Prerequisites: MATH 1321 or (C or better in 1200) or Math Placement Level 2 or higher and WARNING: No credit for this course and MATH 2301 (MATH 1350 always deducted)
Introductory Video for the Athens Campus Sections of MATH 1350
Video Illustrating How to Set Up MyLab
If you are struggling with Technical Problems related to MyLab, please reach out to the Pearson 24/7 Tech Support Team by clicking on this link:
(It is worth noting that the vast majority of times that a student reports being unable to access Mylab, it turns out that the student is on an Apple computer and is using the Safari web browser. The Safari browser is notoriously uncooperative with MyLab. If you are using an Apple computer, it is strongly recommended that you install the Google Chrome web browser, and use that browser when you access Blackboard and MyLab.)
Hybrid Course Format:
Hybrid Course Format for Athens Campus Sections of MATH 1350
2023 Fall Semester
This class will be delivered in a hybrid format, consisting of two components.
Course Component #1: Instructional Videos and Online Homework The videos were developed specifically for this course by Mark Barsamian, the MATH 1350 Course Coordinator. They present all of the mathematical content in full detail. In particular, the videos are designed to present the concepts and skills needed to do homework assignments that are worked online and graded by the MyLab System. Each video has accompanying printed notes that can be viewed online or downloaded. The collection of 79 videos can be accessed four ways:
through links in the individual homework assignments (in the MyLab system)
As an alternative (or supplement) to learning the material for the course by watching the instructional videos, Students can also learn the material for the course by reading the Textbook. There is an eText version of the textbook in the MyLab System.
Course Component #2: Monday, Wednesday, Friday Meetings led by the instructor. These meetings will be held in-person on the Athens Campus. The time and location of the meetings is available in two places:
Attendance at the Monday, Wednesday, Friday Meetings is required.
The Monday, Wednesday, Friday Meetings will be Discussions. The purpose of these meetings is not delivery of mathematical content to the students. (Remember that the mathematical content is delivered through Course Component #1: Watching Instructional Videos and/or reading the Textbook.) Rather, these meetings are a chance for the instructor to highlight certain topics, or perhaps present a few additional examples, or perhaps pose questions that students will answer. Also, and most importantly, the Class Meetings will include participation by the students in the form of Group Activities (Class Drills) and Student Presentations. The Student Presentations will usually be about presenting the solution to a Class Drill that the class just worked on. Each Student Presentation Assignment will be posted on the Course Calendar at least a week before the Student Presentation is to be made in class.
Almost every week there will be either a Quiz or an Exam.
Quiz Days: On Quiz days, there will be some discussion as described above (including Group Activities (Class Drills) and Student Presentations) followed by a Quiz during the meeting.
Exam Days: On Exam days, the entire 55 minute duration of the class meeting will be used for the exam.
Grading for Athens Campus Sections of MATH 1350
2023 Fall Semester
During the course, you will accumulate a Points Total of up to 1045 possible points.
MyLab Homework: 90 Assignments @ 0.5 points each = 45 points possible (Extra Credit Points)
Presentations: 3 Presentations (during Meetings) @ 20 points each = 60 points possible
Quizzes: Best 7 of 8 quizzes @ 40 points each = 280 points possible
Exams: Best 2 of 3 Exams @ 220 points each for a total of 440 points possible
Final Exam: 220 points possible
At the end of the semester, your Points Total will be divided by \(1000\) to get a percentage, and then converted into your Course Letter Grade using the 90%, 80%, 70%, 60% Grading Scale described below.
Observe that the Total Possible Points is \(1045\), but your points total is divided by \(1000\) to get the percentage that is used in computing your course grade. This is because the \(45\) points that can be earned by doing MyLab Homework are considered Extra Credit Points.
The 90%, 80%, 70%, 60% Grading Scale is used on all graded items in this course, and is used in computing your Course Letter Grade.
A grade of A, A- means that you mastered all concepts, with no significant gaps.
If \(93\% \leq score \), then letter grade is A.
If \(90\% \leq score \lt 93\%\), then letter grade is A-.
A grade of B+, B, B- means that you mastered all essential concepts and many advanced concepts, but have some significant gap.
If \(87\% \leq score \lt 90\%\), then letter grade is B+.
If \(83\% \leq score \lt 87\% \), then letter grade is B.
If \(80\% \leq score \lt 83\%\), then letter grade is B-.
A grade of C+, C, C- means that you mastered most essential concepts and some advanced concepts, but have many significant gaps.
If \(77\% \leq score \lt 80\%\), then letter grade is C+.
If \(73\% \leq score \lt 77\%\), then letter grade is C.
If \(70\% \leq score \lt 73\%\), then letter grade is C-.
A grade of D+, D, D- means that you mastered some essential concepts.
If \(67\% \leq score \lt 70\%\), then letter grade is D+.
If \(63\% \leq score \lt 67\% \), then letter grade is D.
If \(60\% \leq score \lt 63\%\), then letter grade is D-.
A grade of F means that you did not master essential concepts.
If \(0\% \leq score \lt 60\%\), then letter grade is F.
There is no grade curving in this course.
Two things that are not part of your course grade
Attendance: Attendance is recorded but is not part of your course grade
Group Activities (Class Drills): During some class meetings, you will work on written Class Drills in groups of 2 or 3 students. These Class Drills are not scored and are not part of your course grade.
Attendance is required for all class meetings, and your attendance (or absence) will be recorded, but attendance is not used in the calculation of your course grade.
Missing Class: If you miss a class for any reason, it is your responsibility to learn the stuff that you missed. This can be done through a combination of three things:
Copy a classmate's notes.
Study the Meeting Outline found in the Course farther down this web page.
Watch the Instructional Videos that accompany the Homework Assignments
Your Instructor will not use office hours to teach topics discussed in class meetings to students who were absent.
Missing a Quiz or Exam Because of Illness: If you are too sick to take a quiz or exam, then you must do these three things:
Send your Instructor an e-mail before the quiz/exam, telling them that you are going to miss it because of illness. Arrange for a date and time for a Make-Up quiz/exam. (Generally, the Make-up for a Friday quiz/exam needs to take place on the following Monday or Tuesday. Therefore, it is important to communicate with your instructor right away.(
Go to the Hudson Student Health Center (or some other Medical Professional) to get examined.
Later, you will need to bring your Instructor documentation from the Hudson Student Health Center (or a Medical Professional) showing that you were treated there.
Without those three things, you will not be given a make-up. (When you miss a Quiz or Exam and are not given a Make-Up, the missed Quiz or Exam will be considered your one Quiz or Exam score that gets dropped.)
(Observe that self-diagnosis of an illness is not a valid documentation of an illness. In other words, you canít just tell your instructor that you did not come to a Quiz or Exam because you were not feeling well, and expect to get a Make-Up Quiz or Exam. If you are too sick to come to a Quiz or Exam, then you should be sick enough to go to a medical professional to get diagnosed and treated.)
Missing Quizzes or Exams Because of University Activity: If you have a University Activity that conflicts with one of our quizzes or exams, you must contact your Instructor before the quiz or exam to discuss arrangements for a make-up. They will need to see documentation of your activity. If you miss a quiz or an exam because of a University Activity without notifying your Instructor in advance, you will not be given a make-up.
Missing Quizzes or Exams Because of Religious Observation: The Ohio University Faculty Handbook states the following:
Students may be absent for up to three days each academic semester to take time off for reasons of faith or religious or spiritual belief system or participate in organized activities conducted under the auspices of a religious denomination, church, or other religious or spiritual organization. Faculty shall not impose an academic penalty because of a student being absent nor shall faculty question the sincerity of a studentís religious or spiritual belief systems. Students are expected to notify faculty in writing of specific dates requested for alternative accommodations no later than fourteen days after the first day of instruction.
For MATH 1350, this means that if you will be missing any Fall 2023 Quizzes or Exams for religious reasons, and if you want to have a Make-Up Quiz/Exam, you will need to notify your Instructor no later than Monday, September 11, 2023. You and your Instructor should work out the dates/times of your Make-Up Quiz/Exam. (In general, if you are going to miss a Friday Quiz/Exam, your Instructor will schedule you for a Make-Up on the following Monday or Tuesday.)
Missing Presentations, Quizzes, or Exams Because of Personal Travel: This course meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and attendance is required. Your Personal Travel (to home for the weekend, or out of town for vacations, etc) should be scheduled to not conflict with those Monday/Wednesday/Friday meetings. If you miss a Presentation, Quiz, or Exam because of Personal Travel (not an Offical University Activity), you will not be given a make-up. (When you miss a Quiz or Exam and are not given a Make-Up, the missed Quiz or Exam will be considered your one Quiz or Exam score that gets dropped.)
Electronic Communication Policy (For both Students and Instructors):
Policy for Electronic communication between MATH 1350 Students and Instructors
Electronic communication between MATH 1350 Students and Instructors should be done using one of these two methods:
The Official Ohio University e-mail system. That is, communications should use email addresses ending in @ohio.edu. In other words, send your emails from your OU e-mail account, and address them to a recipientís OU e-mail address. (Students: If you use the Blackboard system to send an email to your Instructor, this is automatically taken care of.)
The Teams program. (Teams can be used for chat, voice calling, video calling, and video meetings. It is remarkably powerful.
Do not use a personal email address (such as a gmail address) when sending an email, and do not send emails to a personal email address (such as gmail).
Students and Instructors should not communicate via text messages.
Students and Instructors: It is your reponsibility to check your OU e-mail every day. (Students: If you are communicating with your Instructor about a time-sensitive issue, such as trying to schedule a Make-Up Quiz or Exam after an illness, your e-mail replies need to be swift. It is not acceptable to let days pass before replying to an important e-mail message, with your excuse being that you had not checked your OU email. If you do this, you will lose the opportunity to have a Make-Up Quiz or Exam.)
It is a good practice to use a descriptive Subject line such as Regarding MATH 1350 Section XXX on your email messages. That way, the recipient will know to give the email message high priority.
It is also a good practice to use a greeting such as
on your email messages, and to identify yourself in your message. And use a closing such as
Thanks, Jeff Bezos
Policy on Cheating:
If cheat on a quiz or exam, you will receive a zero on that quiz or exam and your Instructor will submit a report to the Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility (CSSR).
If you cheat on another quiz or exam, you will receive a grade of F in the course and your Instructor will again submit a report to the CSSR.
Required and Optional Computer Tools:
Required Computer Tools:
Blackboardis an online learning management system (LMS) used at Ohio University. Access to Blackboard is free for students, faculty, and staff. Each class that a student takes has an associated Blackboard site. What exactly happens on that Blackboard site depends on how the instructor for the course has set it up. Students in MATH 1350 sections taught by Mark Barsamian will use Blackboard for Accessing MyLab and for seeing details of the calculation of their course grades at the end of the Summer Session course. The Blackboard system for Ohio University can be reached by clicking on this link:
(Blackboard for Ohio University)
MyLabis an online system system developed by Pearson, the publisher of the textbook. Students will use the MyLab for accessing an eText version of the textbook, and for doing Homework Assignments. Students will access the MyLab system, including the eText, through the Blackboard site for this MATH 1350 course. Initial access to the system involves a few steps. A video showing the steps is posted farther up on this web page. Those who prefer written instructions can find them by clicking on this link:
(Accessing MyLab) Access to MyLab is not free. Students pay for it through the Inclusive Access Program. For more information about that program, click on this link:
(Information about the Inclusive Access Program)
Other Useful but Optional Computer Tools:
Microsoft Teams is an online collaboration tool that provides group chat, channeled conversations, instant messaging, live document collaboration, audio or video calls, and meetings. Teams is used extensively at Ohio University, and is made available free to students, faculty, and staff. Some MATH 1350 Instructors may use Teams for their office hours or for other meetings with their students. For that reason, it is highly recommended that all students in MATH 1350 make sure that they are able to access Teams, either on a desktop or laptop computer, or on a mobile device. Click on the link at right for more information.
(link to information about Microsoft Teams)
Camscanner is a very useful free cellphone app that uses a cellphone camera to take a picture of a document, and then crops and sharpens the image and turns it into a PDF file. This is for students who need to be present written work during an online meeting (either a class meeting or a meeting with an instructor or tutor). The student can use CamScanner to take a picture of written work and save it as a PDF. During a meeting, the student can open that PDF file and share it inMicrosoft Teamsor in Zoom. (It is also useful if a student needs to submit written work to an instructor electronically. It is helpful to the instructor, because when the instructor receives the written work, it arrives as a single PDF file. It is easy for the instructor to add comments to that PDF.) For that reason, all students in MATH 1350 should install the app.
(Link to Camscanner Web Page)
Homework, the Textbook, and the Inclusive Access Program:
Paying for access to the eText and MyLab is handled by the Inclusive Access Program. When students register for MATH 1350, they automatically get access to the MyLab system (which includes the online eText copy of the textbook) and their student accounts are billed for this access. For more information about the Inclusive Access Program, click on this link:
(Information about the Inclusive Access Program)
Go to the Blackboard page for the course to do two things.
Follow the instructions to get MyLab configured. Your first homework assignments will be due on Wed Jan 18 in the MyLab system. To succeed on those assignments, you will need time to watch the accompanying videos and learn the content. Therefore, it is very important that you get MyLab configured right away.
Find your Student Number in the list on the Blackboard page.
Study Routine for the Student
The MATH 1350 Student should organize their work for the course by keeping an eye on two calendars:
In the MyLab System, there is a list of Homework Assignments, with due dates. Students should keep an eye on the upcoming homework due dates, do the assignments, and submit them.
In the Calendar, there is a list of Meeting Topics for each meeting of the semester. These meeting topics include Presentations to be done by the students. Students should keep an eye on the upcoming class presentations and be prepared to do the Presentations that are assigned to them. (The Presentations are assigned by Student Number. Students find their numbers on the Blackboard page.) (The instructor will not be reminding students of upcoming class presentations.)
Remember that the mathematical skills need for the Homework Assignments, the Class Presentations, the Quizzes, and Exams are taught in the Instructional Videos that accompany the Homework Assignments. (And the skills are taught in the textbook.)
Resources for the Student
Special Needs: If you have specific physical, psychiatric, or learning disabilities and require accommodations, please let your Instructor know as soon as possible so that your learning needs may be appropriately met. You should also register with the
Office of Student Accessibility Services
to obtain written documentation and to learn about the resources they have available.
For Extra Help:
Go to your Instructor's Office Hours
Take advantage of an excellent array resources provided by the Academic Achievement Center (AAC). Their resources include Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction (SI), Academic Coaching, Homework Hubs, and others.
Link to Academic Achievement Center.
Calculators and Free Online Math Resources:
Calculators, or some kind of computer computation, are sometimes needed to complete your Homework. You may also find them useful in your Class Presentations. However, calculators are not needed, and will not be allowed, on Quizzes or Exams.
In the Instructional Videos and in your Class Meetings, Mark Barsamian or your Instructor will sometimes use a computer for graphing and calculating. Some of the computer tools that they use are free online resources that are easily accessible at the following link: