or illicitly giving or receiving help on tests or assignments.
  4. Use instructor or classmate email addresses / contact information for any non-class related use.

You WILL:

  1. Keep all your class login information confidential.
  2. Take all online quizzes and exams by yourself without assistance from others.
  3. Contact me at once with details, anonymously if you prefer, if a classmate asks you to cheat or help them cheat, or if you are in any way aware of someone cheating. Failure to do so is considered cheating in itself.

Failure to abide by these rules or any suspicion of cheating will result in the following actions:

  1. You will earn zero credit on the work (test, assignment, etc.) where the cheating occurred. This grade cannot be dropped. The second incidence of cheating will result in an "F" in the class and possibly permanent removal from the classroom.
  2. A report of the incident may be sent to the Dean of Students who may file the report in your permanent record or take further disciplinary action such as suspension or expulsion from the college.

Contractual Obligation:

I consider this math online syllabus to be a contract between you and I. I agree to abide by all of the policies and procedures contained herein, and by staying in the class, so too do you. If there is anything in this document with which you cannot or will not abide, you should withdraw at once. This syllabus is the ruling document in the event of a conflict with stated College or eLearning Department policies.