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College of Science, Engineering and Technology

NSU - Norfolk State University
MTH 151 : Syllabus

Text: Pearson, Addison Wesley. College Algebra and Trigonometry, Third Edition. Lial, Hornsby, Shcneider.

Credit: 3 Hours

Course Description: Study of basic algebra stressing fundamental concepts and reasoning used in mathematics and the sciences. Students are expected to bring to the course a knowledge of the essentials of elementary and intermediate algebra. Emphasis is placed on those skills necessary for the calculus sequences.

Course Rationale:This is an introductory course that provides the foundation for science and engineering applications and preparation for the calculus sequence and other courses in mathematics.

Prerequisites:Math 105 with a minimum grade of "C"or demonstrated competency per the Placement Test.

Required Material(s): Students are required to have an Access Account to use the "MyLab/Mastering" website ( for assignments, practice tests and lab-tests. They are also required to use a Graphing Calculator; TI-83 is recommended.

Supplementary Material Available: MyMathLab is accessible via internet at the official website of Addison-Wesley Publishing at MyMathLab "is a dynamic, interactive online teaching and learning environment that provides instructors and students with access to rich online course materials complementing Pearson Higher Learning textbooks." It includes video lectures for the entire course, audio clips, animations, 24 hour on-line tutoring, and practice tests. Additional resources are also available on the NSU Web-Site at

Evaluation: Grades Assigned:
Tests (4) 50% A: 90 and above
  Lab Assignments (Min 70% Passing Score) 15% B: 80 - 89
  Quizzes/Homework   15% C: 70 - 79
  Departmental Final Exam   20% D: 60 - 69
F: 59 and below

Academic Integrity /Attendance Policy: Students are expected to attend all class sessions. Missing 20% or more of such sessions may result in an automatic failing grade. Those individuals who choose not to show up for class by the end of the third week will be deleted from the roster. Further information regarding academic or academically related misconducts, and disciplinary procedures and sanctions regarding such conducts, may be obtained by consulting the NSU Student Handbook. Also, see attachment for additional information regarding this class.

Attendance will be taken daily. Students are expected to attend all class sessions. Any student not attending class for the first 3-weeks of the semester will be officially dropped from the roster, as having never attended class. Missing 20% or more of such sessions may result in an automatic failing grade.

Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Statement In accordance with Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, if you have a disability or think you have a disability, contact Supporting Students through Disability Services (SSDS) for information regarding programs and services to enhance student success.

Location: 2nd floor, Lyman Beecher Brooks Library Room 240 Contact Person: Marian E. Shepherd, Disability Services Coordinator Phone Number: 757-823-2014

University Assessment Statement As part of NSU's commitment to provide the environment and resources needed for success, students may be required to participate in a number of university-wide assessment activities. The activities may include tests, surveys, focus groups and interviews, and portfolio reviews. The primary purpose of the assessment activities is the determine the extent to which the university's programs and services maintain a high level of quality and meet the needs of students. Students will not be identified in the analysis of results. Unless indicated otherwise by the instructor, results from university assessment activities will not be computed in student grades.

Requirements for the Student:

  1. The student should pre-study (read) all new topics before they are presented in class. You are expected to complete daily homework assignments by the time class meets the first time following discussion of lesson material in the classroom. The instructor will ascertain the daily progress in accomplishing homework exercises and will devote a portion of classroom activities to the solution of any "troublesome exercises".
  2. Separate notebooks should be maintained for classroom discussion notes and homework exercises.
  3. All homework should be carefully completed. A minimum of two hours outside the class preparing for each hour of class is necessary for learning and proper understanding of the material.
  4. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in classroom discussions.
  5. Tests will be administered during the course; also the student can expect random quizzes; a departmental final examination will also be given.
  6. All cell phones, pages, etc. must be turned off before entering the classroom.

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