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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 04-Jun-24

Fall 2024 | CHE-1020-VO01 - Introduction to Chemistry

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 4
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 11 (as of 07-25-24 6:05 AM)
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Materials/Lab Fees: $125.00


Vidula Srivastava
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Ryan Joy

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Natural Science
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the concepts, principles and applications of chemistry. Includes atomic structure, periodicity, structure of matter, solutions, and an introduction to organic chemistry. Includes lab sessions which illustrate the principles of quantitative interpretation of data. Prior learning in Intermediate Algebra or equivalent is strongly recommended.

Essential Objectives

1. Define, and distinguish between, science and pseudoscience.
2. Define and employ the terms necessary to the study of chemistry.
3. Describe Dalton's atomic theory and modern atomic structure.
4. Explain the organization of the periodic table and how to use it.
5. Name, and be able to write chemical formulas for, binary ionic and covalent compounds, including those with common polyatomic ions.
6. Describe basic classes of chemical reactions and write complete, balanced chemical equations.
7. Apply the systems of measurement and unit conversions used in chemistry.
8. Apply the concepts of acid-base chemistry according to Arrhenius.
9. Describe the concept of equilibrium.
10. Describe the fundamental characteristics of solids, liquids, and gases.
11. Explain chemical bonding and molecular structure.
12. Demonstrate the quantitative reasoning skills required to understand, calculate, and interpret stoichiometric data for formulas, chemical reactions, and solutions.
13. Explain how knowledge created in the natural sciences has contributed to the creation, maintenance and dismantling of social inequalities and discuss how diversity improves science.
Lab Objectives:
1. Apply knowledge of the scientific method to:
a. formulate and evaluate real-world scientific questions;
b. ethically plan and implement accurate data collection;
c. analyze and evaluate data;
d. generate conclusions based on analysis and justify claims with evidence;
e. integrate the related work of other scientists; and
f. propose ideas for further inquiry.
2. Communicate findings in a format appropriate to the discipline and type of investigation, such as a laboratory notebook, laboratory report, observational study, field investigation report, poster, or presentation using appropriate evidence to support these findings.
3. Understand the structure and purpose of peer-reviewed publications.
4. Evaluate scientific information for validity, accuracy, reliability, and methodology.
5. Identify and follow lab safety techniques that are aligned with CCV’s Chemical Hygiene Plan, Lab Safety Agreements, and chemical Safety Data Sheets (SDS).

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations.

Fall 2024 textbook details will be available on 2024-05-20. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

CHE-1020-VO01 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


Teaching Methods/Learning Activities

  • Assign readings and videos for the chapter
  • Assign discussion questions in Canvas
  • Online Labs
  • Homework assignments
  • Offer scheduled office hour in zoom.
  • Quizzes and final exams
  • In the emerging world of AI, good use of SMART goals for writing and math can be very useful. For an enriching experience with reports and write-ups, after receiving feedback from AI tool hold discussion session with a teacher or peer.
  • Make prudent use of interactive platforms like chatbot or virtual tours. Stay curious to dive deep into the intricacies of machine learning and neural networks.

Evaluation Criteria

Assessment/Evaluation Criteria

  • 20% Attendance and Participation based upon submitted work
  • 30% Quizzes
  • 30% Labs
  • 20% Final Exams

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments

  • Math warm-up
  • Get to know
  • Candle activity
  • Posted in Canvas under week 1.
  • Online Discussion

  • Chapter 1 - The Chemical World
  • Chapter presentation Powerpoint
  • Related videos
  • Assigned end of chapter problems.

  • Chapter 2 - Measurement and problem Solving
  • Chapter powerpoint
  • Related videos
  • Discussion questions
  • End of chapter problems
  • Density lab (online)

  • Chapter 3 - Matter and Energy
  • Chapter presentation powerpoint
  • Related videos
  • Discussion questions
  • End of chapter problems
  • Quiz on chapters 1, 2 & 3

  • Chapter 4 - Atoms and Elements
  • Chapter presentation powerpoint
  • Related videos
  • Discussion questions
  • End of chapter problems
  • Specific Heat of a Metal lab (online)

  • Chapter 5 - Molecules and Compounds
  • Chapter presentation powerpoint
  • Related videos
  • Discussion questions
  • End of chapter problems
  • Flame Test lab (online)

  • Chapter 6 - Chemical Composition
  • Chapter powerpoint
  • Related videos
  • End of chapter problems
  • Quiz 2 on chapters 4 & 5
  • Empirical Formula lab (online)

  • Chapter 7 - Chemical Reaction
  • Chapter presentation powerpoint
  • Related videos
  • Discussion questions
  • End of chapter problems

  • Chapter 8 - Quantities in Chemical Reaction
  • Chapter presentation powerpoint
  • Related videos
  • End of chapter problems
  • Quiz 3 on chapters 6 & 7
  • Types of chemical reactions lab (online)

  • Chapter 9 - Electrons in the Atoms and the Periodic Table
  • Chapter presentation powerpoint
  • Related videos
  • Discussion questions
  • End of chapter problems
  • Synthesis of Aspirin lab (online)

  • Chapter 10 - Chemical Bonding
  • Chapter presentation powerpoint
  • Related videos
  • Discussion questions
  • End of chapter problems

  • Chapter 11 - Gases
  • Chapter presentation powerpoint
  • Related videos
  • Discussion questions
  • End of chapter problems
  • Molar mass of butane lab (online)

  • Chapter 12 - Liquids, Solids and Intermolecular Forces
  • Chapter presentation powerpoint
  • Related videos
  • Discussion questions
  • End of chapter problems

  • Review for final exam
  • Chapters 9, 10, 11 &12

  • Final Exam
  • Chapters 9, 10, 11 & 12
  • Final Exam posted in Canvas (online)

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

  • This is an online course and assignments will be available in Canvas on every Monday.
  • Participation will comprise of timely submission of the assigned work.

Missing & Late Work Policy

  • Missing assignment will receive a grade of zero.
  • Late work will be accepted with a reduction of 5% to the assigned grade.
  • Participation makes 20% of your grade and will be reflected in your regular submission of online assignments.
  • Textbook for the course is Introduction to Chemistry by Nivaldo J. Tro, sixth edition.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.