NAT SCI 211 - CHEMISTRY Engr. Jose Felimar B. Valenzuela Instructor, DBC
COURSE INFORMATION Course Code: NAT SCI 211 Credit Units: 3 units No. of Hours: 3 hours per week
Instructor: Engr. Jose Felimar B. Valenzuela Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org Students are strongly encouraged to meet with the instructor for questions, additional information or any other related matter. Office hours are WTh, 10:30am – 12:00nn, no appointment required. Any other time can be scheduled by appointment (request by email or in class).
COURSE DESCRIPTION This is an introductory course that focuses on thefundamental principles of chemistry and the impact ofchemistry in society. It is intended for non-science majorsthat might not have a background in chemistry. There arethree units in this course: 1. Fundamental Principles of Chemistry: introducesstudents to the building blocks of matter, chemicalbonding, principles of reactivity, intermolecular forces,solutions, thermodynamics and kinetics, as well as thebasics of nuclear, organic and biochemistry
2. Health Applications of Chemistry: explains, in ageneral manner, the input of chemistry in the healthsciences, ranging from the process to develop a new drugand the mechanisms of action in the body, to chemistry inthe food industry and the molecular basis of exercise 3. Societal Applications of Chemistry: the relationbetween chemistry and other sciences or areas of societywill also be discussed, like energy production, the impactof human activity on the environment, forensic science tostudy a crime scene or the chemistry behind painting awork of art.
COURSE OBJECTIVES - To introduce students to the fundamental principles of chemistry - To establish relations between learned concepts and a series of topics on health and society - To promote an understanding of the importance of chemistry in many aspects of every day life and the implications in other fields and sciences, from the arts to environmental science - To provide the student a scientific basis to help him/her developing a critical, educated analysis of major societal matters.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES Students who complete this course will be able to: Know and define the basic principles of chemistry Formulate basic chemical equations and perform calculations with quantitative material Relate those concepts to other sciences and aspects of everyday life Recognize and value the impact of chemistry in our society Distinguish between the different areas of chemistry and their applications
- Describe the chemical basis of energy production, including some renewable sources - Analyze the impact of human activity on the environment and discuss some possible ways of remediation - Summarize the processes for drug discovery and development in pharmaceutical companies - Explain the mechanisms of action of medicinal compounds that have a profound impact on society, from medicinal drugs to “recreational” drugs - Explain the basis of cutting-age biochemical topics (cloning, genetic engineering, etc) and discuss their implications)
CONVERSION TABLE FOR THE FINAL GRADE RAW SCORE FINAL GRADE 96.01 – 100.00 1.00 Outstanding 91.51 – 96.00 1.25 87.01 – 91.50 1.50 82.51 – 87.00 1.75 78.01 – 82.50 2.00 Above Average 73.51 – 78.00 2.25 69.01 – 73.50 2.50 Satisfactory 64.51 – 69.00 2.75 60.00 – 64.50 3.00 Passing 58.00 – 59.99 4.00 Conditional LESS THAN 58 5.00 Failure
COURSE POLICIES Attendance: Late – the student arrives 5 minutes after the scheduled class period. 3 tardy marks = 1 absence Anyone who comes in after 23 minutes is considered absent. The maximum number of hours of absences is 11 hours (for a 3-unit course). Above this, the student gets a failing grade and earns no credit for the subject. If a student incurs 50% of the tolerated number of absences will be issued his/her 1st written warning by the OSA. Dropping of Subjects: Should have endorsement of the subject teacher. Should be done within a week after Midterm Exam.
REFERENCES Lemkin, William Ph.D. “Graphic Survey of Chemistry.” Revised and enlarged edition. Oxford Book Company, Inc. 1971. Mortimer, Charles E. “Chemistry.” Sixth edition. Wadsworth Publishing Company. 1986. Sienko, Michell J. & Plane, Robert A. “Chemistry.” McGraw Hill Book Company. 1976. Silberberg, Martin S. “Principles of General Chemistry.” International Edition. McGraw Hill. 2007.
Course curriculum adapted from the course CHEM 100 – Chemistry and Society of University of Hawai’i Manoa, under Dr. Oscar Navarro, PhD. Permission granted by the author.