CH-101: Living in a Chemical World

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: CH-101 Living in a Chemical World

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 class hours

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): None

Co-requisites (if any): CH-102

Course Description in college catalog:

This is a writing intensive course, where the role of chemistry in everyday processes is highlighted and discussed. Topics covered include: the chemistry of food and medicines, vitamins and minerals, water and air, household products and fuels. The approach is non-mathematical and strives towards making chemistry stimulating and relevant to daily life. The goal is to introduce the applied aspects of chemistry to non-science majors, explain the world we live in, and to aid students to become more educated consumers and citizens.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.A. or B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences (non-science concentration) and other non-science majors as a laboratory science elective.

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

  • Students will develop an understanding of the theoretical and descriptive concepts that form the basis of general chemistry with an emphasis on its relevance to everyday life.
  • Students will use the scientific method to explore physical and chemical properties of matter through the development of hypotheses, observation, experimentation, measurement, analysis and presentation of results. They will learn to evaluate evidence experienced or observed in everyday life and understand how they support scientific theories.
  • Students will collaborate in groups of two or more to perform experiments to learn and apply fundamental concepts and techniques of chemistry as applicable to everyday life.
  • Students will collect, interpret and evaluate scientific data by performing experiments, reading scientific literature such as periodicals and newspapers, conducting research on the internet, watching documentaries, watching or listening to news on science related topics. They will participate in class discussions and submit written reports containing arguments based on evidence to support their conclusions. Written reports and papers will be done both in class and as take home assignments.
  • Students will learn to practice and expect unbiased gathering and presentation of scientific data in reports and papers. Students will understand the importance of upholding ethics in investigations and be able to identify violations of research ethics.

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

The overall course grade will be computed using the following general distribution: 

  • Attendance, class participation in lectures, Low Stake (LS) in-class writing assignments (graded based on participation not for content or English), and class performance in laboratory experiments: The instructor is responsible for making assignments and providing additional hand-out with detailed instructions / information about the requirements, format, number (how many) and grading of the assignments. NOTE: there will be no make-up LS writing assignments and no make-up laboratory experiments. 25% 
  • In class examinations / quizzes: The instructor is responsible for making and scheduling examinations / quizzes and providing additional hand-out with detailed instructions / information about the requirements, format, number (how many) and grading of the examinations / quizzes. NOTE: there will be no make-up examinations / quizzes. 25%
  • High Stake (HS) writing assignments (total approximately twelve typed pages): six individually written laboratory reports; each report must contain approximately two typed pages of objective, theory, experimental procedure, findings, results and conclusion of each laboratory experiment. The first draft of each report is due the next class meeting. The corrected draft is due the following class meeting. These assignments may include additional mandatory revisions and mandatory assistance from the writing center in L 118. Each draft must be submitted on time for credit. The detailed information about the requirements, format, number of revisions, time-frame and grading of these assignments will be provided by the instructor using the additional hand-out. 25%
  • Cumulative final examination: The instructor is responsible for making this examination but it is scheduled by the Registrar during the week of final examinations. 25%

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Disabilities
Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.

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