I. General Information
1. Course Title:
Beginning College Algebra
2. Course Prefix & Number:
MATH 1506
3. Course Credits and Contact Hours:
Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 4
4. Course Description:
This course will review many introductory algebra topics as well as introduce some new topics in algebra. Topics taught in this course include: linear equations, linear inequalities, equations of lines, graphing, exponents, polynomials, factoring, systems of equations, quadratic equations, rational expressions and equations, complex numbers, radicals, absolute value equations and inequalities, and functions. Additional topics may also be covered.
5. Placement Tests Required:
Accuplacer (specify test): 
Arithmetic 
Score: 
65 
Other (specify test): 
Elementary Algebra 
Score: 
52

6. Prerequisite Courses:
MATH 1506  Beginning College Algebra
Applies to all requirements
Accuplacer score of 52 or higher on Elementary Algebra exam or score of 65 or higher on Arithmetic exam, or completion of MATH 058x (module 8) with a grade of B or higher.
7. Other Prerequisites
9. Corequisite Courses:
MATH 1506  Beginning College Algebra
There are no corequisites for this course.
II. Transfer and Articulation
1. Course Equivalency  similar course from other regional institutions:
Name of Institution 
Course Number and Title 
Credits 
SCSU 
Math 072 Intermediate Algebra 
3 
BSU 
Math 0800 Intermediate Algebra 
3 
BSU 
Math 1110 Beginning College Algebra 
3 
III. Course Purpose
Other  If this course is not required in a program or is not part of the MN Transfer Curriculum, it may be used for the purpose(s) listed below:
 Liberal Arts Elective
 NonTransferrable General Education Course
IV. Learning Outcomes
1. CollegeWide Outcomes
CollegeWide Outcomes/Competencies 
Students will be able to: 
Analyze and follow a sequence of operations 
Students will write out each required step in the algebraic process of solving equations. 
Apply abstract ideas to concrete situations 
Application problems 
Utilize appropriate technology 
Instructor will demonstrate and instruct the use of a graphing calculator and help them learn when the technology is appropriate to use. 
2. Course Specific Outcomes  Students will be able to achieve the following measurable goals upon completion of
the course:
Expected Outcome 
MnTC Goal Area 
Simplify expressions using basic properties and definitions 

Solve and graph linear equations 

Solve and graph linear inequalities 

Solve systems of Linear equations and inequalities 

V. Topical Outline
Listed below are major areas of content typically covered in this course.
1. Lecture Sessions
 Basic Properties and Definitions
 Simplify numerical expressions using order of operations
 Simplify algebraic expressions by applying the distributive property and combining like terms
 Equations in One Variable
 Solve linear equations
 Solve application problems using linear equations
 Solve problems using literal equations
 Inequalities in One Variable
 Solve simple and compound inequalities
 Graph the solution set to an inequality on a number line
 State the solution set to an inequality using interval notation
 Solve application problems using inequalities
 Equations in Two Variables
 Graph linear equations by finding intercepts or by making a table
 Graph horizontal and vertical lines
 Graph linear equations using the slope and yintercept
 Determine the slope of a line from the graph, the equation, or two points on the line
 Find the equation of a line
 Determine if two lines are parallel or perpendicular
 Inequalities in Two Variables
 Graph linear inequalities in two variables
 Systems of Linear Equations
 Solve systems of linear equations in two variables by graphing
 Solve systems of linear equations in two variables by addition
 Solve systems of linear equations in two variables by substitution
 Solve systems of linear equations in two variables using a graphing calculator
 Solve application problems using a system of equations
 Functions
 Define a relation and function
 Identify the graphs of basic functions
 Use function notation
 Exponents
 Apply the properties and rules for exponents
 Scientific notation
 Polynomials
 Add, subtract, multiply, and divide polynomials
 Factor polynomials completely
 Rational Expressions and Rational Functions
 Add and subtract rational expressions that contain a common denominator
 Multiply and divide rational expressions
 Solve basic rational equations
 Rational Exponents and Roots
 Simplify expressions involving rational exponents
 Apply properties of radicals
 Write radical expressions in simplest form
 Solve basic radical equations
 Complex Numbers
 Add, subtract, and multiply complex numbers
 Quadratic Functions
 Solve quadratic equations by factoring
 Solve quadratic equations using the quadratic formula
 Solve application problems using quadratic equations
 Graph a parabola
I. General Information
1. Course Title:
Beginning College Algebra
2. Course Prefix & Number:
MATH 1506
3. Course Credits and Contact Hours:
Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 4
4. Course Description:
This course will review many introductory algebra topics as well as introduce some new topics in algebra. Topics taught in this course include: linear equations, linear inequalities, equations of lines, graphing, exponents, polynomials, factoring, systems of equations, quadratic equations, rational expressions and equations, complex numbers, radicals, absolute value equations and inequalities, and functions. Additional topics may also be covered.
5. Placement Tests Required:
Accuplacer (specify test): 
Arithmetic 
Score: 
65 
Other (specify test): 
Elementary Algebra 
Score: 
52

6. Prerequisite Courses:
MATH 1506  Beginning College Algebra
Applies to all requirements
Accuplacer score of 52 or higher on Elementary Algebra exam or score of 65 or higher on Arithmetic exam, or completion of MATH 058x (module 8) with a grade of B or higher.
7. Other Prerequisites
9. Corequisite Courses:
MATH 1506  Beginning College Algebra
There are no corequisites for this course.
II. Transfer and Articulation
1. Course Equivalency  similar course from other regional institutions:
Name of Institution 
Course Number and Title 
Credits 
SCSU 
Math 072 Intermediate Algebra 
3 
BSU 
Math 0800 Intermediate Algebra 
3 
BSU 
Math 1110 Beginning College Algebra 
3 
III. Course Purpose
3. Other  If this course does NOT meet criteria for #1 or #2 above, it may be used for the purpose(s) selected below:
 Liberal Arts Elective
 NonTransferrable General Education Course
IV. Learning Outcomes
1. CollegeWide Outcomes
CollegeWide Outcomes/Competencies 
Students will be able to: 
Analyze and follow a sequence of operations 
Students will write out each required step in the algebraic process of solving equations. 
Apply abstract ideas to concrete situations 
Application problems 
Utilize appropriate technology 
Instructor will demonstrate and instruct the use of a graphing calculator and help them learn when the technology is appropriate to use. 
2. Course Specific Outcomes  Students will be able to achieve the following measurable goals upon completion of
the course:
Expected Outcome 
MnTC Goal Area 
Simplify expressions using basic properties and definitions 

Solve and graph linear equations 

Solve and graph linear inequalities 

Solve systems of Linear equations and inequalities 

V. Topical Outline
Listed below are major areas of content typically covered in this course.
1. Lecture Sessions
 Basic Properties and Definitions
 Simplify numerical expressions using order of operations
 Simplify algebraic expressions by applying the distributive property and combining like terms
 Equations in One Variable
 Solve linear equations
 Solve application problems using linear equations
 Solve problems using literal equations
 Inequalities in One Variable
 Solve simple and compound inequalities
 Graph the solution set to an inequality on a number line
 State the solution set to an inequality using interval notation
 Solve application problems using inequalities
 Equations in Two Variables
 Graph linear equations by finding intercepts or by making a table
 Graph horizontal and vertical lines
 Graph linear equations using the slope and yintercept
 Determine the slope of a line from the graph, the equation, or two points on the line
 Find the equation of a line
 Determine if two lines are parallel or perpendicular
 Inequalities in Two Variables
 Graph linear inequalities in two variables
 Systems of Linear Equations
 Solve systems of linear equations in two variables by graphing
 Solve systems of linear equations in two variables by addition
 Solve systems of linear equations in two variables by substitution
 Solve systems of linear equations in two variables using a graphing calculator
 Solve application problems using a system of equations
 Functions
 Define a relation and function
 Identify the graphs of basic functions
 Use function notation
 Exponents
 Apply the properties and rules for exponents
 Scientific notation
 Polynomials
 Add, subtract, multiply, and divide polynomials
 Factor polynomials completely
 Rational Expressions and Rational Functions
 Add and subtract rational expressions that contain a common denominator
 Multiply and divide rational expressions
 Solve basic rational equations
 Rational Exponents and Roots
 Simplify expressions involving rational exponents
 Apply properties of radicals
 Write radical expressions in simplest form
 Solve basic radical equations
 Complex Numbers
 Add, subtract, and multiply complex numbers
 Quadratic Functions
 Solve quadratic equations by factoring
 Solve quadratic equations using the quadratic formula
 Solve application problems using quadratic equations
 Graph a parabola