CH-151: General Chemistry I

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: CH-151 General Chemistry I

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 class hours, 1 recitation hour, 3 laboratory hours

Credits: 4.5

Pre-requisites (if any): MA-119 and MA-121 or satisfactory score on the Mathematics Placement Test. Students who have not had high school chemistry are strongly advised to take CH-127 prior to CH-151.

Course Description in college catalog:

This course is the first part of a two-semester sequence that provides students with a fundamental knowledge of the modern theory in general and in organic chemistry. It covers topics that are essential to many disciplines in science and technology, and the health professions, with an emphasis on developing problem-solving skills. Topics include matter and energy; chemical nomenclature; mass relationships and stoichiometry; reactions in aqueous solutions; gas laws and kinetic molecular theory; atomic structure and quantum theory; periodicity of elements; chemical bonding and molecular structure; states of matter and intermolecular forces; properties of solutions; and colligative properties. Laboratory work provides training in common experimental methods and hands-on application of theory. The students in Honors classes will attend scientific seminars and write a short paper.

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

A.S. Degree in Biotechnology

A.S. Degree in Chemistry (Dual/Joint with York College for B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences)

A.S. Degree in Engineering Science

A.S. Degree in Environmental Science

A.S. Degree in Health Science

A.S. Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)

A.S. Degree in Science for Forensics (Dual/Joint with John Jay College for B.S. in Forensic Science)

Recommended for students interested in degrees in pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-veterinary, pre-pharmacy, pre-chiropractic, pre-physician and other related fields.

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

  3. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

Understand the important concepts and theories of chemical composition and bonding of matter in modern chemistry, and apply them to solve problems in chemistry, engineering and other disciplines; interpret and appreciate, both qualitatively and quantitatively, the properties of gases, liquids and solids at the molecular level; plan and perform experiments, gather and analyze data, draw conclusions, and communicate results to others orally and in scientific writing; use modern chemical instrumentation and computer technologies in chemical investigations.

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:

  • Examinations, Assignments and Classroom Performance: 50%
  • Laboratory Work: 25%
  • Final Examination: 25%

The distribution may be changed at the discretion of the individual instructor. Aside from the above, the student is mandated to take the American Chemical Society (ACS) assessment test which will be administered during the 14th week of the lab. 10% of that grade will be added to the student’s final course grade. The ACS exam can not lower the final course grade.

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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