Associate Professor Leslie Wojciechowicz

Engineering Tech
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Syllabus for MAT 134 OnLine- Spring 2008

The course requirements, relevant assignments and readings are outlined in the material that follows on this page.


Required Books
Trigonometry, Second Edition.  Dugopolski, Pearson Education:  Addison-Wesley, 2007.

This text is currently not available at the College Bookstore. Order your book online from Pearson or just buy the CourseCompass Access code that comes with an eBook. 

Tools:  Compass

(metric and standard measurement)
              Calculator:  Either the TI-83 or TI-83Plus is recommended; however, a TI-82 is acceptable.  A TI-89 and aTI-92 are not permitted.  A graph link is also recommended to transfer your screen display to the computer screen.

Computer Needs:
Pentium-class or MAC computer with at least 128 MB RAM
        Internet connection:
Dial-up 56K modem. Broadband (DSL, Cable-modem, Satellite) is highly recommended. Internet Service Provider (ISP): Examples: AOL, Verizon, MSN, NetZero, etc.
Your own personal email address; This is available free through sources such as Yahoo, Hotmail, and Gmail. Web Browser: Internet Explorer 6.0 (or higher), Firefox 1.5 (or higher), or Safari 1.2 (or higher)

Software: Word Processing software (Microsoft Word is the college standard)
                PowerPoint (suggested to view instructor presentations)
                Adobe Reader (suggested to view “pdf” files )

CourseCompass should be packaged with your book
 Geometry Sketch Pad (The software is available in open labs on campus or it can be purchased and downloaded from Key Curriculum Press

HOW TO LOG IN TO BLACKBOARD: Blackboard is a web-based program that serves as the college's online classroom. You will use Blackboard to communicate with your instructor, to see your course materials, to submit assignments and to discuss course ideas with your classmates. To log in to your Blackboard course, please follow these steps:

    Go to the Prince George's Community College Blackboard web site, which is located at     NOTE: There is no "www" in the Blackboard address. ALL STUDENTS must log in to Blackboard using their myPGCC account (this includes students who have used Blackboard in the past). If you do not have a myPGCC account, Go to to create a myPGCC account and receive the username and password you need to log in to Blackboard. If you already have a myPGCC account, Go to to reset your myPGCC password if you created a myPGCC account prior to summer 2005. You must change your password to access Blackboard. Once you have your myPGCC account information, type it in the Blackboard login box at If your login is successful, you will see the Blackboard "Welcome" screen. In the box labeled "My Courses", you will see the course or a list of courses in which you are enrolled. Click on the course name to enter your Blackboard course.

Learning Objectives
Successful students must demonstrate the ability to use visual, numeric, algebraic reasoning and skills to interpret, solve, and verify solutions of geometric and trigonometric problems.  Specific course outcomes are listed on the BlackBoard site.

Course Policies
This is a distance learning course. As such, participants have a great amount of flexibility in completing the course. Persons enrolled in this section must complete all course requirements as outlined on the Blackboard site.  The due dates, also listed on Blackboard site, are firm; it is the responsibility of the course participant to schedule, complete and submit required course assignments on time.

Likewise, participants are responsible for their time scheduling to complete the relevant readings from the text or web, the associated exercises and projects and understand the appropriate use of their tools.  Materials must be completed and submitted on time.

Disability Support:  Students requesting academic accommodations are required to contact Disability Support Services Office [M1042] or call (301) 322-0838 [voice] or (301) 322-0122 [TTY] to establish eligibility for services and accommodations. Students with documented disabilities should discuss the matter privately with their instructors at the beginning of the semester and provide a copy of their Student/Faculty Accommodation Form.

Code of Academic Integrity:  The college is an institution of higher learning that holds academic integrity as its highest principle.  In the pursuit of knowledge, the college community expects that all students, faculty, and staff will share responsibility for adhering to the values of honesty and unquestionable integrity.  To support a community committed to academic achievement and scholarship, the Code of Academic Integrity advances the principle of honest representation in the work that is produced by students seeking to engage fully in the learning process.  The complete text of the Code of Academic Integrity is in the 2004-2005 Student Handbook (pages 41-43) and posted on the college's website.  Be aware that any penalty is shared by the giver and the receiver.

Code of Conduct:  The Prince George's Community College Code of Conduct defines the rights and responsibilities of students and establishes a system of procedures for dealing with students charged with violations of the code and other rules and regulations of the college.  A student enrolling in the college assumes an obligation to conduct himself/herself in a manner compatible with the college's function as an educational institution. Refer to the 2004-2005 Student Handbook, beginning on page 39, for a complete explanation of the code of conduct, including the Code of Academic Integrity and the procedure for dealing with disruptive student behavior.

The total points earned on graded assignments, quizzes, tests, projects, investigations, discussion participation, and the final exam will determine grades.

A = 90%, B = 80%, C = 70%, D = 60%

There will be 5 tests [100 points each], a final exam [300 points], projects/investigations/assignments [230 points total], software assignmnents [150 points total], discussion board responses [70 points], and 5 quizzes [20 points each].

A final grade will be issued at the end of the semester on the date required by the College.