Problem Solving

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Fall 2016
Bolin Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

TTH 12:30-2

Dr. Linda Fosnaugh (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Expectations

Quizzes:  There will be several quizzes throughout the semester.  There will be no make-up quizzes.  Your presentation grade will count as a quiz grade.

HomeworkSeveral homework sets will be assigned.  The grade for late assignments will be lowered by 5% per day.  A student who is absent should send the assignment with a classmate or scan and e-mail the homework.  A student who does not have a scanner may e-mail the explanations and turn in the problem solutions on the next class day. 

Preparation, Participation and Presentation:   Group work will play an important role in this course.  Group members are expected to participate by doing a problem and by presenting a problem.  A student must make a minimum of nine presentations during the semester in order to receive credit for the presentation grade.  If group problems are assigned in advance, students are expected to have started each problem prior to coming to class.    Grades for preparation, participation and presentation are recorded under quizzes and classroom demeanor.

Exams:  There will be 3 exams and a comprehensive final exam during the semester. The final exam is scheduled for Thursday, December 15, 10:30-12:30.

Make-up exams may be given at the instructor’s discretion for any absence that is a result of a documented medical or personal emergency or an approved university activity.  It is the responsibility of the student to notify the instructor in a timely manner.  Make-up exams must be taken prior to the class period following the missed exam.

Grading Standards

Grade calculations:  Your grade will be based on the total number of points you accumulate during the semester. 


Quizzes:                                                                                   10%

Homework:                                                                             18%

Exams:                                                                                   54%    

Final Exam:                                                                            18%    


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

Late assignements are not accepted.

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 at all classes is expected.  Excused absences (eg. doctor's appointment, university activity) must be documented.   Any student who leaves class without the permission of the instructor is considered to be absent for the class period and any work submitted (quiz, homework, etc.) will not be graded.  Any student caught doing work for another class will be asked to leave and will be counted absent.    A student is allowed three unexcused absences during the semester.  Each subsequent absences  will result in a 1% deduction from the final course average.  A student may be withdrawn from the course for excessive absences.

Tardiness should be avoided.  A student who arrives ten minutes or more after class has begun will be considered absent for the hour.  Chronic tardiness or any other disruptive behavior may result in dismissal from class.

Other Policies

Academic Dishonesty. Students are expected to collaborate on a solution to some of the problems.  However, copying a solution from a classmate is considered cheating.  Some of the problems in the textbook have solutions on the internet; several of these solutions are incorrect.  The object of this course is to help students learn to think logically and become problem solvers.  Internet searches defeat the purpose of the course and are an admission of defeat on the part of the student.  Using other students’ solutions or internet solutions are dishonest and will result in no credit on the assignment.

Students should refer to the current MSU Student Handbook and Activities Calendar for University policies on academic dishonesty, class attendance, student rights and activities.

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

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

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at