David Cobb


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

Face-to-face sections are typically moderately-paced, whole group sessions with an emphasis on conceptual understanding.  Computational examples, applications, and theory are also included.  Students are encouraged to participate.

Resource Use

Textbooks are essential in all the sections of Math that I teach. Textbooks supplement the lecture (especially if you are absent), provide detailed worked out examples, and provide practice problems.  In all classes, some textbook exercises are part of the graded homework.

Calculators are used in every course.  In Math 120, a financial calculator is required.  In Math 171 and above, a graphing calculator is required.  In any other course, a scientific calculator is sufficient.

Computer software, whenever needed, will be available for student use in the Math Resource Center.  In Math 120, MS Excel will be used.  In any statistics course, statistical software will be used.  In every math course, web-based materials may be used, including D2L.

Online homework will typically not be used.

Assessment

Most classes have homework from the textbook, quizzes, 4 or 5 unit exams, and a final exam.  Roughly 80% of the grade will be determined by the unit and final exams, and 20% by the homework and other material in the course.

Homework Policy

Due to fairness considerations, late work is NOT accepted.

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. 

Availability

As an Adjunct Faculty Member I am normally not on campus when I am not teaching. I will be available before and after class and by appointment.  Email is the preferred method of contact and responses normally occur within 24 hours, but possibly longer on weekends.