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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 26-Apr-24

Fall 2024 | MAT-1230-VO02 - College 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: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 11 (as of 07-21-24 3:05 PM)
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Julie Lee
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Julie Dalley

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Mathematics
  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 prepares students for precalculus by reviewing the fundamental concepts of algebra. Topics include equations and inequalities, exponents, radicals, functions, systems of equations, polynomials, and applications. Students must take a math assessment for placement purposes prior to registration. Prerequisite: Intermediate Algebra or equivalent skills.

Essential Objectives

1. Solve linear equations and inequalities.
2. Graph linear equations in the Cartesian Coordinate system using slope and intercepts and, given information about a line, find its equation.
3. Simplify radicals and solve radical equations.
4. Solve quadratic, rational equations, and systems of equations.
5. Define, identify, and graph functions.
6. Define properties of logarithmic and exponential functions, discuss their applications, and demonstrate their basic operations.
7. Apply algebraic concepts to problem-solving and the solution of word problems.
8. Demonstrate proficiency in understanding, interpreting, evaluating, and applying quantitative data and information to real-world situations.
9. 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

MAT-1230-VO02 Link to Textbooks/Resources Information for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Artificial Intelligence(AI) Policy Statement

CCV recognizes that artificial intelligence (AI) and generative AI tools are widely available and becoming embedded in many online writing and creative applications.

Prohibited: The use of generative AI is not allowed in this course, with the exception of spellcheck, grammar check and similar tools. This course rests in the value of students engaging in the learning process without relying on AI-generated content. Students will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills independently, owning their learning journey from start to finish. If you use these tools, your actions would be considered academically dishonest and a violation of CCV's Academic Integrity Policy.


This online course begins on a Tuesday and ends Monday night at midnight. Every Tuesday morning at 12:01 am, we will have a new week of material to cover.

(a) Homework will be posted each week. You will do the homework in MyMathLab. It will be student’s responsibility to complete and understand all homework. We will be using much of the discussion forum to talk about homework problems. See ‘Participation’ below for more information.

(b) Quizzes will be assigned on Tuesdays and due the following Monday, any time before midnight. Contact me, Julie.Lee@ccv.edu, if you have any question. I will the due date listed on each quiz. You will be able access the quizzes through the Assignment button. You will do the quizzes in MyMathLab. These quizzeswill have14 to 35 questions with a time limit of 2 to 4 hours. Once you begin a quiz, it must be completed. Make sure that you are ready to take it when you click on the link for it.

We have 11 scheduled quizzes. I will only count the best 10 of them towards your final score. I will drop your lowest quiz score or you can miss a quiz.

(c) Exams will be posted 1 week before the due date. Exams must be done individually. Please contact me through email if you have any question.

(d) Participation is very important in this online course. I will be posting weekly discussions. It will be your responsibility to respond to each of the discussions. You can find the Weekly Discussion in Discussion Forum. We will be using the weekly discussion to talk about the homework and special topics related to that particular week’s material. Missing 1 weekly discussion will lower a class score by 3%, missing 2 weekly discussions will lower a class score by 6%, and missing 3 or more weekly discussion would prevent a student from passing the course.

The weekly discussions are a great way to build a community of online learners for the whole class. I am hoping to use weekly discussions to help everyone in this online class. I will be facilitating the weekly discussions. I also would like to encourage everyone to ask questions and/or provide an answer to a particular problem. So, this will enhance your mathematical knowledge and help to build a community of learners.

Evaluation Criteria

The student’s grade will be determined by the following:

Three exams posted in Canvas = 60%

Weekly MML quizzes = 15%

Weekly MML homework = 10%

participation and attendance (questions in weekly discussion forums) = 15%

Late submission penalty for all assignments:

10% off for one day late,

20% off for two days late,

30% off for three days late,

Zero grade for one week late.

Grading Scheme:

A+ 98-100 A 93-97 A- 90-92

B+ 88-89 B 83-87 B- 80-82

C+ 78-79 C 73-77 C-70-72

D+ 68-69 D 63-67 D- 60-62

F 0-59

P Pass NP No Pass


College Algebra plus MyMathLab with Pearson e-text – Access, 5th ed., by Beecher, Judith A.; Penna Judith; Bittinger, Marvin L.ISBN: 9780135266403.

Additional Pre-Assignments/Instructor Notes/Comments:

(a) Graphing calculators (graphing utility) are required for this course. They can be used for all assignments and exams. There is a pretty good online graphing tool at http://www.desmos.com. This site has a free graphing utility. For the graphing purposes of this course, this freeware will be enough for us. Later in the semester, we’ll have a discussion on graphing, and this freeware will easily allow us to post (upload) our graphs, images, and modeling such as linear regression. In addition, there are video links available in Canvas, such as How to use the Desmos Graphing Calculator Tool.

(b) Please make an effort to study and live with the material daily so that you will learn it and if learned well, you will be always be able to recall it. If you have any question, I will be happy to help you. You can post your questions in weekly discussion forum. I check questions posted in the discussion forum and respond to the questions daily. Also, I can be reached at Julie.Lee@ccv.edu. Due to the volume of my emails, please allow me to respond to your questions in 72 hours.

(c) If anyone has any special need or concern about this class, please contact as soon as possible. In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and have documentation sent to me.

(d) Academic Honesty:CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty in any form, 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.

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


1.1 Introduction to Graphing

1.2 Functions and Graphs

1.3 Linear Functions, Slopes, and Applications



1.4 Equations of Lines and Modeling

1.5 Linear Equations, Functions, Zeros, and Applications

1.6 Solving Linear Inequalities



2.1 Increasing, Decreasing, and Piecewise Functions; Applications

2.2 The Algebra of Functions

2.3 The composition of Functions



2.4 Symmetry

2.5 Transformations

2.6 Variation and Applications



Exam #1

3.1 The Complex Numbers



3.2 Quadratic Equations, Functions, Zeros, and Models

3.3 Analyzing Graphs of Quadratic Functions

3.4 Solving Rational Equations and Radical Equations



3.5 Solving Equations and Inequalities with Absolute Value

4.1 Polynomial Functions and Models



4.2 Graphing Polynomial Functions

4.3 Polynomial Division; The Remainder Theorem and the Factor Theorem

4.4 Theorems about Zeros of Polynomial Functions



4.5 Rational Functions

4.6 Polynomial Inequalities and Rational Inequalities



Exam #2

5.1 Inverse Functions

5.2 Exponential Functions and Graphs



5.3 Logarithmic Functions and Graphs

5.4 Properties of Logarithmic Functions

5.5 Solving Exponential Equations and Logarithmic Equations



5.6 Applications and Models: Growth and Decay; Compound Interest

6.1 Systems of Equations in Two Variables



6.2 Systems of Equations in Three Variables

6.3 Matrices and Systems of Equations



6.4 Matrix Operations

6.5 Inverses of Matrices



Exam #3


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.

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.