CHEM 103 Survey of Chemistry I

CHEM 103 IS Sec 3, 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 Professor and Associate Coordinator 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:

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. You can expect a response within 72 hours, although it may be longer on weekends. Many instructors reply within 24 hours.

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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 103 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
To help students develop their analytical skills, critical judgements, and abilities to recognize and assess risks and benefits.

Course Outline:

This course consists of 14 instructional modules (or lessons) and 3 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:
90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
Below 59% = F

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.