Instructor of Mathematics
Thomas Moss, Jr. Campus
Walker Building - Room 3233
Applied Calculus (Math 270) Online
Instructor: Mr. Joe Joyner Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ; Phone: 822-1580 ; Office: 3233 ; Web Page: click here
Prerequisites: The prerequisite for this course is Math 163 or Pre-Calculus I. It is recommended that all students take the math placement test to see if they are adequately prepared for this course. You must be able to use email, to use the Internet to work with the course site and related sites, to print pages found on a web site and to download documents.
Compatibility: If you are taking this course online because you do not have time to take the course on campus, then you probably do not have time to take the course online either. Convenience of course, is a plus, but you should expect to spend the same amount of time on this course as you would spend in the lecture course, maybe more, depending on how well you work on your own. You may want to check out the survey in step 1 on the welcome page which is designed to help you decide whether or not your learning style is compatible with online instruction.
Orientation: Read the welcome page - click here. The Course Information and Weekly Schedule can be accessed directly in the course Blackboard under the Course Information button.
Attendance Requirement: You will be required to make two visits to campus for test taking. The first time is for Test 2 (the midterm). The second time is for the Final Exam. Both will be held in Room 3202 in the Walker Building of TCC. Test 1 and Test 3 will be taken online. Please make arrangements now, if necessary, to be available during the on-campus days and times. Unexcused absences will result in a grade of 0 and failure of the course. Excused absences may make up the test by making arrangements with the Instructor. If unable to find a time, the final exam grade will replace the missing grade.
Students who are at a great distance from campus are responsible to find a proctored location where someone of authority can administer their test and give them access to a computer with an internet connection. Possible places are other community colleges, or libraries. The name, address, phone number, and title of the proctor must be given to the Instructor in plenty of time for arrangements to be made to mail or fax the exam.
Photo Requirement: Please upload a photo of yourself, for identification purposes, to the discussion board by the end of the first week of class.
Materials Needed For This Course
1. Textbook: Tan's Applied Calculus 6th Edition
2. Graphing Calculator: I recommend the TI-83. While other graphing calculators are acceptable, you might not be able to get the help that you need from your Instructor
and/or your classmates. If you have questions about the calculator you are currently using, please contact the Instructor.
3. You will need the Microsoft Office suite (Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point) with Equation Editor installed. If you have a copy of Microsoft Office and
cannot find Microsoft Equation Editor under Insert/Object, you will have to install/reinstall it. To see if you have this software, go to Course Information/Test Files in
Blackboard and click on each link. If you can open and view each test file, then you have the necessary software. If you cannot open or view a test file, then you need to
either by/install the software, download the FREE viewer application software from the Microsoft Download Center, or rethink whether or not to take this course.
Test Files are located in Course Information/Test Files folder:
Microsoft Word (with Equation Editor): Test file is Word Test File.doc4. I recommend that you keep a 3-ring notebook to insert study materials and as the place to keep the Course Outline and Weekly Schedule available.
Microsoft Excel: Test file is Biker.xls
Microsoft Power Point: Test file is Money.ppt
If you need to learn how to use Microsoft Equation Editor or want to create a shortcut icon for Equation Editor, then open the tutorial file (PowerPoint presentation) under
the Course Information button.
5. Three-Ring Binder, 1 1/2 inches wide, with plastic slip cover on front for sliding in a cover page, 3 sets of index separators, notebook paper, pens and pencils. (These can
be found at Walmart, Office Max, etc.).
6. Computer as described in the welcome page with an Internet connection.
The main Internet site used for the course is Blackboard. TCC has been using Blackboard for several years. I will assume that you know how to use Blackboard unless you indicate otherwise to me. Blackboard can be easily accessed directly or via the TCC homepage ( http://www.tcc.edu ).
Course Content: The course covers Chapters 1 - 6.
For a grade of A, you will need to earn 90-100%.
For a grade of B, you will need to earn 80-89%.
For a grade of C, you will need to earn 70-79%.
For a grade of D, you will need to earn 60-69%.
Tests and Other Grades
- There will be 11 quizzes on Blackboard the average of which will count for 30% of your grade.
- (I will drop the two lowest grades and take your best 9 grades.)
- There will be 3 tests each worth 11% for a total of 33% of your grade.
- There will be a group project worth 12% of your grade.
- The online homework problems are worth 5% of your grade.
- The final exam is worth 20% of your grade.
- Test 1 will cover Chapters 1 and 2 and will be taken online.
- Test 2 will cover Chapters 1 - 3 and must be taken at the Norfolk campus or a proctored location.
- Test 3 will cover Chapters 4 - 6 and will be taken online.
- The final exam is cumulative and covers Chapters 1 - 6 and must be taken at the Norfolk campus or a proctored location.
Makeup test policy: If you miss the due date for an online test, you will need to provide and possibly document a legitimate reason for why you missed the deadline. It is your responsibility to email and call your Instructor leaving a message, if necessary, to let your intentions be known. Your 3 tests will be your review for your final exam and should not be skipped. Missed tests will count as a grade of 0. Test 2 is a face-to-face test and must be taken on campus or in an approved, proctored location. If you cannot make the date we have chosen, you may email or call your Instructor to try to make other arrangements at a mutually agreed upon time. "I" grades will NOT be given unless you are passing the course but are unable due to emergency situation to attend the final exam.
The Group Assignment will be announced around midterm. The groups will be created in Blackboard. To enter your group, click on the Groups button in Blackboard and then on the underlined group name. Once in your group area, you have access to various modes of communication: Discussion Board, Virtual Classroom, File Exchange.
Directions for Homework and Online Homework
- You need to do homework and lots of it! The Course Outline contains suggested homework problems for each section of the textbook that we cover in the course.
- You need to do as many of the homework problems as it takes to understand the material. If you need to do more than the suggested homework problems, then do more.
- Self-grade your homework problems by checking the answer in the back of the textbook. Re-work problems that you get wrong.
- Ask questions for help in the Math Q&A discussion board in Blackboard. Do not simply ask me or your classmates to do a problem for you without first having attached your work on the problem.
- If you need more help than is afforded by the discussion board, arrange to meet me in the Virtual Classroom, or better yet, come to the campus math lab for live help with a tutor.
- Each section of the textbook that we cover in the course will have a short online homework assignment in Blackboard. The homework problems must be done as they count for 5% of your course grade.
Extra Credit: Discussion Board - 10 posting of a valid math nature - Questions or Answers to Questions - each worth 10 points for a maximum of 100 points. Extra credit is 2% of your earned points. At least five entries must be made before Test 2 and at least five more must be made before the Final Exam. You certainly may ask more questions than this, if needed, to understand the material. If you feel that you know the material well and do not need to ask questions, try to answer questions posted by others in the class
Progress: Since this is an online course, there is a self-paced element to the course. For the three tests, you will need to be up-to-date in the course material in order to expect to do well on each test. If your Instructor determines that you are not sufficiently engaged in the course, you will be warned, and if there is still no evidence of sufficient progress, you will be withdrawn from the course. Evidence will consist of, but is not limited to, quizzes completed on Blackboard, Discussion Board entries, online homework, emails to the Instructor.
If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability or illness, please provide your Instructor with the Letter of Accommodation you receive from the Disability Services Office located on the Norfolk campus in Room 1106 (Andrews Building).