August 18, 2012

Welcome MTH 0907 members!

Our class is now available at The class will not officially begin until August 20, 2012, but, if you wish, you may start working today. You will need to have purchased your course materials, particularly MyMathLab, in order to have access to the course. You will need the access code that is contained in that to register for the course as well as a valid e-mail address and the course ID for our class. OUR COURSE ID IS black16918. (If you previously took MTH 0906 or attempted MTH 0907, you DO NOT need to purchase another MML code. You just follow the appropriate directions in the bulleted list below.)
I recommend going to and choosing the appropriate link on the left side of the page:

This course covers the same content as the Intermediate Algebra classes taught on campus at IVCC—the main difference is you are going to have to make the time to do it. You are going to have to work on the math EVERY DAY, so be prepared to spend a couple of hours a day on the material. This does not have to be all in one sitting, but you will need to manage your time wisely and be sure that you spend as much time as you need on the material. I have put a link to our course documents in MML under “Syllabus” in the main menu of MyMathLab. One of those documents is a course schedule…If you stick to this schedule faithfully, you should have no trouble completing the course. If you wish to do so, you can work at a faster pace than what I’ve outlined and finish the course early. In the event you find yourself falling behind schedule, please contact me so that we can find out exactly what’s causing the problem and get it fixed as soon as possible.

Instructor Info
My name is Mary Black—feel free to call me Mary or Mrs. Black. I’ve worked at IVCC for 13 years teaching Basic and Intermediate Algebra as well as working in the Math Learning Center. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and second Bachelor’s in Education from Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. In addition, I have my Master’s degree in Instructional Design and Technology from Western Illinois University.

All of my contact information, including my office hours, is at the top of the syllabus. To say that I check my email regularly is a bit of understatement. While I am NOT online 24/7, email is the best guarantee you have to be in contact with me aside from coming to campus between 8am and 3pm, Monday through Friday during the fall semester. Please feel free to stop in to the Math Learning Center during those hours for extra help or just to touch base. I love getting to know my students as well as putting faces with the names of those in the online class. You do not need an appointment to see me if you’re stopping in during my MLC hours. Outside of those hours, you’ll need to make arrangements with me ahead of time. I can have online office hours by request via e-mail or phone. During this time, we can meet in the chat room in MML or we can chat in Facebook. Please keep in mind that, while I am online fairly often, I am NOT online 24/7. I will reply to you as soon as I possibly can. Please be patient.

Technical Requirements & Technical Support
To work with CourseCompass, your computer must meet the following system requirements:

Operating System



Microsoft Windows

Windows 7

Firefox 7, 8
Chrome 15, 16
Internet Explorer 8, 9

Windows Vista

Firefox 7, 8
Chrome 15, 16
Internet Explorer 8, 9

Windows XP

Firefox 7, 8
Chrome 15, 16
Internet Explorer 8

Mac OS

10.7 (Lion)

Safari 5.1
Chrome 15, 16
Firefox 8

Further system information can be found at

IMPORTANT: I recommend that, once you have set up your CourseCompass account, you run the “browser check” provided in MML. There is a link in the announcements area as well as on the dashboard. The process takes a few minutes and insures that you have all the required plug-ins installed on your computer so that MML will run as it’s supposed to. If you are directed to install a plug-in, you should do so without fear of harming your computer in any way. Again, these plug-ins are required for the program to run. You do NOT need to install the “TestGen” plug-in.

If you have any problems using CourseCompass or MML, please let me know. If I can’t help you, I will direct you to someone who can.

Course materials
 The only course materials you MUST purchase are my MyMathLab (only if this is your first time using it), a 2-line scientific calculator, and a notebook. The textbook for this course is optional because an electronic copy is included in MyMathLab. If you are comfortable using an online version of the text, feel free to use it. Otherwise, consider the hard copy of the textbook a required item. If, at any point, you wish to purchase a hard copy of the text, they are available in the bookstore.

These materials may be purchased on campus at IVCC in the bookstore. A MyMathLab access code may also be purchased online.

Students with disabilities
You may be eligible for academic accommodations if you have a documented physical, psychiatric (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, AD/HD, post-traumatic stress, or others) or cognitive disability such as a learning disability. If you have a disability and need more information regarding possible accommodations, please contact Tina Hardy (, 224-0284) or Judy Mika ( or 224-0350) or stop by office B-204.

Before class starts
 Prior to the end of the first week of class you should:

I’m looking forward to this semester and hope you are too! Again, please let me know if you need any assistance.
Mary Black, Instructor