Welcome to the MTLC MATH 112 Spring 2010
MTLC Information • The MTLC is located in B1 Tutwiler • Hours of Operation • Sunday: 4:00pm – 10:00pm • Monday – Thursday: 8:00am – 10:00pm • Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm • Closings • MLK Day: Sunday 1/17 and Monday 1/18 • Spring Break: will close Fri. 3/12 at 5pm and will re-open at 8am on Monday 3/22. • Phone Number: 348 – 2592 • Website: www.mtlc.ua.edu • EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org Please put your instructor’s name in the subject box for email.
Common Rules for the Center ABSOLUTELY NO FOOD, DRINKS, TOBACCO PRODUCTS, CELL PHONES, COMPANIONS, OR PROFANITY ARE ALLOWED. NO EXCEPTIONS!!
Course Requirements • Prerequisites • Grade of C– or better in Math 100 • Minimum of 310 (31) on the placement test • Every student must have an active “crimson” e-mail account for computer/course login. • Every new student must have a ua.mylabsplusaccess code.
Textbook and access code • Textbook - Precalculus, 3rd edition by Beecher, Penna, and Bittinger, published by Addison Wesley. • This course is a computer based course. All assignments for this course will accessed through a publisher’s website. (www.ua.mylabsplus.com) • An access code will be necessary to complete your assignments. No work can be completed until you have entered an access code into your account.
Access Codes • Access codes may be purchased with or without a printed version of the textbook. • You may purchase the code with the textbook at any of the bookstores in town. • You may purchase the code without a printed version of the book either at one of the bookstores in town or online on the mylabsenterprise website set up for your specific math course. • You may purchase the access code online using a Visa. • Again, no work can be completed until you have entered your access code into your account.
Access Codes - Repeating Students If you are repeating the course please come into the MTLC as soon as possible to receive an access code. We will need to verify that you are a repeating student in Math 112. Bring your ACT card. Again, you are responsible for checking prior to the first deadline in the syllabus.
Calculator • Only the calculator on the computer is allowed in this course. • No other calculators are allowed during testing. • It is the student’s responsibility to learn how to operate the computer calculator before testing.
Course Grades • Possible grades in this course are A, B, C (+/-) or NC. • A grade of NC means you receive no credit for this course. You must take the course again, but an NC does not affect your GPA. • The last day to withdraw from the course is Wednesday, March 24th. No withdrawals will be given after this date.
Course Grades • 4 tests (100 points each) 400 pts • Final Exam 300 pt • Quiz average (40 points each test period) 160 pts • Homework average (17 points each test period) 68 pts • Class Meetings (2 points for each week) 30 pts • Lab Attendance (3 points for each week) 42 pts • Lab Survey 2 pts • TOTAL 1002 pts You must have 700 pts. to pass Math 112
Quizzes & Homework • There will be homework assignments for each section and they will be graded. Multiple attempts are allowed on homework. Be sure to click on the “Submit Work” button when you are ready to record your homework score. You may submit homework before the assignment is finished and return to it later. • There will be a quiz given after each section. Click on the “Submit Test” button when ready for your quiz score to be recorded. Only one attempt will be given on quizzes, so please be prepared and ready to do well! • You will be allowed to drop one lowest homework grade and one lowest quiz grade each test period. If homework or quizzes are missed due to a serious, verifiable circumstance, then make-up work may be allowed. Any student requesting to make up work must fill out a petition request form in 345 Gordon Palmer with an excuse and supporting documents attached.
Working at Home • Students can do homework from home by downloading all of the necessary plug-ins. • Web page: http://ua.mylabsplus.com • Use the installation wizard in the software. Be sure to check for ALL components and install all necessary plug-ins. • Tests must be completed in the MTLC. • Homework and quizzes may be completed at home. However, if grades are not successfully sent from home for any reason, you will not be able to retry the work after the deadline has passed. If you work from home, there is a risk your grades may not be properly saved. NOTE: Macs do work for Math 112 but the installation is a little more difficult. Follow the instructions carefully on the installation wizard. Ask for help in the lab if needed.
Replacement Policy • Everyone will be allowed to replace his or her lowest test grade with the grade made on the final exam. • Zero grades due to unexcused absences or academic misconduct will not be replaced. • If a test is missed due to a serious, verifiable circumstance, the zero test grade will also be replaced with the final exam grade, but only if a petition request form is filed within 2 days at Room 345 Gordon Palmer and if the petition request panel approves the excuse.
Class Attendance • Every student is required to come to class at the scheduled class time this first week only. • Mon. 1/11, Wed. 1/13 and Fri. 1/15 for Mon/Wed/Fri classes • Tue. 1/12 and Thur. 1/13 for Tue./Thur. classes • Mon/Wed/Fri classes will not meet on Monday 1/18 (MLK Day) • After the first week of class (Jan. 17th), every student is required to attend a class meeting on Monday(MWF) or Tuesday(TR) of each week and sign the roll. This will then be the only days we meet to have class after the first full week. • Class meetings will be held at the scheduled class time in the classroom indicated on your class schedule. • Each class meeting is worth 2 points for its entirety.
Lab Hours • Students need to spend a minimum of 3 hours a week in the MTLC doing work. Time spent working on the computer, attending help sessions, or taking tests will count toward this requirement. BE SURE TO SWIPE YOUR ACT CARD WHEN ENTERING AND EXITING THE LAB. • Students will earn 3 points a week toward the lab attendance grade for meeting this requirement. • If you score a 70% or higher on each assigned Homework and Quiz for that given week, then you will automatically receive the 3 Lab attendance points for that week.
Lab Hours Student 1 will receive his lab attendance points for the week. Student 2 must spend three hours in the lab to receive full lab attendance points for the week. NOTE: While a missed assignment MAY NOT hurt your average, it WILL prevent you from automatically earning lab attendance points for that week.
Lab Attendance Points Partial points can be earned on lab attendance as a linear function of time: 3:00 hours 3 points 2:00 hours 2 points 1:00 hour 1 point Less than 1 hour 0 points Every time you enter or exit the MTLC lab the monitor will swipe your ID card even if you exit for a short time. Anyone caught swiping another student’s ID will be charged with academic misconduct.
Syllabus Quiz • The Syllabus quiz must be taken (by the deadline: Friday, 1/15) and contains questions about the syllabus. • You may take this quiz (and only this quiz) as many times as you like, and you may have your syllabus with you when you take it. • The purpose of the quiz is to make sure that you understand the policies set out in the syllabus should it become necessary to refer to them later, so take this quiz very seriously.
Acknowledgement Form • An acknowledgment form stating that you have read the syllabus and understand the policies set by this course must be completed in the software before you will be allowed to begin any assignments. • In the software, select the Test 1 Work, then select the Orientation link, then select the Acknowledgement Form to complete this requirement.
Prep Work Assignment • Sections 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, and 8.1 will not be part of the Math 112 curriculum and lectures. However, these sections are very important in your success of this course! • These sections will make up a single 25 problem homework assignment that will be due this Friday, 1/15. Do not put it off, begin right away. • Take this assignment very seriously as it will be not be allowed to be a dropped grade in the Test 1 material.
ua.mylabsplus Login Your software user name will be the prefix to your full bama email account name, and your password will be your 8-digit campus-wide ID. Example Username: email@example.com Password: 12345678
Getting Started After logging into the system and selecting your course from the course list: • Install the plug-ins on your own computer if necessary using the installation wizard found on the screen on the right. • Read the announcements, then click on the Test 1 Work tab. • Select Acknowledgement form link. You will now be prompted for your access code. • All information from today’s orientation can also be found in the link for orientation.
Need Extra Help The MTLC is open 71 hours each week for help. Center for Teaching and Learning(CTL) CTL offers weekly help sessions. Please take a card for future reference of weekly days & times. CTL website: www.ctl.ua.edu Free personal tutorial appointments are available at the CTL in Osband Hall. Call 348-8854 to schedule an appointment.
Our next class • If you are in a MWF class, then we will meet this Wednesday (1/13). • If you are in a TR class, then we will meet this Thursday (1/14). • Always sign the Rollsheet.
Before we meet next time… • Buy your access code (with or without your textbook) or if you are repeating this course, get into the MTLC right away. You must have this to begin working! • Start working on the Prep Work assignment and Syllabus Quiz that is due this Friday, 1/15.
Final thoughts • We are looking forward to your success in this course. • Know that this is not an easy course, you will have to work hard the entire semester. • Get help when needed. We are here for that purpose. • Good Luck!