Science Prerequisites for Health Professionals

CHEM 1010: General Chemistry I – Lecture

Credits - 3 (Lecture)


Online General Chemistry I is designed to give the student an introduction to general chemistry. The concepts covered in this course include components of matter, atomic theory, stoichiometry, chemical reactions and bonding, thermochemistry, gases, quantum theory, electron configuration, models of bonding, theories of covalent bonding, shapes of molecules and intermolecular forces of liquids, and solids. The course is designed to take lecture and lab concurrently for four credits. However, students have the option to take lecture only (three credits) or lab only (one credit) Course Pre Req: One semester of College Algebra.



OpenStax Chemistry 2e, available for free in Brightspace.


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-compliant external webcam and whiteboard – To be used during proctored exams

Learning Objectives and Outcomes

Program Outcomes

In lecture courses, students should be able to:

  • Communicate scientific concepts and information clearly.
  • Illustrate fundamental laws, theories, and principles of scientific disciplines.
  • Apply knowledge and critical thinking skills to scientific problems.

In lab courses, students should be able to:

  • Ask a question or define a problem that can be tested.
  • Hypothesize possible result(s).
  • Plan and/or conduct an investigation individually and/or collaboratively to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence.
  • Analyze data using tools, technologies, and/or models (i.e. computational, mathematical, graphical, etc.) in order to make valid and reliable scientific claims or determine an optimal design solution.
  • Communicate the results by constructing an explanation based on multiple pieces of valid and reliable evidence obtained from a variety of sources (including students’ own investigations, models, theories, simulations, peer review) and the assumption that theories and laws that describe the natural world operate today as they did in the past and will continue to do so in the future.
  • Apply scientific ideas, principles, and/or evidence gained from various experiments, as well as other observations and/or research, to provide an explanation of phenomena and solve design problems, taking into account possible unanticipated effects.

Course Objectives

After completing the lecture section, students should be able to:

  1. Define and apply parts of the scientific method.
  2. Describe the fundamental properties of atoms, molecules, and physical states of matter.
  3. Perform calculations that relate atoms, molecules, moles, and mass.
  4. Trace the flow of energy in chemical reactions and perform energy calculations.
  5. Identify the organizing principles of elements in the periodic table and use these to predict trends in atomic properties.
  6. Relate basic quantum mechanical principles to electronic structure and chemical bonding.
  7. Convert quantities in related units and systems of measurement.
  8. Calculate solution concentrations and perform dilution calculations.
  9. Balance chemical reactions and use the balanced reactions to calculate reaction yields.
  10. Identify and classify precipitation, acid-base, and redox reactions.
  11. Predict the shapes of molecules with a single central atom.
  12. Use the ideal gas law to calculate the properties of gases.


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.


Course Details

The General Chemistry I course is divided into 16 weeks. Each week contains a reading assignment and homework problems that address the course objectives. There are several short lecture videos that cover some of the major concepts covered that week. There is a lecture quiz each week. Three discussion questions are spread throughout the course.

Assigned Reading and Homework Problems

Each week’s Learning Module includes a reading assignment within each chapter that covers the specific course objectives for the week. Every chapter includes “Guided Notes”, a document that can be downloaded from the “Course Text” section in the course. Within the reading there are practice problems that should be worked as you move along. The assigned homework problems from the end of the chapter will allow you to review the material that was covered. Be sure to ask your instructor for help with any problems that you do not understand. Also, there are many more problems at the end of the chapter. You should work through problems other than those assigned in any area where you feel extra practice is necessary.

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 found in weeks 1, 6, and 15. Most of the discussion questions are designed to accompany particular chapters (see specific discussion questions for more information). Each question may require you to conduct internet research. 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. Create your post in a word document initially. 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 lower your grade.
  11. Everyone benefits from an active discussion. Check back 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.

Weekly Quizzes

All weekly lecture quizzes are open book and open notes. You can take up to 30 minutes to complete each of the 10 multiple-choice lecture quizzes. 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 Brightspace site. Doing well on the quizzes will help prepare you for the midterm and final exam, which are timed and proctored. The quizzes are graded immediately and you may access your graded quizzes at any time in the Learning Module folder by clicking on the quiz attempt. This will allow you to use the quizzes to study for your midterm or final.

Lecture Midterm and Final Exam

The midterm and final exams are CLOSED book, CLOSED notes, timed and proctored by ProctorU. If you use the official UNE 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 will also be required to set up a UNE-authorized webcam as described above in the “Materials” section.  

You may use:

  • The provided PDF entitled “Chem 1010 Exam Information and Equations”
  • The official UNE whiteboard, marker, and eraser
  • A stand-alone scientific, non-programmable calculator
  • Nothing else

Detailed instructions for registering for your exams with ProctorU are located under “Student Resources” in Brightspace’s Welcome and Getting Started module.

The lecture midterm and final each consists of 40 multiple choice questions and you can have up to 120 minutes to complete them.  

Your exam scores will be available after you take the exam, but exams will not be released to students for review. Please contact your instructor for specific feedback.

Grading Policy

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

Grade Breakdown

CategoryPoints Available
Lecture Component
Weekly Quizzes28%
Midterm Exam30%
Final Exam30%
Lecture Total100%

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







  • Describe the scientific method
  • Classify matter and describe the changes that it undergoes
  • Perform mathematical manipulations using dimensional analysis with correct units and significant figures

Chapter 1 (Sections 1.1-1.6)

Week 1 Quiz, Discussion


  • Describe subatomic particles that compose atoms
  • Write and interpret symbols that depict atomic number, mass number, and charge of an atom or ion
  • Calculate atomic mass and isotopic abundance
  • Symbolize the composition of molecules using molecular and empirical formulas

Chapter 2a (Sections 2.1-2.4)

Week 2 Quiz


  • Predict the general properties of elements based on their location within the periodic table
  • Name ionic and covalent compounds and predict and write formulas for some compounds

Chapter 2b (Sections 2.5-2.7)

Week 3 Quiz


  • Calculate formula masses for covalent and ionic compounds
  • Perform mole conversion problems and use the mole concept to determine chemical composition
  • Determine percent composition, empirical formula, and molecular formula

Chapter 3a (Sections 3.1-3.2)

Week 4 Quiz


  • Describe the fundamental properties of solutions
  • Calculate solution concentrations and perform dilution calculations
  • Describe various concentration units and convert among them

Chapter 3b (Sections 3.3-3.4)

Week 5 Quiz


  • Define the parts of chemical equations and derive chemical equations from narrative descriptions 
  • Write and balance chemical equations in molecular, total ionic, and net ionic formats
  • Define and recognize precipitation, acid-base, and redox reactions
  • Predict the solubility of inorganic compounds using solubility rules
  • Compute the oxidation states for elements in compounds and recognize oxidation and reduction in reactions

Chapter 4a (4.1-4.2)

Week 6 Quiz, Discussion


  • Use balanced chemical equations to perform stoichiometric calculations involving mass, moles, and solution molarity
  • Differentiate the concepts of theoretical yield and actual yield, and calculate the percent yield for a reaction
  • Perform stoichiometric calculations using titration, gravimetric, and combustion analysis data

Chapter 4b (4.3-4.5)

Week 7 Quiz




Midterm Exam


  • Determine the role of energy in physical and chemical change
  • Perform calculations involving heat, specific heat, and temperature change
  • Calculate and interpret heat and related properties using constant pressure calorimetry data
  • Define enthalpy, explain Hess’s law, and compute reaction enthalpies

Chapter 5

Week 9 Quiz


  • Use appropriate equations to calculate related light-wave properties such as frequency, wavelength, and energy
  • Describe the Bohr model of the hydrogen atom
  • Extend the concept of wave–particle duality that was observed in electromagnetic radiation to matter as well
  • List and describe the traits of the four quantum numbers that form the basis for completely specifying the state of an electron in an atom

Chapter 6a (6.1-6.3)

Week 10 Quiz


  • Describe the energy levels of orbital subshells and the order that electrons fill the subshells
  • Derive the predicted ground-state electron configuration of atoms in orbital diagrams, full electron configurations, and abbreviated electron configurations
  • Describe and explain the observed trends in atomic size, ionization energy, and electron affinity of the elements

Chapter 6b (6.4-6.5)

Week 11 Quiz


  • Explain the formation of cations, anions, and ionic compounds
  • Predict the charge of common metallic and nonmetallic elements, and write their electron configurations
  • Define electronegativity and assess the polarity of covalent bonds
  • Draw Lewis structures depicting the bonding in simple molecules

Chapter 7a (7.1-7.3)

Week 12 Quiz


  • Compute formal charges and use them to identify the most reasonable Lewis structure for a given molecule
  • Explain the concept of resonance and draw Lewis structures representing resonance forms for a given molecule
  • Describe the energetics of covalent and ionic bond formation and breakage
  • Predict the structures of small molecules using valence shell electron pair repulsion (VSEPR) theory

Chapter 7b (7.4-7.6)

Week 13 Quiz


  • Use valence bond theory to describe the formation of covalent bonds in terms of atomic orbital overlap
  • Explain the concept of atomic orbital hybridization and determine the hybrid orbitals associated with various molecular geometries
  • Describe multiple covalent bonding in terms of atomic orbital overlap
  • Outline the basic quantum-mechanical approach to deriving molecular orbitals from atomic orbitals
  • Write molecular electron configurations for first- and second-row diatomic molecules and calculate bond orders based on molecular electron configurations

Chapter 8

Week 14 Quiz


  • Define and convert among units of pressure
  • Use the ideal gas law to compute the values of various gas properties under static conditions and when changes in conditions occur
  • Perform stoichiometric calculations involving gaseous substances and partial pressures

Chapter 9 (9.1-9.3)

Week 15 Quiz, Discussion




Final Exam

Student Resources


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.

Online Student Support

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Questions? Visit the Student Support Science Prerequisites page

Instructor and Support Contact Information

Check 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 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.


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 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 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 Programs: Technical Requirements

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 the enrollment 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. View the incomplete grade policy..


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To view your unofficial UNE student transcript:

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  2. Select Student Services
  3. Select Student Records
  4. Select Academic Transcript

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

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  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.