Elementary Algebra
4 Credit Hours

Course Description
: This is a first course in Algebra which covers the beginning concepts of Algebra through properties of exponents. This course does not meet graduation credit requirements for certificate, diploma, general studies or associate degree programs. Elementary Algebra is a one-semester four-hour developmental course. The purpose of the course is to raise the student’s math skills so he/she can move on to college level math courses. The student will receive NO college credit for taking Fundamentals of Algebra and the grade in this class does not affect the student’s grade point average. However, in order to move into college level math courses, students must either complete this course with a grade of “C” or above or attain the necessary score on the mandatory assessment and placement chart.

Prerequisite: MAT-045 with a grade of “C” or better or the necessary score on the mandatory assessment and placement chart.

Textbook: The student needs both the Hawkes Learning System textbook and course code in order to complete the course. Both may be purchased from the Iowa Central bookstore.

Course Requirements: The student will be responsible for demonstrating mastery of the material as assigned in Hawkes Learning System. There are numerous resources available to help students learn the material. These include the textbook, the Hawkes Learning instruct and practice modes, online help sessions with the instructor, PowerPoint presentations, video presentations that correspond to the textbook, the Student Success Center on the Fort Dodge campus, other students, and the instructor. Students are responsible for learning the material, and need to be able to motivate themselves to complete the course work without reminders or direct supervision of the instructor.

Computer Literacy Requirement: The student must have some previous experience working with computers and the Internet, must be able to use e-mail, and should be familiar with sending attachments.

Assignments: The student is responsible for completing all coursework assigned in Hawkes and iNET. When necessary, the student is expected to ask questions.

Exams: Students are responsible for completing all assigned exams in the Hawkes Learning System.

Proctored Exams: There will be three proctored exams. Students will be required to find an appropriate proctor and will take the exams in the presence of the proctor.

Instructor: Jean Horn