Spring 2010 CHEM106 General Chemistry II – Environmental Chemistry (Owens)
This syllabus is a living document; students must check the syllabus posted on the Department web site http://chem.winthrop.edu/ for any changes prior to every class attendance
Course Outline: This course provides an introduction to the molecular basis of the environmental problems that our planet faces. We will focus our efforts on several key areas of interest: energy, atmospheric environmental chemistry, aquatic environmental chemistry, and toxic chemicals. Both global and regional environmental problems will be examined. The course is divided into three major parts:
Schedule: Class lectures are scheduled TR at the appointed hour in the appointed room. The course syllabus schedule provides the specific class lecture schedule, topics, announced graded exercises, and assignments. All course information is posted on the chemistry department's web page (chem.winthrop.edu).
Final Exam: The final exam will be administered from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM on Friday, April 30, 2010. Students must take the final exam with their section to receive credit.
Class Preparation: You are responsible for all assigned material and for all material discussed in lecture. You are expected to take detailed notes during each lecture and will be responsible for everything discussed in class throughout the remainder of the course. For each class I recommend that you do the following:
Student Competencies: Assigned chapters, class discussion, homework, problem sets, quizzes, tests, reports, papers, and the final exam will all center on development and evaluation of student competencies. Students should expect to face challenging and unfamiliar questions on all graded work; this is done to focus attention on competencies that students have not yet fully mastered. Students are urged to not fall behind and to master each competency as soon as it is first examined.
The course web site will itemize chapter sets of student competencies to more effectively focus student study and to allow student self-evaluation of progress. Links to quizzes or tests given to date will be added to the syllabus schedule as they are returned. Solutions to problem sets and to quizzes will not be posted since more effective student learning occurs through working through these problems individually. Class time will be used to review the quiz and test questions that challenged students most. Periodically, as time allows, graded problem sets will be reviewed in class.
Course Requirements and Graded Exercises
Grades: Percentages will be calculated based upon total earned points divided by total points tested. You must score better than 50% on the final exam to pass the course. You must score an A on the final exam to earn an A in the course. The following grade range will be used: A = 93-100%; A- = 88-92%; B+ = 85-87%; B = 80-84%; B- = 76-79%; C+ = 72-75%; C = 66-71%; D = 56-65%; F = <56%. Since the CHEM 106/108 combination represents a General Education requirement, CHEM108 must be completed and passed in order to receive a final grade in CHEM106. Students who do not pass CHEM108 will receive an incomplete in CHEM106 until CHEM108 has been passed.
Attendance: You are expected to attend all class meetings for the full scheduled time. A student who is absent for any reason is responsible for obtaining the assignments from the instructor or a classmate. Roll will be taken occasionally and the attendance practices of students will be taken into account when final grades are assigned. Absence from a test or quiz without a written doctor's excuse or similar external agency valid documentation is inexcusable. An unexcused student absence will result in a zero for the missed grade AND a deduction of 20-100 points (determined by the weight of the missed test) from the student's previously earned points in the course. For excused absences, missed exercises will not be included for neither earned nor total points when calculating overall course grades. Makeup tests and quizzes will not be given.
106 and the co-requisite CHEM 108 together fulfill four hours of general
education requirement for natural sciences. Listed below are
Students should be:
Students with Disabilities:
Student Conduct Code: “Responsibility for good conduct rests with students as adult individuals.” The policy on student academic misconduct is outlined in the “Student Conduct Code Academic Misconduct Policy” in the online Student Handbook (http://www2.winthrop.edu/studentaffairs/handbook/StudentHandbook.pdf).