Syllabus

Science Prerequisites for Health Professionals

CHEM 1011: General Chemistry II

Credits - 3 (Lecture), 1 (Lab)

Description

This is the second-semester general chemistry course with a laboratory designed for individuals with a baccalaureate degree who need the second-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.

Materials

Textbooks

OpenStax Chemistry 2e, available for free in Blackboard.

Resources

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.

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.

For help ordering your HOL Kit, please follow the “Getting Started with Hands-On Labs” guide in Blackboard. For customer service concerns, please use the HOL dedicated phone line (720-360-4034).

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.

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

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 of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the properties of solids, liquids, solutions, and colloids.
  2. Describe the fundamentals of equilibria, including gas, solution, and acid-base equilibria.
  3. Identify the thermodynamic and kinetic forces that determine if a reaction will occur, how quickly it will proceed, and the extent to which it will proceed.
  4. Describe the basics of electrochemistry, identify the parts of an electrochemical cell, and perform calculations with electrochemical reactions
  5. Relate the properties and structures of non-metals, metals, metalloids, and their compounds.
  6. Identify the structures of organic functional groups and naming conventions for simple organic molecules.
  7. Describe the structure of the nucleus and nuclear processes.

After completing the lab section of this course, students will be able to: 

  1. Utilize basic scientific equipment safely and accurately.
  2. Make, record, and report experimental observations.
  3. Create and analyze Excel-based graphs of experimental data.
  4. Perform calculations based upon collected data.
  5. Describe many aspects of various physical and chemical equilibria, including their kinetics and energy considerations.
  6. Relate properties and reactivity of some inorganic 
  7. and organic compounds.
  8. Effectively communicate experimental information in a scientific writing style.

Assignments

Course Details

The General Chemistry II 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. Most of the weeks include a laboratory assignment for those students taking the laboratory course. 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 in the “Course Text” section of your use. 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.

Laboratory Assignments

Most of the weeks include a laboratory assignment. The laboratory assignments for each week are in that week’s Learning Module folder as well as in the Laboratory folder. You will perform all laboratory assignments in a non-laboratory setting, such as your kitchen. The labs include two prerequisite labs that can be done before the lab kits arrives, and 11 graded laboratory assignments distributed throughout the course. The laboratory assignments are completed in the HOL Cloud website and include pre-lab questions, the experiment, and post-lab evaluation questions. There is a lab video which accompanies each lab. This will give you some details about the lab and suggestions for things that will make the lab go smoothly. It will also connect the lab to the chemistry content.  Parts of the lab are graded automatically within HOL. Data and free response questions are graded by your instructor.  

One originally written lab report turned in as a Word document or .pdf file in Blackboard, is assigned for the “Titration for Acetic Acid in Vinegar” experiment, found in Week 7. 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. This can be found in the Week #7 Lab folder.

There will be two required lab discussion question posts. These will occur in Weeks 3 and 14 of the lecture course. They are designed to allow you to make some personal connection to the lab content and may require some Internet research. The same criteria will be used for lab posts that is described above for those found in the lecture course.

There will be a lab final that covers the objectives from each of the required labs.  Exam details are given below.

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 Blackboard 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, Lab 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 Blackboard’s left-hand menu.

The lecture midterm, lecture final, and lab 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

Assignment CategoryGrade
Lecture Component
Weekly Quizzes28%
Discussion12%
Midterm Exam30%
Final Exam30%
Total100%
Lab Component
Lab Assignments35%
Lab Discussions 10%
Lab Report20%
Lab Final Exam35%
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

Schedule

Week

Objectives

Readings/Resources

Assignments

1

  • Identify the types of intermolecular forces, including dispersion, dipole-dipole, and hydrogen bonding 
  • Relate properties of liquids to their intermolecular forces
  • Describe the role of intermolecular forces in changes of state and determine the energy involved in changes
  • Use phase diagrams to identify stable phases under specific conditions and to describe transitions
  • Relate characteristics of ionic, molecular, metallic, and covalent network solids

Chapter 10 (Sections 10.1-10.5)

Lecture: Week 1 Quiz, Week 1 Discussion

Lab: Prerequisite labs (Laboratory Safety, Getting Started)

2

  • Describe the dissolution process and the energy involved in terms of the forces of their components.
  • Relate properties of electrolytes to solute/solvent interactions
  • Identify factors that affect the solution process
  • Define colligative properties and predict changes in solutions due to these properties
  • Describe the composition, properties, and applications of colloids.

Chapter 11 (Sections 11.1-11.5)

Lecture: Week 2 Quiz

Lab: Colligative Properties and Osmotic Pressure

3

  • Calculate rates for chemical reactions
  • Describe the effects of chemical nature, physical state, temperature, concentration and catalysis on reaction rate.
  • Use rate and concentration data to determine reaction order and derive rate laws
  • Perform integrated rate law calculations for zero, first, and second order reactions

Chapter 12a (Sections 12.1-12.4)

Lecture: Week 3 Quiz

Lab: Reaction Order & Rate Laws

4

  • Relate collision theory to factors that affect the rate of chemical reactions.
  • Define activation energy, transition states, and perform calculations with the Arrhenius equation.
  • Identify molecularity and derive a rate law based upon a given reaction mechanism.
  • Identify the role of catalysis in reactions.

Chapter 12b (Sections 12.5-12.7)

Lecture: Week 4 Quiz

No lab

5

  • Describe the dynamic nature of equilibrium.
  • Derive reaction quotients from homogeneous and heterogeneous chemical reactions
  • Calculate quotients and the equilibrium constant from concentrations and pressures.
  • Predict the effect of stressing a system at equilibrium using LeChatelier’s Principle.
  • Perform calculations to determine equilibrium concentrations or the equilibrium constant.

Chapter 13

Lecture: Week 5 Quiz

Lab: Equilibrium and LeChatelier’s Principle

6

  • Write equations for acid and base ionization for Bronsted-Lowry acid-base pairs.
  • Use Kw for calculating the concentrations of hydronium and hydroxide concentrations.
  • Classify solutions as acid, base, or neutral based upon pH and POH concentrations
  • Perform calculations relating to pH and pOH
  • Perform equilibrium calculations on acid-base systems.

Chapter 14a (14.1-14.3)

Lecture: Week 6 Quiz

Lab: Determination of Ka for a Weak Acid, Week 6 Discussion 

7

  • Classify salts as acid, base or neutral.
  • Perform calculations when acid or base is added to a buffer system.
  • Describe characteristics of titration curves
  • Calculate pH at various stages of a titration
  • Describe characteristics of acid/base indicators 

Chapter 14b (14.4, 14.6-14.7)

Lecture: Week 7 Quiz

Lab: Titration for Acetic Acid in Vinegar (lab and lab report)

8

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NA

Lecture: Midterm Exam

9

  • Calculate Ksp and perform calculations involving Ksp, Qsp, and solubility.
  • Describe practical examples of the common ion effect.
  • Identify coupled chemical equilibria

Chapter 15.1 & 15.3

Lecture: Week 9 Quiz, Week 9 Discussion

Lab: Determination of Water Hardness Using a Titrator

10

  • Differentiate spontaneous and nonspontaneous reactions in terms of energy distribution
  • Describe the relationship between thermodynamics and kinetics
  • Define entropy and predict the sign of entropy for chemical and physical processes

Chapter 16.1-16.2

Lecture: Week 10 Quiz

No lab

11

  • Define the second and third laws of thermodynamics
  • Define Gibbs free energy and describe its relationship to spontaneity
  • Calculate free energy change using enthalpy, entropy, free energies of formation, and enthalpies of formation
  • Describe the role of temperature on spontaneity
  • Relate standard free energy changes to equilibrium and calculate Keq using Gibbs free energy

16.3-16.4

Lecture: Week 11 Quiz

Lab: Oxidation/Reduction Activity Series

12

  • Describe the function of a galvanic cell and its parts
  • Calculate cell potentials from half reactions, predicting spontaneity.
  • Perform calculations using the relationship between cell potential, free energy, and Keq.
  • Use the Nernst equation to determine cell potential under nonstandard conditions.
  • Describe the electrochemistry associated with some common batteries, fuel cells, and corrosion.

17.1-17.6

Lecture: Week 12 Quiz

Lab: Electrochemical Cells and Cell Potentials, Week 12 Discussion

13

  • Classify elements and predict their properties based on their electronic structure and position in the periodic table
  • Describe the properties and occurrence of representative metals, metalloids, and nonmetals

18.1-18.4

Lecture: Week 13 Quiz

Lab: Anions, Cations, and Ionic Reactions

14

  • Describe the basic structure of organic molecules
  • Name saturated and unsaturated hydrocarbons, including molecules with alkyl and halogen substitutions
  • Identify alcohols, ethers, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, esters, amides, and amines

20.1-20.4

Lecture: Week 14 Quiz

Lab: Naming Organic Compounds;  Stereochemistry 1, Structural Isomers

15

  • Describe nuclear structure and the energy considerations that lead to instability.
  • Identify common particles and write and balance nuclear equations, including radioactive decay.
  • Identify types of decay and calculate decay kinetics, including half-life and radioactive dating
  • Describe the practical uses of radioisotopes, including fission, fusion, and medical technologies
  • Summarize the effects, both positive and negative, of radiation on biological tissues

21.1-21.7

Lecture: Week 15 Quiz, Week 15 Discussion

No lab

16

   

Lecture: Final Exam

Lab: Final Exam

Student Resources

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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:

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The portal also features:

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  • Academic Resources - links to the Academic Calendar, Registrar and Academic Calendar
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Instructor and Support Contact Information

Check Blackboard 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, 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.

Policies

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 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 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: https://online.une.edu/online-learning/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

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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.

Transcripts

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To view your unofficial UNE student transcript:

  1. Log into uonline at https://uonline.une.edu
  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 https://uonline.une.edu
  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.