Math 108 Topics in Mathematics  Section 1000  James Baglama  Main Page
Date  Chapter  Worksheet Due Date 
Quiz/Forum Due Date 
Textbook Homework Problems (Practice/Not Graded) 

May 22  May 26 (5 days) 
Chapter 1  11:55pm May 24 
11:55pm May 26 


May 27  June 1 (6 days) 
Chapter 2  11:55pm May 30 
11:55pm June 1 


June 2  June 7 (6 days) 
Chapter 5  11:55pm June 5 
11:55pm June 7 


Project 1 Circuits Due 11:55pm June 7  
June 8  June 13 (6 days) 
Chapter 9  11:55pm June 11 
11:55pm June 13 


June 14  June 18 (5 days) 
Chapter 16  11:55pm June 16 
11:55pm June 18 


June 19  June 23 (5 days) 
Chapter 21  11:55pm June 21 
11:55pm June 23 


Project 2 Visualizing Data and CPI Due 11:55pm June 23 
Description  Points 
6 Online Quizzes 
20 points each, total 120 points 
2 Project Assignments 
30 points each, total 60 points 
6 Chapter Worksheets 
10 points each, total 60 points 
Participation
(6 discussion groups, i.e. Forums) 
10 points each, total 60 points 
300 Total Points 
A (100%  92%)  A (91%  90%)  B+ (89%  87%)  B (86%  82%)  B (81%  80%) 
C+ (79%  77%)  C (76%  72%)  C (71%  70%)  D+ (69%  67%)  D (66%  60%) 
F (59%  0%)  Compute Grade: (your total points)/300 * 100 = your percentage 
Quizzes will be given through Sakai. There are 6 quizzes (one for each chapter). Each quiz will have 10 questions. The quiz for that chapter will only be available during the time we are covering the chapter. You will have a maximum of two hours to complete quizzes 1, 2, 3, and 4. A maximum of four hours for quizzes 5 and 6. You will be allow two tries per quiz. The computer will accept the best score. Failure to take a quiz in the given time slot will be given a zero. No exceptions!
Quiz  Available 
Quiz 1 (Chapter 1) 
12:00 am May 22  11:55pm May 26 
Quiz 2 (Chapter 2) 
12:00 am May 27  11:55pm June 1 
Quiz 3 (Chapter 5) 
12:00 am June 2  11:55pm June 7 
Quiz 4 (Chapter 9) 
12:00 am June 8  11:55pm June 13 
Quiz 5 (Chapter 16) 
12:00 am June 14  11:55pm June 18 
Quiz 6 (Chapter 21) 
12:00 am June 19  11:55pm June 23 
There will be two projects this semester. The projects have been created to match the learning outcomes. The projects must be submitted by the due date using the Assignments tool in Sakai. DO NOT SUBMIT PROJECTS VIA EMAILS OR FAXES! I will not accept them! Do not ask to submit late projects. I suggest using a word processor (e.g. Microsoft Word or OpenOffice) for your projects and then create a pdf file. You can also scan or take a pitcure of handwritten parts such as graphs or tables. The only acceptable file formats for project submissions: (picture part)jpg, gif, tiff, or pdf and (document part) doc, odt, or pdf. I prefer all parts of the project to be submitted as PDF files. If I cannot open your file submission, I will allow only ONE resubmission in a different format. For all projects you must use concepts from the textbook, worksheets, or lecturer videos/notes. You must also use one one other reference source and cite the reference. A general grading rubric is given below. If the project is broken up into problems/parts and each problem/part has a point value, then the rubric given below is applied to each problem/part. If a problem is worth 5 points and some concepts are missing and very little information is provided, then 7% of 5 points (3.5 points) is earned for that problem.
Project Grading Rubric  
Criteria  15pts (or 100% problem/part) 
7pts (or 45% problem/part) 
1pt or 0 pts (or 7% problem/part) 
Learning Outcomes 
Topic is thoroughly covered.
All information is correct. Clearly demonstrates
the learning outcomes:
Circuits Outcomes 1, 3, 4 and and Visualizing Data and CPI Outcomes 1,2, 3, 4.  Some missing concepts. Very little information. Some errors in report. Not all learning outcomes are demonstrated in report.  Does not illustrate the concepts and/or shows misunderstanding of the concepts. Major errors in report. Report does not relate to any learning outcomes or missing major parts. 
Quality of Report 
Wellorganized, well written report, displays original thought, ideas follow and relate to each other in a logical way.  Not well written and/or contains a few grammatical or spelling errors. Report does show original thought and ideas follow and relate to each other in a logical way.  The report is too short, shows very little information and very little effort. The report contains many grammatical or spelling errors. Ideas do not follow in a logical way. 
Project  Available  Due Date 
Project 1 Circuits 
12:00 am May 22  11:55pm June 7  Due: 11:55pm June 7 
Project 2 Visualizing Data and CPI 
12:00 am June 8  11:55pm June 23  Due: 11:55pm June 23 
Each worksheet will have 10 questions each worth 1 point (partial credit is possible). The worksheets are designed to help you understand material and are aligned with the Learning Outcomes to provide practice and feedback. The worksheets are downloadable from the Assignment tool within Sakai as a Microsoft Word (or OpenOffice) and also as a pdf file. You can write on the worksheets and upload your answers or take a digital picture of your handwritten assignment with a camera or smart phone. All worksheet answers must be submitted within Sakai. Worksheets with answers only will be given a zero. You must show the work for credit. The due dates for the worksheets are two days before the due date for quizzes, so that you can get feedback on problems before submitting your chapter quiz. DO NOT SUBMIT ASSIGNMENTS VIA EMAILS OR FAXES! I will not accept them! Do not ask to submit late worksheets.
You will be required to participate in the discussion groups, i.e. Forums. The forums are aligned with the Learning Outcomes to provide practice and feedback and assessment for outcomes 3 and 4. Topics are posted in the chapter webpages and in the Forums link within Sakai. There will be one Forum for each chapter we cover. This is considered class participation and counts for 60 points out of 300 points or 20% of your grade. At the end of a discussion I will grade each student. A student that receives 5pts on each criterion would receive a grade of 10pts for that discussion. No makeups allowed. This is suppose to be interactive and you will lose points for not posting in a timely matter (see rubric below).
Forums Grading Rubric  
Criteria  5pts  3pts  1pt or 0 pts 
Responses to Questions 
Student responds to the posted questions with thoughtful ideas, uses mathematical language (learning outcome 3) and textbook concepts, and applys concepts to situations not covered in the textbook (learning outcome 4).  Student responds to the posted question in a way that does not clearly use the concepts. Uses some mathematical language, but does not apply concepts to other situations.  Student responds to the posted question but misses the main idea of the discussion topic. A student with INCORRECT fact or shows a misunderstanding of the concepts in their posting can only receive a maximum of 1 pt for response to questions. Check your facts! 
Participation  Post in a timely manner. Postings encourage and facilitate interaction among members of the online community. Student responds to other postings. Must post 3 or more times to get 5 pts and show particpation by reading at least 50% of the postings (determined via Sakai statistics tool for grading).  Postings rarely interact with or respond to other members of the online community. Not actively engaged in the discussion.  Postings to questions posed by the instructor only. Students rarely post to the discussion boards or post all postings in one day. Posting of ’’I agree’’ is not consider a posting. 
At the end of the course the student should be able to:
Fully Satisfies General Education Rubric Elements  
Knowledge area A1. STEM Rubric Elements 
Competency area B3. MSC Rubric Elements 


Email: jbaglama(AT)uri.edu
Office hours:
By appointment
Office:
Lippitt Hall 200D
Phone:
(401) 8742709
The textbook for the course can be either 9^{th} or 10^{th} edition.
For All Practical Purposes, 9^{th} edition by COMAP 
OR 
For All Practical Purposes, 10^{th} edition by COMAP 
Videos and lecture notes are based on the 9^{th} ed. textbook. The 9^{th} or 10^{th} edition of the textbook can be used for this course. All material covered is the same and independent of textbook editions. The course does NOT use any material/resources form the Publisher's online system LaunchPad.
Math Applets and suggested websites are very helpful resources.
General Education program 2016 (GE): This course fully satisfies both the general education
Knowledge area A1: Scientific, Technology, Engineering, and
Mathematical Disciplines (STEM) and Competency area B3: Mathematical, Statistical, or Computational Strategies (MSC).
General education program 2001  2015 (MQ): This course satisfies the
general education requirement for Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning.
LEC: (3 crs.) Introduces students to the spirit of mathematics and its applications. Emphasis is on development of reasoning ability as well as manipulative techniques. (Lec. 3/Online) Not open to students with credit in MTH 106 or MTH 109 and not for major credit in mathematics. (MQ)/(GE)
The goal of this course is to prepare you for the mathematical and analytical aspects of the world around you, and to help you develop a stronger, deeper mathematical knowledge. This course is intended for students majoring in the liberal arts or other fields that do not have a specific mathematical requirement.
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Math 108 Topics in Mathematics  James Baglama  University of Rhode Island.