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Course Content and Outcome Guide for CH 221H

Course Number:
CH 221H
Course Title:
General Chemistry I: Honors
Credit Hours:
5
Lecture Hours:
40
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
30
Special Fee:
$12.00

Course Description

An honors version of General Chemistry I. Explores measurements, properties of matter, nomenclature, atomic theory, chemical periodicity, and chemical bonding. Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores, MTH 111, and CH 151 with a B grade or higher in the last year (A grade recommended) or instructor approval. Recommended for the following majors and pre-professional degrees: chemistry, natural science, engineering, medicine and dentistry. This is the first course in a three course sequence. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • apply the fundamentals of measurement, matter, atomic theory and chemical bonding to subsequent courses that depend upon these principles for comprehension such as in the field of chemistry, biology, physics, geology, engineering and related disciplines.
  • apply the fundamentals of chemistry to the understanding of themselves and their natural and technological environments.
  • solve specific problems encountered in everyday life and professional settings using both qualitative and quantitative mathematical and chemical reasoning skills.
  • collaborate to solve complex problems and accomplish tasks effectively in a team environment.
  • communicate complex scientific and technological ideas, models and conclusions through the generation of informal and formal writings and reports in a scientifically acceptable manner.
  • examine scientific information for source bias and evaluate the validity of the conclusions drawn from the given data.

Honors Specific Outcomes (to include one or more of the following):

  • apply chemistry based scientific research methods to investigate questions relevant to student's individual interests and to make connections to other sciences and/or the humanities.
  • examine scientific literature and topics from professional scientific presentations for source bias and evaluate the validity of the conclusions drawn from the given data in writing.
  • effectively communicate verbally and in writing the effect of the chemistry and chemical concepts on themselves and their environment.
  • Use sustainability ideas and tools to identify and assist green chemistry innovation.

Course Activities and Design

This Honors version of General Chemistry I will require students to investigate, critically evaluate and effectively communicate about primary sources of scientific research and topics from professional scientific presentations. In addition, students will independently apply the scientific method to research a known or unknown scientific question.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Written report or oral research presentation on primary scientific literature.
Written assessment of the bias, strengths and weaknesses of scientific literature.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Content and concepts are identical to CH 221.
Engagement in the scientific process.