PHYS-1415-02 - Physical Science I
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
House Bill 2504
Spring 2016 Course Syllabus
PHYS-1415-02 - Physical Science I
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|Course Description||Course, designed for non-science majors, that surveys topics from physics, chemistry, geology, astronomy, and meteorology.|
|Course Prerequisites||Prerequisite: Basic skill competency in reading, writing and math.|
|Required Textbooks||Conceptual Physical Science with mastering access code, 5th ed., Pearson/Addison-Wesley, by P. Hewitt, J. Suchocki, & L. Hewitt|
|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 F in final grade.|
|Course Grading Scale||
90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F
|Determination of Final Grade||Tests & Quizzes: 30%; Assignments (HW): 25%; Labs & Projects: 25%; Final Exam: 20 %|
|Final Exam Date||May 5, 2016 - 8:00 AM|
Week Chapter(s) Contents
1 12 Atoms & Periodic Table
2 13 The Atomic Nucleus
3 14 Elements of Chemistry
4 15 Basic Concepts of Chemical Bonding
5 12-15 Test I Review & Test I
6 16 Mixtures
7 17 Chemical Reactions
8 18 Two Classes of Chemical Reactions
9 19 Organic Compounds
10 16-19 Test II Review & Test II
11 20 Rocks & Minerals
12 21 & 22 Plate Tectonics & Shaping Earth’s Surface
13 23 & 24 Geologic Time & Climate Effects
20-25 Driving Forces of Water
Test III Review & Test III
15 Final Review/Final
*This Schedule is an idealized guide for the semester. Depending on the situation, changes may be made by instructor. Any changes will be announced in advance in class or online (Announcements on Blackboard or e-mail).
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
The assignment will be due on Saturday, 11:59pm each week unless specified.
Please refer to Major Assignments above for lecture topics and major due dates.
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of 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 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 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 task; uses mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task; analyzes how to use the principles; and applies problem-solving skills in mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete 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
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
CSLO Alpha: Define the fundamental properties of matter (PSLO Alpha) measured by pre-test/ post test.
CSLO 1. Classify matter, compounds, and chemical reactions (PSLO 3) measured by embedded test questions
CSLO 2. Determine the basic nuclear and electronic structure of atoms (PSLO 3) by embedded test questions.
CSLO 3. Identify trends in chemical and physical properties of the elements using the Periodic Table (PSLO 2 and PSLO 4) measured by formal lab write up.
CSLO 4. Describe the bonding and the shape of simple molecules and ions. (PSLO 3) measured by embedded test questions.
CSLO 5. Solve stoichiometric problems (PSLO 1, 2 and 3) measured by embedded test questions and formal lab write up.
CSLO 6. Write chemical formulas (PSLO 3) measured by embedded test questions.
CSLO 7. Write and balance equations (PSLO 3) measured by embedded test questions.
CSLO 8. Use the rules of nomenclature to name chemical compounds. (PSLO 3) measured by embedded test questions.
CLSO 9. Define the types and characteristics of chemical reactions (PSLO Alpha and PSLO 3) measured by pre-test/post test and embedded test questions.
CSLO 10. Use the gas laws and basics of the Kinetic Molecular Theory to solve gas problems (PSLO 3) measured by embedded test questions.
CSLO 11. Determine the role of energy in physical changes and chemical reactions (PSLO 1, 2 and 4) measured by formal lab write up.
CSLO 12. Convert units of measurement and demonstrate dimensional analysis skills (PSLO 3) measured by embedded test questions.
|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.|
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|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|