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Course Number: SCM 220
Course Title: Chemistry
Term: Fall 2014

Professor

Dr. Stacy Trasancos, Ph.D.

strasancos@holyapostles.edu

774-287-9171

1. COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course will introduce students to the fundamental of chemistry. After completing the course, students will have enough knowledge to appreciate the impact of chemistry in daily life.

2. ENVISIONED LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Students will describe and explain the concept of chemical change.
  • Students will compute equations and formulas that represent change.
  • Students will synthesize knowledge of quantities to understand matter.

3. COURSE MATERIALS

Textbook: The textbook for this course is a digital interactive textbook, David W. Ball, Introductory Chemistry, v. 1.0.2, adapted by Stacy Trasancos (Washington D.C., Flat World Knowledge, Inc.: 2014). You can purchase it at this link using PayPal or a credit card. You have a choice to buy the $24 Study Pass, which gives you digital access for the period of the course. I recommend the Digital All Access Pass for $39, which allows you to download your own copy for use on e-readers, tablets, and smartphones during and after the course. You can also print the download if you prefer hard copy for reading. There are black and white or color hardcopies of the textbook for purchase, but they are more expensive. You should work all examples as you work your way through the textbook. They will prepare you for the test.

Quizzes: The digital interactive textbook has a drop-down menu titled “Resources.” You will find “Study Aids: Quizzes” there. These are a series of 20 questions for practice. If you miss the question, the interactive textbook provides you with a brief review so you can learn the material. These are not graded, and are thus optional, but highly recommended to master the material.

Laboratory Exercises: The online laboratory exercises are designed for this course by Online Chem Labs, produced by Oregon State University and used in their online chemistry program for non-majors. Follow this link to purchase the virtual labs. You must enter a valid holyapostles.edu email address. In the green box, you need to enter this authorization code to begin the registration process: HAC220F2014. The lab fee is $25. You can pay directly with PayPal or a credit card.

Demonstration Videos: You will watch an assigned video relating chemistry to daily life, and write a 500-word minimum essay about what you learned from it.

4. COURSE SCHEDULE

Please note: The textbook assignments are designed for you to read the chapter and work the quizzes first before taking the tests, viewing the videos, or completing the labs. All tests are open book. When you read the chapters, work the examples for practice.

Week 1:

  • Read Chapter 1: What is Chemistry
  • Take 20-question quiz until mastered.
  • Complete Laboratory Techniques lab.
  • Take Chapter 1 Test.

Week 2:

  • Read Chapter 2: Measurements.
  • Take 20-question quiz until mastered.
  • Write essay for Week 2 Vide.
  • Take Chapter 2 Test.

Week 3:

  • Read Chapter 3: Atoms, Molecules, and Ions.
  • Take 20-question quiz until mastered.
  • Complete Error and Standard Deviation lab.
  • Take Chapter 3 Test.

Week 4:

  • Read Chapter 4: Chemical Reactions and Equations.
  • Take 20-question quiz until mastered.
  • Watch Demonstration; write essay.
  • Take Chapter 4 Test.

Week 5:

  • Read Chapter 5: Stoichiometry and the Mole.
  • Take 20-question quiz until mastered.
  • Complete Spreadsheets and Linear Regression lab.
  • Take Chapter 5 Test.

Week 6:

  • Read Chapter 6: Gases.
  • Take 20-question quiz until mastered.
  • Watch Demonstration; write essay.
  • Take Chapter 6 Test.

Week 7:

  • Read Chapter 7: Energy and Chemistry.
  • Take 20-question quiz until mastered.
  • Complete Vitamin-C Analysis lab.
  • Take Chapter 7 Test.

Week 8:

  • Read Chapter 8: Electronic Structure.
  • Take 20-question quiz until mastered.
  • Watch Demonstration; write essay.
  • Take Chapter 8 Test.

Week 9:

  • Read Chapter 9: Chemical Bonds.
  • Take 20-question quiz until mastered.
  • Complete Metal + HCl lab.
  • Take Chapter 9 Test.

Week 10:

  • Read Chapter 10: Solids and Liquids.
  • Take 20-question quiz until mastered.
  • Watch Demonstration; write essay.
  • Take Chapter 10 Test.

Week 11:

  • Read Chapter 11: Solutions.
  • Take 20-question quiz until mastered.
  • Complete Calorimetry lab.
  • Take Chapter 11 Test.

Week 12:

  • Read Chapter 12: Acids and Bases.
  • Take 20-question quiz until mastered.
  • Watch Demonstration; write essay.
  • Take Chapter 12 Test.

Week 13:

  • Read Chapter 13: Chemical Equilibrium.
  • Take 20-question quiz until mastered.
  • Complete Density lab.
  • Take Chapter 13 Test.

Week 14:

  • Read Chapter 14: Oxidation and Reduction.
  • Take 20-question quiz until mastered.
  • Watch Demonstration; write essay.
  • Take Chapter 14 Test.

Week 15

  • Read Chapter 15: Organic Chemistry.
  • Take 20-question quiz until mastered.
  • Complete Potentiometry lab.
  • Take Chapter 15 Test.

5. COURSE REQUIREMENTS

  • 60%: Chapter Tests—15 Tests
  • 30%: Labs—8 Labs
  • 10%: Video Essays—7 Essays

The tests are cumulative. You will be responsible for all material learned previously on each chapter test, lab exercise, and video. The chapter Tests will include True/False, Multiple Choice, Fill-in-the-Blank, and Short Essay questions. There is no time limit on the tests, but you should complete them in one sitting. You have the full week to work on, save, and return to the Lab Exercises. After the week assigned, no Chapter Test or Lab Exercise may be retaken or redone.

6. REQUIRED READINGS and RESOURCES:

David W. Ball, Introductory Chemistry, v. 1.0.2, adapted by Stacy Trasancos (Washington D.C., Flat World Knowledge, Inc.: 2014). Purchase at this link.

Online Chem Labs, produced by Oregon State University, for this course. Purchase at this link. The registration code is HAC220F2014.

Demonstration Videos, links provided in lessons.

7. SUGGESTED READINGS and RESOURCES:

Jaki, Stanley L. A Late Awakening and Other Essays. Port Huron, MI: Real View Books, 2004.

—. Numbers Decide and Other Essays. Pinckney, MI: Real View Books, 2003.

—. Questions on Science and Religion. Pinckney, MI: Real View Books, 2004.

—. Science and Creation: From Eternal Cycles to an Oscillating Universe. Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Press, 1986.

—. Science and Religion: A Primer. Port Huron, MI: Real View Books, 2004.

—. The Absolute Beneath the Relative and other Essays. Lantham: University of America Press, 1988.

—. The Drama of Quantities. Port Huron, MI: Real View Books, 2005.

—. The Relevance of Physics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1966.

—. The Road of Science and the Ways to God: The Gifford Lectures 1975 and 1976. Chicago, Edinburgh: University of Chicago Press, Scottish Academic Press, 1978.

—. The Savior of Science. Grand Rapids, MI: William. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2000.

Trasancos, Stacy A., Science Was Born of Christianity: The Teaching of Fr. Stanley L. Jaki, Chimham Publishing, 2014.

8. EVALUATION

Students who have difficulty with research and composition are encouraged to pursue assistance with the Online Writing Lab (available at http://www.holyapostles.edu/owl).

GRADING SCALE:

A 94-100; A- 90-93; B+ 87-89; B 84-86; B- 80-83; C+ 77-79; C 74-76; C- 70-73 D 60-69; F 59 and below

Grading Rubrics for Demonstration Video Essays

CONTENT

1 (F)

2 (D)

3 (C)

4 (B)

5 (A)

No understanding

Answer shows no knowledge of the concepts addressed in the question.

Wrong understanding

Answer shows misunderstanding of the concepts addressed in the question through an inability to explain them.

Some understanding

Answer shows adequate understanding of the concepts addressed in the question.

Solid  understanding

Answer shows understanding of the concepts addressed in the question and uses that understanding effectively in an example.

Insightful understanding

Answers shows understanding of the concepts addressed in the question, uses that understanding in an example which makes a connection to other concepts.

WRITING & EXPRESSION

1 (F)

2 (D)

3 (C)

4 (B)

5 (A)

Incomplete, fails to address topic

Writing does not address the topic at all, is confused, insufficient, and unacceptable.

Unclear, poorly organized

Writing barely addresses topic, goes off-topic, is poorly developed with little elaboration; errors in sentence structure, vocabulary, grammar, mechanics and usage.

Acceptable, needs sharpening

Writing is unevenly addresses topic, is satisfactorily organized; could use more vigor; errors in sentence structure, vocabulary, grammar, mechanics and usage.

Solid, interesting perspective

Writing adequately addresses topic, is persuasively organized, uses reasons and examples, few errors in sentence structure, vocabulary, grammar, mechanics and usage.

Command, makes clear impression

Writing thoroughly addresses topic, is concise, cogent, and insightful; superior syntax and diction; error-free grammar, mechanics, and usage.

 

9. DISABILITIES ACCOMMODATIONS POLICY

Holy Apostles College & Seminary is committed to the goal of achieving equal educational opportunities and full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities who qualify for admission to the College. Students enrolled in online courses who have documented disabilities requiring special accommodations should contact Bob Mish, the Director of Online Student Affairs, at rmish@holyapostles.edu or 860-632-3015. In all cases, reasonable accommodations will be made to ensure that all students with disabilities have access to course materials in a mode in which they can receive them. Students who have technological limitations (e.g., slow Internet connection speeds in convents) are asked to notify their instructors the first week of class for alternative means of delivery.

10. ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY

Students at Holy Apostles College & Seminary are expected to practice academic honesty.

Avoiding Plagiarism

In its broadest sense, plagiarism is using someone else's work or ideas, presented or claimed as your own. At this stage in your academic career, you should be fully conscious of what it means to plagiarize. This is an inherently unethical activity because it entails the uncredited use of someone else's expression of ideas for another's personal advancement; that is, it entails the use of a person merely as a means to another person's ends.

Students, where applicable:

  • Should identify the title, author, page number/webpage address, and publication date of works when directly quoting small portions of texts, articles, interviews, or websites.
  • Students should not copy more than two paragraphs from any source as a major component of papers or projects.
  • Should appropriately identify the source of information when paraphrasing (restating) ideas from texts, interviews, articles, or websites.
  • Should follow the Holy Apostles College & Seminary Stylesheet (available on the Online Writing Lab's website at http://www.holyapostles.edu/owl/resources).

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty:

Because of the nature of this class, academic dishonesty is taken very seriously. Students participating in academic dishonesty may be removed from the course and from the program.

11. ATTENDANCE POLICY

Even though you are not required to be logged in at any precise time or day, you are expected to login several times during each week. Because this class is being taught entirely in a technology-mediated forum, it is important to actively participate each week in the course. In a traditional classroom setting for a 3-credit course, students would be required, per the federal standards, to be in class three 50-minute sessions (or 2.5 hours a week) and prepare for class discussions six 50-minute sessions (or 5 hours) a week. Expect to devote at least nine 50-minute sessions (or 7.5 quality hours) a week to this course. A failure on the student’s part to actively participate in the life of the course may result in a reduction of the final grade.

12. INCOMPLETE POLICY

An Incomplete is a temporary grade assigned at the discretion of the faculty member. It is typically allowed in situations in which the student has satisfactorily completed major components of the course and has the ability to finish the remaining work without re-enrolling, but has encountered extenuating circumstances, such as illness, that prevent his or her doing so prior to the last day of class.

To request an incomplete, distance-learning students must first download a copy of the Incomplete Request Form. This document is located within the Shared folder of the Files tab in Populi. Secondly, students must fill in any necessary information directly within the PDF document. Lastly, students must send their form to their professor via email for approval. "Approval" should be understood as the professor responding to the student's email in favor of granting the "Incomplete" status of the student.

Students receiving an Incomplete must submit the missing course work by the end of the sixth week following the semester in which they were enrolled. An incomplete grade (I) automatically turns into the grade of "F" if the course work is not completed.

Students who have completed little or no work are ineligible for an incomplete. Students who feel they are in danger of failing the course due to an inability to complete course assignments should withdraw from the course.

A "W (Withdrawal) will appear on the student's permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the first week of a semester to the end of the third week. A "WF" (Withdrawal/Fail) will appear on the student's permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the third week of a semester and on or before the Friday before the last week of the semester.

13. ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR

 gd-jpeg v1.0 (using IJG JPEG v62), quality = 90Dr. Stacy Trasancos is a wife, mother of seven, and joyful convert to Catholicism. She has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Penn State University and a M.A. in Dogmatic Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. She worked as research chemist for DuPont Lycra® before becoming a full-time homemaker in 2003, and has advanced knowledge in the fields of organic-inorganic nanometer-scale composites, photo-luminescent polymers, materials chemistry, surface chemistry, and elastomeric fibers.

She designed and served as Editor-in-Chief (2011-2014) of Ignitum Today, a website for young adult Catholics, and is currently Editor-in-Chief of Catholic Stand, a website for Catholic citizens. She is a regular contributor at Strange Notions and The Integrated Catholic Life™, and has published in refereed science journals, science textbooks, and Catholic print journals.

She teaches chemistry and honors chemistry for Kolbe Academy, and serves as Assistant to the V.P. of Administration, Alumni Association President, and Adjunct Professor at Holy Apostles. She is the author of Science Was Born of Christianity: The Teaching of Fr. Stanley L. Jaki.

Most of her time is devoted to raising her youngest five children (and worrying about her two oldest) with her husband in a 100-year old restored mountain lodge in the Adirondack mountains. More about her here. View her Curriculum Vitae here.

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