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CH 301 Chemistry & Society
Ott, Lee W.


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

CH 301 Chemistry & Society

Semester

F2T 2011 DL

Faculty

Ott, Lee W.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, PhD
Biological Sciences, MS
Biology, BA

Office Location

Online

Office Hours

Please call.

Daytime Phone

269-281-0015

E-Mail

Lee.Ott@park.edu

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Chemistry in Context, Applying Chemistry to Society.  Sixth Edition. 

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Course Description:
CH301 Chemistry and Society (MLL): 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. This course does not satisfy the requirements for a major or minor in Chmeistry. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
"Tell me and I forget; teach me and I may remember; involve me and I learn."

-Attributed to Benjamin Franklin.  Also credited in a slightly different form as a Chinese proverb.

Science as Inquiry

Science teaching should emphasize understanding of concepts and the process of scientific inquiry.  Student conceptual understanding is best attained by applying the concepts and the process of inquiry to real world concerns and issues relating to science and technology that directly impact, interest or concern students.

“Understanding science is more than knowing facts.”

Quoted from How Students Learn Science in Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards: A Guide for Teaching and Learning published by the National Academy of Sciences.  Available online in its entirety at:

http://books.nap.edu/html/inquiry_addendum/

Learning Outcomes:

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:
Weekly quizzes, weekly discussion topics, weekly homework assignments, major paper, and final exam.

Grading:

8 Quizzes (10 pts. each)   =  80 points
8 Discussion topics (10 pts. each) = 80 points
8 Homework assignments (20 pts. each) = 160 points
One 10 page paper = 100 points
Final Exam = 125 points
 
Total points possible = 545 points
 
Points needed for "A" = 490
Points needed for "B" = 436
Points needed for "C" = 381
Points needed for "D" = 327
 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

 Our course week runs from Monday to Sunday Assignments are generally due Sunday night at midnight.  Only serious circumstances will be considered for late assignments and only on a case by case basis.  The decision is that of the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Online Etiquette: All online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact. See http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html or Help and Resources for more information.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
All weekly assignments are due according to the course calendar.  Usually, all assignments must be completed by Sunday night of the week at 11:59 p.m. 

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 "F".
  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.
ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a courserelated question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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 .

Bibliography:

My name is Lee W. Ott, and I am a working professional in the science industry. I earned my PhD at Indiana University in the department of biochemistry and molecular biology. I also have a master’s of science degree in biology from Wright State University and a bachelor’s of arts from Wittenberg University. My expertise lies in biology and more specifically using instrumentation to measure protein levels within biological systems.  I have a real passion for biology and look forward to sharing my knowledge in the classroom.

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my wife and 3 year old son in southeastern Michigan.  If I have any free-time to spare, I enjoy going for a run, bike ride, or a swim.  Every once in a while I have the opportunity to test my skills in a triathlon.  I am not that fast, but enjoy being outside and competing.



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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