MASTER COURSE SYLLABUS

For

CHM 131 : INTRODUCTION TO CHEMISTRY (Coll/Tran)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course introduces the fundamental concepts of inorganic chemistry. Topics include measurement, matter and energy, atomic and molecular structure, nuclear chemistry, stoichiometry, chemical formulas and reactions, chemical bonding, gas laws, solutions, and acids and bases. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of chemistry as it applies to other fields.

Prerequisites: DMA 010, DMA 020, DMA 030, DMA 040, DMA 050, or appropriate placement test scores; and DRE 098 or appropriate placement test scores

Corequisites: CHM 131A

Class Hours: 3        Lab Hours: 0        Clinical/Work Exp.: 0        Credit Hours: 3

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Use the metric system and SI units to measure quantities and represent data.

  • Record data and perform calculations utilizing units, the proper number of significant figures and scientific notation involving unit conversions, heat transfer, density, rates of reaction, chemical quantities, yields, concentrations, equilibrium, gases, acidity and basicity.

  • Use the periodic table to determine basic chemical properties including electron configuration, valence electrons, Lewis structures, ionic charges and polarity.

  • For any given atom, isotope or mixture of isotopes, determine the number and location of protons, neutrons and electrons, atomic number, mass number and average atomic mass.

  • Describe the nuclear processes of spontaneous nuclear radiation modes, bombardment reactions, fusion and fission as well as health effects of radiation.

  • Write balanced chemical equations for chemical reactions, acid-base reactions, equilibria and nuclear reactions.

  • Apply the principle of radioactive half-life to determine time of decay or age of sample or object.

  • Name ionic compounds, covalent compounds, inorganic acids, saturated hydrocarbons, unsaturated hydrocarbons, haloalkanes and organic functional groups and use names to provide formulas and structures.

  • Utilize Lewis structures and VSEPR theory to create three-dimensional structures of simple molecules.

  • Determine amount of heat lost or gained when a substance changes temperature, undergoes a phase change or participates in a chemical reaction.

  • Relate the strengths of intermolecular forces between molecules of a compound to its physical state and phase changes.

  • Classify reactions equilibria, exothermic, endothermic, oxidation, reduction, single replacement, double replacements, combination, decomposition or combustion and reactants as the substance oxidized, the substance reduced, the oxidizing agent and the reducing agent in an oxidation-reduction reaction.

  • Apply LeCh‚telierís Principle to determine the change in the position of equilibrium as well as the change in concentrations of reactants and products following the disturbance of a system at equilibrium.

  • Write equilibrium expressions and interpret the values of equilibrium constants for generic equilibria and acid-base equilibria.

  • Apply the Kinetic Molecular Theory to explain the properties and behavior of solids, liquids and gases.

  • Apply chemical theory to predict types of chemical species present (strong, weak or non-electrolyte; acid or base or neutral; conjugate acid or conjugate base) , solution status, or change in solution status for a variety of solute-solvent-temperature-pressure combinations.

  • Become a scholar and self-directed learner, which includes fostering a healthy intellectual curiosity in this discipline, fostering the ability to determine oneís own learning needs, and being able to organize oneís own learning.

  • Use critical thinking to learn how to think deeply about science and its inner workings as applied to this course. This includes using the elements of reason and intellectual standards as tools for achieving the learning outcomes.

GRADING SCALE

A Excellent 4 Grade Points Numerical grade of 90 - 100
B Above Average 3 Grade Points Numerical grade of 80 - 89
C Average 2 Grade Points Numerical grade of 70 - 79
D Below Average 1 Grade Point Numerical grade of 60 - 69
F Failed 0 Grade Point Numerical below 60
WP Withdraw Passing 0 Grade Point Issued if the course is dropped after the
census date and on or before the 50% point
of the course unless the instructor issues
a WF based on extenuating circumstances
WF Withdraw Failing 0 Grade Point Issued if the course is dropped after the
50% point of the course or the instructor
chooses based on extenuating circumstances

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT
SCHOOL OF ACADEMICS, EDUCATION, AND FINE ARTS

Regular, prompt attendance is essential for academic success. Students should strive for perfect attendance. A student may not miss more than 10% of the total contact hours required for this 48 contact hour class. Thus, the maximum number of class hours that can be missed is 5. Upon the 6th class hour missed, the student may be required to withdraw from the course. It is the student's responsibility to withdraw from the course. Students may complete the withdrawal process in the Advising Center. Students may receive a grade of WP if they withdraw from a course by the 50% point/date of the course. Any student withdrawals that occur after the 50% point will result in a grade of WF. Exceptions to the "WF" grade may exist if the student has a mitigating circumstance. Students are encouraged to discuss withdrawal options with the faculty member and complete the withdrawal process in the Advising Center. The instructor is responsible for enforcing the attendance requirement. Note: this requirement refers to the number of class hours missed rather than the number of class meetings missed. Students who come in after the scheduled starting time or students who leave before the scheduled ending time will be counted as tardy. Three (3) tardy arrivals or early departures will count as one absence.

ELECTRONIC DEVICE USE STATEMENT

To preserve the best learning environment for all students, all cell phones and other electronic devices must be turned off and stored with other personal property in book bags while class is in session. Ear buds must be removed. If a student uses these devices during class, the instructor will require the student to leave because text messaging and other activities disturb the class and prevent others from concentrating on class work. If a student uses electronic devices during a test or quiz, a zero will be recorded for that assignment, and the instructor may withdraw the student from the course. The use of a phone in any way during a test or the discussion of a graded test is strictly prohibited and considered cheating.

DISABILITY STATEMENT

If you have a documented disability and wish to discuss academic accommodations, please contact Frank Pait, Counselor for Students with Disabilities, at extension 4222, in the Learning Assistance Center (LAC) located on the first floor of the Cuyler A. Dunbar Building (CAD).

If you are a student with a mobility impairment and have a class in a multi-story building, please discuss evacuation plans with your instructor.

RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE STATEMENT

Students shall be permitted excused absences from all classes two days per academic year for religious observances required by their faith. The absences requested in accordance with this policy are "one of" and not "in addition to" any absences otherwise permitted by the faculty for a class. The excused absence request must be submitted by the second class meeting and a minimum of two (2) weeks in advance of the absence. Please contact your instructor for the required forms.

ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY

Students at CVCC are expected to be honest in all academic pursuits, whether class, lab, shop, or clinical. Acts of academic dishonesty are considered unethical and subject to behavior sanctions. Examples of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to the following:

1. Sharing information about the content of quizzes, exams, classroom/lab/shop/clinical assignments (scheduled or make-up) without approval of the instructor including but not limited to unauthorized copying, collaboration, or use of notes, books, or other materials when preparing for or completing examinations or other academic assignments (scheduled or make-up).

2. Buying, selling, or otherwise obtaining a copy of a quiz, exams, project, term paper, or like document, without approval of the instructor.

3. Plagiarism, which is defined as the intentional representation of another person's work, words, thoughts, or ideas (from any source) as one's own.

4. Failing to follow approved test taking procedures by performing such acts as:
  • Looking on another student's test
  • Use of unauthorized notes; written, electronic, or otherwise
  • Changing answers after exam is scored
  • Verbal, non-verbal, or electronic communication with another student during an exam

Instructors have the authority to impose either a warning, probation, or dismissal from the class for acts of academic dishonesty relative to classes under their supervision.

Students have an obligation to report any acts of academic dishonesty to the instructor or appropriate campus authority when reasonable grounds exist for such a report. Students also have a responsibility to cooperate in the investigation of any alleged acts of academic dishonesty. Failure to report acts of academic dishonesty could result in a behavior sanction as outlined in the Student Conduct Policy, Policy 3.18

CVCC EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

To Report a Serious Emergency Dial 911 from any campus phone or 911 from mobile phones; then dial 711 (Campus Safety & Security) from a campus phone.

For specific CVCC emergencies guidelines, please refer to the CVCC Emergency Guidebook

Lockdown

Quickly get all persons behind a locked door, close blinds, lock all windows/doors, and turn off lights. Sit against an interior wall away from windows and doors (hide). Keep cell phones ON in silent mode or vibrate. Do not leave the locked area until notified by a known CVCC administrator or by law enforcement that the emergency is over.

Seek Shelter (tornados, hurricanes, etc.)
Move to hallways and/or other inner rooms. Stay away from windows and doors. Sit on floor facing the inner wall and shield head with hands. Remain in shelter until notified by CVCC administration or by emergency personnel that the danger is over.

Building Evacuation
Leave the building immediately and proceed to a parking lot location at least 300 feet from the building. Do not delay to retrieve books or other personal items. Do not use elevators. Do not touch suspicious objects. Stay clear of the building once outside. Faculty should take class rosters if possible and account for all students at evacuation locations. Report any special assistance needed to CVCC faculty/staff or to emergency personnel. If you are aware or suspect someone is trapped in a threatened building, notify CVCC faculty/staff or emergency personnel. Remain at your building evacuation location until further instructions are provided by CVCC administration or by emergency personnel. In case of bomb threat, avoid using cell phones and wireless devices; this may detonate the bomb.

Smoke, Fire or Hazardous Materials
Activate the nearest fire alarm. Before attempting to fight a fire, notify someone nearby. Never attempt to fight a fire larger than wastebasket size. Close doors and windows to isolate the problem if the situation permits. If trapped in a building during a fire, use wet towels or cloths to protect you from flames and smoke. Stop/drop/roll if your clothes catch on fire. Do not open doors that feel hot. Always stay between the fire and an exit. Stay low to the floor as you try to exit.

Personal Emergencies
Unless you feel threatened, stay with the victim until emergency personnel arrive. Avoid contact with bodily fluids. Stay calm and try to minimize panic. If the person is conscious, ask if he/she is a High School student (if so, include this information in your 911 call).

Emergency Procedures Revised: April 4, 2012


Cell phone backup to 711 Campus Safety & Security:
828-514-7025

Printer Friendly Version of CHM 131