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CH 301 Chemistry and Society
Becks, Pamela L.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

CH 301 Chemistry and Society

Semester

S2M 2007 CH

Faculty

Becks, Pamela L.

Degrees/Certificates

B.A. Biochemistry
Doctor of Medicine

Office Location

Training and Education Bldg

Office Hours

4:00 - 4:45 PM

E-Mail

pamela.becks@park.edu

pamela.becks@usmc.mil

pamelabecks@yahoo.com

Semester Dates

March 20, 2007- May 10, 2007

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

4:45 - 7:15 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Hill, John W. & Kolb, Doris K.Chemistry for Changing Times. 11th edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc, 2007
ISBN 0-13-228084-1
 

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

http://www.chemicool.com
http://www.epa.gov

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Course Description:
The history and nature of the science of chemistry with emphasis upon its role as a human activity and its relationship to humanity. Open to all junior and senior level students. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

     This course presents basic principles of chemistry as they relate to everyday experiences.  It will help prepare you to make decisions about important environmental, social and ethical issues that face our society and our planet.  You will learn to use the scientific method in gathering information needed to make those decisions.  You will also learn basic chemical terminology, concepts, and how to solve simple problems related chemistry.
     People learn things in different ways.  Some people learn by reading, some by hearing lectures, and others by doing things.  For that reason, class will include lectures, readings, quizzes, class discussions and examples, exams, using the internet, and writing a paper.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the basics of chemistry: components of an atom, molecules, and mixtures, acids and bases. Describe differences between elements, compounds and mixtures.
  2. Describe and explain the physical properties of water and the earth's water cycles, and the impact that society has made on the earth's water quality from a chemical perspective.
  3. Explain the impact of global warming, ozone layer and air pollution on the environment and the role of society in its cause and prevention.
  4. Explain the importance of balanced nutrition and the different nutrients (proteins, carbohydrates and fats) on the body.
  5. Describe the drug approval process and explain the impact of medicines in our society.
  6. Explain the properties of consumer items like soaps, plastics and other polymeric materials.
  7. Develop and apply research and critical thinking skills while reading newspapers magazines, scientific journals, and the internet.
  8. Be able to write scientific papers with appropriate writing skills.


Core Assessment:

This will be a final exam worth 20-25% of the final grade.  It will have the following:

  • contain questions on 70-90% of the core learning objectives,
  • have some short answer questions,
  • have some true and false, multiple choice or fill in the blanks questions,
  • assess terminology taught in the course as per learning objectives,
  • some element of compare and contrast of concepts covered in the learning objectives, and
  • questions that can be answered in 1-2 paragraph on any explanatory/comparative/ethics/opinion content.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Each student needs to come to class having read the lecture in advance.  Homework will be given after each lecture.  The homework will be expected at the beginning of each class.  The homework itself will not be graded for correctness; however, if there is not a genuine attempt at completion, then the student will lose points from their homework grade.  There will be a quiz at the completion of each section.  There will be a midterm at the end of the 4th week and a fianl at the end of the 8th week.  The written paper will be due the class prior to the final.

Grading:

A= 90-100
B= 80-89
C= 70-79
D= 60-69
F= 59 and below

Late Submission of Course Materials:

The instructor will not accept assignments late.  Late assignments will receive a grade of zero.  Please bring any exceptional cases to instructor’s attention as early as possible.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Please respect each other’s thoughts and time.  Please do not cut off your classmate when they are speaking.  For questions, please make an attempt to raise your hand.  I will answer questions as they arise.  Working uniforms will be allowed.  However, if your working uniform has a strong odor, please attempt to wear a cleaner uniform.  No PT gear.

Weeks

Date

Chapters Assigned

Date

Chapters Assigned

Week 1

March 20

Intro
Chapter 1

March 22

Chapters 2 & 3

Week 2

March 27

Chapter 4

March 29

Quiz Chpts 1-4
Chapters 5 & 6

Week 3

April 3

Chapters 7 & 8

April 5

Quiz Chpts 5-8
Chapter 9

Week 4

April 10

Chapter 10
Review

April 12

MIDTERM

Week 5

April 17

Chapters 11 & 12

April 19

Chapters 13 & 14

Week 6

April 24

Quiz Chpts 11-14
Chapter 15

April 26

Chapter 16

Week 7

May 1

Chapters 17 & 18

May 3

Quiz Chpts 15-18
Chapter 19

Week 8

May 8

* PAPER DUE
Chapter 20
Review

May 10

FINAL


Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Describes all the following:
•components of an atom, molecules, and mixtures, acids and bases.  Describe differences between elements, compounds and mixtures.
•physical properties of water and the earth's water cycles, and the impact that society has made on the earth's water quality from a chemical perspective
•the impact of global warming, ozone layer and air pollution on the environment and the role of society in its cause and prevention
•the importance of balanced nutrition and the different nutrients (proteins, carbohydrates and fats) on the body
•the drug approval process and explain the impact of medicines in our society
•the properties of consumer items like soaps, plastics and other polymeric materials
 
Describes 60-70% of the content in the preceding column Describes 50 – 60 % of the content in the preceding column Able to describe less than 50% of the content in the preceding column 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Be able to show connections in all the above principles Be able to show connections amongst 60-70% of the above principles Be able to show connections amongst 60-50% of the above principles Be able to show connections amongst less than 50% of the above principles 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Use the information given to identify a problem and make connections to analyse a problem in a scientific way with critical thinking. Use the information given to establish the problem and analyses the problem but does not make the connections to other information learned in the course Use the information given to analyse the problem without critical thinking or making connections to other information learned in the course Unable to identify the problem or analyse it with any critical thinking or connections to information provided. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
•Apply all the above concepts to understand the recent literature and news on chemistry related topics.  
•Exhibit critical and analytical thinking in applying the principles learned in the course to solve a problem.
 
•Apply 70-60% of the above concepts to understand the recent literature and news on chemistry related topics.  
•Exhibit critical and analytical thinking in applying the principles learned in the course to solve a problem.
 
•Apply 50-60% of the above concepts to understand the recent literature and news on chemistry related topics.  
•Does not exhibit critical and analytical thinking in applying the principles learned in the course to solve a problem.
 
•Applies less than 50% of  the above concepts to understand the recent literature and news on chemistry related topics.
•Unable to exhibit critical and analytical thinking in applying the principles learned in the course to solve a problem.
 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Writes the exam in proper English, complete sentences and according to the scientific terms and  guidelines and makes the connections wherever appropriate. Completes the exam with all appropriate answers within scientific terms and guidelines. Able to complete the exam but without scientific terms and guidelines. Unable to write the exam in proper English, complete sentences and according to the scientific terms and guidelines. Does not show any connections between the concepts learned. 
Technical Skill in Communicating written essay                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Explain the chemistry involved in questions given in the exam. Explain 70-60% of the chemistry involved in the questions. Explain 50-60% of the chemistry involved in the questions. Explains less than 50% of chemistry involved in questions given in the exam. 

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