CHEM 1015 -- Changes

Wed Jan 28 13:30:44 2009

Effective Term: New:  1099 - Fall 2009
Old:  1089 - Fall 2008
Department: New:  11098 - Chemistry
Old:  11098 - IT Chemistry Administration
Delivery Mode(s): New:  Classroom, Internet-Delivered
Old:  Classroom
New:  No course equivalencies
Old:  01088 - Chem 1011/Chem 1015
Proposal Changes: New:  01/28/09: Updating PHYS SCI/L core information for re-certification, including the elimination of the equivalency with the now-deleted CHEM 1011.
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Sponsor Name:
New:  Prof. Kent Mann, DUGS
Old:  Prof. Chris Cramer, DUGS
Sponsor E-mail Address:
this course fulfills:
New:  PHYS SCI/L - PHYS SCI/L Physical Science with Laboratory Core
Criteria for
Core Courses:
Describe how the course meets the specific bullet points for the proposed core requirement. Give concrete and detailed examples for the course syllabus, detailed outline, laboratory material, student projects, or other instructional materials or method.

Core courses must meet the following requirements:

  • They explicitly help students understand what liberal education is, how the content and the substance of this course enhance a liberal education, and what this means for them as students and as citizens
  • They employ teaching and learning strategies that engage students with doing the work of the field, not just reading about it.
  • They include small group experiences (such as discussion sections or labs) and use writing as appropriate to the discipline to help students learn and reflect on their learning.
  • They do not (except in rare and clearly justified cases) have prerequisites beyond the University´┐Żs entrance requirements.
  • They are offered on a regular schedule.
  • They are taught by regular faculty or under exceptional circumstances by instructors on continuing appointments. Departments proposing instructors other than regular faculty must provide documentation of how such instructors will be trained and supervised to ensure consistency and continuity in courses.

CHEM 1015 is a 3-credit, 3-hour per week lecture course which only meets the PHYS SCI/L core criteria when a student also takes the 1-credit, 3-hour per week CHEM 1017 lab course. See catalog description above for lecture content.

CHEM 1017 lab course provides students with three hours of laboratory experience a week.  A number of experiments have been written which require students to work collaboratively to solve a problem or identify an unknown substance.  Experiments require increasing levels of skill.  Early exercises involve simple measurements of mass and volume, while later exercises might require the use of a buret, pH meter or thin-layer chromatography techniques.

Experiments elucidate physical principles.  The pH Titration experiment illustrates the difference between strong and weak electrolytes by studying strong and weak acids and bases.  The Ten Penny Opera uses two kinds of pennies with different masses to illustrate the concepts of isotopes (atoms of an element which are the same chemically but which have different masses) and atomic weight (the reported mass of an element which is a weighted average of its constituent isotopes.)  As a final example, the Analysis of Analgesics by Thin-Layer Chromatography illustrates a modern technique for separation and anylsis.  It is based on differences in physical properties such as solubility in a carefully chosen solvent system among the active ingredients in over-the-counter pain medications.
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Please provide a provisional syllabus for new courses and courses in which changes in content and/or description and/or credits are proposed that include the following information: course goals and description; format/structure of the course (proposed number of instructor contact hours per week, student workload effort per week, etc.); topics to be covered; scope and nature of assigned readings (texts, authors, frequency, amount per week); required course assignments; nature of any student projects; and how students will be evaluated.

The University policy on credits is found under Section 4A of "Standards for Semester Conversion" at . Provisional course syllabus information will be retained in this system until new syllabus information is entered with the next major course modification, This provisional course syllabus information may not correspond to the course as offered in a particular semester.

New:  hard copy of proposed syllabus has been provided to Laurel Carroll.
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