Fall 2004 Course Syllabus

Math 50 – Elementary Algebra (Online)


Section numbers 0874, 1741 and 3089 (4 units)

MyMathLab ID: toner29288




Instructor:  Stephen Toner     Web Page:  http://www.stevetoner.com


email:  toners@vvc.edu –Please write your name and Math 50 online in the subject line.


VVC voicemail:  245-4271, ext. 2770


Office Hours: M,T,Th:     8:15–9:30 am                Office:  Liberal Arts (bldg. 30), office “U”

                        Wed:           9:00–9:30 am               



Fall Exam Calendar:                        Section 0874                 Section 1741

Saturday, Oct. 9         First Exam                  9:00 am – 11:00 am                12:30* pm – 2:30 pm

Saturday, Nov. 6        Midterm Exam           9:00 am – 11:00 am                12:30* pm – 2:30 pm

NOTE:  Nov. 8th is the last day to drop and still receive a “W” grade.

Saturday, Dec. 11      Final Exam                  9:00 am – 11:00 am                12:30* pm – 2:30 pm


Section 3089 will test on the same dates; students in this section must e-mail me before the first exam requesting a particular time slot for all three exams.  Priority of choice will be given to students in the order received.  Half of the class will test in the 9:00 am time slot, while the other half tests in the 12:30 pm time slot.  The time slot chosen will remain the same for all three exams.


*On each exam date, there will be an optional Q&A session which will begin at 8:00 am (section 0874) and 11:30 am (section 1741).  Please note which section number that you are in.  You will be required to attend the session that you are scheduled for.  If you would prefer to test in the other time slot, a request must be made to me in writing at least two weeks prior to the exam date.  I will approve the change in testing time based upon space availability, giving preference to those who ask first.


To each scheduled exam, bring a valid Photo ID (No ID…No Exam) and pencils with you. 

Each chapter exam will be administered in the (Liberal Arts) building 30, room 10.


Calculators and PDA use will not be allowed during testing sessions.


These exam dates are mandatory for this online course.  Mark your calendar accordingly.  There will be no make-up exams.


If alternate testing dates are required for a verifiably valid reason, appropriate and acceptable arrangements must be scheduled with the instructor prior to 09-10-04.  Otherwise, no exceptions for testing will be made.




Prerequisite:      Math 10 (167) or Math 12 (159) with a grade of "C" or better, or eligibility as determined by placement on the VVC assessment exam.  Be sure that you meet this requirement.


Textbook:          Introductory Algebra, 9th edition, by Bittinger.  All students must register for this course at MyMathLab.com using the Course ID: toner29288 after August 23rd, 2004.  Your textbook can be purchased new from the VVC Rams Bookstore (bundled with MyMathLab at no extra charge).  If you purchase a used textbook, access to MyMathLab can be procured online at www.mymathlab.com for approximately $30.  MyMathLab is a requirement for this online course. 


Course Description:   This course covers signed number arithmetic, square roots, order of operations and algebraic expressions.  It also covers equation solving, factoring, graphs of linear equations and solving systems of equations.


Attendance Policy:     It is your responsibility to keep your enrollment status current.  You risk receiving an “F” if you decide to quit without officially withdrawing.  You are responsible for checking the class pages regularly, for posting responses and asking relevant questions.  All online homework assignments must be submitted on or before posted due dates (Please refer to the Course Schedule document for due dates).



Grading Policies:        Each on-campus exam will count as 300 points toward your overall point total.  Each chapter’s “Homework-Test” will earn you up to 20 points.  (I will drop your lowest Homework-Test before computing your grade.)  Homework-Tests must be completed by the times listed in the Course Schedule.


            First Exam – Chapters 1, 2, 3 and 7                  300 points        10-09-04                           Grading Scale

            Midterm Exam – Chapters 4, 5, and 6              300 points        11-06-04                           950 to 1080 = A         

            Final Exam – Chapters 8, 9, and 10                  300 points        12-11-04                           853 to 949 = B           

            Homework (on-line)                                         180 points                                                  756 to 852 = C

                                             TOTAL                          1080 points                                               702 to 755 = D

                                                                                                                                          Below 702 = F



Calculators:  Calculators are helpful for learning concepts and useful as a study aid, but will not be allowed during exams.


My Philosophy:  Online math classes tend to be more difficult than traditional math classes because of the amount of reading involved and the absence of face-to face communication.  An online math class may also require more time expenditure because the student needs to obtain course materials and competency from a variety of sources, i.e., a required textbook or interactive multi-media textbook, video lectures, audio glossary, various web sites, practice exams, etc..


            Online courses are not for everyone.  They are intended for students who are unable, for various reasons, to attend class regularly in the traditional face-to-face setting.  If you are looking for an “easy way out” of the rigor found in the traditional classroom, this online class will not likely suit you.


Learning involves interaction.  To be successful in this course, it would be wise for you to devote an abundance of hours

using all of the resources available to you.  Do not forget that I am one of your major resources. 



Student Code of Conduct


Selected Codes from the Student Handbook:


       Any student found to have committed the following misconduct is subject to disciplinary sanctions:


v      Acts of dishonesty, including, but not limited to the following: cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty.


v      Disruption or obstruction of teaching.


v      Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, and/or other conduct that threatens or endangers the health and safety of any person.


v      Failure to comply with directions of Victor Valley College officials (including faculty) or law enforcement officers acting in performance of their duties.


v      Conduct which is disorderly lewd, indecent, or obscene or expression which interferes with the college's primary educational responsibility.


Cheating and Plagiarism Defined:


       The term "cheating" includes, but is not limited to:


v      Use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations or


v      Dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments or


v      Acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic materials belonging to a member of the VVC faculty or staff.


       The term "plagiarism" includes, but is not limited to:


v      The use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.


v      It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.

(Please see the VVC Student Handbook for other elements of the Student Code of Conduct.)


Course and College Sanctions for Cheating and/or Plagiarism:

While students may work together on the researching of any assignment, it is expected that each of their writing assignments reflect substantial individual effort. Any student who commits plagiarism or is found to have cheated on a scheduled exam is subject to a zero score for that specific exam and a term grade of "F" for this course. Students should be aware that cases of cheating and/or plagiarism will be forwarded to the appropriate college administrator promptly. The college administration has a range of sanctions that may be imposed including, but not limited to, academic suspension or expulsion from the college.


Miscellaneous Items:


v     In accordance with college policy, only students who are registered for this course are allowed to be present in the classroom during testing sessions. Unregistered friends, family members, or others cannot legally attend.


v     Withdrawal from this course is the solely the responsibility of the student.


v     If you have a learning disability or physical need that requires special accommodation, please advise me prior to 09-10-04 (the end of the second week of class).


v      Students are encouraged to read the Victor Valley College Catalog for additional information on college policies, student rights, and student responsibilities.