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Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 30-Apr-23

Summer 2023 | MAT-1020-VO01 - Intermediate Algebra

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 05-23-2023 to 08-14-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-12-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-10-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Suzanne Gruendling
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Julie Dalley

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following VSC General Education Requirement(s) for Catalog Year 21-22 and later:
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course provides an in-depth study of algebra skills including algebraic laws, polynomials, exponents, linear equalities and inequalities, factoring, functions, set notation, graphing in the Cartesian Coordinate system, and applications. Students must take a math assessment for placement purposes prior to registration. Prerequisite: Math and Algebra for College or equivalent skills.

Essential Objectives

1. Solve and graph linear equations and inequalities.
2. Solve equations and inequalities involving absolute value.
3. Given information of a line, such as slope and intercept, find its equation.
4. Use proper set notation for solution sets.
5. Solve systems of linear equations and inequalities of two variables by graphing and using algebraic methods.
6. Perform all operations using polynomials and rational expressions.
7. Factor polynomials such as quadratic trinomials, quadratic binomials (special cases of trinomial factoring), higher order trinomials of the quadratic form, and cubic polynomials.
8. Apply properties of exponents (including positive, negative and fractional exponents) and radicals.
9. Define and graph functions including absolute value, quadratic, and square root.
10. Apply algebraic techniques and models in solving problems that occur in various fields of study.
11. Apply mathematical reasoning to analyze social justice problems in a variety of different contexts and consider whether these approaches are just and equitable.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

*** This is a no cost textbook or resource class ***

This course only uses free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials. For details, see the Canvas Site for this class.


This course develops students’ ability to think quantitatively and use mathematics as a problem-solving tool in their professional and personal lives. Mathematical applications are selected from a range of business, human services, health, and political topics. Concepts include set theory, visual representation of data, operations in the real number system, geometry, linear and nonlinear equations, linear systems, personal finance, probability, and statistics. Students must take a math assessment for placement purposes prior to registration.

Prerequisite: Foundations of Algebra or equivalent skills.

Textbooks & Technology

The textbook used in this course:

OpenStax Intermediate Algebra

Technology Requirements: Please make sure you have access to a Scientific Calculator.

Assignments Overview

During this course, there will be review exercises, problems, quizzes, and exams to assess your learning.

Discussion forums are a part of every learning module and are post-first discussions, which means that you will post your reply before seeing the replies of others. Discussions will be graded based on the following rubric:

Meets Expectations

Approaching Expectations

Does Not Meet Expectations



Discussion posting shows significant evidence or understanding of the assigned topic or mathematical problem. (4 points)

Discussion posting shows minimal evidence or understanding of the assigned topic or mathematical problem. (2 points)

Discussion posting shows no evidence or understanding of the assigned topic or mathematical problem. (0 points)

4 points


Discussion posts are distributed throughout the week and the student responds to postings in a timely manner.

(4 points)

The discussion posting contributes to the class conversation.

(2 points)

There are no replies to students or the reply does not contribute to the ongoing conversation.

(0 points)

4 points

Professional communication that generates learning within the community

The discussion post is clear and demonstrates knowledge and evidence of the assigned topic and elicits further reflection for other learners.

(2 points)

The discussion post attempts to elicit responses from other learners.

(1 point)

The discussion post contains grammatical errors and does not facilitate effective communication or encourage responses.

(0 points)

2 points

Total Points:

10 points


Rubrics are attached to each of your discussions and assignments. It’s important to review the grading rubrics before starting your work so that you will know exactly how your work will be assessed.


It is important to review feedback for your assignments and discussions to see where you are meeting expectations and where additional work may be needed.

Course Summary:

Additional Notes:

a) Scientific Calculators are required for this course. (about $10). They can be used for all assignments and exams. Free-ware apps are acceptable and meet the needs of this course. Graphing calculators are not required.

b) Math is a subject to be learned daily, please make every effort to spend time with the material every day. Many students find it helpful to keep your book and syllabus with you to increase the minutes you can spend reviewing material even if it is just for a few minutes.

Evaluation Criteria

Your final grade will be based on the following assessments:

Assignment Category

Grade Weight Percentage

Discussion Forums


Weekly Assignments






Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Module 1 Chapter 1 Foundations


1.1 Use the Language of Algebra

1.2 Integers

1.3 Fractions

1.4 Decimals

1.5 Properties of Real Numbers


Module 1 Readings

Module 1 Discussion

Module 1 Assignment

Module 1 Quiz



Module 2 Chapter 2 Solving Linear Equations


2.1 Use a General Strategy to Solve LineaEquations

2.2 Use a Problem-Solving Strategy

2.3 Solve a Formula for a Specific Variable

2.4 Solve Mixture and Uniform Motion Applications


Module 2 Readings

Module 2 Discussion

Module 2 Assignment

Module 2 Quiz



Module 3 Chapter 2 Solving Linear Equations (contd)


2.5 Solve Linear Inequalities

2.6 Solve Compound Inequalities

2.7 Solve Absolute Value Inequalities


Module 3 Readings

Module 3 Discussion

Module 3 Assignment

Module 3 Quiz



Module 4 Chapter 3 Graphs and Functions


3.1 Graph Linear Equations in Two Variables

3.2 Slope of a Line

3.3 Find the Equation of a Line

3.4 Graph Linear Inequalities in Two Variables


Module 4 Readings

Module 4 Discussion

Module 4 Assignment

Module 4 Quiz



Module 5 Chapter 4 Systems of Linear Equations


4.1 Solve Systems of Linear Equations with Two Variables

4.2 Solve Applications with Systems of Equations

4.3 Solve Mixture Applications with Systems of Equations

4.7 Graphing Systems of Linear Inequalities


Module 5 Readings

Module 5 Discussion

Module 5 Assignment

Module 5 Quiz



Module 6 Functions and Characteristics of Graphs


3.5 Relations and Functions

3.6 Graphs of Functions


Module 6 Readings

Module 6 Discussion

Module 6 Assignment

Module 6 Quiz



Module 7 Polynomials and Functions


5.1 Add and Subtract Polynomials

5.2 Properties of Exponents and Scientific Notation

5.3 Multiply Polynomials

5.4 Dividing Polynomials


Module 7 Readings

Module 7 Discussion

Module 7 Assignment

Module 7 Quiz



Module 8 Factoring


6.1 Greatest Common Factor and Factor by Grouping

6.2 Factor Trinomials

6.3 Factor Special Products


Module 8 Readings

Module 8 Discussion

Module 8 Assignment

Module 8 Quiz



Module 9 Factoring (Continued)


6.4 General Strategy for Factoring Polynomials

6.5 Polynomial Equations


Module 9 Readings

Module 9 Discussion

Module 9 Assignment

Module 9 Quiz



Module 10 Rational Expressions and Functions


7.1 Multiply and Divide Rational Expressions

7.2 Add and Subtract Rational Expressions


Module 10 Readings

Module 10 Discussion

Module 10 Assignment

Module 10 Quiz



Module 11 Roots and Radicals


8.1 Simplify Expressions with Roots

8.2 Simplify Radical Expressions

8.3 Simplify Rational Exponents

8.4 Add, Subtract, and Multiply Radical Expressions


Module 11 Readings

Module 11 Discussion

Module 11Assignment

Module 11 Quiz



Module 12

Final Exam


Final Exam


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

All Discussion Board posts require a response as well as a response to three classmates. All Discussion Board posts are due on Mondays at the end of the course week.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Due to the summer format of the course, late work will not be accepted. There will be one dropped grade for each of the categories of homework, quiz, and discussion for those times when you have a summer conflict.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.