How Does Math 1215 Work, Grade Breakdown, and Student Learning Outcomes

How Does Math 1215 Work?

Math 1215, Intermediate Algebra, is an Aleks-led course that is only available in the Math Learning Lab. Students are expected to work through a set number of topics for each section of the three-part class (X, Y, & Z respectively) with tutors offering help whenever they need during MaLL operating hours. The class will begin with an initial knowledge check (via Aleks) that’ll determine what you know and how many topics you’ll begin with. Instructors will provide checkpoint dates to students and the number of topics they’re expected to be at for the week/day to maintain pace with the course. Class time will be dedicated to working on Aleks independently, or with tutor help, and meeting with instructors. It is recommended you spend at least 5 hours per week in Aleks to maintain pace with the course and topic goals.

To finish a section, a student must have completed the pie (all topics), completed all necessary knowledge checks, and then finish the exam — with a final grade above 75%.

Prerequisite: (MATH 021 and MATH 022) or MATH 100 or FYEX 1010 or ISM 100 or ACT Math =>17 or SAT Math Section =>460 or ACCUPLACER Next-Generation Advanced Algebra and Functions =218-238*

*You must either have taken at least one of the classes mentioned above or scored into MATH 1215 via the ACT, SAT, or Accuplacer test*

Grade Breakdown

  • Exam – 85%
    • Students are given two attempts on the exam. The 2nd attempt will be only on the questions that were incorrect on the initial attempt. If you are unable to reach an exam score that puts your total class grade at or above 75%, there is a “Second Chance” available.
    • Second Chance: You must take a Comprehensive Knowledge Check and fill in the remaining topics, before the end of the 8 week term, in order to qualify for the second chance.
  • Pie Goals – 10%
    • Due weekly, Sunday at 11:59PM. Instructors will notify you of the topic goal each week. Meeting that topic goal will give full credit, those below that topic goal will receive no credit; note that these have student on pace to finish their Aleks pie at Week 6. Lowest score dropped. See the home page for the topic table.
  • Scheduled K.C. – 5%
    • Due anytime during the third week, Monday – Friday. You are expected to take this in-person and in one sitting. The Knowledge Check will test you on all the material, but you’ll be graded out of 66% (i.e. a 66% will be considered a 100%, a 33% a 50%, and so on.). No notes are allowed and you will be proctored during the exam. If you complete your PIE before 9/2 (the end of the 3rd week), your instructor may allow you to skip this and get credit.

To get credit for Math 1215, you need to have completed and tested at or above 75% on the X, Y, & Z courses. Most students usually need to take X, Y, and Z; please check with your advisor on your degree.

Another resource to explore the classes required for your degree:

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO’s)

  • Demonstrate appropriate use of basic function language and notation
  • Simplify and preform operations on algebraic expressions
  • Solve single-variable equations of the types mentioned above
  • Interpret and communicate algebraic solutions graphically and numerically
  • Demonstrate contextual problem-solving skills (including setting up and solving problems and interpreting solutions in context)
  • Apply appropriate algebraic, graphical, and numerical problem-solving methods