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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. Introduces measurements, classification and properties of matter, nomenclature, atomic structure and modern atomic theory, periodic table and chemical periodicity, and chemical bonding. Recommended for chemistry and other natural science majors, and pre-professional majors in engineering, medicine and dentistry. (If students have not successfully completed a high school or a college chemistry class with a lab component in the last 3 years they are encouraged to complete CH 151 before registering.) This is the first course in a three course sequence.25 GPA.

Intended Outcomes for the course

After completion of this course, students will:

  • apply the fundamental principles of measurement, matter, atomic theory and chemical bonding to subsequent courses in chemistry, biology, physics, geology, engineering and various other related disciplines that depend upon these principles for successful comprehension.
  • apply the fundamental principles of measurement, matter, atomic theory and chemical bonding to their understanding of themselves and their natural and technological environments.
  • use mathematical and chemical reasoning skills, both qualitative and quantitative, to solve specific problems encountered in everyday life and professional settings.
  • use effective collaborative skills when working with other people to solve complex problems and accomplish tasks effectively and timely in everyday life and professional settings.
  • use an understanding of effective written communication skills to effectively communicate complex scientific and technological ideas, models and conclusions through the generation of informal and formal writings and reports in a scientifically acceptable manner.
  • critically evaluate sources of scientific information to logically decide the bias, strengths and weaknesses of the information concerning the effect of chemistry and chemical concepts on themselves and their environment.

Honors Specific Outcomes

  • use scientific research methods to investigate chemically-oriented questions relevant to individual interests, and make connections to other natural and physical sciences, the arts, humanities and/or other areas of human interest.
  • effectively communicate (verbally and written) about sources of scientific information, including primary literature and topics from professional scientific presentations, discussing the bias, strengths and weaknesses of the information and 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.