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Instructional Services · Life and Natural Sciences · Chemistry

General Chem I-14472
CHEM-1311

  • S2 2022
  • Section 77
  • 3 Credits
  • 07/11/2022 to 08/14/2022
  • Modified 07/07/2022

Course Meetings

Course Modality

Hybrid (H)

Meeting Days

Wednesdays 

Meeting Times

Wednesdays- (11:30 - 2:32 pm)

Meeting Location

Southwest College- Stafford Campus (Scarcella Science Center- Rm W110)

Welcome and Instructor Information

Instructor: Dr. Adetoun Oyinlola

What's Exciting About This Course

You will learn so much about how we can use chemical principles to understand the changes that occurs everyday. The molecular perspective of chemistry, the changes that occur when you mix two different mixtures, how atomic structure is discovered, and many more will be explore in this course.

My Personal Welcome

Welcome to General Chemistry I

I am delighted that you have chosen this course. One of my passions is to inspire students’ creativity, develop their critical thinking ability and pre- pare them for the complex world they will face after stepping off campus. I can hardly wait to pass that on. I will present the information in the most exciting way I know, so that you can grasp the concepts and apply them now and hopefully throughout your life. As you read and wrestle with new ideas and facts that may challenge you, I am available to support you. The fastest way to reach me is by my HCC email. The best way to really discuss issues is in per- son and I’m available during posted office hours to tackle any questions you might have. My

goal is for you to walk out of the course with a better understanding of yourself and of human behavior. So please visit me or contact me whenever you have a question.

Preferred Method of Contact

My HCC Email: [email protected]

Office Hours

  • By Appointment
  • Online

Please email for appointment

Course Overview

Course Description

This course is intended for students majoring in one of the physical sciences or life sciences, engineering, or for students who are pursuing pre-professional programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, or other health programs. The course is also beneficial to students who are preparing themselves for higher level science courses in their respective curricula. Core curriculum course.

Science and engineering majors study atomic structure, chemical reactions, thermodynamics, electronic configuration, chemical bonding, molecular structure, gases, states of matter, and properties of solutions. The laboratory includes appropriate experiments.

Requisites

This course requires college-level reading and writing skills. Research indicates that you are most likely to succeed if you have already taken and passed Reading 0342, Math 0312 and Writing 0310 / 0349  or Math 0312 with INRW 0420. For this course, additional prerequisites are completion of one year of high school chemistry or CHEM 1305 (Introduction to Chemistry) and MATH 1314 (College Algebra).  Other minimum requirements for enrollment in CHEM 1311 include placement in college-level reading (or take INRW 0420).  It is also highly recommended to take the corresponding lab, CHEM 1111 with CHEM 1311. If you have enrolled in this course having satisfied these prerequisites, you have a higher chance of success than students who have not done so. 

Please carefully read and consider the repeater policy in the HCCS Student Handbook.

Core Curriculum Objectives (CCOs)

The HCCS Chemistry Discipline Committee has specified that the course address the following core objectives:

  • Reading/ Writing: Students will engage in reading and writing activities through the lecture course via required/optional readings of the textbook and class notes as well as practice exercises geared towards mastery of content.
  • Speaking/Listening: Students will learn to communicate questions and ideas with the instructor while listening to lecture topics and engaging in meaningful discussion.
  • Critical Thinking: Students will demonstrate a deeper understanding of chemical concepts through studying chemical theory and calculations and solving both conceptual and mathematical problems. As the course is comprehensive, content will build on itself and connections to broader chemical topics may also be made. 
  • Computer/Information Literacy: Students will engage in utilization of computer and written references as resources as they proceed through the course. A LMS is also utilized for the course.  

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) for all CHEM Courses

Can be found at http://learning.hccs.edu/programs/chemistry   

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs) for CHEM 1311

SLO 1. Give names and formulas of elements, ions, and ionic and molecular compounds.

SLO 2. Categorize, complete, and balance chemical reactions.

SLO 3. Do chemistry calculations involving reaction stoichiometry and energy changes.

SLO 4. Relate the properties of electromagnetic radiation (frequency, wavelength, and energy) to each other and to the energy changes atoms undergo which accompany electronic transitions.

SLO 5. Identify the parts of the periodic table and the trends in periodic properties of atoms.

SLO 6. Relate the properties of gases with the gas laws and extend the application of these relationships to reaction stoichiometry, gas mixtures, and effusion/diffusion of gases.

SLO 7. Depict chemical bonding with dot structures and valence bond theory and determine the molecular shapes (geometry) of molecules based on VSEPR and valence bond theory.

LO 8: Calculate density and relate the value to mass and volume measurements for all physical states.

SLO 9:  Covert measurements in Metric, SI, and American systems

SLO 10: Apply thermochemical principles to evaluate work, heat, and energy relationships based on specific heat, calorimetry, and temperature changes.

Learning Objectives for each CSLO can be found at Learning Objectives for CHEM 1311.

Departmental Practices and Procedures

This course requires a comprehensive final exam. 

Department Specific Instructor and Student Responsibilities

As your Instructor, it is my responsibility to:

  • Provide the grading scale and detailed grading formula explaining how student grades are to be derived
  • Facilitate an effective learning environment through class activities, discussions, and lectures
  • Provide a description of any special projects or assignments
  • Inform students of policies such as attendance, withdrawal, tardiness and make up
  • Provide the course outline and class calendar which will include a description of any special projects or assignments
  • Arrange to meet with individual students before and after class as required

 

To be successful in this class, it is the student’s responsibility to:

  • Attend “online” class and participate in class discussions and activities
  • Read and comprehend the textbook and instructor notes
  • Complete the required assignments and exams
  • Practice problems
  • Ask for help in a timely manner when there is a question or problem
  • Keep copies of all paperwork, including this syllabus, handouts, and all assignments
  • Keep up with your grades which will be posted in the Canvas Gradebook
  • Attain a raw score of at least 70% on all assignments
  • Take the final exam during the designated testing period
  • Be aware of and comply with academic honesty policies in the HCCS Student Handbook

Program-Specific Student Success Information

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Expect to spend at least twice as many hours per week outside of class as you do in class studying the course content.  Additional time will be required for written assignments.  The assignments provided will help you use your study hours wisely.  Successful completion of this course requires a combination of the following:

  • Reading the textbook
  • Attending class in person and/or online
  • Completing assignments
  • Participating in class activities

There is no short cut for success in this course; it requires reading (and probably re-reading) and studying the material using the course objectives as your guide.

 

Instructional Materials and Resources

Instructional Materials

The HCC Online Bookstore provides searchable information on textbooks for all courses.  Check with your instructor before purchasing textbooks because the book might be included in your course fees.

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Chemistry : The Central Science

  • Author: Brown, LeMay Jr, Bersten, Murphy, Woodward, Stoltzfus.
  • Edition: 14th ed., Pearson, MN.
  • ISBN: 978 013 687 3891
  • Availability: Campus Bookstore

1) Brown, LeMay Jr, Bersten, Murphy, Woodward, Stoltzfus. (2015). Chemistry : The Central Science, 14th ed., Pearson, MN. ISBN 978 013 687 3891

The texts are available at the HCC Bookstores or other online retailers.

2). A Nonprogrammable scientific calculator.

3). Webcam-enabled computer and internet connection, check with
your instructor.
 
4). A Full length mirror is required. This should be placed at students back to show student's work table during every exam.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Course Requirements

Assignments, Exams, and Activities

Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Written Assignment 15% Assigned homework

Homework assigned are due as at when scheduled. Any late submission will result in a deduction of 5 points per day.

All assigned work is from the textbook recommended for this course.

Exams/Quizzes 60% Chapters covered

Three non-cumulative regular exams to be completed for this course.

Each cumulative exam is composed of 20 multiple choice questions and 5- free responses, the scheduled time is 90 mins.

Each exam require a respondus lockdown broswer + webcam. Instructions on how to download the respondus lockdown is given and provided in the 'modules tab'.

A full length mirror is required, this must be placed at student's back showing student's computer and the entire work table

Any student having technical issues should please contact IT department.

No make-up exam is given, so prepare early and take your exam.

Final Exam 25% All chapters covered

A comprehensive final exam is assigned for the completion of this course and it covers all chapters taught (chapters 1 through 11). The final exam is mandatory and cannot be dropped.

Extra Credit

Extra credit is assigned at instructor's discretion.

Grading Formula

Resulting grade and related performance levels
Grade Range Notes
A 90 - 100

Excellent

B 80 - 89

Good

C 70 - 79

Fair

D 60 - 69

Passing

F < 60

Fail

Instructor's Practices and Procedures

Incomplete Policy

In order to receive a grade of Incomplete (“I”), a student must have completed at least 85% of the work in the course. In all cases, the instructor reserves the right to decline a student’s request to receive a grade of Incomplete.

Missed Assignments/Make-Up Policy

Missed assignments can be re-evaluated with genuine and documented reason(s). Missed exam other than the departmental final will be dropped or regarded as your lowest grade and can be re-evaluated on need basis.

Academic Integrity

Here’s the link to the HCC information about academic integrity (Scholastic Dishonesty and Violation of Academic Scholastic Dishonesty and Grievance):

https://www.hccs.edu/about-hcc/procedures/student-rights-policies--procedures/student-procedures/

Attendance Procedures

The instructor observes the HCC Attendance Policy in the Student Handbook. Attendance is noted and submitted to the College every class period or monitored online. Students who miss more than 12.5% of the course may be subject to drop. Regular attendance is highly encouraged not only because each class provides valuable information in chemistry and “house-keeping” information about the course, for which the student is responsible, but can impact grades as well. Students are encouraged to participate fully.

Student Conduct

Students are expected to be in their best behavior, any one who does not follow the instruc- tor direction will be subject to face the consequences.

Instructor’s Course-Specific Information

Grades and feedback after any coursework is being submitted will be provided to students as soon as it is been completed by the instructor..

 

Devices

Use of Electronic Devices

The use of electronic devices by students in the classroom is up to the discretion of the instructor. Any use of such devices for purposes other than student learning is strictly prohibited. If an instructor perceives such use as disruptive and/or inappropriate, the instructor has the right to terminate such use. If the behavior continues, the student may be subject to disciplinary action to include removal from the classroom or referral to the dean of student services...

Per the HCCS

Cell phone or electronic device use in class is NOT PERMITTED, particularly during testing/labs. It is understandable that a need arises to tend to personal or urgent matters, but that should not be habitual nor disruptive. A student may excuse themselves from class to tend to a pressing matter. However, cell phone use is otherwise not permitted in class.

No communication or photographs may be taken during class either, of persons or course material (ie exams, keys, quizzes, etc.) using a device and no testing material may be removed from the class at any time.

If students choose to use laptops or tablets (or other electronic device with wifi, cellular or communication capabilities including cell phones and watches), they should be for classroom- related purposes only and during times permitted.

Faculty Statement about Student Success

As with any online course, expect to spend at least 12 hours per week outside of class reading and studying the material. I will provide a schedule to help stay on track and keep up with the course timeline. Additional time will be required for written assignments. Successful completion of this course requires a combination of reading the textbook, completing practice problems, and getting help when you need it. There is no short cut for success in this course; it requires reading, solving problems and studying the material using the course objectives as your guide.

Faculty-Specific Information Regarding Canvas

This course section will use Canvas (https://eagleonline.hccs.edu) to supplement in-class assignments, exams, and activities.  

HCCS Open Lab locations may be used to access the Internet and Canvas.  For best performance, Canvas should be used on the current or first previous major release of Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or Safari. Because it's built using web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser. 

Canvas only requires an operating system that can run the latest compatible web browsers. Your computer operating system should be kept up to date with the latest recommended security updates and upgrades.  

Instructional Modalities

 

ONLINE ANYTIME (WW)

 

Social Justice Statement

Houston Community College is committed to furthering the cause of social justice in our community and beyond. HCC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status. I fully support that commitment and, as such, will work to maintain a positive learning environment based upon open communication, mutual respect, and non-discrimination. In this course, we share in the creation and maintenance of a positive and safe learning environment. Part of this process includes acknowledging and embracing the differences among us in order to establish and reinforce that each one of us matters.  I appreciate your suggestions about how to best maintain this environment of respect. If you experience any type of discrimination, please contact me and/or the Office of Institutional Equity at 713-718-8271.

HCC Policies and Information

HCC Grading System

HCC uses the following standard grading system:

Grade

Grade Interpretation

Grade Points

A

Excellent (90-100)

4

B

Good (80-89)

3

C

Fair (70-79)

2

D

Passing (60-69), except in developmental courses.

1

F

Failing (59 and below)

0

FX

Failing due to non-attendance

0

W

Withdrawn

0

I

Incomplete

0

AUD

Audit

0

IP

In Progress. Given only in certain developmental courses. A student must re-enroll to receive credit.

0

COM

Completed. Given in non-credit and continuing education courses.

0

Link to Policies in Catalog and Student Handbook

Here’s the link to the HCC Catalog and Student Handbook: https://catalog.hccs.edu/

In it you will find information about the following:

  • Academic Information
  • Academic Support
  • Attendance, Repeating Courses, and Withdrawal
  • Career Planning and Job Search
  • Childcare
  • disAbility Support Services
  • Electronic Devices
  • Equal Educational Opportunity
  • Financial Aid TV (FATV)
  • General Student Complaints
  • Grade of FX
  • Incomplete Grades
  • International Student Services
  • Health Awareness
  • Libraries/Bookstore
  • Police Services & Campus Safety
  • Student Life at HCC
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities
  • Student Services
  • Testing
  • Transfer Planning
  • Veteran Services

Link to HCC Academic Integrity Statement

https://www.hccs.edu/student-conduct (scroll down to subsections)

 

Campus Carry Link

Here’s the link to the HCC information about Campus Carry:

https://www.hccs.edu/campuscarry

HCC Email Policy

When communicating via email, HCC requires students to communicate only through the HCC email system to protect your privacy.  If you have not activated your HCC student email account, you can go to HCC Eagle ID and activate it now.  You may also use Canvas Inbox to communicate.

Office of Institutional Equity

Use the following link to access the HCC Office of Institutional Equity, Inclusion, and Engagement: https://www.hccs.edu/eeo

Ability Services

HCC strives to make all learning experiences as accessible as possible.  If you anticipate or experience academic barriers based on your disability (including long and short term conditions, mental health, chronic or temporary medical conditions), please meet with a campus Abilities Counselor as soon as possible in order to establish reasonable accommodations.  Reasonable accommodations are established through an interactive process between you, your instructor(s) and Ability Services.  It is the policy and practice of HCC to create inclusive and accessible learning environments consistent with federal and state law.  For more information, please go to https://www.hccs.edu/accessibility

Title IX

Houston Community College is committed to cultivating an environment free from inappropriate conduct of a sexual or gender-based nature including sex discrimination, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sexual violence.  Sex discrimination includes all forms of sexual and gender-based misconduct and violates an individual’s fundamental rights and personal dignity.  Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex-including pregnancy and parental status in educational programs and activities.  If you require an accommodation due to pregnancy please contact an Abilities Services Counselor.  The Director of EEO/Compliance is designated as the Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator.  All inquiries concerning HCC policies, compliance with applicable laws, statutes, and regulations (such as Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504), and complaints may be directed to:

David Cross
Director EEO/Compliance
Office of Institutional Equity & Diversity
3100 Main
(713) 718-8271
Houston, TX 77266-7517 or [email protected]

https://www.hccs.edu/titleix

Office of the Dean of Students

Contact the office of the Dean of Students to seek assistance in determining the correct complaint procedure to follow or to identify the appropriate academic dean or supervisor for informal resolution of complaints.

https://www.hccs.edu/about-hcc/procedures/student-rights-policies--procedures/student-complaints/speak-with-the-dean-of-students/

Student Success

Expect to spend at least twice as many hours per week outside of class as you do in class studying the course content.  Additional time will be required for written assignments.  The assignments provided will help you use your study hours wisely.  Successful completion of this course requires a combination of the following:

  • Reading the textbook
  • Attending class in person and/or online
  • Completing assignments
  • Participating in class activities

There is no short cut for success in this course; it requires reading (and probably re-reading) and studying the material using the course objectives as a guide.

Canvas Learning Management System

Canvas is HCC’s Learning Management System (LMS), and can be accessed at the following URL:

https://eagleonline.hccs.edu

HCCS Open Lab locations may be used to access the Internet and Canvas.  For best performance, Canvas should be used on the current or first previous major release of Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or Safari. Because it's built using web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser. 

Canvas only requires an operating system that can run the latest compatible web browsers. Your computer operating system should be kept up to date with the latest recommended security updates and upgrades.  

 

HCC Online Information and Policies

Here is the link to information about HCC Online classes, which includes access to the required Online Information Class Preview for all fully online classes: https://www.hccs.edu/online/

Scoring Rubrics, Sample Assignments, etc.

Look in Canvas for the scoring rubrics for assignments, samples of class assignments, and other information to assist you in the course.  https://eagleonline.hccs.edu/

Instructor and Student Responsibilities

As your Instructor, it is my responsibility to:

  • Provide the grading scale and detailed grading formula explaining how student grades are to be derived
  • Facilitate an effective learning environment through learner-centered instructional techniques
  • Provide a description of any special projects or assignments
  • Inform students of policies such as attendance, withdrawal, tardiness, and making up assignments
  • Provide the course outline and class calendar that will include a description of any special projects or assignments
  • Arrange to meet with individual students during office hours, and before and after class as required

As a student, it is your responsibility to:

  • Attend class in person and/or online
  • Participate actively by reviewing course material, interacting with classmates, and responding promptly in your communication with me
  • Read and comprehend the textbook
  • Complete the required assignments and exams
  • Ask for help when there is a question or problem
  • Keep copies of all paperwork, including this syllabus, handouts, and all assignments
  • Be aware of and comply with academic honesty policies in the HCCS Student Handbook

Sensitive or Mature Course Content

In this college-level course, we may occasionally discuss sensitive or mature content. All members of the classroom environment, from your instructor to your fellow students, are expected to handle potentially controversial subjects with respect and consideration for one another’s varied experiences and values.  

EGLS3

The EGLS3 (Evaluation for Greater Learning Student Survey System) will be available for most courses near the end of the term until finals start.  This brief survey will give invaluable information to your faculty about their teaching.  Results are anonymous and will be available to faculty and division chairs after the end of the term.  EGLS3 surveys are only available for the Fall and Spring semesters.  EGLS3 surveys are not offered during the Summer semester due to logistical constraints.

https://www.hccs.edu/egls3

Housing and Food Assistance for Students

Any student who faces challenges securing their foods or housing and believes this may affect their performance in the course is urged to contact the Dean of Students at their college for support. Furthermore, please notify the professor if you are comfortable in doing so.  

This will enable HCC to provide any resources that HCC may possess.

Student Resources

Tutoring

HCC provides free and convenient academic support, in a large variety of subjects, to HCC students in both an online environment and in-person on campus. Tutoring is provided by HCC personnel in order to ensure that it is appropriate. Visit the HCC Tutoring Services website for more information at https://hccs.edu/tutoring.

Libraries

The HCC Library System consists of 9 libraries and 6 Electronic Resource Centers (ERCs) that are inviting places to study and collaborate on projects.  Librarians are available both at the libraries and online to show you how to locate and use the resources you need.  The libraries maintain a large selection of electronic resources as well as collections of books, magazines, newspapers, and audiovisual materials.  The portal to all libraries’ resources and services is the HCCS library web page at https://library.hccs.edu.

Supplementary Instruction

Supplemental Instruction is an academic enrichment and support program that uses peer-assisted study sessions to improve student retention and success in historically difficult courses.  Peer Support is provided by students who have already succeeded in completion of the specified course, and who earned a grade of A or B.  Find details at https://www.hccs.edu/supplemental-instruction

Resources for Students:

https://www.hccs.edu/covid19students

Basic Needs Resources:

https://www.hccs.edu/support-services/counseling/hcc-cares/basic-needs-resources/

Student Basic Needs Application:

https://www.hccs.edu/basicneeds

COVID-19

Here’s the link to the HCC information about COVID-19:

https://www.hccs.edu/covid-19

Instructional Modalities

In-Person (P)

Safe, face-to-face course with scheduled dates and times

Online on a Schedule (WS)

Fully online course with virtual meetings at scheduled dates and times

Online Anytime (WW)

Traditional online course without scheduled meetings

Hybrid (H)

Course that meets safely 50% face-to-face and 50% virtually

Hybrid Lab (HL)

Lab class that meets safely 50% face-to-face and 50% virtually

Copyright Statement

In order to uphold the integrity of the academic environment and protect and foster a cohesive learning environment for all, HCC prohibits unauthorized use of course materials. Materials shared in this course are based on my professional knowledge and experience and are presented in an educational context for the students in the course. Authorized use of course materials is limited to personal study or educational uses. Material should not be shared, distributed, or sold outside the course without permission. Students are also explicitly forbidden in all circumstances from plagiarizing or appropriating course materials. This includes but is not limited to publically posting quizzes, essays, or other materials. This prohibition extends not only during this course, but after. Sharing of the materials in any context will be a violation of the HCC Student Code of Conduct and may subject the student to discipline, as well as any applicable civil or criminal liability. Consequences for unauthorized sharing, plagiarizing, or other methods of academic dishonesty may range from a 0 on the specified assignment and/or up to expulsion from Houston Community College. Questions about this policy may be directed to me or to the Manager of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity.

Course Calendar

Syllabus Modifications

The instructor reserves the right to modify the syllabus at any time during the semester and will promptly notify students in writing, typically by e-mail, of any such changes.

Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
WEEK #1 (07/11)
CHAPTER 1: Introduction- Matter, energy and measurement

Homework will be assigned 

(7/13-) Class meets on campus
CHAPTER 2: Atoms, molecules and ions

Homework will be assigned

CHAPTER 3: Chemical reactions and reaction stoichiometry

Homework will be assigned

WEEK #2 - (07/18)
EXAM 1

Exam 1 (Chapters 1, 2 & 3)- 20 multiple choice questions and 5 free responses

CHAPTER 4: Reactions in aqueous solution

Homework will be assigned

(7/20) - class meets on campus
CHAPTER 5: Thermochemistry

Homework will be assigned

CHAPTER 6: Electronic structure of atoms

Homework will be assigned

WEEK #3 - (07/25)
EXAM 2

Exam 2 (Chapters 4, 5 & 6)

CHAPTER 7: Periodic properties of the elements

Homework will be assigned

(7/27) - class meets on campus
CHAPTER 8: Basic concepts of chemical bonding

Homework will be assigned

CHAPTER 9: Molecular geometry and bonding theories

Homework will be assigned

WEEK #4- (08/01)
EXAM 3

Exam 3- (Chapters 7, 8 & 9)

CHAPTER 10: Gases

Homework will be assigned

CHAPTER 11: Liquids and intermolecular forces

Homework will be assigned

WEEK #5- 08/12 - (FINAL EXAM)
FINAL EXAM

FINAL EXAM  -(Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, & 11)

Additional Information

Departmental/Program Information

Please visit the chemistry program page for more about our degree offering, requirements, employment prospects and more.

https://www.hccs.edu/programs/areas-of-study/science-technology-engineering--math/chemistry/

 

Process for Expressing Concerns about the Course

If you have concerns about any aspect of this course, please reach out to your instructor for assistance first. If your instructor is not able to assist you, then you may wish to contact the Department Chair. 

Dr. Grace Zoorob, [email protected]; 713-718-5776