Text: Chemistry in Context, 2nd Edition, Swartz, A. T., Bunce, D., Silberman, R.G., Stanitski, C.L., Stratton, W.J., Zipp, A.P. 1997.
This is an upper division GE course. "A general education course should provide the student with a comprehensive overview of the general subject matter and demonstrate the interrelationship with other disciplines. The course should require the student to demonstrate clear communication and logical thinking skills." (Reprinted from the GE course guidelines for CSU, Stanislaus.)
The course is designed for non science majors, thus the math has been minimized. (It has not been eliminated.) The analytical thinking expectation has not been minimized. You will be required to use your basic college level algebraic skills to solve dimensional analysis problems. You will need a calculator.
This course is technology based. You will be required to use the www. This will require some of you to learn how to use a computer and you will need to spend time outside of class in the PC or Mac lab. The instructor will be available for group and individual lessons. Peer tutoring is also encouraged.
Grading: Letter grades A,B,C,D,F will be earned using the following
|% of Total Grade||Points|
|Quizzes (10 worth 20 points each)||50||200|
|Paper or Project report||12.5||50|
|Oral Group Presentation or Project participation||12.5||50|
|Comprehensive Final Exam||25||100|
|Grade Earned||% of Points Required||total points required|
Quizzes Every day, there will be a 10 point quiz. There will a mixture of multiple choice, short answer, word problem and essay questions on these quizzes. The questions will be modeled after homework problems and questions in the text and they will cover material presented in class and in the readings. There will be no make-up quizzes.
Final exam: on Wednesday, February 2nd, you will have 2 hours to complete a comprehensive exam. This exam will contain modified questions from the preceding quizzes. There will be no make-up final exams.
Reading assignments: This is an upper division class, you will be expected to read the text before coming to class and be prepared to discuss what you have read. The daily quizzes will assess your comprehension of these reading assignments. Additional readings will also be assigned, some will be on the www, some will be available in the library.
To do a project or write a Paper, that is the question. You
may select one of the following educational experiences:
1. Assist 1st grade students at Osborn Elementary
2. Plant trees at the Cosumnes River Habitat Restoration Project on Saturday, January 22.
3. Volunteer at the Stanislaus County household hazardous waste center on Saturday January 15 and Saturday January 22.
4. Write a paper and give a brief oral presentation to the class. You will write your own paper, you may give your presentation with other classmates.
WWW and Email: All course announcements, including homework
assignments and assigned readings will be posted on the www. If you
do not know how to get to the www, please see K. Stone immediately. Grades
will not be posted, however you can receive information about your grades
via Email. You will be given an Email account and you are encouraged to
use this account for communication with your classmates and your instructors.
You can reach all of your classmates by using the address: CHM3100@panoptic.csustan.edu.
K. Stone will be happy to assist you with learning to use Email; please
schedule an appointment and bring a 3.5 inch computer disk.
|January 4||1||Air||January 19||8||Nuclear Fission|
|January 5||2||Ozone layer||January 20||9||Alternate fuel|
|January 6||3||Global warming||January 25||www||Toxicology|
|January 11||4||Energy||January 26||www||Toxicology|
|January 12||5||Water||January 27||www||Toxicology|
|January 13||6||Acid Rain||February 1||Oral presentations and review|
|January 18||7||Case Study||February 2||Final Exam|
|January 11th||Last day to add/drop or change CR/NC status|
|February 1||Oral Group Presentations|
|January 25, 12:00 noon||ABSOLUTE deadline for written papers|
|February 2||Final Exam (No Make-ups)|