Syllabus: Spring 2018

course info


I will not be delivering any traditional lectures. At all. Please plan to attend class regularly, and be ready to solve problems. You will be working both independently and collaboratively on problem solving portfolios, and I will be available to advise and assist. I will be prepared to solve sample problems, illustrate concepts, and provide overall guidance as you work through your own portfolio.

Homework Portfolios

No homework will be collected for points. Please plan to solve problems outside of class, because you will need to solve more problems than we have time to work through in our limited class time.


There will be a quiz every Friday. Specific quiz topics are listed on the course calendar. If you complete more than 10 quizzes, only the highest 10 scores will be counted toward your grade. No make up quizzes will be given. If you miss a quiz, you should consider any quizzes beyond Quiz 10 as make ups.


All exams will be take-home, and each exam will cover two chapters from the text. There is no comprehensive final exam. Exam 5 will will cover the final three chapters, and will be due on the date of our scheduled final. All exam due dates are listed on the course calendar.


You are expected to keep all graded material and keep track of your own point progress over the course of the semester. I will be happy to correct any bookkeeping errors, but you must be able to document the error with the original graded work. You will be given your point total and grade average approximately every other week. If you need to know your grade at any time, please e−mail me, and I will promptly send you your current point total.

Points for the semester break down as shown on the table below.


10 @ 15 points each = 150 points

Unit Exams:

5 exams @ 150 points each = 750 points


= 900 points

Grades will be assigned according to the scale shown below.

Letter Grade

Minimum Points

Maximum Points

A 800 900
B 710 799
C 620 709
D 530 619
F 0 529

Personal Electronic Devices

Mobile device use is strictly prohibited during lecture. You are not permitted to use any device capable of internet connection as a calculator during quizzes or exams. Texting, browsing, and posting to social media are both rude and disruptive, and are not acceptable during class time. If your telephone rings during an exam, you will be required to submit your exam and leave the room immediately. Please be respectful and considerate of your fellow students. No exceptions to this policy will be made for any reason whatsoever.


Academic Integrity

The University of Central Arkansas affirms its commitment to academic integrity and expects all members of the university community to accept shared responsibility for maintaining academic integrity. Students in this course are subject to the provisions of the university's Academic Integrity Policy, approved by the Board of Trustees as Board Policy No. 709 on February 10, 2010, and published in the Student Handbook. Penalties for academic misconduct in this course may include a failing grade on an assignment, a failing grade in the course, or any other course-related sanction the instructor determines to be appropriate. Continued enrollment in this course affirms a student's acceptance of this university policy.

Collaboration is very strongly encouraged on everything except exams and quizzes (and you may even be allowed to consult each other occasionally on quizzes). Any collaboration on exams is strictly prohibited, and will result in, at the minimum, a course grade of F, and referral to the Dean of Students for further disciplinary action. Submitting work which has been transcribed from a Solutions Manual is also prohibited, and will be treated as seriously as any other infraction of academic integrity.

It is also a matter of academic and personal integrity to take responsibility for withdrawing yourself from this course, if the situation requires it. The last day for unrestricted withdrawal with a W is 03/30/18. After this date, only grades of A, B, C, D or F are assigned. Please recall that grades of WP or WF are no longer permitted.

Student Evaluations

Student evaluations of a course and its professor are a crucial element in helping faculty achieve excellence in the classroom and the institution in demonstrating that students are gaining knowledge. Students may evaluate courses they are taking starting on the Monday of the last week of instruction (03/30/16) through the end of finals week by logging in to myUCA and clicking on the Evals button on the top right.

Americans With Disabilities Act

The University of Central Arkansas adheres to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need an accommodation under this act due to a disability, please contact the UCA Disability Resource Center at 501.450.3135.

Building Emergency Plan

An Emergency Procedures Summary (EPS) for the building in which this class is held will be discussed during the first week of this course. EPS documents for most buildings on campus are available online. Every student should be familiar with emergency procedures for any campus building in which s/he spends time for classes or other purposes.

Title IX Disclosure

If a student discloses an act of sexual harassment, discrimination, assault, or other sexual misconduct to a faculty member (as it relates to "student-on-student" or "employee-on-student"), the faculty member cannot maintain complete confidentiality and is required to report the act and may be required to reveal the names of the parties involved. Any allegations made by a student may or may not trigger an investigation. Each situation differs and the obligation to conduct an investigation will depend on those specific set of circumstances The determination to conduct an investigation will be made by the Title IX Coordinator. For further information, please visit this link.

*Disclosure of sexual misconduct by a third party who is not a student and/or employee is also required if the misconduct occurs when the third party is a participant in a university-sponsored program, event, or activity.

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Assignments, point distributions, grading scales, and course policies should be regarded as flexible and subject to substitution or change at the discretion of the instructor. Students should refer to the 2017-2018 Student Handbook and familiarize themselves with all policies, particularly the Sexual Misconduct Policy and Academic Policies.

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