Course

Contemporary Mathematics

Course Details

Course Number
1053
Section Number
1053
Semester
Fall 2017
Location
Bolin Hall
Classroom Number
209
Days & Times

Lectures: MWF 2:00-2:50PM --- Bolin Hall 209

Professor
Dr. Terry McDonald (view Profile)

Course Attachments

Textbooks

Course Objectives

Course Subjects:  A survey of the use of mathematics in the modern world. Topics include: theory of elections and apportionment, graphs and networks, growth and symmetry, or statistics.

Course Expectations

Text: Excursions in Modern Mathematics, 9th. Ed., by Peter Tannenbaum.

You will need access to the online MyMathLab system to complete homework. Your MyMathLab subscription includes online access to the book; you do not need to purchase a hard copy unless you want one.

 

MyMathLab: A MyMathLab Access Code is required.

The website follows: http://www.pearsonmylabandmastering.com/northamerica/mymathlab/

 

MyMathLab Course Number: mcdonald96896

 

Setting up MyMathLab: Visit the website above and click on ”Student" under the ”Register Now!" heading. Your course ID is above. You can purchase an access code in the bookstore or use a credit card or paypal account to pay the fee for the semester. (If you are waiting for financial aid or do not have a credit card, you can register for 14 days for free. Makesure you pay by the time your access expires.) If you purchase a physical copy of the textbook, make sure it includes an access code for MyMathLab. Note that used books generally will not have valid codes.

 

Calculator: Any calculator may be used during specified times. However, the use of calculators on most quizzes and the tests will be prohibited.  

 

Prerequisite(s): MATH 1003, math THEA (formerly TASP) score of 270, or satisfactory score on placement exam.

Grading Standards

Course Evaluation: Homework problems will be assigned using MyMathLab. Also, the material in the homework will be evaluated by announced/pop/take-home quizzes, short student presentations (board work), and student participation in small groups. The homework/quizzes/presentations will count as 40% of the final grade. There will also be two In-class Exams which will each count as 20% of the final grade. Finally, there will be a Final Exam which will count as 20% of the final grade.

 

 

Test Dates: Please note that the following test dates are tentative and may be changed (except for the scheduled date of the final). Any change will be announced in a timely manner.

                        Exam I --- Monday, October 2, 2017

                        Exam II --- Monday, November 6, 2017

Final Exam --- Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 5:45-7:45PM

Make-ups for exams and quizzes will only be allowed for a university approved excuse in writing. Wherever possible, students should inform the instructor before an exam or quiz is missed. 

Letter Grades: The final letter grades will be determined by the following scale:

                        A --- 90% and above

                        B --- 80% - 89%

                        C --- 70% - 79%

                        D --- 60% - 69%

                        F --- 59% and below

Final Exam

12/13/2017 5:45-7:45

Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Make-ups for exams and quizzes will only be allowed for a university approved excuse in writing. Wherever possible, students should inform the instructor before an exam or quiz is missed.  

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Other Policies

Students with Disabilities: Students with disabilities need to contact the Counseling and Disability Services Office at (940) 397-4140 or in the Clark Student Center, Room 168. For the telecommunication device for the deaf, call (940) 397-4515.

MSU Student Handbook and Activities Calendar: Students should refer to the current MSU Student Handbook and Activities Calendar for university policies on Academic Dishonesty, Attendance, Student Rights and Activities.

 

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at http://mwsu.edu/campus-carry/rules-policies.

 

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at patrick.coggins@mwsu.edu.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at https://mwsu.edu/academics/wpr, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at https://mwsu.edu/campus-carry/rules-policies.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at patrick.coggins@mwsu.edu.