Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: PHYS-1115- Section: 71
Physical Science Laboratory I
|Instructor||Dr. Kyung-AE Son-Guidry|
|COVID 19 Information||The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.|
|Description||Course, designed for non-science majors, that surveys topics from physics, chemistry, geology, astronomy, and meteorology.|
|Prerequisites||Basic Skill competency in reading, writing, and math required.|
CSLO 1: Develop techniques to set up and perform experiments, collect data from those experiments, and formulate conclusions from an experiment (PSLO 1, 2, 3) mesured by the formal Lab Report.
CSLO 2: Demonstrate the collections, analysis, and reporting of data using the scientific method (PSLO 1, 2) mesured by the formal Lab Report.
CSLO 3: Record experimental work completely and accurately in laboratory notebooks, and communicate experimental results clearly in written reports (PSLO 1, 2, 3, 4) mesured by the formal Lab Report.
* Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.
* Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
* Empirical and Quantitative Skills: Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.
* Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of the content-area reading material. Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading.
PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills - Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information. Creatively identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine the extent of information needed); differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation; constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences; uses logical, sound reasoning to justify a conclusion.
PSLO 2: Communication Skills - Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication. Expresses a strong thesis; organizes information with effective transitions & sequencing of ideas; uses substantial, logical & specific development of ideas; details are relevant, original, credible and correctly documented when appropriate to show an effective development and interpretation of ideas; and presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression for the task.
PSLO3: Empirical and Quantitative Skills - Applies the manipulation and/or analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions. Identifies mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete a task; uses mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete a task; analyzes how to use the principles, and applies problem-solving skills in mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete a task with correct informed conclusions.
PSLO 4: Teamwork Skills- Shows the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal. Helps the team move forward by discussing merits of alternative ideas; Treats team members respectfully; uses positive facial, vocal or written tone, or language to convey a positive attitude; Motivates teammates by expressing confidence about the importance of the task; Provides assistance/encouragement to team members; Completes all assigned tasks by deadline; Addresses conflict constructively; or helps the group avoid conflict completely
Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.
The same Textbook (Lecture) will be used for Lab section: Conceptual Physical Science by Paul Hewitt, ed.6, Pearson Addison Wesley, Textbook ISBN-13: 9780134060484
Lower version of Textbook is also accepted. Lab manual has been available in the past, but it is not available at this time. I am in the process of developing new lab manual. We will use Hands-on Experiments and Virtual labs and will be provided during class time.
|See Major Assignments Schedule below.|
Week Chapter(s) Contents #Labs
1 & 2 1 Patterns of Motion & Equilibrium #1: Inertia
3 2 Newton's Laws of Motion #2: Project 1: Balloon Racer
4 3 Momentum & Energy #3
5 4 Gravity #4
5 1-4 Test I Review & Test I
6 5 Fluid Mechanics #5
7 6 Thermal Energy #6
8 7 Heat Transfer #7
9 5 -7 Test II Review & Test II
10 12 Atoms and the Periodic Table #8
11 13 The Atomic Nucleus #9: Project 2: Scientist Bio
12 14 Elements of Chemistry
13 15 Atomic Bonding
14 12-15 Test III Review & Test III Project 2 Presentation
*This Schedule is an idealized guide for the semester. Depending on the situation, changes may be made by the instructor and the instructor reserves the right to modify the syllabus.. Any changes will be announced in advance in class or online (Announcements on Blackboard or e-mail).
|Final Exam Date||December 3, 2020 - 12:00 AM Through December 3, 2020 - 12:00 PM|
|Grading Scale||90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B 70 - 79=C 60 - 69=D Below 59 = F|
1. Labs & Projects, worth 50 %.
2. Major Exams and Quizzes (will be announced during class), worth 25 %.
3. Final Exam: TBA, worth 25 %.
1. Late Assignments will NOT be accepted and will result in a zero, except for students who were absent due to illness and have valid proof. Due date: 11: 59 pm Sunday in the same week unless specified.
2. Consistent Participation is strongly encouraged and will affect your final grade.
3. Only regular scientific calculators are permitted during exams/quizzes. All other electronic devices such as cell phones, iPods, computers, etc. are not allowed.
4. All assignments need to be turned in through Blackboard (BB). The handwritten assignments need to be scanned, not photographed. Please follow instructions in "How to turn in assignment(s)" in the Content folder of Blackboard (BB).
5. Each student must write up his or her own Lab and Do not makeup data.
Sharing of images or documents are also instances of academic dishonesty, resulting in a grade of zero for that assignment. Grades for the previous assignments will be voided if found academic dishonesty. Repeated instances of academic dishonesty will result in a course grade of "F" and other possible additional academic penalties.
6. E-mail policy: See specific instruction in Content folder of Blackboard (BB).
7. See more specific instruction in the content folder of Blackboard.
8. The instructor reserves the right to modify the syllabus.
|Attendance Policy||Perfect attendance is not required, but regular attendance is strongly encouraged and it would affect the final grade. Five unexcused absences will result in an F for the final grade.|
|Academic Honesty||Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.|
|ADA Considerations||The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.|
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1. All school holidays and information regarding Drops/withdrawals: Refer to school policies.
2. After the semester is over, you may obtain your final course grade by logging in to your
3. I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email. If you want to discuss your grades, you must come to my office, in person.
4. The instructor reserves the right to modify the syllabus.
|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|