TENTATIVE SYLLABUS - FALL 2024
MATH 116 SECTIONS 1001, 1002, AND 1010 - TECHNICAL MATHEMATICS

Meeting Dates/Location: Online

Semester Dates: Monday, August 26 - Sunday, December 15, 2024

Disclaimer:  This syllabus is subject to change with advance notice as deemed appropriate by the instructor! The notice will be sent to the students' email account on record.

1. IMPORTANT SEMESTER DATES

For important semester dates such as "last day to register", "last day to drop the course", breaks and holidays, etc. go to CSN Calendar/Schedule/Catalog.

2. TENTATIVE COURSE SCHEDULE

You can find Dr. Stewart's Tentative Course Schedule at http://profstewartmath.com/Cal_116OL_Fall24.pdf and on the Canvas Course Home Page. Canvas will be discussed in "Media & Tools" below. The Tentative Course Schedule allows you to quickly check the availability of tasks and their due dates. It is also a guide of how to proceed through the course for optimum success.

The instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule at any time with written, electronic, or verbal notification. It is the students' responsibility to be aware of the changes made. Please understand that all times in the Course Schedule are considered Pacific Standard Time.

3. ABOUT THIS ONLINE COURSE

In this online course there are no instructional meetings. This means that you will not receive LIVE instruction. The bulk of learning the concepts will fall on your shoulders. You primarily learn by READING the concepts and examples in the instructor's lecture notes. For a different perspective, you can also access available eTexts and YouTube videos. This does not mean that the instructor is absent. She will monitor your progress and will, if necessary, make private comments if you seem to be falling behind. The instructor will address ALL questions and concerns you might have.

In this online course you are not allowed to do whatever you want. Successful online courses have structure and purpose. You must adhere to deadlines and due dates just like in an on-campus course. 

In this online course you must have the appropriate technology and be tech-savvy. Technical difficulties cannot be used as an excuse for failure to complete tasks. It is your responsibility to locate the computer hardware, software, and internet connections necessary to stay connected and current with your course work and course requirements.

For more details pertaining to Technology Requirements go to
http://profstewartmath.com/General/techreq_116OL.html

In this online course you must exhibit appropriate behaviors in person and in writing. Strive for a personable tone! Do not make offensive or disparaging remarks. Please familiarize yourself with the CSN Disruptive and Abusive Student Policy and the Student Conduct Code.

In this course you must take a proctored Final Exam. For details pertaining to the proctoring location(s) go to http://profstewartmath.com/General/FAQ_FinalExam.html.

4. COURSE DESCRIPTION

MATH 116 will allow students to become proficient in the mathematics used in technical fields which are the focal point of this course. Topics include fundamental operations with signed numbers; measurement systems; exponents; order of operations; scientific notation; algebraic expressions; linear equations and inequalities; an introduction to graphing; simple geometric figures, logarithms; and fundamentals of trigonometry. Prerequisites and Corequisites: None

5. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

6. INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION

Name:  Ingrid Stewart, Ph.D., Charleston Campus, H-Building, Suite 101, Room S

Address: College of Southern Nevada, 6375 W. Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, Nevada 89146

CSN Phone Number: 702-651-5692

CSN E-Mail Address: ingrid.stewart@csn.edu

Official Contact (Office) Hours:

Via MyOpenMath Messages or Forums or Canvas on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM pacific standard time.

See paragraph #9 for more information on MyOpenMath.

7. COURSE COMMUNICATION OPTIONS

NOTICE:
The instructor will respond within 24 hours during the week and 48 hours over the weekend to any of your questions and concerns!

We will primarily use MyOpenMath and Zoom to communicate. See paragraph #9 for more information. The Canvas "Inbox" can be used for private conversations, but it does not allow you to write math symbols.

From MyOpenMath we will use "Forums" and "Messages" (private conversations). If you want to talk to the instructor face-to-face, the free online conference room called Zoom will be used. You can ask the instructor for a Zoom meeting at any time. However, you must make an appointment via MOM "Messages" or the Canvas "Inbox".

For more detailed information pertaining to Course Communication go to
http://profstewartmath.com/General/Communication116OL.htm

8. COURSE HELP OPTIONS

You can ask the instructor or your peers about non-math related and math-related issues in many ways. You can utilize the MyOpenMath "General Communications" or "Math Question" Forums (public), the MyOpenMath "Messages" (private), the Canvas "Inbox" (private), or the free-of-charge software-based conference room Zoom (private).

For more detailed information pertaining to Course Help go to
http://profstewartmath.com/General/Help.html

9. MEDIA AND TOOLS

We will use Canvas as our "Course Organization System". It allows for quick and easy access to this syllabus, the course schedule, all course tools, course rules and policies, and helpful hints.

However, we will use the free MyOpenMath aka MOM as our "Math Learning System". It contains online textbooks, the instructor-created lecture notes and examples, assorted YouTube videos, practice problem sets, the module quizzes, the Final Exam, asynchronous communication tools, and much more. NOTE: The Gradebook will also be in MOM.

You can find access to MOM by clicking its (brown) button on the Canvas Course Home Page. For MOM registration information go to http://profstewartmath.com/General/myopenmath116OL.htm

The free-of-charge software-based conference room called Zoom will be used should you want to talk to the instructor face-to-face. Download the "Zoom Client for Meetings" at https://zoom.us/download#client_4meeting.

The Meeting ID is 86456515440 and the Password is office.

For more information pertaining to Media & Tools go to
http://profstewartmath.com/General/Media116OL.html. There, you will find information about computer and browser requirements, Web cams, microphones, scanners, calculators, instructor lecture notes, YouTube videos, and online textbooks.

10. COURSE TASKS

We will utilize MyOpenMath for ALL graded and non-graded tasks! The Gradebook will also be in MyOpenMath!

There are seven (7) types of tasks for you to complete, namely (a) write an Autobiography; (b) complete the Syllabus Review; (c) study the Learning Materials; (d) complete the Practice Problem Sets; (e) complete the Module Reviews; (f) take the Module Quizzes; and (g) take the proctored Final Exam.

For more detailed information pertaining to Course Tasks go to
http://profstewartmath.com/General/Tasks116OL.html.

11. ATTENDANCE

In online courses "attendance" means that you MUST access MyOpenMath "Messages" and the Forums daily to read new posts and messages. You are responsible for any grade ramifications if you do not attend the course as described.

12. DUE DATES

ALL graded tasks have soft and hard due dates and times (Nevada time zone). It is expected that you complete ALL tasks by their soft due dates and times. The hard due dates and/or times should only be used in the unlikely event you had no other alternative. However, if you use them, it is still your responsibility to be mindful of the time constraints as to not incur the loss of points.

Please understand that MyOpenMath can only show hard due dates and times. YOU are responsible for knowing when the soft due dates and times are.  See the Tentative Course Schedule in paragraph 2.

13. COURSE POLICY ON MAKING UP TASK

NO graded tasks will be accepted AFTER the hard due dates stated in the Tentative Course Schedule! After the hard due date, you will be given a grade of 0% for ALL non-submitted graded tasks. No make-up is possible.

Why? It is all about "fairness"! Students who are allowed to make up graded tasks have a longer study time, can potentially get a "peek" at a friend's graded task, and may experience less stress especially during finals week.

14. COURSE POLICY ON RETAKES OF TASKS

NO retakes of graded tasks will be allowed.

15. COURSE POLICY ON EXTRA CREDIT TASKS

NO extra credit tasks will be made available.

16. COURSE POLICY ON DROPPING GRADES

NO grades will be dropped.

17. GRADING

You can find the Course Gradebook in MyOpenMath!

a. Grading Scale

Following is the grading scale used by the instructor for all graded tasks and the course grade:

100 - 93 A       92 - 90 A-    

  89 - 83 B       82 - 80 B-    

  79 - 73 C       72 - 70 C-     

  69 - 63 D       62 - 60 D-    

  59 -   0 F

     b. Course Grade Calculation

It is expected that you know how to calculate your course grade at any given time during the semester. The following formula will be used:

0.20 (Final Exam Grade) + 0.40 (Avg of ALL Module Quizzes) + 0.40 (Avg of ALL Practice Tasks)

NOTE: While your individual grades show as percentages in the MOM Gradebook, the course grade is calculated using the points earned divided by the points possible. The course grades will be rounded UP to a whole number if the number in the tenths place is 5 or higher.

18. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY

You are expected to complete your own work in this class. Cheating on graded tasks is not fair to students who are honestly studying. Cheating is also subject to penalties, which can include getting a 0 for the exam or failing the course. The full list of possible penalties is listed in the CSN Student Academic Integrity Policy. You must familiarize yourself with this policy.

Practice Problem Sets: If it can be proven that someone else completed a practice problem set for you, you will get a 0. While tutors may explain math concepts to you, they are NOT allowed to work individual problems for you.

Module Quizzes and Final Exam: If it can be proven that someone else completed a module quiz or the Final Exam for you, you will get a 0. Additionally, if it can be proven that you used outside resources on the module quizzes and the Final Exams (textbook, instructor notes, your notes, Web sites, etc.), you will also get a 0!

19. AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT AND CSN DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER

The College of Southern Nevada is committed to making physical facilities and instructional programs accessible to students with disabilities as per the Americans with Disability Act. See https://www.ada.gov. If you have a disability that may have some impact on your work in this class and for which you may require accommodations, please visit the Disability Resource Center (DRC) so that such accommodations can be considered. All discussions will remain confidential. The DRC has offices on all three campuses. These serve as the focal point for coordination of services for students with disabilities.

20. STUDENTS' RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

When you choose to become a student at CSN, you accept the rights and responsibilities of membership in CSN’s academic and social community. For detailed information, access the link Students Rights and Responsibilities.

21. CSN LIBRARY SUPPORT

The CSN Libraries provide support for students completing assignments that require research and the use of information. Librarians are available to students for one-on-one assistance locating and citing quality information either online or at one of their campus locations.

22. MISCELLANEOUS

Teaching Philosophy: Given the college setting, your instructor subscribes to the adult learning theory called "self-directed learning." It stresses that learners must exercise control over their learning decisions. Instructors may act as supporting guides, but all learners are responsible for their cognitive development as well as take ownership of their actions, a lesson that extends far beyond the classroom walls.

For example, some of the top job skills that will help individuals succeed in any industry include the ability to focus on one task without neglecting other duties, be self-motivated, and holding themselves accountable for their actions without needing oversight from a manager.

Conflict Resolution: If you have concerns with course scheduling, course materials, grading, etc., please contact the instructor first. If the instructor cannot resolve your issue(s), then contact the Math Department Office at 702-651-7585. You will be directed to the Department Chair.

Health Directive: Students must follow all active CSN health directives while enrolled in this class. CSN public health directives are found at CSN Wellness. Refusal to follow active CSN health directives may result in disciplinary action according to the Student Conduct Code including being dropped from the course.

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Last Updated in May 2024