MAC 1105 College Algebra - Online Course

Online Course Syllabus for CRN 20416, and CRN 21475  Spring 2015

Instructor: Paul J. Fernandez        Office: Building 4, Room 241        Phone: (407) 582-2755

E-mail: pfernandez@valenciacollege.edu

Web: http://faculty.valenciacollege.edu/pfernandez

All Tests in this course are proctored.

Any Student that does not have a FL address registered with Valencia are not allowed to register in an online course. Those students can be dropped from the course at any time.  


Student Engagement Hours (office hours):          

On-campus hours (Bldg. 4-241):

T   11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

R     9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Online hours (Fernandez’s email):

MW 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

F 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

*Individual appointments are available upon request.  


This syllabus is a contract between the student and the instructor. By attending this course, the student agrees to the terms and conditions of this contract. It is the responsibility of the student to carefully read this syllabus/contract, and to adhere to all policies and procedures within.

***This course uses WebAssign for Homework. You are required to obtain the WebAssign Access Code only found in the course textbook (or e-book). See the section "Required Educational Materials" in this syllabus for specific details.


Registering into WebAssign

For this online course, you must use the Class Key for the section in which you are enrolled.    

Make sure to register in the correct WebAssign section! (Check your section's CRN!)

For CRN 20416, use this Class Key: valenciacollege 9912 9506  

For CRN 21475, use this Class Key:  valenciacollege 9359 3415

*You will also be prompted to enter the Access Code included in your textbook (or e-book).

*You can use WebAssign without entering an Access Code through Tuesday January 20, 2015. Once the grace period is over, you must enter your Access Code to continue using WebAssign and remain in this class.


Course Description:    MAC 1105 College Algebra                                 Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite:  Minimum grade of C in MAT 1033C or appropriate score on an approved

assessment.  Course based on the study of functions and their role in problem solving. Topics

include graphing, the linear, quadratic, and exponential families of functions, and inverse

functions. Students will be required to solve applied problems and communicate their

findings effectively. Technology tools will be utilized in addition to analytical methods. Gordon

rule course. Minimum grade of C required if MAC 1105 is used to satisfy Gordon Rule and

general education requirements. consult an academic advisor.

Valencia Core competencies: TVCA

Valencia faculty has defined four interrelated competencies (Value, Think, Communicate, Act) that prepare students to succeed in the world community. These competencies are outlined in

 the College Catalog. In this course, through class activities, discussion, and other learning endeavors, you will further develop your mastery of the aforementioned competencies.  Due to the nature of these global competencies, many problems and activities will be presented in the context of applications. These will require students to select appropriate information from the problem and communicate effectively how to arrive at an appropriate solution to the problem.

 About This Online Course:

Do not assume that this class is undemanding because it is an online course. This course is not intended for everyone. This course is challenging and time consuming; it is convenient, but not easier than a regular classroom course. Only highly motivated, disciplined, and organized students who can study the book lessons effectively, can follow all tasks responsibly, and can learn the material by themselves are successful in this online course. The math lessons are clearly explained and you will have the learning resources to help you.

I will be here to lead and guide you, and be a facilitator of learning. Since I care about your academic success, I will be providing you a quality-learning environment throughout the academic term. In this course, you will have the opportunity to learn skills that will be relevant to future courses and to your professional career.

Time Commitment:

Note that an online course may need more time commitment than an onsite course. Since this is an online course, the 3 hours a week that you would normally use to attend lectures should be spent online reading the textbook, watching the provided learning resources (PowerPoints, videos), working through practice exercises, completing provided worksheets, and taking tests. Any college course also requires at least 2 hours of study-time for every lecture hour. Thus, you should allocate at least another 6 hours a week on study time activities, such as working on assigned homework, practicing exercises, and studying for assessments. This course may take more time than you expect.

Online Instruction Delivery System (Course Platform):

To be able to take this course, you must have a computer with Internet access and -of course- must know how to use it. This course is delivered via Blackboard and WebAssign. You will complete your online homework using WebAssign, and take all your tests via Blackboard.

Course Access: Blackboard 9.1 (BB = Blackboard Learn 9.1 throughout this document.)

BB course page:  http://learn.valenciacollege.edu/

Login for BB: Use your ATLAS Username and Password


Required Educational Materials:

a) College Algebra with Current Interesting Applications and Facts, 1st ed. by Gisela Acosta and Margie Karwowski, 2012 published by Kendall Hunt. Revised Printing 2014

ISBN 978-1-4652-5025-4

*** Do not buy a used book (nor rent a book) because the WebAssign code would have been used already!

Option 1: Buy the e-book version directly from the publisher online at http://www.kendallhunt.com/store-product.aspx?id=26332. The e-book will give you access to the WebAssign code (at no extra charge). This is the most economical option. Note: If the link (or any other throughout this document) doesn't work, please copy and paste the URL into your browser.

Option 2: Buy the e-book version directly from WebAssign: http://www.webassign.net/ . The

e-book will give you access to the lessons code (at no extra charge). This is the second most economical option. Note: If the link (or any other throughout this document) doesn't work, please copy and paste the URL into your browser.

Option 3: Purchase the book at the Mathematics section of East Campus' bookstore only. The textbook also includes the online access code for WebAssign (at no extra charge). You do not need to buy any other code!

Option 4: Purchase the book directly through the publisher at http://www.kendallhunt.com/store-product.aspx?id=26332 .The textbook also includes the online access code for WebAssign (at no extra charge). You do not need to buy any other code!


b) Calculator: A graphing calculator is required for this course.

TI-83, TI-83+, TI-84, or TI-84+ are recommended. Calculators that do symbolic manipulations

likeTI-89, TI-92, TI-Nspire CAS, and Voyage200, etc. will not be allowed on tests. The textbook

provides instructions on how to use the graphing calculator, using an "as needed" approach. A

guide to corresponding keystrokes and screen shots are integrated throughout the textbook.

Online tutorials for the graphing calculator will also be provided via the course Blackboard page.

These tutorials are very user-friendly, and provide a step by-step guide on how to use the



Graphing Calculator Online Workshops:

In addition to all the resources provided to help you with the graphing calculator via the textbook and the online tutorials posted in Blackboard, I am planning to offer two online workshops on the use of this calculator, where I will give you a "live" demonstration on how to use the grapher. Students will need to use the graphing calculator throughout this course, including tests.

I will be presenting the workshops via GoToWebinar, a web conferencing tool that will allow us to meet online.

The first graphing calculator webinar will be scheduled towards the end of the first week of classes, and it will help you with things you will apply in chapters 1 and 2: basic graphing, appropriate viewing windows, finding intersections, tracing versus finding values, etc. The second workshop (around the fifth week of the term), will help you with other calculator features you will need later on, for chapter 3 and beyond.

As soon as the term begins, it is important that you check your Atlas email for details on how to register for the online "live" graphing calculator workshops. (Each virtual graphing calculator workshop is optional, and not a mandatory activity for this class. However, please consider taking advantage of this learning opportunity; it will definitely help you!


WebAssign Registration:  As soon as you acquire the textbook (or e-book), you will self-enroll into WebAssign.

The following link will lead you to WebAssign's "Student Quick Start Guide." This guide will provide information about logging into WebAssign, enrolling in classes, purchasing access, and viewing assignments:  www.webassign.net/manual/WA_Student_Quick_Start.pdf 

(Check the 1st page of this syllabus for your specific WebAssign Class key.)

WebAssign Support:

For WebAssign, call (800) 955-8275

* Only if you can’t log into the system, get an error message, or can’t access the server.

 When to not email WebAssign?

For questions on the content of a particular homework assignment or any math related questions, you will email me at pfernandez@valenciacollege.edu, not WebAssign support.

 Technical Notes:

You will submit all required online homework assignments for this class via WebAssign. Therefore, make sure that your computer does not block your access to WebAssign.

(1) Pop-ups

You need to turn off your computer's pop-up blockers when you are working on your homework assignments. Below are links to instructions on how to disable common pop-up blockers:

bullet Internet Explorer's pop-up blocker
bullet Safari and Firefox on Mac Pop-up Blocker
bullet Firefox's pop-up blocker
bullet Google Chrome's pop-up blocker
bullet Google Toolbar's pop up blocker
bullet Yahoo Toolbar's pop-up blocker
bullet Ask Toolbar's pop-up blocker

(2) You will also need the latest version of Java. Not having this will prevent the equation editor box to appear, and you will need this to answer some questions. Java is free to download. Get the latest version at http://java.com 

Attendance Policy:

Due to the nature of this online course, on-campus attendance in the traditional sense cannot be enforced. However, the frequency of your visitations to the course sites will be monitored. In the event of an extended absence -that is, not logging onto course sites (BB and/or WebAssign) for more than 3 days, or not replying to my emails in a timely manner (within 48 hours)- you must contact me as soon as possible to indicate the reason for the inactivity. Before the withdrawal deadline, if your absences become extreme (3 days or more), you may be withdrawn from this course for noncompliance with the requisites of the course.

 After the withdrawal deadline, you cannot -for any reason- withdraw from this course and obtain a grade of “W.”  *Please check the "No-Show" for more details on online attendance requirements.


This is an online course; therefore, we will communicate mainly electronically, via email and through the course site (BB). You must check your ATLAS emails and the course announcements (BB) regularly as to not miss any important messages from the instructor!

 You will always use my email address to communicate with me: pfernandez@valenciacollege.edu

You must include “Algebra Online” on the subject line of the email, followed by the nature of your message, so that your email will have priority. To protect my computer from any virus, I will delete without opening any email without the appropriate subject. All communications should follow appropriate etiquette. Email should be used in a professional way. Always put identifying information in the subject line so that I know what your message is about. Use appropriate language and include your name so that I know who you are. If you call my office and wish to leave me a voice mail, please repeat your name and telephone number twice; voicemail is used best if you leave a concise, but detailed message. Since I am not always in my office, an email will have a faster response than a voice mail.

IMPORTANT: Since I will be sending all my communications to your Valencia email account, please remember that you must delete old messages from your mailbox; otherwise, if you exceed the quota, your Valencia mailbox will not accept any more and you will not receive my weekly emails. I have no control of your email account, so please check this regularly.

Be sure to check your Valencia email at least 2-3 times a week (daily during the first weeks of the term!).  It is recommended that you do not forward your Valencia mail to an outside account like hotmail or yahoo, etc., due to the fact that email from Valencia may be tagged as spam, therefore not delivered. If you decide to forward your Valencia email to a personal email account, make sure that it is not rejected! 

All emails and/or phone calls will receive my response in a timely fashion. You should expect my reply within a 24hr period, excluding Saturdays and Sundays (unless there is an emergency). If time permits, I will also get back to you during weekends. On the other hand, when you receive any email from me that requires your response, I expect you to reply in a timely fashion as well. Again, I will be communicating with you on a regular basis, therefore, it is crucial that you check your emails frequently, so that you are always on track.

Not checking my emails will not be accepted as an excuse for missing required tasks; missed emails may affect your grade and are the responsibility of the student.

Work Requirement:

Instruction in this course does not involve classroom lectures. You will learn the course math contents by using your textbook (or e-book). In Blackboard, you will find a Course Material Guide for each unit that you will study in this course. This guide indicates the required examples, practice problems, and homework you need to complete for each test. Also included are PowerPoints and links to math videos that you may find useful as you learn the course content. 

Do not spend time on material that is not assigned. Please follow the Course Material Guide and you will be fine.

All instructional materials used throughout the course, as well as the scheduled activities, support and promote the achievement of the stated learning outcomes and unit learning objectives. (You can find the course learning outcomes and unit learning objectives on the BB course site.) I will act as facilitator and will guide you in your learning experience.

Assessment and Course Evaluation (read this section carefully!):

All assessments/evaluation procedures are consistent with the educational activities and will appropriately measure the stated course learning outcomes and unit learning objectives.

1) Using your textbook (or e-book) and the Course Material Guide, you will study the required material and complete the assigned practice problems. Then you will complete Online Homework problems in WebAssign for each section to be covered. Completion of homework is crucial to student success in any math course! The online homework grade will count as a test grade!  Each homework set can be redone a maximum of 5 times; only the highest score will count. After the deadline, the homework will not be available.

Note: It is your responsibility to work ahead of the Weekly Schedule in order to build some flexibility into the schedule. If you wait until the last minute to perform the required tasks, I am not responsible for last minute technical difficulties, or other unforeseen circumstances.

2) You will take a total of 4 tests: 2 Unit Tests, a Midterm Exam, and a Final Exam. Absolutely no extensions will be granted. Each test can only be taken once. No retakes are allowed.

a. Unit Tests: You may take each Unit Test from your home computer; no password is needed. The tests will be submitted electronically via Blackboard. Once you have logged in, under the course menu, you will find each test by clicking the folder “Assessments (TESTS).” Unit Tests must be completed by 11:59 PM (E.S.T.), no later than the specified deadline indicated on the Weekly Schedule.

There will be a 120-minute time limit for each Unit Test. Problems not answered within the time limit will be counted as incorrect. As you answer each Unit Test questions, I suggest that you save your answer after each problem you have completed. By doing this, if the power goes out you will not lose your work. Even if you save your answers, you can go always go back and change them. Make sure you select “Save All Answers,” and click on “Save and Submit.” Immediately, the computer will give you the test score.

b. Midterm Exam and Final Exam: These will be proctored exams. The Midterm Exam and the Final Exam must be taken at one of the testing centers at Valencia College or an approved proctored site (a two weeks prearrangement is required for the latter). The Midterm and Final Exams are closed book/notebook. No notes or formulas will be allowed. You will be allowed to use paper and pencil for calculations, of course. The testing center will provide the scratch paper, which will be collected. You cannot take the Midterm or Final Exam from home! However, you can take these exams (at the testing center) at any day/time that is convenient to you, no later than the specified deadlines. The Midterm Exam and the Final Exam have no time limit. I recommend that you allow at least two hours to take each of these tests (two hours or more). Again, since there is no time limit for these proctored exams, there should be no reason to leave any question unanswered because you ran out of time!

Here is a link to Valencia's testing centers. It provides information on their locations, contact information, and hours of operation: Testing Centers - Valencia College You are responsible for checking your chosen testing center hours of operation before you take the Midterm Exam and the Final Exam. Some testing centers change their hours of operations without any previous notice. Failing to check this will not be accepted as excuse for missing either of these two exams!

Caution: Some testing centers do not open during the weekends, or have shorter hours of operations.

If you have a special request for another testing site (i.e. not at Valencia) you need to let me know as well; should this be your case, please refer to the Testing Proctoring Guidelines link found in BB. You need to inform me about your preferred testing site during the first week of classes.

Students living in the vicinity of one of the Valencia Campuses must take the tests at Valencia.

You will take each test/exam after completion of the assigned lessons and practice problems from the textbook (or e-book), the online homework, PowerPoints and video resources, and the corresponding study guide. (You will find a study guide for each assessment in Blackboard.)

All tests/exams must be taken according to the Weekly Schedule (found in BB). You can take all tests/exams at any time on or before the deadline date, but never after! No extensions will be granted.

If you wait until the last minute to take a test, I am not responsible for last minute technical difficulties, including availability of Internet connection to Blackboard, accessibility to a computer at your selected testing center (for proctored exams), etc. 

I highly recommend that you never wait until the due date to take a test. Unit Test #1 will be available by the end of the first week of classes. Subsequent tests will be available 1-2 days after the previous test's deadline, so plan accordingly. 

Study Guides for Tests

a. You will find a Study Guide for each test in the course’s BB site. Each study guide includes sample problems. Keep in mind that only doing the sample problems will not be enough to learn the material and pass the course.

b. In addition to the study guides for tests in Blackboard, you will also find a practice test for the Midterm Exam and the Final Exam.  These practice tests will not count towards your grade in MAC 1105. The practice test will help you prepare for the exam, and you can take it from the comforts of your home, no password needed. Once you log in to BB, under the course menu click the folder “Assessments (TESTS).” You will find a folder that contains the practice tests.

Taking the Midterm and Final Exams (proctored tests):

By the first Wednesday of the term, you must send me an email with the campus/testing site where you will be taking your Midterm and Final Exams. Without this email, I will not know where to send the test instructions, and you will not be able to take them.

If you are testing outside Valencia, you should make proctoring arrangements during the first week of classes. See the Testing Proctoring Guidelines link in BB. (Students living in the vicinity of one of the Valencia Campuses must take their Midterm and Final Exams at Valencia.)

The tests will be submitted electronically via Blackboard at the testing center. Once you have logged in, under the course menu you will find the Midterm Exam and the Final Exam by clicking the folder “Assessments (TESTS).”  The testing center personnel or proctor will type a password for you.

 Caution: Some campuses have limited hours, or change their hours of operation without notice. I recommend that you call them before taking your tests. Again, not knowing the hours of operation of your chosen testing center will not be accepted as an excuse for missing the Midterm or Final Exam, or not having enough time to complete it!

As you answer the Midterm or Final Exam questions at the testing center, I suggest that you save your answer after each problem you have completed. By doing this, if the power goes out you will not lose your work. Even if you save your answers, you can go always go back and change them. Make sure you select “Save All Answers,” and click on “Save and Submit.” Immediately, the computer will give you the test score.

You are responsible of making sure that your test is submitted. Should you have any technical difficulties while submitting your test, you must alert a Testing Center staff member immediately! The Testing Center specialist must contact me and explain any technical problems encountered. Make sure that this procedure is strictly followed; if the Testing Center specialist does not corroborate the problem, you will receive a score of zero if the test is not submitted properly.  It is your responsibility to inform me immediately of any issue you encounter when taking tests. Informing me afterwards is not an acceptable excuse.

 Important: Since all tests have problems from test banks, you can only see your tests in my office after the tests deadlines. I will be glad to discuss your test performance during my office hours. I cannot give you a copy of the tests for you to review. Again, you can only review your test performance during my office hours after the test deadline, and before the due date for the next test. 

Make-Up Policy: NO make-up tests will be given:

If you miss any Unit Test or the Midterm Exam due to a medical or legal emergency (for example, Jury Duty), one missed test may be replaced by the grade on the Final Exam only if documentation is received and approved by the instructor. If the absence is not justified, the student will receive a score of 0 for the missed test/exam. No exceptions!  Failure to take the Final Exam will automatically result in an F grade. 

Grades: The final grade for this course will be derived from the following sources:

Unit Test 1 (take-home test)                               100 points 

Midterm Exam (testing center)                           100 points                                                    

Unit Test 2 (take-home test)                               100 points                                    

Final Exam (testing center)                                100 points                                                        

Online homework (total WebAssign)                   100 points                                       

The grading scale is as follows:

A  90-100%      B  80-89%      C  70-79%      D  60-69%      F  Below 60%      

What it takes to earn each grade:

   A      450-500 points

   B      400-449 points

 *C      350-399 points

   D      300-349 points

   F       0-299     points

* Minimum grade to pass MAC 1105 (Gordon Rule/General Education Requirements) 

            You can compute, at any time, the grade you have in this course by adding your total number of points, including tests and the homework score, and dividing by the total number of points.

Borderline policy:

If your course average is borderline (that is, 89, 79, 69, 59) after taking the final exam, your average will go up depending on the average of all your test grades (Unit Tests, Midterm and Final, including any Final Exam adjustment). If the average of your tests grade is higher than the borderline score, you grade will go up. If your average is the same or lower than your borderline score, you grade will stay the same. To find if you are eligible to go up, find the average of your tests. If this average is higher than your borderline score of 89, 79, 69 or 59, you will "go up". Otherwise, you will stay at your current grade.


Extra Help:

In addition to receiving help from your instructor, you should try to attend your respective campus math support area. The tutoring services provided by Valencia's math support centers will help you clarify course content. You can work on any specific College Algebra questions and you can also get help with your required homework problems. All Valencia’s math support centers are very helpful.

Valencia also offers free online tutoring (7 days/week, 24 hours/day), which is an excellent resource for online students. You can find the NetTutor and SmartThinking links in Blackboard and in Atlas.


Math Help 24/7:

This Valencia website provides links to video tutorials created by Valencia math professors. The videos use a variety of technologies, and all simple to view. This link will take you there: http://valenciacollege.edu/math/liveScribe.cfm   (Copy and paste the link to your browser if needed.)

Once you are on the website, you only need to look for the course College Algebra and it will take you to specific videos for this class.  HELPFUL SITE!

Extra Credit:

You can do the online homework more than once (up to 5 times!). You can take half of your tests at home.  Consider this to be your extra credit. Please do not ask for any additional extra credit.

Valencia ID Cards:  

Valencia identification cards are required for the Testing Center and Valencia's student support services. No other form of ID at those locations will be accepted. Possession and utilization of a Valencia ID is mandatory in order to obtain these services. The Valencia ID can be obtained at the Campus Security Office of your campus. The Student Development office is open from Monday to Friday during regular business hours. Call for details. Click on this link for their contact information:  http://valenciacollege.edu/studentdev/centers.cfm.  Not having an ID is not an excuse for missing a test!

 Computer/Equipment Use Policy:

Use of computers at Valencia College is restricted to those activities designated by the instructor to enhance the class materials. Any other use is strictly forbidden. Inappropriate use includes, but is not limited to:

            Use of computer to send email or access Internet sites not specifically assigned in class.

            Use of computer for job, internship, homework or other activities not assigned in class.

            Modifying any hardware or software system configuration or setting.

            Activities not in accordance with the Valencia Student Code of Conduct.

Use of computers in the departmental open lab is limited to those activities involved with preparing homework or coursework in this department and is subject to the same restriction as listed above. Computer use is remotely monitored; any student using computers inappropriately may be subject to dismissal from class or banishment from the lab. Subsequent offense may be sent to the campus administration for further disciplinary action.

Rules and Tips for Taking Tests at the Testing Center:

You will need at least 2 hours to complete the proctored Midterm and Final Exams. Whether you are taking your tests at East Campus or another campus, you are responsible for finding out their hours of operation. Here is a link to Valencia's Testing Centers. It provides information on their locations, contact information, and hours of operation: Testing Centers - Valencia College

* Bring your Valencia issued Photo ID, otherwise, you will not be given the test! Not having a    Valencia ID is not an excuse for missing a test!

* The proctored Midterm and Final Exams are closed book/notebook. No notes or formulas are allowed.

* Do not bring food or beverages to the testing center.

* Cell phones and other electronic devices must be turned off and stowed away during testing. If your phone rings you will be asked to stop testing and sign out; you will not be able to retake the test. Ouch! Do not let this happen to you!

* Do not bring a TI-89, TI-92, TI-Nspire-CAS, Voyage 200 or any other graphing calculators that do symbolic manipulations to the testing center. These will not be accepted!

* All memory and programs should be erased from your calculator before taking tests.

* Allow enough time to take a test. The Valencia Testing Centers will not give a test the last hour before closing (for example, if the Center closes at 9:00 p.m., the last test is given out at 8:00 p.m.; it will not give a Final Exam within two hours of closing.)

* In addition to these rules, your instructor’s test policies will apply.

Academic Honesty:

All students are expected to be in complete compliance with Valencia College’s policies on academic honesty; see the Valencia College website for details on this policy: Academic Policies and Procedures). Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to: plagiarism, cheating, furnishing false information, forgery, alteration or misuse of documents, misconduct during a testing situation and misuse of identification with intent to defraud or deceive. In no instance will dishonesty of any type be tolerated in this course. Students who violate any of Valencia’s academic honesty policies will risk penalties that can go from receiving a grade of “F” to dismissal from class and/or expulsion from the college. The professor reserves the right to determine the appropriate penalties within the aforementioned policies


 Student Code of Conduct:

Valencia College is dedicated not only to the advancement of knowledge and learning but is

concerned with the development of responsible personal and social conduct. By enrolling at

Valencia, a student assumes the responsibility for knowing and abiding by the rules articulated in

the Student Code of Conduct, 6Hx28:10-03; students are required to see the Valencia Catalog for

full details (here is a link to Valencia's Catalog: http://valenciacollege.edu/catalog/). The primary

responsibility for managing the classroom environment rests with the faculty.  Students who

engage in any prohibited or unlawful acts that result in disruption of a class may be directed by

the faculty member to leave the class. Violation of any classroom or Valencia’s rules may lead

to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from Valencia. Disciplinary action could

include being withdrawn from class, disciplinary warning, probation, suspension, expulsion, or

other appropriate and authorized actions. In addition, Valencia College strives to provide a drug-free learning environment for all those involved in the academic experience.

Policy: In compliance with the provisions of the Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, Valencia College will take such steps as are necessary in order to adopt and implement a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by Valencia College students or employees on college premises or as part of any college activity. The student code of conduct applies to the online classroom environment as well.  


If you decide to withdraw from this course, you must follow the proper ATLAS procedure.  Students should familiarize themselves with Valencia College’s withdrawal policy.  The withdrawal deadline for this term is March 27, 2015.  Per Valencia Withdrawal Policy, a student cannot withdraw and obtain a grade of W after this deadline. After this withdrawal deadline, students will only receive a letter grade of A, B, C, D or F.

No-Show Policy: 

Important: The U.S. Department of Education requires online students to show attendance by submitting homework during the first week of classes. The Department of Education has made it clear that simply logging into an online course does not constitute attendance as an "academically-related activity." To comply with this Federal law in my class, you must successfully complete the following assignments by the second Tuesday of the term:

 (1) Send me your first email homework by the first Wednesday of the term. (Check Blackboard for details!) Your email must come from your official Valencia email address, have “Algebra Online” as the subject of your e-mail,  and include your chosen campus for taking your proctored tests. If one of the above is missing, your email will be returned, and you will have not complied with this assignment.

(2) Complete the Student Introduction assignment, found in the "Discussions" section in BB.

(3) Complete - with 100% - the Syllabus Quiz found in Blackboard, and

(4) Complete at least one Online Homework in WebAssign with a score of at least 80%.

Any student that does not comply with this Federal requirement will be dropped from the course as a No-Show.

Important Note: The Syllabus Quiz score will not count towards your final average in this class; however, this quiz is a class requirement, and is one of several factors that validate your attendance to this online course within the No-Show policy.

Important Dates:    

First day of classes/course site available in Blackboard: Monday, January 12, 2015

WebAssign opens: Tuesday, January 6, 2015

WebAssign grace period ends: Monday, January 20, 2015

Campus email-first assignment deadline: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 (deadline: 11:59 PM)

Dept. of Education Attendance Requirement deadline: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 (11:59 PM)

No-Show requisites deadline: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 (11:59 PM)

Drop/Refund Deadline: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 (11:59 PM)

Withdrawal deadline: Friday, March 27, 2015 (11:59 PM)          No W grade will be given after the withdrawal deadline.

Final Exam deadline (Testing Center): Monday, April 27, 2015.

Academic Support:

In addition to the textbook math lessons and guidance and assistance from your instructor, you have supplementary academic support:

1. Tutors can be assigned to students through the Tutoring Center.

2. Math Support Center (walk in tutoring) Great Help!

3. Web links that will provide math help are available in our BB math site.

4. Math Help 24/7 (See page 9 on this syllabus for details.)

5. Online Tutoring (See Blackboard and/or Atlas for link.) 

Here is a link to the tutoring services: http://valenciacollege.edu/tutoring

This link will provide you information on our math resources: http://valenciacollege.edu/math  

For computer lab hours, click here: http://valenciacollege.edu/labs

 Blackboard Support:

For BB issues, please email onlinehelp@valenciacollege.edu

WebAssign Support (technical issues only):

For WebAssign, call (800) 955-8275. 

For your online homework assignments, tests, and math course content issues or any other matters related to my class, please contact me at gacosta@valenciacollege.edu

I encourage you to form study groups via the Discussion Board and the Chat Room in BB to help each other with the math lessons and study guides throughout the term.

Student with Disabilities:

Students with disabilities who qualify for academic accommodations must provide a

letter from the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) and discuss specific needs

with the professor, preferably during the first week of class. The Office for Students with

Disabilities determines accommodations based on appropriate documentation of disabilities. The

            goal at the OSD is to open doors, remove barriers and assist you in any way they can. The key to success is matching your needs to the services provided. Please discuss your individual needs with your instructor. Valencia’s OSD can be found online at http://valenciacollege.edu/osd

OSD contact information per campus:

East: Bldg. 5, Rm. 216, Ph: 407-582-2229, Fax: 407-582-8908, TTY: 407-582-1222

West: SSB, Rm. 102, Ph: 407-582-1523, Fax: 407-582-1326, TTY: 407-582-1222

Osceola: Bldg. 1, Rm. 140A, Ph: 407-582-4167, Fax: 407-582-4804, TTY: 407-582-1222

Winter Park: Bldg.1, Rm. 212, Ph: 407-582-6887, Fax: 407-582-6841, TTY: 407-582-1222

 Student Support Services:

Here are some links that you can use for additional help in areas that affect your learning experience at Valencia, such as advising, registration, financial aid, and others:

Answer center: Student Services Office - Valencia College

Career and educational goals: LifeMap - Valencia College

For general information on all student and academic services: Students Directory

For assistance with planning your class schedule, please visit with an academic advisor (if you are seeking an Associate in Arts degree) or with a Career Program Advisor (if you are seeking an Associate in Science degree). 

Student Assistance Program:

Valencia College is interested in making sure all our students have a rewarding and successful college experience. To that purpose, Valencia students can get immediate help with issues dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties, substance abuse, time management as well as relationship problems dealing with school, home or work. BayCare Behavioral Health Student Assistance Program (SAP) services are free to all Valencia students and available 24 hours a day by calling (800) 878-5470. Free face-to-face counseling is also available.


(1) The last day to send me the Campus email is the first Wednesday of this term.

(2) The last day to do the Student Introduction (in BB), the Syllabus Quiz (in BB), and one online homework with at least 80% (in WebAssign), is the second Tuesday of this term. After this date, if you have not completed these tasks, you will be withdrawn from the course (as a No-Show).


Course Completion:

Students enrolled in the same college-level course at Valencia more than two times shall pay the full cost (100%) of instruction fee (you will have to pay out-of-state tuition after your second attempt). Please see a counselor or advisor if you must repeat a course for the third time.

Valencia Student Feedback on Instruction: Near the end of the term, you will receive an invitation through your Valencia email account asking you to complete the Student Feedback on Instruction (SFI). This is a survey which provides us with feedback on your experience in this class and helps us improve the course. The results are released only after grades are submitted. Student names are not included in the results - your responses will be anonymous. You will get an email from Valencia informing you when the SFI survey will open. 



Changes in the syllabus, course topics and contents, schedule, course material guide, assessment and evaluation procedure, homework assignments, worksheets, and/or any other document or instruction provided or assigned by the professor may be made at any time at the discretion of Dr. Acosta.


IMPORTANT: Please check the Schedule and

the Course Material Guide in the course content area in Blackboard (BB) for all tasks and deadlines!