Science Prerequisites for Health Professionals

CHEM 1010: Medical General Chemistry I – Spring 2020

Credits - 4


This is a one-semester course with a laboratory designed for individuals with a baccalaureate degree who need first semester general chemistry as a prerequisite to apply for admission to health professions’ programs. These may include graduate programs in medicine, veterinary medicine, dental medicine, nursing, physical therapy and physician assistant.



  • Chemistry, The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change
    Silberberg & Amateis, 8th edition, McGraw – Hill

Optional Textbook

  • Student Study Guide to accompany Chemistry, The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change
    Silberberg & Amateis, 8th edition, McGraw – Hill

Textbook and Study Guide are available through our bookstore at

Dry-Erase Whiteboard with Marker and Eraser (Optional for Proctored Exams) 

This course permits the use of a dry-erase whiteboard for scratch work during one or more of your proctored exams. No scratch paper is permitted. The whiteboard must be purchased from the following seller.  

Mandatory UNE-approved webcam and whiteboard – To be used during proctored exams

Lab Material

It is mandatory for students enrolled in lab to order a lab kit.

The kit must be purchased directly through Hands-on Lab and cannot be purchased secondhand or from another vendor as the unique kit code is vital and is assigned to each student at the time of purchase.

Hands on Learning Lab Kit: LP-2172-CK-02: LabPaq, CK, 11 Labs

The kits MUST BE ORDERED IMMEDIATELY UPON ENROLLMENT in order to ensure materials are on hand for the start of the course.

Note: Kits can take 5–7 business days to arrive. On or after your course start date, you can go to the HOL Cloud link posted in the Blackboard announcements to register for your HOL course using these directions.

Follow the HOL Kit Ordering Information using the Hands-on Lab section link in the course.

Do not start any experiments until you read the instructions within the individual course modules. If you decide to return your LabPaq you will have to pay the return shipping charge plus a restocking fee.

Learning Objectives and Outcomes

Course Objectives

To give the student interested in the health professions an introduction to general chemistry emphasizing the concepts that will be important for and provide the basis for the subjects the student will encounter in his/her future studies. These subjects include components of matter, atomic theory, stoichiometry, chemical reactions and bonding, thermochemistry, gases, quantum theory, electron configuration, models of bonding, theories of covalent bonding and shapes of molecules.


On the course start date, students will have access to orientation. This must be completed to be able to gain access to the first module in the course. Students must complete the first module to gain access to the next one. We recommend that students spend about 15 hours per week to complete a course in 16 weeks. When trying to complete the course in less than 16 weeks, we typically see students do this successfully within 12-14 weeks. Instructors will be timely in grading and feedback, but it will not be instant.


Lectures and Laboratories

Course Details

“Learning general chemistry is similar to learning to play a sport or a musical instrument. The more you practice, the more proficient you will become.”

R. Rowe, 2006

Online Medical General Chemistry I is divided up into 16 weeks that follow the first 11 chapters of the textbook. Each week contains a reading assignment, a slide presentation with audio, homework assignment and lecture quiz. Most of the weeks will also contain a laboratory assignment.

Assigned Homework Problems

Each week contains assigned homework problems taken from the end of the chapter problems. Detailed solutions to all assigned homework problems can be found in the solution manual within each weekly folder. The homework problems will not be collected nor graded. It is strongly suggested that you work as many of the assigned problems as necessary for you to have a solid understanding of the concepts presented in the weekly lecture. The best way to prepare for a quiz or an exam in chemistry is to work and rework end of the chapter problems. You may work more problems than are assigned if you feel you need more work in a specific area.

Laboratory Assignments

Most of the modules include a laboratory assignment. The laboratory assignments for each week are in each weekly folder as well as in Lecture/Lab schedule at the end of this syllabus. You will perform all laboratory assignments in a non-laboratory setting, such as your kitchen. There will be 10 laboratory assignments distributed throughout the course. The laboratory assignments are completed in the HOL Cloud website and include pre-lab questions, the experiment, evaluation exercises, post-lab quiz questions, and post-lab extension questions.

One originally written lab report turned in as a Word document or .pdf file in Blackboard, is assigned for the Stoichiometry of a Precipitation Reaction experiment. Guidelines for writing a lab report can be found in the document “How to Write Lab Notes and Lab Reports” published by Hands-on Labs

Discussion Board Posts

Discussion questions cover interesting current events or materials that contribute to a deeper understanding of key concepts and allow you to interact with your classmates and the instructor. There are a total of three required discussion questions throughout the quarter that constitute 12% of your final grade. Most of the discussion questions are designed to accompany particular chapters (see specific discussion questions for more information). Each question will require you to conduct internet research, read additional materials (a short journal or magazine article), visit a specific webpage, OR view a short video. Then you will write a response following the guidelines in the assignment.

To earn full credit: you will need to post a response, respond to the original posts of at least two other students, and then contribute to an ongoing discussion. For special cases where one or two students are accelerating faster through the course, the instructor will participate in the discussion so that everyone has the opportunity to interact.

Discussion Question Guidelines

  1. Read the assignment carefully so that you are familiar with the materials that you need to cover and how to craft your post.
  2. Respect each other’s ideas, feelings, and experience. Some of the questions involve areas of disagreement. Expect your classmates to have different opinions.
  3. Use proper writing style. Correct spelling and sentence structure are expected just as if you were writing a regular paper. Use spell check and grammar check before you submit.
  4. Write your posting in a word document! That way you can save a copy and use spell check and grammar check.
  5. Cite the sources that you use to write your response. Follow the AMA guidelines.
  6. Avoid posting large blocks of text. Break your writing into paragraphs and use a space between paragraphs to make your posting easier to read online.
  7. Subscribe to the discussion so that you get email updates when there is activity.
  8. Use the “reply” button rather than the “compose” button when responding to someone else’s post.
  9. When responding to a classmate, address them by name.
  10. Do not use postings such as “I agree,” “I don’t know either,” or “ditto.” They do not add to the discussion, take up space on the Discussions, and will not be counted.
  11. Everyone benefits from an active discussion. Check back in frequently to see what others are saying.
  12. Plan your time carefully. You will need to give your classmates time to respond to your postings. This is an asynchronous class where students will be in different points of the class.

Examination and Grading Information

Module Quizzes

All lecture quizzes are open book and open notes. You can take up to 30 minutes to complete the 10 multiple-choice lecture quiz. Although the quizzes are open book and open notes, you need to study the material and work the problems in order to do well on the quizzes. The quizzes will be taken online through the course Blackboard site. Doing well on the quizzes will help prepare you for the timed-proctored mid-term and final lab exam.

Mid-Term and Final Lecture and Lab Exams

You must purchase the Official UNE External Webcam to take your proctored examinations. Remember to order your webcam at least three weeks prior to scheduling your first proctored exam.

For all exams, you must review the Proctored Examinations information and requirements in the Policies section of this syllabus.

The midterm and final exams are CLOSED book, CLOSED notes, timed and proctored. The only resource you are permitted to use is the PDF provided by your instructors for this specific exam. You will be required to open it in front of your proctor just before you start your exam. It must be a digital copy; no printed copies are allowed. You will also be allowed to use a UNE-authorized whiteboard (see Materials Section, above). You will be required to show your proctor that your whiteboard is clear at the beginning of your testing session, and you must erase your whiteboard in front of the proctor before disconnecting from your session. If you do not do this, your exam will not be credited.

You may also use a stand-alone scientific, non-programmable calculator.

All exams consist of 50 multiple choice questions and you are allowed up to 180 minutes to complete each exam.

The weekly lecture quizzes are graded immediately. The midterm exam should be taken after you have completed the assessments for week 7. The final lecture and lab exams should not be taken until all the other assignments are completed. You do not need to take the final lecture and lab exam on the same day, but you can if you like.  Final exams taken online with Proctor U will be graded immediately. While you will see your midterm and final exam score, you will not have access to your exams once you have submitted it for a grade.  No exams will be released to the students.

The letter grades translate to the following numerical grades:

Grading Policy

Your grade in this course will be determined by the following criteria:

Grade Breakdown

Lab Component Grade Breakdown
10 Lab Assignments40%
Lab Report - Stoichiometry of a Precipitation Reaction20%
Lab Exam40%
Lecture Component Breakdown
14 Weekly Quizzes28%
Midterm Exam30%
Final Exam30%

Grade Scale

Grade Points Grade Point Average (GPA)
A 94 – 100% 4.00
A- 90 – 93% 3.75
B+ 87 – 89% 3.50
B 84 – 86% 3.00
B- 80 – 83% 2.75
C+ 77 – 79% 2.50
C 74 – 76% 2.00
C- 70 – 73% 1.75
D 64 – 69% 1.00
F 00 – 63% 0.00


Course Outline

This course is designed to be completed in a 16-week period, just like an on-campus General Chemistry I course. One week in this online course is equivalent to 3-50 minute lectures in a traditional classroom setting. The general rule of studying for science courses is to spend 3 hours studying for every one hour that you are in class. Therefore, the suggested study time for each module is 9 hours above and beyond the time it takes to listen to the lecture. Please refer to the schedule below for the suggested schedule of lectures and the accompanying laboratory exercises. Students may complete the course in less than 16 weeks.

Week Title Textbook Chapter Laboratory Assignment
1 Keys to the Study of Chemistry 1 Laboratory Techniques & Measurements and Math and Graphing Prep
2 The Components of Matter 2 Separation of a Mixture of Solids
3 The Components of Matter 2 Naming Ionic and Molecular Compounds
4 Stoichiometry of Formulas and Equations 3 Molarity: Conversions and Mass Determination
5 Stoichiometry of Formulas and Equations 3 NA
6 Three Major Classes of Chemical Reactions 4 Stoichiometry of a Precipitation Reaction
7 Three Major Classes of Chemical Reactions 4 Chemical Reactions
8 Mid-term Exam 1-4 NA
9 Gases and the Kinetic Molecular Theory 5 Boyle’s Law
10 Thermochemistry: Energy Flow and Chemical Change 6 Hess’s Law
11 Quantum Theory and Atomic Structure 7 Quantitative Spectroscope and Visible Light
12 Electron Configuration and Chemical Periodicity 8 NA
13 Models of Chemical Bonding 9 NA
14 The Shapes of Molecules 10 Molecular Modeling and Lewis Structures
15 Theories of Covalent Bonding 11 NA
16 Final Lecture and Lab Exam    


Student Resources

Student Portal: Your Best UNE Resource

We created the UNE Online Student Portal, specifically for you, to be a useful collection of information to support you as you navigate your online course(s).

From the UNE Online Student Portal, you can access:

  • Blackboard/Brightspace
  • Technical Support
  • Library
  • Bookstore
  • UNE Email
  • U-Online

The portal also features:

  • Dates to Remember
  • Support and Services
  • Contact information for your Support Specialist
  • Academic Resources - links to the Academic Calendar, Registrar and Academic Calendar
  • Financial - links to eBilling, Financial Aid and Student Accounts

Instructor and Support Contact Information

Check Blackboard/Brightspace for specific instructor and support specialist contact information.

Further Assistance

Your student service advisor monitors course progression and provides assistance or guidance when needed. They can assist questions regarding ordering course materials, University policies, billing, navigating the course in Blackboard/Brightspace, and more.

Student Lounge

The Student Lounge Discussion Board is a designated support forum in which students may engage with each other and grapple with course content. Feel free to post questions, seek clarification, and support each other, but be mindful of UNE's Academic Integrity Policy.

Your instructor will monitor this forum. However, if you are seeking specific and timely answers to questions about course content or your personal grades, please contact your instructor via course messages. For questions about course materials, program policy, and how to navigate and proceed through the course, please contact your Student Service Advisor through the Student Portal.


Any student who would like to request, or ask any questions regarding, academic adjustments or accommodations must contact the Student Access Center at (207) 221-4438 or Student Access Center staff will evaluate the student's documentation and determine eligibility of accommodation(s) through the Student Access Center registration procedure.


Proctored Examinations

The University of New England has contracted with ProctorU to provide students with the most convenient online exam proctoring system. This system provides a simple, no cost to the student, secure, online proctor for exams and allows the student to take all the exams at home and on their own schedule.

Upon enrollment into the course, each student will register with ProctorU and establish a login name and password. This will give the student access to all of ProctorU's services. When ready, students will schedule each of their proctored exams with ProctorU. Exams must be scheduled at least 72 hours in advance to avoid fees. Prior to taking their exams, students must be sure that they have downloaded the ProctorU Chrome or Firefox extension and are using the most current version of Chrome or Firefox. They must also be sure their testing site's connection meets the minimum requirements by using ProctorU's "Test It Out" utility.

Upon the exam day and hour, students will log in to ProctorU and click on "exams". After following the procedures outlined at ProctorU's web site, the student will log in to Blackboard/Brightspace and locate their correct exam. The proctor will then allow student access to that exam.

Students must use ProctorU and must follow all proctoring requirements for their exams to be credited.

Proctored exams are not available for review at any time. You will not be able to see the questions, nor the answers you've given, after completing the exams. Please contact your instructor for specific feedback.

Course Discussions

Discussion board assignments cover interesting current events or materials related to this course that contribute to a deeper understanding of key concepts and allow you to interact with your classmates and the instructor. Each assignment may require you to conduct internet research, read additional materials (a short journal or magazine article), visit a specific webpage, AND/OR view a short video prior to writing a response following the specific guidelines in the assignment.

To earn full credit: you will need to post a response to the discussion topic, respond to the original posts of at least two other students, and then contribute meaningfully to an ongoing discussion. You will need to post your initial response before you will see any posts from your classmates. Please keep in mind that only this initial response is included in your assignment grade, so make sure you have followed all of the guidelines and written a complete response prior to submitting the post. For special cases where one or two students are accelerating faster through the course, the instructor will participate in the discussion so that everyone has the opportunity to interact.

Please see Blackboard/Brightspace for a full description, along with specific guidelines, for each assignment. Discussion board assignments should be completed, along with all other assignments in the course, in the order that they appear. Due to the course design, you may be unable to take a proctored exam if you do not complete all assignments that appear prior to that exam.

Please also refer to the Grading Policy/Grade Breakdown section of the syllabus to learn the percentage of your grade that each discussion board assignment is worth.

Technology Requirements

Please review the technical requirements for UNE Online Graduate Programs:

Course Length

A schedule of lectures and assignments is included in this syllabus. This is, however a self-paced course and you can complete the course in less time.

  1. Courses in the SPHP program are equivalent to one-semester courses designed to be completed in 16 weeks
  2. Enrollment in the course begins the day your section opens which is listed in the Academic Calendar found on the Student Success Portal.
  3. Course start and end dates are in respect to Eastern Time.

Withdrawal and Refund Policies

Please visit this page to review the withdrawal and refund policies.

Grade Policy

Students are expected to attempt and complete all graded assignments and proctored exams by the end date of the course. To view the incomplete grade policy, please click here.


Due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, only the student may request official transcripts. This may be done online by going to the University of New England Registrar website and following the directions on the page.

To view your unofficial UNE student transcript:

  1. Log into uonline at
  2. Select Student Services
  3. Select Student Records
  4. Select Academic Transcript

To request your official UNE student transcript:

Please review your Unofficial Transcript prior to requesting an Official Transcript.

  1. Log into uonline at
  2. Select Student Services
  3. Select Student Records
  4. Select Request Printed/Official Transcript
  5. Follow the prompts

After you click Submit Request, your official transcript will be put into the queue to be printed in the Registrar’s Office.

Academic Integrity

The University of New England values academic integrity in all aspects of the educational experience. Academic dishonesty in any form undermines this standard and devalues the original contributions of others. It is the responsibility of all members of the University community to actively uphold the integrity of the academy; failure to act, for any reason, is not acceptable.

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to the following:

  1. Cheating, copying, or the offering or receiving of unauthorized assistance or information.
  2. Fabrication or falsification of data, results, or sources for papers or reports.
  3. Action which destroys or alters the work of another student.
  4. Multiple submission of the same paper or report for assignments in more than one course without permission of each instructor.
  5. Plagiarism, the appropriation of records, research, materials, ideas, or the language of other persons or writers and the submission of them as one's own.

Charges of academic dishonesty will be reviewed by the Program Director. Penalties for students found responsible for violations may depend upon the seriousness and circumstances of the violation, the degree of premeditation involved, and/or the student’s previous record of violations. Appeal of a decision may be made to the Dean whose decision will be final. Student appeals will take place through the grievance process outlined in the student handbook.