Elementary Algebra (DSPM0800), D. Bryant

Welcome to Developmental Math I.  This web page will be a source of information for you this semester as you complete the requirements for the course.  

MyMathLab course IDs:
DSPM0800-003      8:00- 9:20am    bryant14447
DSPM0800-004      9:30-10:50am   bryant49158

Challenge Test/Pre-Test:  If you have never been enrolled in/received grade for this course, you are eligible to take the challenge test on the first day of class.  The challenge test will ONLY be given the first day of class.   The challenge test is similar to a final for the course, so you should study.  All students will take the pre-test the first day of class.   Challenge Test.

Tentative Syllabus

Professor:  Dr. Debra Bryant Office:  Foster Hall 404
Office Phone:  372-3668 Office Hours:  Schedule
email:  ddbryant@tntech.edu Practice Final:

Class/Office Schedule








DSPM0800-003 FH406



office by appointment

office by appointment



DSPM0800-004 FH406





help sessions
meetings, etc.







MATH1830-001 BR119



DSPM0850-011 FH406



Office(Bruner or Foster), until 6:30PM on Thursdays







NOTE: The instructor reserves the right to modify the course requirements, assignments, grading procedures and other related policies as circumstances may dictate.

DSPM 0800 Elementary Algebra: a 3 semester hour credit course at the pre-freshman level. It is similar to a high school Algebra I course. The student who successfully completes this course will be prepared to enroll in DSPM0850. Most course activities will involve student’s attending class and completing individual assignments.

Course Objectives/Topics Covered: Course objectives.  Objectives should be mastered as you review arithmetic concepts; solve linear equations/inequalities; graph linear functions; study basic factoring techniques; perform operations on polynomial and rational expressions; and solve systems of equations.

Prerequisites: Students are placed in this course according to ACT scores and/or satisfactory COMPASS test scores, a grade of "C" or above in DSPM 0700, or a successful challenge of the DSPM 0700 course. These prerequisites are required by TBR (Tennessee Board of Regents).

About the Instructor:  Dr. Debra Bryant, Associate Professor/Mathematics Coordinator, has worked in the Academic Development Program since 1990.  She has taught DSPM0700, DSPM0800, and DSPM0850 in the Academic Development Program, and Math 1010, 1630 and Math 1830 in the Math Department.  Dr. Bryant came to TTU from Cookeville High School where she taught mathematics, chemistry and physics.  She earned her doctorate in mathematics education from The University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1998.  She entered the teaching field in the footsteps of her grandmother, mother, and aunt all of whom taught in the Jackson County school system.

                Dr. Bryant’s family has a close history with TTU.  She and her two sisters and their husbands all obtained one (or more) degrees here.  Her daughters, Heather (English ‘93) and Rachel (Accounting ‘04) both hold degrees from TTU.

Office Hours:  Former students will tell you that I will try to be available to help you as necessary.  Additionally you may contact me in these ways:

Office: Foster Hall 404 by appointment or walk-in (open hours).

Telephone: (931)372-3668, will return messages within 48 hours M-R, unless a voice response advises delays.

Fax: (931)372-6275, M-R

E-mail: ddbryant@tntech.edu, will return E-mail by identifiable students within 48 hours, unless a posting advises you of any delays.

Textbook:  Beginning and Intermediate Algebra, 4th Edition (bundle pack-contains the book, MyMathLab access code, and video lectures on CD with solution clips), by Lial, Hornsby, and McGinnis, ISBN 0321527690.  Published by Pearson, Addison Wesley, copyright 2007.

Other Material Required:  Graph paper, ruler, 1.5" to 2.5" 3-ring binder,  notebook paper, dividers, pencils.  Calculators are optional, if you buy one you should get a scientific calculator. You will not be allowed to use (or bring into the room) a graphing calculator for tests.

Content Related Objectives:  

To develop problem-solving skills.
To learn to manage resources (time).
To assist in success in nonmathematical courses that require a grasp of algebraic fundamentals.
To view mathematics as a language of patterns.
To develop the ability to translate data into mathematical language and to interpret that language.

Student Responsibilities  

Various learning activities will be used to accomplish the course goals.  Each student will spend at least 10-12 hours per week on this course.

  1. Read the objectives for each chapter. (The goals summarize the key points in the course and provide a guide for studying the information for the examination questions.)
  2.  Read the textbook.  Use all materials from the bundle pack as needed.
  3.  Attend class.  Take notes over class lectures.
  4. Review as necessary.
  5. Complete daily assignments in this order:

        a.  read and do examples from the book
        b.  do the online homework
        c.  do extra problems from eBook as needed

  1. Take the examinations as scheduled.

Major teaching methods  Various learning activities will be used to accomplish the course goals.

Chapters Covered  1-5.

Grading and Evaluation Procedures   Students will be held to standards similar to those found in the workplace. Students are to complete their assignments on time with an open willingness to learn. To measure the extent to which students attain the objectives of the course the following will be graded:

Tests: The tests will be open response (problem solving), but may also include any or all of the following types of questions: objective (true/false, multiple choice, matching) and fill-in-the-blank.

Assignments: Complete the assignments online and honor the due dates.  There will also be daily quizzes/homework in class.  Daily grades may not be made up because several will be dropped at the end of the semester.

Grades:  Your grade for the course will be given at the end of the term and will be counted in the combined GPA calculations.  (The combined GPA is used in determining suspension and probation, financial aid eligibility, and athletic eligibility, but not in determining required GPA for graduation or for graduation or term honors).  This grade will remain a permanent part of your academic record.  Cheating, in any form, will not be permitted.  Evidence of cheating will result in the student's receiving an "F" for the semester.  Also, passing off as one's own the ideas or words of another without crediting the source is called plagiarism. To be liable for plagiarism it is not necessary to exactly duplicate another's work, it being sufficient if unfair use of such work is made by lifting a substantial portion thereof.

4 tests each is 10% of final grade
All in class grades + Notebook 18% 
online homework 22%
final 20%

                Work is due on the date assigned and grades will be lowered after that date. 

                The term grade for this class will be based on the following:

                  A  =  93% and above               B  =  84% to less than  93%
C  =  75% to less than 84%       F  =  below 75%   

There will be no "D" given in the course.  You must have at least a "C" in order to pass.

Attendance policy  Attendance is required by the instructor, by the State Board of Regents and by TTU (See  TTU catalog):  "Unsatisfactory class attendance may result in the student's being dropped from a course with a grade of F.  Tardiness is recorded as an absence."  No absence will be excused.  The TTU Academic Development Program Faculty recognizes the necessity of regular classroom attendance as a basic cornerstone of the learning process.  The learning process will be enhanced by your preparation for and attendance/participation in class.  It is my policy to drop a student from the class after the absence exceeds 15% of class time (in summer this would be after 3 absences).

Sources for Assistance  Independent study groups (which may meet in the ADP learning center, library study rooms, etc.) seem to offer the best support for problem-solving.  Individual help is available in the learning center,  Foster Hall 411; from me during office hours; and the Math Dept. tutoring lab in Bruner Hall 104.  Additionally you may access your video lectures.  During the summer, the tutoring center is closed, please work with me.

Withdrawals (drops)  Students will not be permitted to drop an DSPM course unless withdrawing officially from TTU.  The withdrawal process paperwork is handled in the Office of Student Affairs, Room 231 in the Roaden University Center, phone number (931)372-3411.

Disabilities   Students with a disability requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS). An Accommodation Request (AR) should be completed as soon as possible, preferably by the end of the first week of the course. The ODS is located in the Roaden University Center, Room 112; phone 372-6119.

I UNDERSTAND THE POLICIES DESCRIBED ABOVE.  (This is your contract for your grade in DSPM 0800)

NAME:                                                                        DATE:                  


IF BOOK HOMEWORK IS ASSIGNED: Homework assignments are important to your success and should be done with the following goals:

1.  Homework is assigned in order for you to master the concepts being taught.  It is not sufficient to “do” the problem, but to “do” the problem correctly and understand why your answer is correct.  Do not skip problems--get whatever help is necessary to complete every problem.  If you do not “BUY INTO” this goal—you will probably be very unhappy!

2.  Do your classroom homework neatly, on notebook paper using a pencil, with the sections CLEARLY marked and the problems worked in order. Circle or box your answers so that they are easy to find.  If the homework is more than one page, use a STAPLER to attach the pages (absolutely no loose stuff, paper clips or dog-eared attachments). 

3.  Put a question mark "?" beside problem numbers that you want to ask about in lab, office or on discussion/whiteboard.  Note: Sloppy homework and/or homework not clearly marked with your name, section number, problems written out, and chapter and section number will be returned with a grade of "0".

4.  Homework is assigned in order for the instructor to check for mastery learning.  Thus, you  MUST write the problem and show all the steps leading to you answers.

5.  Homework is assigned in order for you to use the results to study for each chapter test and the final.  You MUST keep a notebook of homework assignments for use in studying for each test. 

6.  Homework sections will be collected daily, graded and returned, hopefully at the start of the next class.  Please keep up with your grades!

*Meetings take precedence over office hours.

Tentative Outline

Class Number:

In Class Work

Class Number:

In Class Work

1, Jan 20


17, Mar 24


2, Jan 22


18, Mar 26


3, Jan 27


19, Mar 31


4, Jan 29


20, Apr 2


5, Feb 3


21, Apr 7


6, Feb 5


22, Apr 9


7, Feb 10


23, Apr 14


8, Feb 12


24, Apr 16


9, Feb 17


25, Apr 21


10, Feb 19


26, Apr 23

5.6 Review

11, Feb 24


27, Apr 28

Review for Final

12, Feb 26


28, Apr 30

Review for Final

13, Mar 3



Finals: Dr. Bryant's finals

14, Mar 5


Have a GREAT Summer!

15, Mar 17


16, Mar 19


University Finals Schedule

This page is maintained by Debra D. Bryant

Last updated on Monday, January 26, 2009