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Effective: Summer 2013

Corequisites: Corequisite: CHEM 1A.
Grade Type: Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • The student will demonstrate competency in quantitative problem solving skills related to Chemistry 1A.
  • Students will master specific problem solving skills needed to succeed in Chemistry 1B and 1C.
  • Students will master specific problem solving skills needed to succeed in Chemistry 1B and 1C.
  • The student will develop and apply effective study strategies and skills for the study of college level science.
Description -
This course focuses on two objectives: (1) Development of study skills and strategies needed to succeed in a college level science course including listening and note taking skills, time management, use of textbooks, management of effective study sessions and study groups, managing lecture and laboratory work, analyzing figures and graphs, test preparation and test taking strategies. (2) Development of analytical reasoning strategies, critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities with a focus on topics the student must master in CHEM 1A in order to succeed in subsequent courses, CHEM 1B and 1C.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to
  1. develop and apply effective study strategies and skills for the study of college level science.
  2. strengthen their analytical reasoning and critical thinking skills.
  3. demonstrate competency in quantitative and qualitative problem solving skills related to CHEM 1A.
  4. develop expertise and confidence in their ability to problem solve through practice.
  5. master specific problem solving skills needed to succeed in subsequent chemistry courses, CHEM 1B and 1C.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Scientific Calculator, Access to the Internet.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
The course content is not listed in chronological order. Problem solving topics will be introduced in conjunction with study skills throughout the quarter.
  1. The Study of Science-Getting ready!
    1. Fundamental skills (prerequisites) needed for success
      1. Analytical reasoning and critical thinking skills
    2. Attitude, personal goals and motivation
      1. Self-Direction and Self-Discipline
    3. The unique nature of a science course
      1. organization
      2. learn by seeing, listening and doing
    4. Course syllabus
      1. Understanding in class requirements and expectations
      2. Understanding outside of class requirements and expectations
  2. Listening and note taking skills
    1. Classroom observational skills
    2. Turning class notes into a study tool
      1. Note correcting, clarifying and enriching
      2. Right page/left page formating of notes
  3. Time Management
    1. Creating a quarter calendar
    2. Planning a daily schedule
    3. Making study time efficient and effective
  4. Study Sessions
    1. Setting clear study objectives
    2. Previewing and preparing for class
    3. Reviewing class notes
    4. Practicing
    5. Getting help when needed
      1. Office hours (come prepared)
      2. Tutoring centers
      3. Forming an effective study group
  5. Textbook use
    1. Establishing goals (reading objectives)
    2. Know your text book; where and how to find specific information when needed
  6. Representation and communication of scientific information; becoming science "literate", an essential requirement for success!
    1. Language, terms and symbols
    2. Figures, graphs, tables and flowcharts
      1. Analysis and understanding
      2. Creating
  7. Assignments, reports and exams
    1. Understanding and adjusting to the college atmosphere and expectations
      1. Independent study and initiative
      2. Identifying, organizing and learning the required material
    2. Answering essay and math-based problems
      1. Question types: subjective, objective and mathematical
      2. Problem solving steps: analyze, plan, answer and evaluate
    3. Lab Reports
      1. Organization and presentation
      2. In-class review of a scientific journal article
    4. Exam preparation and exam taking strategies
    5. Analysis of graded exams, assignments and reports as a learning tool
  8. Problem solving: Focus on mastery of chemistry 1A topics
    1. Quantitative problem solving
      1. Correct and efficient use of a calculator (exponents, scientific notation and logarithms)
      2. Dimensional analysis
      3. Determination of empirical and molecular formulas
      4. Converting between mass, moles and numbers
      5. Stoichiometric calculations
      6. Thermochemistry and heat flow problems
    2. Qualitative problem solving
      1. Predicting products of chemical reactions
      2. Net-ionic equations
      3. Chemical bonding concepts and valence bond theory
      4. Molecular geometry and polarity
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Homework and in class assignments
    1. Exercises to develop effective study skills and strategies
    2. Self assessments of study habits and skills
    3. Problem solving exercises emphasizing mastery of specific chemistry 1A topics
  2. Participation in instructor guided cooperative learning exercises
  3. Periodic quizzes that include computational and non-computational questions
Representative Text(s) -
Brown, LeMay and Bursten. Chemistry The Central Science. 12th ed. Pearson, 2009.
Recommended (not required):
Drewes and Milligan. How to Study Science. 4th ed. McGraw-Hill, 2002.

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture
  2. Discussion
  3. Cooperative learning exercises
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading and study of class notes, related materials and hand-outs
  2. Writing notes for material covered in class
  3. Worksheets and exercises that may be completed both inside and/or outside of class focusing on:
    1. the development of study skills and strategies needed for success in science courses
    2. problem solving exercises specifically designed for chemistry 1A material