COMPUTER SOFTWARE AND WEB SITE INTERACTION will play a role in the testing and reporting aspects of this course. I will help you with our computer facilities in SW 110 accomplish basic understanding and use of this reporting and mathematics software when needed.
After the first week our mathematics department tutors located in room SW 211 can
help you and some library materials are available.
Please consider "How To Be A Successful Math Student" in the Mathematics Department's Syllabus.
Please see me as soon as possible for any personal accommodations you require.
TYPICAL CLASS PERIOD: The first part of class time is open for answering student questions about the previous class work. The next part of class is used to introduce new material with examples and discussion.
Some class time is spent with all students working at the chalk board, lots of class time is spent working in teams and some class time is spent in the computer room SW 110.
TEAM ACTIVITIES: Class time that is devoted to team work is aimed at a deeper
understanding of course content and/or applications.
will assign you to a team and assign team coordinators. Teams may change from chapter to chapter.
A grade rubric will be presented and modified in class to
reflect the results from team work.
When working on a team, students are to
think for themselves treating the instructor as a guide, consultant, coach and
evaluator to the team. Always try to approach your team time with a
knowledgeable position based on your personal studies. During team activity,
you should display a willingness to generate discussion that leads to answers
or more refined questions that converge to solutions to your team assignment.
You may be in the dark on some points but being open to change and willing
to communicate your points even if mistaken at first helps the team toward
the final goals while helping you toward greater clarity. At times we need
team work to derive all the answers or computations in some assignments.
And other times teams provide a natural background for discussion of the
material and presentation of solutions. You are expected to help your team
reach reasonable objectives on time and demonstrate to me that you are
participating on your team in a meaningful way. Also, teams may wish to
work as a study group covering daily assignments. This can be implemented
via your telephone or computer networking.
Individual communication is not permitted in class. Please note that
individual communication is not very productive while another person is
speaking in a group or class room situation.
EXPECTATIONS: This syllabus including its Course Schedule (below), the Mathematics
Department's Syllabus including Assignment Sheets, College
Algebra Objectives and Department Policies combined with the
St. Louis Community College Fall 2002 Fact Finder student handbook gives
you the relevant course, student academic rights and responsibilities, and
study guide information.
Please see me as soon
as possible for any personal accommodations you require and please keep in
mind that: The quickest way to resolve any difficulty, no matter how small,
is to let your instructor know about it as soon as possible.
SPECIFIC EXPECTATIONS: You are expected to read the textbook and take notes
from the textbook before the class in which the material is covered. Add to
these notes or take separate notes covering the new material and activities
in each class. Then, finish each assigned activities and exercises. See the Department's Syllabus for a rough outline schedule. This generally means you need to
develop a dogged attitude with more than several hours per day spent on the team activities and presentations,
solving exercises, keeping good notes from the text and class, and doing
plenty of daily reviewing likely including some daily memorization. Use your personal weekly study
schedule sheet to keep track of finished work.
If you need help, I am located in the mathematics department during office
hours or you may call my home telephone number before 9:30 P.M.
takes lots of gumption.
SOME GENERAL GOALS: Learning in this course may be enhanced by your frequent willingness to use some general outline of goals. One list is found on my Web site at URL www.jug.net/wt/mgoals.htm for you.
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William V. Thayer