Christopher Imm


The following information comes from the named instructor and should describe characteristics general to courses as taught by this instructor. Individual sections of specific courses will deviate from this description in some respects.

Class Format

I am a firm believer of students taking an active role in their learning process.  Students learn more by doing than watching.  With this in mind you can expect this format:

In most of my face to face classes, I use a learning format called the Flipped Classroom.  Students will be required to preview the material before coming to class.  This involves reading the textbook or software sections, watching videos or supplementary materials and using these to complete a short homework set over this material and/or fill in notes over important terms and processes they have learned.  In class we will be working with the material including mini lectures, group projects, presentations and question and answer sessions over the material.

In my online sections, you will be required to purchase a software package, watch videos and read the instruction sections, practice with homework problems and complete mastery assignments.  You will be required to complete over 50% of your assessments in the proctored setting of the JCCC testing center or an approved testing site.  Most communication with the instructor will be via email through our software system or learning management system.

Resource Use

Software packages are essential in any online section for learning the content.  For face-to-face classes in any other course or section, textbooks and/or software may be required.  In many of these classes homework is completed by the student using the computer and software packages.

Calculators are used in most courses.  In Math 111-116, a scientific calculator is sufficient.  In Math 171 and above, a graphing calculator is strongly advised.  I can provide students calculators for testing purposes; however, the student is responsible for learning how to utilize the calculator.

Computer software, whenever needed, will be available for student use in the Math Resource Center.  In any calculus course or beyond, Mathematica or Microsoft Excel may be used.  In every math course, web-based materials may be used.

Online homework when available is used extensively in most of my classes (both face-to-face and online).

Assessment

Most classes have a homework and project component comprising up to 30% of your grade.  Other classes may have a presentation component included in this percentage.  The remainder of the class will be unit exams and a comprehensive final exam constituting 70% of the grade.  Online classes may have an additional quiz component ranging up to 20% of the student’s grade.

Homework Policy

Due to fairness considerations, late work is NOT accepted, however you may get homework to me AHEAD of time if you know you will need to miss class.  In classes where we use computer software, late homework will be accepted at a penalty to your grade.

Attendance Policy

Your absence may affect your grade because of your subsequent lack of knowledge and understanding.  However, absences are NOT part of the grading formula.  Makeup unit exams are not given after the exam date.  The final exam percentage may replace one or more missed or lower unit exams.

Availability

I am always available during my posted office hours with few exceptions which I will announce.  I am also on campus many other times, but an appointment would be best to take advantage of these opportunities to meet.  I respond to emails within 24 hours on days when school is in session, but possibly longer on weekends.