Division: Natural Science and Mathematics
Course: CHEM 1110
Title: Elementary Chemistry
Description: This course introduces individuals to a variety of chemistry-related knowledge and experience. As a general education course, it relates chemistry to the real world experience and gives the student an opportunity to investigate chemical principles in their life. The course serves as a prerequisite to programs related to allied health such as nursing, economics, biology, natural resources, and others. The course also serves as a preparatory course for general chemistry. Some topics in the course are atomic structure, chemical calculations, energy and matter, gas laws, nuclear chemistry and an introduction to organic chemistry.
Student Learning Outcomes:
1) Apply scientific reasoning in a variety of contexts.
Students will demonstrate the ability to apply scientific reasoning by solving problems in general chemistry involving application of the scientific method, chemical stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions chemistry including acid-base chemistry, and equilibrium. Students will know basic organic functional groups, organic nomenclature and basic reactions involving alkanes, unsaturated hydrocarbons, and aromatics. Students will gain an appreciation for usefulness of critical thinking and problem-solving techniques. Their performance will be evaluated through written responses in quizzes, tests and homework.
2) Use the concepts of physical science to solve daily problems.
Students will demonstrate the ability to apply the concepts of the scientific method, chemical stoichiometry, gas laws and solution chemistry to solve problems dealing with the application of these principles in the real world. Students will be evaluated through written responses to word problems, essay questions or conceptual questions on these topics in quizzes, tests and homework.
3) Understand how physical scientists think and form judgments about the physical world.
Students will demonstrate the ability to apply the concepts of the scientific method, chemical stoichiometry, gas laws and solution chemistry to form judgments about the physical world. Students will be evaluated through problems as part of lecture, homework and exams.
4) Assess the credibility of scientific information.
Students will demonstrate the ability to assess the credibility of scientific information. Class discussions and lecture highlight real-world applications of topics taught in this course and relate to currently debated topics. These discussions highlight the need for credible information and what constitutes a credible source and the application of the scientific method. Their performance will be assessed through readings and assignments associated with the scientific method that address credibility of scientific information.
5) Recognize the manifestations of physical science in phenomena of the everyday world.
Physical science encompasses the governing principles of the physical world. As part of this course students examine the underlying principles of reactions from electrostatic forces and bonding to properties and interactions such as phase changes, colligative properties and combustion. Students will demonstrate the ability to connect these and other principles of Chemistry with everyday occurrences. Their performance will be assessed with real-world problems both in class, on homework and exams.
6) Acquire the tools necessary for life-long learning in physical science.
Students will demonstrate the ability to apply the principles of Chemistry including unit conversions, dimensional analysis in situations that they are likely to encounter beyond the duration of this course and in other areas of physical science. These could include applications to their future careers (e.g., dose calculations in nursing, pesticide application in range science or agriculture, etc.). Life-long learning in science is facilitated by the scientific method, which is applied in forming and verifying hypotheses and understanding how others have used the scientific method to enhance our understanding of the physical world. Their performance will be evaluated through homework, quizzes and exams.
7) Identify something acquired in the course about which he/she has become passionate.
Students will be required to identify a topic in this course for which they are passionate through a written assignment in either a homework assignment, or as a question on one of the exams.