Fall 2012 - 3 Credits - Great Basin College

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Great Basin College

Molecules and Life in the Modern World


CHEM 100

Section
100
1

Online

Fall

2012

-

3 Credits


Professor

Caroline R Bruno

Phone

775
-
753
-
2204

(WebCampus
email preferred)

Office

Lundberg 109D

E
-
mail

WebCampus


Office Hours

M, W, 8:30
-
10:00am

T, Th 1:00
-
2:00pm




Text:

Chemistry in Context:
Applying Chemistry to Society, 7
th

edition

A Project of the American Chemical Society

McGraw
-
Hill

ISBN
-
978
-
0
-
07
-
337566
-
3

Catalog Description:

Introduction to chemistry in its many forms and appl
ications, physical and organic,

with
consideration of environmental and social issues. Includes online laboratory activities. Prerequisite:
MATH 0
96 or higher.

Course Description:

This is an introductory course in chemistry that may be used either as an introduction before
moving on to higher levels of college chemistry or as a fulfillment of general science credit for any
degree. The general headin
gs of topics to be covered include measurement, the structure and
naming of atoms and compounds, the construction and use of the periodic table, chemical
reactions, stoichiometry, gases, organic chemistry, and nuclear chemistry

-

with an emphasis on
chemis
try in the environment
. A more specific outline of the topics to be covered and the tentative

schedule for the semester is attached. The outline should be considered a general guide only and
not an absolute schedule.


Objective:

The primary objective of this course is for students to understand concepts and interrelationships
involving chemical phenomena. With this understanding in hand, it is hoped that the student will
then use this understanding in problems of every day occurre
nce or move on to a higher level of
chemistry with more depth in problem solving and more laboratory experience. It is also an
objective of this course that the students understand the scientific method and its role in problem
solving.


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Method of Instruc
tion:

This is a fast
-
paced,
rigorous

internet course.


PowerPoint Presentations available on WebCampus
coincide with assigned reading material in the text and add clarification and examples to the
material in the text.





Learner Outcomes and Measurement:

The following table presents
the expected learner outcomes for CHEM 100. Learner outcomes will
be measured

each time the class is taught with a short, comprehensive final exam. Results from
the final will be analyzed. Instruction in future semesters wil
l be altered based on the analysis.

Expected Learner Outcomes



Demonstrate how chemistry is used to understand and explain many of today’s
environmenta氠灲潢汥ms.



Chemically analyze current and potential energy sources.



Analyze how chemistry is applied i
n the development of medicines, plastics and
polymers.



Analyze the chemistry of nutrition.



Analyze various types of chemical reactions



Demonstrate and analyze how genetic engineering is used in our society.


Evaluation:

Video Introduction:

To help
develop presentation and ‘public’ speaking skills, students will be responsible for producing
a simple, two
-
three minute introductory video. Instructions for this assignment will be posted the first
week of the semester.


Chapter Quizzes
:

Students are requ
ired to complete quizzes associated with each chapter. Generally, quizzes will
be available on T
uesdays

through Sundays.
Quiz availability will not be extended under any
circumstances.

Take quizzes from a computer with a
speedy and reliable

internet connection.
Immediately contact the GBC Helpdesk if technical problems arise.


Gizmos


Homework/Lab Assignments
:

Gizmos


interactive online homework and lab assignments are required frequently throughout the
semester. These assignments will
help you better understand chapter material as well as develop
and build lab skills.

Go to ExploreLearning.com to register for your class. The CHEM 100 class code is
UKNYPYDKRK.
You will submit your written Gizmo assignments through WebCampus.


Short C
ompr
ehensive Final Exam:

A multiple choice final will focus on the expected learner outcomes outlined above.




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Grading:

Grading will be based on
the Chapter quizzes
,
four
writing assignments

and the final exam
. All
scores will be added together at the end of

the semester, and the percentage of the total possible
points will determine the grade.

Extra credit opportunities are not available.



Grades will be based on the following divisions:


A

95
-
100%

A
-

90
-
94%

B+

87
-
89%

B

84
-
86%

B
-

80
-
83%

C+

77
-
79%

C

74
-
76%

C
-

70
-
73%

D+

67
-
69%

D

64
-
66%

D
-

60
-
63%

F

<59%



A student may receive a “W” grade only if withdrawal occurs before the end of the thirteenth week
of the semester

(November 23, 2012)
.

To withdraw, the student must inform the instructor verbally
or in writing why the withdrawal is taking place, and must formally withdraw through student
services. Anyone who does not formally withdraw and does not complete the course will receive
an ‘F
’ grade. ‘I’ grades for ‘incomplete’ will be given only
under the most extenuating
circumstances
, and only with the prior approval of the instructor.


Attendance Policy:

It is important to log into the class frequently to stay up to date with reading, ass
ignments and
quizzes
.
It is the student’s responsibility to complete
assignments and
assessments
on time.


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Hints for Success:



In order to pass this course you
MUST

actively participate in your
education and study!



Keep up to date on reading.



Although not

required, be sure to complete all of the ‘Your Turn’ questions
througho
ut the chapter. These question
s will help you prepare for the
weekly
quizzes.



Although not required, t
ake
the recommended ‘End of Chapter’ Questions

seriously; they will help you prep
are for exams!



ASK

questions if you are confused.

Your professor wants to HELP you!





‘End of Chapter’ Questions:

o

Your success in this course depends on active participation and active
learning. Although
the ‘End of Chapter’
questions will not be graded,
careful and accurate completion is necessary for success, as these
questions will be similar to quiz questions. Answers to the ‘E
nd of Chapter’
questions will be posted online for students to review.

Additional Course Information:



The best way to contact

the instructor is through WebCampus email
.



In case your book hasn’t arrived by the start of semester, the first
two

chapters on the schedule are available via WebCampus.



If you are unable to secure a book by the end of the
third

week of class,
the instructor recommends
sharing a book with a fellow student or
withdrawing from the course and taking it another semester.



Technical problems with WebCampus need to be addressed to the GBC
Helpdesk.



Extra credit opportunities are
NOT

a
vailable.

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Student Conduct Policy:

Students are expected to follow the Student Conduct Policy for students in the Nevada System of
Higher Education (NSHE) outlined
in the

GBC Catalog.

S
tudents will specifically be held
accountable for behaving in a civ
il and respectful manner toward other students and the
professor in
all

communications
.


The college catalog states, “Messages, attitudes, or any other form of communication deemed to
be outside the bounds of common decency/civility as judged by common s
tandards of classroom
behavior (determined, as they would be in a regular classroom, by the instruc
tor) will not be
tolerated”
.

Pay particular attention to those last four words. Any student who behaves rudely to another
student or to
the instructor

will be dropped immediately.


Academic Honesty:


Academic dishonesty, in any form, such as, cheating and plagiarism, will not be tolerated by the
instructor AND Great Basin College.


Academic dishonesty can result in failing the class, academic
suspensi
on, or expulsion.


All tests, quizzes, laboratories, and other assignments must be the
student’s OWN work.

Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s word, ideas or data as one’s
own.


When a student submits work that includes the words, ideas, or data of ot
hers, the source of
that information must be acknowledged through complete, accurate, and specific references;
and if verbatim statements are included, through quotation marks as well.


In academically honest
writing or speaking, the students will acknowle
dge the source whenever:



Another person’s actual words are quoted



Another person’s idea, opinion or theory is used, even if it is completely paraphrased in
the student’s own words



Facts, statistics, or other illustrative materials are borrowed, unless the
information is
common knowledge

Students with Disabilities:

The college catalog states, “Great Basin College is committed to providing equal educational
opportunities to qualified students with disabilities in accordance with state and federal laws and
reg
ulations, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973. A qualified student must furnish current verification of disability. The ADA
Officer, located in Berg Hall, will assist qualified students w
ith disabilities in securing the appropriate
and reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids, and services. For more information or further
assistance
, please call 775.753.2271”
.






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CHEM 100 Course Schedule

for
Spring 2012
:

Week

Topic
s

Assignments

1

Aug 27

Chapter 1
: The Air We Breathe

Ch. 1 Quiz

Video Introduction

Gizmo
:

Ionic Bonds


Gizmo
:

Balancing
Chemical Equations

2


Sept 3

Chapter
1: The Air We Breathe

3


Sept 10

Chapter 2
:

Protecting the Ozone Layer

Ch. 2 Quiz

Gizmo
: Covalent Bonds


Lewis Structures

4


Sept 17

Chapters 3
: The Chemistry of Global
Warming


Ch. 3 Quiz

Gizmo
: Stoichiometry

5


Sept 24

Chapter 4
: Energy from Combustion

Ch. 4 Quiz


6


Oct 1

Chapter 5
: Water for Life

Ch. 5

Quiz

Gizmo: Phases of Water

7


Oct 8

Chapter 6
: Neutralizing the
Threat of
Acid Rain

Ch. 6

Quiz

Gizmo:
Titration

8


Oct 15

Chapter 7
: The Fires of Nuclear Fission

Ch. 7

Quiz

Gizmo: Half Life

9



Oct 22

Chapter 8
: Energy from Electron
Transfer



10



Oct 29

Chapter 8
: Energy from Electron
Transfer

Ch. 8

Quiz


11

-

Nov 5

Chapter 9
: The World of Polymers and
Plastics

Ch. 9

Quiz


12

-

Nov 12


Chapter 10
: Manipulating Molecules
and Designing Drugs

Ch. 10

Quiz


13



Nov 19



Chapter 11: Nutrition: Food for Thought

Course Drop Deadline

Ch. 11

Quiz

Gizmo
:
Nutrition

14



Nov 26


Chapter 12: Genetic Engineering



15
-
Dec 3

Chapter 12: Genetic Engineering

Ch. 12 Quiz

Gizmo: Limiting Reactants

16
-
Dec 10

Finals Week

Final Exam available


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Substantiation of the
Incorporation of the General Education Objectives into Chemistry 100


Communication Skills (strong component): Four
writing assignments

are required.

Students are
encouraged to communicate via email or other means with
other
students and the instructor to

discuss concepts covered in reading material and
labs
.


Critical Thinking (strong component):

Quantitative Ability (significant):
Q
uizzes
, Gizmos

and the final exam
will include
dimensional analysis which r
equires mathematic manipulation.


Reasoning and Independent Thought (significant): All
Gizmos

require reasoning and
independent thought based on the interpretation of both qualitative and quantitative information.
Students will be required to formulate conclusions in
the assigned Gizmos
.
Many
quiz
questions
require reasoning taken from the understanding and application of chemistry, not just the
memorization of terms.


Scientific Understanding (significant): All principles taught in this course are based on
scientific reasoning. Interpreta
tions are based on facts.


Personal and Cultural Awareness (moderate component):

Sense of the Individual in Society (some degree): This objective is also reflected under the
“Sense of Accountability” objective below. Different social attitudes toward the
use of chemicals in
different cultures and industry are reviewed.

Quizzes

will require students to demonstrate how
consumer choices impact the chemistry of environmental problems.


Sense of the Past (moderate): The nature of the atom has been of interest
to scientists
since the 1800s. This class will examine various models of the atom developed from the late 1800s
through the present.
Notable

experiments and people involved with the development of
chemistry as a science

are discussed throughout the semes
ter
.


Sense of Accountability (significant): A common theme throughout much of this course is
the interaction between humans and nature, and the personal and social consequences of these
interactions. We discuss ethical and societal issues and needs rela
ting to the use of industrial

chemicals and the environment.
Quizzes

will require students to demonstrate how consumer
choices impact

the chemistry of environmental problems.


Appreciation of Fine Arts (some degree): The use of chemicals in art restorati
on is a hot
topic. For example, during the 1980’s and 1990’s, the cleaning and restoration of The Sistine
Chapel created controversy in the art community because many art historians believed that the
cleaning destroyed and/or distorted Michelangelo’s orig
inal work.

The chapter 6 quiz

will require
students to demonstrate their knowledge of acid rain degradation to sculptures.

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Personal Wellness (
significant
):

Personal safety is considered in the discussion of chemical hazards.
Many of the environmental
iss
ues discussed in lecture, such as the chemistry of the ozone layer, the chemistry of water, and
the chemistry of air, directly impact personal wellness.

Quizzes

will require students to demonstrate
their knowledge of how the chemistry of environmental pro
blems may impact their health.

The
Gizmo on nutrition will help students understand the nutrients they put in their bodies.


Technological Understanding (moderate):

Gizmos are an interactive online tool students will use throughout the semester.

Students
will use
WebCampus

to access class materials.


Communications (moderate):

Online communication consists of emails, between students and the professor
, writing is required
with all Gizmos
. All communication is expected to be formal.


Critical Thinking (m
oderate):

Gizmos

require students analyze topics and interpret research materials. Often, multiple choice
quizzes are considered a good exercise in deductive reasoning.