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Math 103X - College Algebra with Support - Brandon Hilst

Course:College Algebra with Support
Professor:Brandon Hilst
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


This is a face-to-face course that meets at the Valencia campus.  The course is split into two portions: lecture and lab.  Both portions meet every Monday and Wednesday, and attendance in both portions is mandatory.  There is a Canvas page available for this course where students can access the syllabus, announcements, lecture notes, and grades.  However, all coursework (including homework, group work, and exams) must be submitted on paper and in person.  No online submissions are permitted.

Course Description

This course presents linear and non-linear algebraic relations and functions, conic sections, exponential and logarithmic functions, matrices and determinants, complex numbers and selected topics from theory of equations, sequences and series, along with basic mathematical concepts and skills that are helpful in College Algebra.

What to Expect in this Course

During the lecture portion of the class, new material will be presented by the instructor.  The lecture notes presented in class will be made available in Canvas after each class meeting.  During the lab portion of the class, students will be given additional opportunities to hone their algebra skills and get help from the instructor.  The lab portion will involve a daily group work assignment which must be completed and submitted during class time.

There will be six exams given throughout the semester, plus a cumulative final exam on the last day of the term.  Homework from the textbook is also assigned and must be submitted on paper the same day as the exam. 

Types of Assessments

As stated above, there will be daily group work assignments which must be completed and submitted during the lab portion of the class.  There will be six exams and six homework assignments related to the material from the textbook.  There will also be a cumulative final exam on the last day of the term.  The exams and the final will all be proctored in person.  The homework must be submitted on paper in person.  No online submissions are permitted.

Textbook Information

The textbook for this course is a zero-cost (ZTC) open educational resource (OER) available from OpenStax.  It can be downloaded for free at the following website:

Other Relevant Course Information

Students who do not attend the first class meeting will be dropped from the roster to make room for students on the waitlist.  Students wishing to add the course must attend on the first day as well.  If room is available, the instructor will provide an add authorization at that time.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

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  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

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You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

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Last updated: 12/06/2023 Sub#: 1680