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CHEM 101, Chemical Concepts, v1
University of Mississippi

4 credit hours

INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION:

Kerri Scott

Instructor name:

Dr. Kerri Scott

Instructor Information:

Dr. Kerri Scott is an Instructional Associate Professor and Associate Director of Forensic Chemistry in the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department of the University of Mississippi.

She earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry from Murray State University and her D.A. degree from The University of Mississippi.

An instructor at the university since 1991, she has regularly taught liberal arts, preparatory, and majors chemistry, as well as courses in forensic chemistry. In 2014, Dr. Scott was recognized as a National Outstanding Faculty Advisor by the National Academic Advising Association.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the Email Your Instructor link in the Lessons or Content page. NOTE: Whenever sending email, please be sure to indicate your course title and number in the subject line.

For lesson or test administration issues, please contact the iStudy department:

The University of Mississippi, Department of Outreach and Continuing Education
iStudy
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: (662) 915-7313, toll-free (877) 915-7313
Fax: (662) 915-8826
E-mail: istudy@olemiss.edu

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This 15-lesson Independent Study course is designed for students who do not specialize in chemistry but who require a strong grasp of chemical principles.

TEXTBOOK INFORMATION:

Required Textbook:

Introductory Chemistry, Atoms First with Mastering Chemistry

Steve Russo and Mike Silver, 2015, 5th edition, publisher: Pearson

ISBN-10: 0321972198
ISBN-13: 9780321972194

Copyright: 2015
Format: Access Card Package; 792 pages

NOTE: follow any Pearson Mastering link in this Blackboard course to purchase the book and access code. Your purchase comes with an e-book that will be instantly available. You can also go to www.masteringchemistry.com and enter the course id, SCOTT74373. When you enter it, it will tell you to go through Blackboard to register.

It is your responsibility to order your textbook. Online textbook retailers such as Amazon.com, ABEbooks.com, or Half.com usually provide used textbooks at economical prices.

Use the ISBN number to make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

Objectives include (but are not limited to):

  1. To learn the fundamental concepts of chemistry.
  2. To discover some theoretical and practical applications of chemistry.
  3. To develop your analytical skills, critical judgments, and abilities to recognize and access risks and benefits.
  4. To empower you to take control of your learning and promote proactive study strategies for this and future courses.
  5. To motivate you to learn chemistry because knowing it is important and relevant to your lives.

COURSE OUTLINE:

This course consists of 15 instructional modules (or lessons).

LESSON
Reading Assignments
Due for Grades
Start Here

You MUST take the syllabus quiz within 2 weeks of enrolling or you will be dropped from the course. NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Syllabus Quiz
1

Chapter 1, powerpoints, solutions document that appears after the quiz is submitted

Quiz, MultiAttempt Practice, Journal
2

Chapter 2, powerpoints, solutions document

Quiz, MultiAttempt Practice, Quiz Correction
3

Chapter 3, powerpoints, solutions document

Quiz, MultiAttempt Practice, Journal
4

Chapter 4, powerpoints, solutions document

Quiz, MultiAttempt Practice, Quiz Correction
5
Chapter 5, powerpoints, solutions document
Quiz, MultiAttempt Practice, Journal
Course Exam 1
Chapter 1 through Chapter 5
To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding
6

Chapter 6, powerpoints, solutions document

Quiz, MultiAttempt Practice, Quiz Correction
7

Chapter 7, powerpoints, solutions document

Quiz, MultiAttempt Practice, Journal
8
Chapter 8, powerpoints, solutions document
Quiz, MultiAttempt Practice, Quiz Correction
9

Chapter 9, powerpoints, solutions document

Quiz, MultiAttempt Practice, Journal
10
Chapter 10, powerpoints, solutions document
Quiz, MultiAttempt Practice, Quiz Correction
Course Exam 2
Chapter 6 through Chapter 10
To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding
11

Chapter 11, powerpoints, solutions document

Quiz, MultiAttempt Practice, Journal
12
Chapter 12, powerpoints, solutions document
Quiz, MultiAttempt Practice, Quiz Correction
13
Chapter 13, powerpoints, solutions document
Quiz, MultiAttempt Practice, Journal
14
Chapter 14, powerpoints, solutions document Quiz, MultiAttempt Practice, Quiz Correction
15
Chapter 15, powerpoints, solutions document
Quiz, MultiAttempt Practice, Journal
Final Exam
Chapters 11-15
To be scheduled
and completed
to finalize credit

GRADING:

GRADING SCALE

90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
Below 59% = F

GRADING INFORMATION:

The grading format is as follows:

  • Exams 50%
  • Lesson Quizzes 30%
  • MultiAttempt Practice in Mastering Chemistry 10%
  • "One More Thing" Journal 5%
  • Lesson Quiz Corrections 5%

FAILURE TO PASS THE FINAL EXAM WILL RESULT IN FAILURE OF THE COURSE.

TESTING INFORMATION:

A student who wishes to receive credit for an Independent Study course must take all required exams under the supervision of an approved test site official (a proctor). iStudy has a testing facility (DETL, the Distance Education Testing Center at UM) to proctor tests for students in the Oxford area. Students near Tupelo, Southaven, Grenada or Booneville can use our regional campus testing centers. Other students are allowed to take tests from any approved 2 or 4 year college or university. Testing centers and public libraries can also serve as proctors, but K-12 schools are not acceptable. More information is available on the iStudy website. If you are testing in Oxford, you need to submit a test application via Register Blast. The link to Register Blast can be found at the iStudy website. If you are not testing in Oxford, you need to submit an online test application via the iStudy website.

NOTE:

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

In an Independent Study course, a student's reading comprehension and written communication skills become even more important than in traditional lecture courses because they are the student's primary means of receiving knowledge and demonstrating mastery of that knowledge. Accordingly, reading comprehension and written communication skills are necessary for success in this course.

NOTE: after you've submitted a Blackboard quiz, you can view the results by first accessing the quiz as you did before and then clicking the "OK" button in the bottom right corner when prompted.

Online Attendance Verification: The University requires that online students show active virtual participation as a substitute for physical presence. Active participation is evaluated by submission of a graded assignment within the first two weeks of the course. Simply logging in to Blackboard does not count. For iStudy, you can show engagement by taking the syllabus quiz. You will be dropped from the class if you fail to take the quiz by the end of the second week after enrollment. If you have already submitted any other assignment, you do not need to take the quiz.

Videos: Each chapter contains at least one video, so you'll need speakers or headphones and the download capacity to watch short videos.

ADA AND STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES:

The University of Mississippi is committed to the creation of inclusive learning environments for all students. If there are aspects of the instruction or design of this course that result in barriers to your full inclusion and participation or to accurate assessment of your achievement, please contact the course instructor as soon as possible. Barriers may include, but are not necessarily limited to, timed exams and in-class assignments, difficulty with the acquisition of lecture content, inaccessible web content or the use of non-captioned or non-transcribed video and audio files. Students must also contact Student Disability Services at 662 - 915 - 7128 so that office can:

  1. provide you with an Instructor Notification form
  2. facilitate the removal of barriers
  3. ensure you have equal access to the same opportunities for success that are available to all students

For more information, please visit their website at http://www.olemiss.edu/depts/sds.

M BOOK: ACADEMIC DISHONESTY / Plagiarism:

You should not share your private personal passwords (for your Blackboard account or for your email) with anyone else, including brothers or sisters, boyfriends or girlfriends, or parents. Logs of all your activity within the Blackboard course environment, including the Internet location from which you are accessing Blackboard, are available to the instructor and to the Independent Study office. Any evidence of logins to a student's Blackboard course by someone other than the student will be treated as an act of academic dishonesty and will result, at minimum, with failure in the course; the student may also be subject to the more severe disciplinary actions outlined in The University Policy on Academic Dishonesty. (ACA.AR.600.001)

Academic Dishonesty is expressly prohibited by The University of Mississippi. See The University of Mississippi's M Book. This includes plagiarism and self-plagiarism. Plagiarism is not only prohibited by the university but it could also be a legal offense (ex: copyright, infringement, fraud, etc.).

To be absolutely clear, working with another person to answer submitted questions or any of the test questions is unacceptable. If it is determined that any student has violated this policy, the instructor will take the appropriate steps under The University of Mississippi's Academic Dishonesty policy. These range from failing the course to being suspended from The University of Mississippi.

If you have any questions about plagiarism please consult the web links below or contact the iStudy office.

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