Bakersfield College

Bakersfield College Administration Building

Syllabus

Please attend the Orientation for updated information.

SPRING 2018:

These are the courses offered in Spring 2018 semester:

CRN: 31694 Math B50: Pre-Algebra 
CRN: 31709 Math B60: Beginning Algebra    
CRN: 31762 Math B70: Intermediate Algebra
 
The Math B50(Pre-Algebra) course is only offered for students who had already taken the class before and now trying to get a better grade.
 

These classes use a hybrid format. Students are required to come to the Math Learning Center at Bakersfield College for Orientation and for all Proctored Assessments. All classes are taught using the Internet-based program, ALEKS(Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces). The student may choose to read ALEKS in English or Spanish. The ALEKS website can be found at www.aleks.com.

Instructor: Dr. Jonathan Brown, Math Lab Coordinator | (661) 395-4530 | mathlc1@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Hours/Location: The Math Learning Center is located on the West end of the Center for Student Success on the second floor in the Learning Center above the Counseling Offices. A stairway is in the breezeway at either side of the building. Hours are Monday and Thursday, 8:30 am - 5:50 PM and Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:30am–6:50 pm and Fridays, 8:30am–12:20pm. (Summer session: Monday through Thursday, 11am–6:50pm.) THE MATH LAB IS A CLASSROOM. AS A COURTESY TO ALL STUDENTS, CELL PHONES MUST BE TURNED OFF OR SILENCED. NO FOOD, DRINKS (OTHER THAN WATER) OR CHILDREN ARE ALLOWED.

Required Supplies:

ALEKS 360 student access code (20-digit code): The access code may be purchased at the BC bookstore or the Delano campus. It is also available for purchase online from the ALEKS website. If you have time left over from a previous version of the access code, then contact the Math Lab Coordinator directly. 

Course Code: The 10-digit Course Code information for accessing ALEKS is given out during the orientation.

Textbook: A textbook is optional for Math B50. So any appropriate Pre-Algebra book may be used in conjunction with the course. For Math B60/Math B70, a digital copy of the text book will be provided when you use your access code and start the course in ALEKS.

Grading: Grading for the class is based solely on results of Proctored Assessments taken on the ALEKS program. Proctored Assessments may only be taken at the Math Learning Center at Bakersfield College. Students must present a picture ID and come in no later than 2 hours before closing to take the Proctored Knowledge  Checks. Only the calculator provided by the ALEKS program may be used during the Proctored Knowledge Assessment. You are required to come in at least four/five times during the semester to test. The grading scale for all three courses is shown below:

  • Math B50: 100-90% = A, 89-80% = B, 79-70% = C, 69-55% = D, 54% and below = F
  • Math B60: 100-90% = A, 89-80% = B, 79-70% = C, 69-55% = D, 54% and below = F
  • Math B70: 100-90% = A, 89-80% = B, 79-70% = C, 69-55% = D, 54% and below = F

Drop Policy: Each student is expected to put in a minimum of 8 hours each week (14 hrs/week for Summer session) on the ALEKS program. To check your hours, see "Total time on the ALEKS program" under "Reports". Time on the ALEKS program may be completed from any Internet-accessible computer. Student time is checked every Monday at 11:59 pm. Excess time one week is credited toward future weeks. Students are required to put in 4 hours(8 hours for Summer Semester) the first week, then 8 hours(14 hours for Summer Semester) per week after that.

If a student has not completed 4 hours(8 hours for Summer Semester) in the first week or fail to complete any of the milestone requirements, they will be dropped. If they make up the total time during the second week and complete the milestone requirements, they may request to reinstate. The student may request a one-time only reinstatement. In later weeks, if a student is more than 10 hours short on time or fail to complete any of the milestone requirements again after being reinstated, he or she will be dropped from the course a second time and will not be reinstated without permission from the instructor. 

Tutoring: All students are strongly encouraged to come to the Math Learning Center to get face-to-face, one-on-one help. We definitely do not expect you to work on the program without the help of an instructor. The Math Learning Center has faculty and staff ready to help you understand and be successful. You may use the computers in the Math Learning Center when you need help, or whenever you have some time between classes and would like to work on your ALEKS. If you have trouble with a topic at home, make a note of the topic or print the page and move on to a different topic. Then come to the Math Learning Center and let us help you. However, we do not offer help with math problems over the phone or by e-mail. See "LINKS" in the menu at the left for online sources for Math help.  Every other Wednesday one of the classes has a deadline.  Tutoring availability is extremely limited on these days, but any other day tutor availability is typically fairly immediate.

Incomplete Policy: Students may request an Incomplete grade at the end of the semester in order to get an extension to continue the class the following semester. You may request for an Incomplete only when you have an unforeseeable emergency and justifiable reasons with proof such as a signed and officiated medical or a police report. A request form for an Incomplete will be available at the Testing Desk in the Math Learning Center during the last two weeks of the semester. Details on how to qualify for an Incomplete can be found on your syllabus (distributed during orientation). If a student fails to complete the material on the extended time, the Incomplete grade automatically becomes a "F" or "D". If you are receiving Financial Aid based on units, the units for your class count only during the semester you originally enrolled in the class.

Disability Services: Students with disabilities needing accommodation, including those who had an IEP in high school, should make requests to Disabled Students Programs and Services in CSS 10 (661 395-4334) or Delano room 1001 (661 720-2000). All requests for accommodations require appropriate advance notice to avoid a delay in services. Please discuss approved accommodations with Dr. Jonathan Brown, Math Lab Coordinator, so we can work together to ensure your access and success at BC.

Academic Dishonesty: Any form of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will result in a zero for that assignment. This is the only warning you will receive. See the Student Handbook for possible disciplinary consequences of Student Misconduct at Bakersfield College.

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