CHEM 201 Environmental Chemistry I

CHEM 201 IS Sec 2, University of Mississippi
[See UM Catalog for Description]

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.

Contact Information:

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Course Description

This course provides the non-science major a contemporary survey of chemistry topics related to environmental concerns (for example, energy, water pollution, air pollution, recycling). Students completing this course should be able to demonstrate logical thinking skills, to apply basic chemical concepts to societal problems, and to apply their chemical knowledge to personal decisions involving environmental and consumer issues.

No attempt will be made to teach a rigorous course in chemical principles. Formulas, equations, and structures will be used only as required to illustrate adequately the topics being discussed. Environmental Chemistry has no prerequisite and may not be counted toward a major or a minor in chemistry by University of Mississippi students.

Chemistry 201 is comprised of 14 lessons. The student is expected to complete each lesson in its proper order before going on to the next. 

Textbook Information:

Textbook information will be provided upon enrollment in your iStudy course.

Course Objectives:

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: What students should be able to do as a result of successfully completing your class.
Objectives include (but are not limited to):

  1. To motivate students to learn some fundamentals of environmental chemistry because knowing it is important and relevant to their lives.
  2. To lead students to discover some theoretical and practical applications of chemistry to environmental issues.
  3. To empower students to locate and address technical issues
  4. To help students develop their analytical skills, critical judgements, and abilities to recognize and assess risks and benefits.

Course Outline:

This course consists of 13 instructional modules within 5 unit modules and 2 proctored examinations.

You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.

*NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Unit

Lesson

Reading Assignments

Due for Grades

Pacing Guide
to complete the course in a traditional semester

 

Start Here

*You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.*NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Syllabus Quiz

Week 1

 

0

Introduction

Discussion board

Week 1

Unit 1

1

Chapter 1: Portable Electronics: The Periodic Table in the Palm of your Hand

Quiz & Quiz Correction

Week 1

2

Chapter 2: The Air We Breathe

Quiz & Quiz Correction

Week 2

3

Chapter 3: Radiation from the Sun

Quiz & Quiz Correction

Week 3

4

Chapter 4: Climate Change

Quiz & Quiz Correction

Week 4

Unit Activities

Muddiest Point Journal and Infographic Dropboxes

Muddiest Point Journal & Infographic Dropboxes

Week 4

Course Exam 1

Covers chapters 1-4

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding

Week 5

Unit 2

5

Chapter 5: Energy from Combustion

Quiz & Quiz Correction

Week 5

6

Chapter 6: Energy from Alternative Sources

Quiz & Quiz Correction

 Week 6

7

Chapter 7: Energy Storage

Quiz & Quiz Correction

 Week 7

MIDPOINT OF COURSE

If you are a semester student, you must reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your information.
If you are a Flex UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the exam has been submitted.

All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course

The exact date semester students are required to reach the midpoint is specified in your information.

Unit 2 Cont.

8

Chapter 8: Water Everywhere: A Most Precious Resource

Quiz & Quiz Correction

Week 8

9

Chapter 9: The World of Polymers and Plastics

Quiz & Quiz Correction

 Week 9

Unit Activities

Muddiest Point Journal and Infographic Dropboxes

Muddiest Point Journal & Infographic Dropboxes

Week 9

Course Exam 2

Covers chapters 5-9

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding

Week 10

Unit 3

10

Chapter 10: Brewing and Chewing

Quiz & Quiz Correction

 Week 11

11

Chapter 11: Nutrition

Quiz & Quiz Correction

 Week 12

12

Chapter 12: Health & Medicine

Quiz & Quiz Correction

 Week 13

13

Chapter 13: Genes and Life

Quiz & Quiz Correction

 Week 14

14

Chapter 14: Who Killed Dr. Thompson? A Forensic Mystery

Quiz & Quiz Correction

Week 15

Unit Activities

Muddiest Point Journal and Infographic Dropboxes

Muddiest Point Journal & Infographic Dropboxes

Week 15

Final Exam

Non-comprehensive exam that covers chapters 10-14 (ensure all work is completed and graded prior to scheduling this exam)

To be scheduled
and completed
to finalize credit

Week 16

Grading:

GRADING SCALE: It is the policy of the School of Accountancy not to use the +/- grading scale.
A 90-100%
A- 88-89.9%
B+ 85-87.9%
B 80-84.9%
B- 78-79.9%
C+ 75-77.9%
C 70-74.9%
C- 68-69.9%
D 60-67.9%
F Below 60

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

You must submit the lessons required to take the course exam(s). Lessons required but not submitted will receive a grade of zero. For the final exam, all coursework must be submitted and graded.