Math 6L - Entry Level Mathematics (Visualizing Algebra) Online – (30767 & 30768)
San José State University – Summer 2013


Instructor: Sandra DeSousa

Office: DH 538
Office Phone: 408-924-5069 (during office hours only)

Office Hours: Make an appointment in appointlet with your instructors!

Optional Textbook for reference purposes:
A Review of Algebra Skills for College Students – 4th Edition (McClory)

Course Description: A review of topics from elementary and intermediate algebra. Completion of this course with a credit grade indicates satisfaction of the ELM requirement for CSU students who have scored less than 50 on the ELM.  Non CSU students may be able to use this course as a prerequisite for another math class at the discretion of their home institute.

Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives: Students will master topics from Elementary and Intermediate Algebra in preparation for further studies in mathematics.

Curriculum: Students must demonstrate mastery of topics in the course by earning at least 60% on each proctored midterm, as well as an overall average of 70% for the course (see Grading section below).

Calculators: Scientific or arithmetic calculators are allowed for all practice problems, problem sets, assessments, and proctored midterms.  Graphing, programmable, cell phone, or PDA calculators are not allowed.

Course Format

This is a fully online class.  You will be taking the class through Udacity.  The course covers the same material that is covered in SJSU’s Math 6L course.  There are 12 units; each unit is broken up into multiple lessons.  Students are encouraged to work ahead of schedule as time permits, but are warned not to fall behind because it is very difficult to catch up. 

Lessons: There are several interactive videos for each lesson.  Attentively watch the videos and take notes as needed.  Keep on track by completing the lessons according to the schedule.  Following each lesson are questions to check your understanding of the material covered.  These questions are open notes, so go back and review the videos to help you with the questions, as needed.  Complete the questions at the end of each lesson before moving on to the next lesson.

Problem Sets: There are problem sets at the end of each unit.  Problem sets contain 20 questions each.  If you get 4 or more questions wrong on any problem set, we strongly suggest that you go back and review the necessary lessons and retry the questions you got wrong before moving to the next unit.  Your scores on the 12 Problem Sets count as 8% of your overall grade.

Assessments: To ensure you are prepared for a proctored midterm, you need to take an Assessment.  Assessments are closed notes and contain 40 questions each.  If you get more than 8 problems wrong on any Assessment, it is strongly recommended that you go back and review the appropriate lessons and retry the missed problems before taking the proctored midterm.  Your scores on the 3 Assessments count as 8% of your overall grade.

Midterms: There are 3 proctored midterms (closed notes), each covering 4 units.  You have one chance to take each midterm, and must score at least 60% on each to pass the class.  So make sure you are prepared by scoring at least 70% on each Problem Set and Assessment.  Each midterm counts as 28% of your overall grade. 


There are three 3 online proctored midterms.  Register for your proctored midterm with ProctorU at least 3 days in advance.  Midterms are 60 minutes, and no additional time will be given.  You need a computer with internet access, a camera, and microphone.  Have a pencil, calculator, and blank scratch paper available when you take the proctored midterms.  Midterms must be taken on the following dates: Midterm 1 on June 24 – 25; Midterm 2 on July 16 – 17; Midterm 3 on Aug 8 – 9.
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MidtermExam OpensExam Closes
Midterm 1Monday, June 24, 2013Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Midterm 2Tuesday, July 16, 2013Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Midterm 3Thursday, August 8, 2013Friday, August 9, 2013

Course Communication

All Course communication will occur through e-mail and Canvas (SJSU's learning management system). Check your email and Canvas regularly.

Canvas: You can access important information for this course including announcements, assignments, course calendar, and your grades by logging in to the SJSU learning management system, Canvas.  Your username is your 9-digit SJSU student ID number.


This is a Credit/No Credit class (no letter grade will be given).  To earn a grade of Credit, students must achieve an overall average of at least 70% for the course (and score a minimum of 60% on each midterm).  The grading breakdown is as follows:

  • Problem Sets (12 total): 8% (calculated on due date)
  • Assessments (3 total): 8% (calculated on due date)
  • Midterms: 28% each (x 3 = 84%)

Getting Help with the Course

Udacity Tutoring: Free online tutoring is available during most weekday hours.  The tutoring can be done using an instant messaging service or a video chat session.  Click the blue Need help with the class? button on the lower-right side of the course website to access tutoring.
Peer Connections Tutors: Designed to assist students in the development of their full academic potential and to inspire them to become independent learners. Tutors are trained and nationally certified.  Small group, individual, and drop-in tutoring are available. Tutoring is available on the SJSU campus in Room 600 in the Student Services Center (SSC), and at the Academic Success Center located at the 1st floor entrance of Clark Hall.  Please visit the Peer Connections website for summer hours or more information at
Student Technology Resources: Computer labs for student use are available in the Academic Success Center located on the 1st floor of Clark Hall and on the 2nd floor of the Student Union.  Additional computer labs may be available in your department/college.  Computers are also available in the Martin Luther King Library.
Student Code of Conduct: In order to ensure fairness and have a standard of representing knowledge acquired, students participating in online SJSU courses must agree to abide by the this code of conduct:

  • My work will be my own in this online course.
  • I will not share any questions or answers for quizzes or exams with anyone.

University Policies

Academic integrity Your commitment as a student to learning is evidenced by your enrollment at SJSU.  The University’s Academic Integrity policy, located at, requires you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The Student Conduct and Ethical Development website is available at Instances of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated.  Cheating on exams will result in a failing grade and sanctions by the University. For this class, all assignments are to be completed by the individual student unless otherwise specified.  If you would like to include your assignment or any material you have submitted, or plan to submit for another class, please note that SJSU’s Academic Policy S07-2 requires approval of instructors.
Campus Policy in Compliance with the American Disabilities Act
If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Presidential Directive 97-03 requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) at to establish a record of their disability.

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Schedule and Due Dates - Summer 2013

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