Heather Ramaglia


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 supplement the material presented during the course and can provide additional practice and examples for students.  Textbooks maybe referenced in class, but course presentations are also made available to students to use as a resource as well as teacher designed practice materials.

Calculators are used in every course.  A graphing calculator is highly recommended and depending on the course, may be required.  For sections of Math 120, graphing calculators are a useful resource, but a calculator with financial functionality is required. 

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.

Online homework is not heavily used in any course.  Student practice problem sets will be posted online and available for download as either word or PDF documents.  In courses where MyMathLab is available, practice problem sets will be available in both an online and printable format. 

Assessment

Most classes have practice problem sets that are figured into the overall course grade.  These problem sets typically account for 5-10% of the course grade.  Most courses have an average of 4 or 5 unit exams which will account for 60-70% of the course grade.   Project based assessments or discussions will also be included in most courses and will make up roughly 15-20% of the course grade.  The course finals typically account for 10-15% of the overall course grade.

Homework Policy

Homework typically consists of practice problem sets.  Practice assignments are due the day of the unit exam for which the material is covered.  Students may correct and redo practice assignments up until the exam date in order to solidify understanding of course content.  Grades are typically not awarded on practice unless 100% accurate.  Students can expect to receive actionable feedback in order to revise and correct mistakes on practice assignments.

Attendance Policy

Absences may affect course grades due to lack of understanding and preparedness on the part of the student.  When students are absent, they lose the ability to engage in rich discussion, ask clarifying questions, and receive explicit instruction over new content.  Absences, however, are NOT part of the grading formula.  Makeup unit exams are not given after the exam date.  The final exam percentage will replace any missed unit exam.

Availability

I am available in person by appointment only, but I do frequently check and respond to emails in a timely manner.