Developmental Suppl for Contemporary Math

Course Details

Course Number
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Spring 2018
Bolin Hall
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Days & Times

11:00 - 12:20 Tuesday/Thursday

Marina Lynn Jones (view Profile)


Course Objectives

Course Description:  This course supports students in developing skills, strategies, and reasoning needed to succeed in Contemporary Mathematics.  Developmental topics include integers, fractions, decimals, percentages, exponents, linear equations and inequalities and their graphs, deductive reasoning, interpretation of data from graphs and charts.  Other topics include integration of the above topics into the content topics of theory of elections and apportionment, graphs and networks, and statistics.

Course Expectations

Materials Needed:  Students will be required to have one binder to organize all Math 0053 and Math 1053 materials (handouts, notes, etc) and a calculator (any kind except on cell phone).These need to be brought to class every day.   Students will also be required to purchase access to MyMathLab for their Math 1053 course.  Access to the online copy of the textbook is included with MyMathLab.


Attendance:  Attendance will be taken every day, and an attendance grade will be a portion of your final course grade.   If you are absent from more than 2 classes, your attendance grade will be negatively affected.  Starting with the third absence, 10 points per absence will be deducted from your attendance grade.  If you are absent for more than 4 classes you may be dropped from the class with a grade of F.


Participation:  Students are required to participate in daily in-class activities such as handouts, quiz corrections, group work, discussions, or presentations.  A participation grade will be a portion of your final grade.  In-class activities may be graded and may not be made up outside of class.  Failure to participate in class will negatively affect your course grade.  Use of cell phone during class will result in a 0 participation grade for the day.

Grading Standards

Grades:  Grade points will be earned in three categories:  attendance, participation, and in-class activities.  The weight of each category is as follows:                                                                Attendance:  25%

                                                             Participation:   25%

                                                             In-Class Activities:   50%


The final course grade will be determined by the earned percentage of total possible points..

                                                Earned % of Total Points         Course Grade

                                                      90 - 100                           A

                                                      80 - 89                             B

                                                      70 - 79                             C

                                                      60 - 69                             D

                                                      Below 60                         F

Final Exam

05/08/2018 1:00 - 3:00

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.

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.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance:  Attendance will be taken every day, and an attendance grade will be a portion of your final course grade.   If you are absent from more than 2 classes, your attendance grade will be negatively affected.  Starting with the third absence, 10 points per absence will be deducted from your attendance grade.  If you are absent for more than 4 classes you may be dropped from the class with a grade of F.

Late Arrivals:  Any late arrival to class may be counted as an absence at the instructor's discretion.  Students who need to leave class prior to the dismissal of class should speak to the instructor beforehand in order to not incur an absence.  It is disruptive to the classroom environment for students to leave class for personal reasons and then return to the classroom.

Excused/Unexcused Absences:  Absences are not categorized as excused or unexcused.  All absences from class will be counted as official absences except authorized absences (as defined in the Student Handbook).  If you miss class due to hospitalization or a death in your family, you should notify the Dean of Students immediately.

Authorized Absences:  Absences due to required participation in university-sponsored activities must be approved by the Division Director or Athletic Director and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. It is the responsibility of the student to arrange with the instructor to make up all work missed during an authorized absence.

Other Policies

Student DropsStudents will not be allowed to drop only Math 0053.  Students will be allowed to withdraw from both Math 0053 and Math 1053 or only Math 1053 but only during the week of March 19, 2018 to March 26, 2018.

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, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

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