Syllabus for CHE-112
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
Chemistry is a science that deals with the composition, structure, and properties of substances and with the transformations that they undergo. It is the "study of change."
In this, the second of a two-semester general chemistry sequence, we explore intermolecular forces and liquids and solids; physical properties of solutions; chemical kinetics; chemical equilibrium; acids and bases; chemistry in the atmosphere; entropy, free energy, and equilibrium; electrochemistry; metallurgy and the chemistry of metals; transition metal chemistry and coordination compounds; organic chemistry; and synthetic and natural organic polymers.
At the atomic and molecular level, chemistry is a very abstract subject, but the study of atoms and molecules is fundamental to understanding life itself, since all matter is made up of atoms and molecules. Through practical examples and applications, we hope to explain not only the abstract concepts of chemistry but also how we come to know and understand those concepts in real-life contexts.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
You will need the following required textbook to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.
General Chemistry II is a three-credit online course, consisting of six (6) modules. Modules include learning objectives, study materials, and activities.
For your formal work in the course, you are required to complete six (6) online quizzes, participate in five (5) Group Activities, and take two proctored examinations—a midterm and a final. See below for more details.
Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.
Online participation in General Chemistry II counts 15 percent toward your final grade in the course. In addition to an ungraded Introductions Forum in module 1, you are required to participate in five (5) graded online Group Activities.
Group Activities focus on problem solving, which is at the heart of studying and learning chemistry. The Group Activities in this course provide an opportunity for you to test your analytical and computational skills within an interactive group setting, where you can benefit from the help of your classmates and share your understanding of chapter concepts. These activities take place in two phases: group problem solving (or group work) and posting your own solutions to selected problems.
Deadlines for posting draft solutions in the Group Work Forum and for posting worked-out solutions in the Solutions Forum are given in the course Calendar.
Phase 1: Group Work
Phase 1 (Group Work) involves group problem solving and discussion. Participation in group work entails posting draft solutions to four problems from the textbook and discussing them with other group members in the activity’s Group Work Forum.
Phase 2: Posting Solutions
Phase 2 (Posting Your Solutions) involves posting the solutions to the problems you selected, discussed, and worked out in phase 1. Participation in phase 2 entails posting your worked-out solutions in the activity’s Solutions Forum.
In lieu of homework or written assignments, General Chemistry II requires you to take six (6) online quizzes—one quiz for each module. These quizzes count 35 percent toward your final grade in the course. They are timed assessments (maximum from fifteen to thirty minutes, depending on the number of questions). Quizzes 1–5 consist of 20–25 multiple-choice questions; Quiz 6 consists of 10 multiple-choice questions.
To prepare for the quiz and work on your answers in advance, use the practice quiz provided in each module. The practice quiz contains the same questions as on the graded quiz only in a different order and with answers scrambled. On completing the practice quiz you will receive a report telling you which questions you answered correctly or incorrectly. You may take the practice quiz as often as you like, without any time limit.
Please set aside sufficient time to complete the quiz without interruptions. Deadlines for taking quizzes are given in the course Calendar.
You are required to take two (2) proctored online examinations: a midterm exam and a final exam. Both exams require that you use the College's Online Proctor Service (OPS). Please refer to the "Examinations and Proctors" section of the Online Student Handbook (see General Information area of the course Web site) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to schedule your exam within the first week of the semester.
Online exams are administered through the course Web site. Consult the course Calendar for the official dates of exam weeks.
The midterm is a closed-book, proctored exam. It is two hours long and consists of thirty (30) multiple-choice questions and three (3) problems. The exam covers all reading and assignments from modules 1–3 of the course. You are permitted to bring a scientific (nongraphing) calculator. Programmable calculators are not permitted in examinations.
The exam is 2½ hours long and consists of fifty (50) multiple-choice questions. It covers all reading and assignments from modules 4–6 of the course. The exam is open book, but not open notes. You may use your course textbook and a scientific (nongraphing, nonprogrammable) calculator. You may not use your notes or any other reference sources. The use of blank scratch paper for doing calculations is permitted during online test administrations.
Statement about Cheating
You are on your honor not to cheat during an exam. Cheating means:
If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in an exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:
To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a nonarea of study course), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).
First Steps to Success
To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:
Consider the following study tips for success:
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Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty takes the following forms:
Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College. Students who submit papers that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized assignment, may receive a grade of F for the course, and may face dismissal from the College.
A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be given oral or written notice of the charge. If a mentor or College official believes the infraction is serious enough to warrant referral of the case to the academic dean, or if the mentor awards a final grade of F in the course because of the infraction, the student and the mentor will be afforded formal due process.
If a student is found cheating or using unauthorized materials on an examination, he or she will automatically receive a grade of F on that examination. Students who believe they have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty should seek redress through informal discussions with the mentor, through the office of the dean, or through an executive officer of Thomas Edison State College.
Using someone else's work as your own is plagiarism. Although it may seem like simple dishonesty, plagiarism is against the law. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > "Citing Sources.")
Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else's. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.
Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.
Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.
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