CHEM 105 Internet

Course Syllabus

General Course Info
Enrollment Grading
Online Learning
Course Materials Getting an "A"
Instructor Information Course Requirements Cheating Policy

General Course Info
CHEM 105 is a 3-unit non-mathematical course for liberal arts and non-science majors exploring chemistry in relation to society.  The course emphasizes a conceptual understanding of chemical principles and their application to many phenomena in the human environment.  Students need not have any previous exposure to chemistry.  The course is fully articulated and transferable to UC, CSU and private institutions and may be taken on a P/NP or letter grade basis (Note: UC does not accept this course if taken P/NP).

Upon completion of this course, a student should be able to:
Students enrolled in the online CHEM 105 course will be using, in addition to a standard textbook, modern multimedia tools including digital video mini-lectures, demonstrations, animations, and interactive tutorials, in order to enhance learning in a distance environment.  Communication between the students and instructor will take place primarily via the course website.  Assignments will be posted on the class website and students are required to complete work by participating in electronic discussions with the instructor and with classmates, and by completing online quizzes and tests, as well as an officially proctored final examination.  No campus visits are required.

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Online Learning
CHEM 105 (Internet) is a demanding class. Students should be prepared to dedicate a minimum of 6 to 9 hours per week to the class in order to be successful. Any student who does not maintain at least 50% of the possible cumulative points on the weekly quizzes and Q&A Forum assignments will be deemed as not adequately participating in the course, and may be dropped by the instructor.

The online CHEM 105 class contains the same content as a face-to-face class, but students do need to make a few adjustments in order to be successful in an online class. Online learning requires much more independence than traditional classroom learning. Students must learn to take initiative, to be very organized, and to exercise a great deal of self-discipline in order to meet all of the deadlines. Please click on the following link to determine if online learning suits your needs:  Student Distance Learning Handbook

We will be using the college's course management system, called Moodle, to keep the class organized.  Moodle, which is accessed through a student's MyCOM portal, offers students electronic forums,  an email function, and online testing to help make the online environment more interactive.

To use Moodle properly, certain internet browser settings and plug-ins are required.  Go to the following page (click here) to check if your browser is working properly.  Note that certain features within Moodle are not supported by the Safari Browser.  Mac users are encouraged to use Firefox.

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Instructor Information

Dr. Erik Dunmire

Office Location:  SMN 315

Office phone:    (415) 485-9536

Office hours:    Course email (sent via the Message function of the course website) will be checked daily (Mon - Fri), and will provide the quickest response to most questions.  Regularly scheduled on-campus and online office hours are posted on the instructor's faculty homepage (  If you would like to arrange a face-to-face meeting at another day or time, please contact the instructor by email or telephone. 

College e-mail address:

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Required Course Materials

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Course Requirements

1.  Read the appropriate chapter(s) in the textbook (approximately 20-30 pages).

2.  View the video tutorial from for the current chapter.  Each tutorial contains a variety of digital video lecture material, interviews, and demonstrations that will help you better understand the chapter concepts.

3.  Complete the odd-numbered questions (answers in the back of the book) and the Readiness Assurance Test (answers at found at the end of each chapter.   Note that these do not need to be submitted.

4.  Also view any additional material provided on the Concept Review page of the course website, and, ideally, complete the Practice Pages worksheets at

5.  Use the Conceptual Questions Forums on the course website to discuss, with your classmates and the instructor, questions you may have about the material (but not about specific answers to quiz questions).

6. Work on the currently available quiz that is posted on the course website.

7. Discuss and answer any Q&A Forum questions that may be assigned that week over the course website.

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The final grade for the course will be based on the total points at the conclusion of the semester.

Entrance Quiz 20 pts
Grade Point Total
Core Quizzes (Best 10 of 12)
200 pts

1375 - 1500 pts
Context Quizzes (Best 2 of 5)
40 pts

1325 - 1374 pts
Exams (2 x 250 pts)
500 pts

1275 - 1324 pts
Final Exam
500 pts

1200 - 1274 pts
Q&A Forums 100 pts

1175 - 1199 pts
Topic Report 100 pts

1125 - 1174 pts
Pre-Term Knowledge Survey 20 pts

1000 - 1124 pts
Post-Term Knowledge Survey 20 pts
950 - 999 pts
1500 pts

875 - 949 pts

825 - 874 pts
1000 - 1500 pts

750 - 824 pts
0 - 999 pts

0 - 749 pts

NOTE:  Regardless of the total number of points, a student must score at least 60% (300 points) on the final exam in order to receive a passing grade in the course.  Additionally, the instructor reserves the right to base a student's grade in the course solely upon the final exam score, if the instructor believes that academic dishonesty may have occurred at any time during the course.

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Getting an "A"
While getting an "A" grade in this course will require some effort, it is not beyond any student's reach.  The following tips will increase your chances of getting the grade you desire (assuming you desire a passing grade).
  1. First, view the video tutorial that corresponds to the current chapter.  The video lectures and demonstrations are very understandable and will help introduce you to concepts and terminology; in essence, they will "warm up" your brain to better receive more information. 

  2. Next, look over the questions on the current quiz, and spend a few seconds contemplating each of the answers.  Even if some of the questions seem like they are in a foreign language, you will be setting up cues in your brain that will prove useful later.

  3. After looking over the quiz, sit down and read the chapter in the book, keeping a printout of your quiz nearby (or keeping the window open on your computer, if you prefer).  As you read, you should immediately recognize topics that were addressed in some of the quiz questions, which you can stop and answer as you finish reading the relevant sections of the chapter. 

  4. Even after you've finished reading the chapter covered on the quiz, some of the questions will probably still remain unanswered.  Now you can go back over the chapter, re-reading the sections that correspond to your unanswered questions.  Make sure to also review the exercises and RATs at the end of each chapter, as some of the questions will come directly from them (the answers to the odd-numbered exercises are provided in the back of the book).  Also check the Concept Review page for the current chapter.

  5. After submitting your first quiz attempt, review the graded quiz and see which questions you missed.  Use the feedback for the question to focus your studying on the relevant material.  If you are still confused about the answer after reviewing the textbook, post a question to the Forum.  Even if you do well on your first quiz attempt, you may want to take the quiz again just to verify your understanding on a variety of different questions (note that the highest quiz score will be counted).

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