Email:  mmccain@vcccd.edu (Please include your name, class, and class time in the subject heading.)

Phone:  (805) 289-6501 

Office Hours:  Office hours held in Sci-357.

Monday: 8:00-10:00am

Tuesday: 8:00-8:30am

Wednesday: 8:00-10:00am

Thursday:  8:00-8:30am


Reading:  On-campus students are expected to pre-read textbook sections before class.  This stimulates the learning process and will help you learn more effectively.   In addition, I may not lecture on every topic.  I will announce in class which textbook sections and/or examples you are expected to study and learn on your own.

Attendance for On-Campus Classes:  Attendance will be taken at the beginning of class.  If you leave early, you will be marked absent for that day.  Absenses and/or tardees may be used as the deciding factor in the case of a "border-line" class grade.  However, if a students absences exceed 2 weeks (1/9 of the total class contact hours) for the semester the instructor may drop the student from the class and record a grade in accordance with the Ventura College policy for dropping a course.

Attendance for Online Classes:  Attendance will be taken in a non-traditional way.  It will be calculated by the number of hours logged into and working in MyMathLab.   Five unit classes are required to have a minimum of 4 hours and 10 minutes logged per week.  Three unit classes are required to have a minimum of 2 hours and 30 minutes logged per week.  It is expected that the average student will spend roughly 3 times this amount on a weekly basis.  You will receive one absence for every 50 minutes you are short of your weekly minimum requirement.   I will be checking your hours every Sunday at midnight.  MyMathLab automically keeps track of your hours online.  You can check your hours at any time by clicking the "Gradebook" tab in MyMathLab.   At the end of the semester, if your class grade is "border-line”, your attendance may be used as the deciding factor in your grade.   If a student's absences exceed 2 weeks  (1/9 of the total class contact hours) for the semester then the instructor may drop the student from the class and record a grade in accordance with the Ventura College policy for dropping a course.

Registration Deadlines: The last day to add a class is January 17th 2014. The last day to drop with a refund is January 17th 2014. The last day to drop without a W on your transcript is January 17th 2014. The last day to drop with a W is April 25th, 2014.  

Tutoring Center:  The Tutoring Center is dedicated to providing academic tutorial support for Ventura College students. The Center’s goal is to help make a student’s educational experience a successful one. Drop-in, group and individualized tutoring are available free of charge to all Ventura College students.  

Students with Disabilities: If you have, or think you may have a learning disability, please contact the Education Assistance Center (EAC) as soon as possible. Any accommodations for this class must be pre-authorized by the EAC.

Changes:  I may make changes to your course during the semester.  This includes course content and grading.  If so, I will announce the changes in class and update the course info on this website. 

© Michael McCain 2012