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:
DSPM0800003 8:00 9:20am
bryant14447
DSPM0800004 9:3010:50am bryant49158
Challenge Test/PreTest: 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 pretest the first day of class. Challenge Test.
Professor: Dr. Debra Bryant  Office: Foster Hall 404 
Office Phone: 3723668  Office Hours: Schedule 
email: ddbryant@tntech.edu  Practice Final: 
Class/Office Schedule
TIME 
Tues/Thur 

TIME 
Mon/Wed 
Fri 
8:009:20am 
DSPM0800003 FH406 

8:00am11:30am 
office by appointment 
office by appointment 
9:3010:50AM 
DSPM0800004
FH406 

1:00pm2:20pm 
Office 

11:0011:50AM 
help sessions 


1:002:45PM 
Office 




3:004:20PM 
MATH1830001
BR119 

2:30pm3:50pm 
DSPM0850011 FH406 

4:304:50PM 
Office(Bruner or Foster), until
6:30PM on Thursdays 

4:00pm4:50pm 
Office 

**MANY HOURS
AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT!!!!!
Syllabus
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 prefreshman 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 walkin (open hours).
Telephone: (931)3723668, will return messages within 48 hours MR, unless a voice response advises delays.
Fax: (931)3726275, MR
Email: ddbryant@tntech.edu, will return Email by
identifiable students within 48 hours, unless a posting advises you of any
delays.
Textbook: Beginning
and Intermediate Algebra, 4th Edition (bundle
packcontains 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" 3ring 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 problemsolving 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 1012 hours per week on this course.
a. read and do examples from
the book
b. do the online homework
c. do extra problems from eBook
as needed
Major teaching methods Various learning activities will be used to accomplish the course goals.
Chapters Covered 15.
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 fillintheblank.
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 problemsolving. 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)3723411.
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 3726119.
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 problemsget 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 dogeared 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.
Class Number: 
In Class Work 
Class Number: 
In Class Work 
1, Jan 20 
1.1 
17, Mar 24 
4.34.4 
2, Jan 22 
1.21.3 
18, Mar 26 
4.54.6 
3, Jan 27 
1.41.5 
19, Mar 31 
4.7 
4, Jan 29 
1.61.7 
20, Apr 2 
TEST #3 
5, Feb 3 
1.8 
21, Apr 7 
5.1 
6, Feb 5 
2.12.2 
22, Apr 9 
5.25.3 
7, Feb 10 
TEST#1 
23, Apr 14 
5.45.5 
8, Feb 12 
2.32.4 
24, Apr 16 
5.5 
9, Feb 17 
2.52.6 
25, Apr 21 
Review 
10, Feb 19 
2.7 
26, Apr 23 
TEST #4 
11, Feb 24 
2.8 
27, Apr 28 
Review for Final 
12, Feb 26 
3.13.2 
28, Apr 30 
Review for Final 
13, Mar 3 
3.3 
29 
Finals: Dr. Bryant's finals 
14, Mar 5 
TEST #2 


15, Mar 17 
3.4 

16, Mar 19 
4.14.2 
This page is maintained by Debra D. Bryant
Last updated on Monday, January 26, 2009