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CHEM 1211

This is an archive of the Common Course Outlines prior to fall 2011. The current Common Course Outlines can be found at http://www.gpc.edu/programs/Common-Course-Outlines.
Credit Hours 3
Course Title Principles Of Chemistry I
Prerequisite(s) Exit or exemption from all Learning Support requirements and all ESL requirements except ENSL 0091; MATH 1113 with a
Corequisite(s) CHEM 1211L
Catalog Description
First course in a two-semester sequence covering the fundamental principles and applications of chemistry for science majors. Topics to be covered include composition of matter, stoichiometry, periodic relations, and nomenclature.

Expected Educational Results
At the completion of the lecture course, students should be able to:
1. use the mole concept
define the mole
use the mole concept to produce formulas and reactions
balance chemical reactions
understand stoichiometric relations
2. name simple ionic and covalent compounds and write correct formulas
3. know the structure of the atom  
know the relative charges and masses of subatomic particles
know what an isotope is
write electronic configurations for an atom or ion
use the periodic table and predict periodic properties
4. differentiate between ionic and covalent bonding
5. use models of the covalent bond to predict structure and properties: localized electron,
VB,VSEPR, MO
6. Apply the ideal gas laws
relate kinetic molecular theory to physical states of matter
use the gas laws to determine pressure, volume and molar quantities in a gas

General Education Outcomes
I. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communications as follows:
1. Students develop their reading comprehension skills by reading the text and handout
materials.
2. Students develop their listening skills through lecture and small group problem solving.
Lecture material is presented that is not included in the text or handout material and is
included as part of  the exams or test.
3. Students develop their reading and writing skills through the use of problems and activities
developed specifically to enhance their understanding of certain principles. Students
provide written or oral solutions to these problems in both individual and group format.
They must also deal with short-answer type questions on course exams.
II. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to mathematical concept usage
and applies the scientific method as follows.
Students must apply mathematical concepts in the solution of problems designed to
illustrate the chemical principle being taught. Analysis of graphically presented material
also test their mathematical skills as well as their ability to interpret and communicate
qualitative data.
III. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to demonstrating effective
individual and group problem solving and critical thinking skills in a variety of situations as
follows:
1. Students learn  individual and group problem solving  by doing problems both in classroom
settings and at home.
2. Critical thinking skills are encouraged in many ways, one of which is by requesting student
response to questions asked during the lecture.
IV. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to recognizing and applying
scientific inquiry in a variety of settings as follows:
1. Students apply the scientific method in the set-up and solution of the problems designed to
illustrate the chemical principle being taught.
2. Students use models that explain basic scientific method phenomenon and relate it to
everyday situations.
3. Students use conceptual and physical models to explore theory and relate it to preexisting
concepts.

Course Content
Stoichiometry
The Atom
The Mole Concept
Chemical Compounds
Chemical Reactions
Reactions in solution  
Atomic Structure and Chemical Periodicity    
The Bohr Atom
Quantum Theory
Orbital
Quantum numbers
Electronic configurations
The Periodic Table of the Elements                      
Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure      
Ionic Bonding
Covalent Bonding                  
Polar covalent bonding
Electronegativity
Lewis structures
Valence Bond theory
VSEPR theory
Molecular Orbital  
Gases                                                
Boyle's and Charles' Laws
The Ideal Gas Law
Kinetic Molecular theory
Real and Ideal gases
Dalton's Law of partial pressures
Liquids and Solids        
T-P one component phase diagram
Intermolecular and intramolecular forces
Thermochemistry (Optional)        
The First Law of Thermodynamics          
Heats of Reaction and Formation      

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
A. Course Grade
The course grade will be determined by the individual instructor (under the guidelines of the division) using a variety of methods such as quizzes, homework, group projects and exams.  Graded activities are designed to measure students' abilities to use higher order thinking skills in their understanding and applying of chemical concepts.  A comprehensive final exam is required.  This exam must count for no more than 25% of the course grade.
B. Program Assesment
The General Chemistry Program (lecture and laboratory) will be assessed every 3 years in the fall and spring semesters.  The committee will monitor the results of the assessment during non-assesment years and make curriculum revisions as necessary.  For this program assessment.
a. Key learning outcomes will be tested using an assessment tool such as the ACS examination for the lecture course
b. The laboratory course will also be assessed in conjunction with the lecture course using either a standardized tool or one composed by the General Chemistry faculty which has been piloted in previous semesters.
C. Use of Assessment Findings
The Chemistry Curriculum Committee will analyze the assessment data..  The committee will use assessment results to determine the effectiveness of the course by seeking answers to the following questions:
1. Are students performing at a pre-determined minimal level of performance on:
a. the course as a whole?
b. on individual learning outcomes?
2. Which learning outcomes are students' performance acceptable or above average?
3. Which learning outcomes are student's performance below minimal level of performance?
4. What factors are contributing to student performance on those learning outcomes below minimal level of performance?
5. What changes or modifications in course content or instructional strategies are needed to help improve student performance on learning outcomes below minimal level of performance?
D. Use of Assessment Findings
The Chemistry 1211 Assessment Committee will analyze the results of both the pilot testing and the formal assessment data as well as the attitudinal survey.  The committee will use assessment results to determine the effectiveness of the course by seeking answers to the following questions:
1. Are students performing at a pre-determined minimal level of performance on:
a. the course as a whole
b. on individual learning outcomes?
2. Which learning outcomes are students' performance acceptable or above average?
3. Which learning outcomes are student's performance below minimal level of performance?
4. What factors are contributing to student performance on those learning outcomes below
minimal level of performance?
5. What changes or modifications in course content or instructional strategies are needed to
help improve student performance on learning outcomes below minimal level of
performance?

April 11, 2005

Last Revised: Oct. 05, 2011
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