MASTER COURSE SYLLABUS
CHM 131 : INTRODUCTION TO CHEMISTRY (Coll/Tran)
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: ENG 002, MAT 003
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 LeChâtelier’s 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 one’s own learning needs, and being able to organize one’s 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.
||Numerical grade of 90 - 100
||Numerical grade of 80 - 89
||Numerical grade of 70 - 79
||Numerical grade of 60 - 69
||Numerical below 60
||Issued if the course is dropped after the
census date and on or before the 60% point
of the course unless the instructor issues
a WF based on extenuating circumstances
||Issued if the course is dropped after the
60% point of the course or the instructor
chooses based on extenuating circumstances
SCHOOL OF ACADEMICS, EDUCATION, AND FINE ARTS
Students are responsible for attending and actively participating in all classes whether online, hybrid, or seated. Punctual, consistent attendance and participation are important for class success and future endeavors. Students are responsible for communicating with the instructor if an absence is unavoidable. While this statement is applicable to all departments within the School of Academics, Education, and Fine Arts, some departments may further define attendance and participation expectations based on the curriculum requirements.
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 60% point/date of the course. Any student withdrawals that occur after the 60% 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.
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.
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
TITLE IX VIOLATIONS
Reporting and Response to Sexual Violence, Sexual or Gender-based Harassment, and Other Sexual Misconduct
"Title IX Violations" is the term that will be used to include "sexual violence, sexual or gender-based harassment, and other sexual misconduct" and is explained further in Procedure 3.18.2. The Procedure can be found on the CVCC Website under About Us/Procedures.
Procedure 3.18.2 applies exclusively to Title IX Violations allegations. All other forms of harassment and/or discrimination are handled under Policy 3.18: Student Code of Conduct.
Students and/or employees are encouraged to report Title IX Violations in any of its forms, including, but not limited to, sexual or gender-based harassment, rape, sexual assault, other forcible and non-forcible sex offenses, domestic or dating violence, or stalking, and CVCC supports this procedure for students and employees in compliance with Title IX legislation.
Any student who believes that he or she is being, or has been subjected to, Title IX Violations is encouraged to file a report of the alleged Title IX Violations promptly with the Title IX Coordinator, Dean for the School of Access, Development, and Success.
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
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.
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.
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:
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