CHEM-1010: Introduction to Chemistry I ( Online | Spring 2018 )

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Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Mathilda Doorley

Instructor Rank

Adjunct Professor

Instructor Email
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Department Phone

Department of Natural Sciences.  Phone; 901-333-5220.

Course Information
Course Description

This course is the first of a two-semester course sequence designed for nursing majors, allied health majors, and students needing a science course to meet General Education requirements.  This course may be used as a preparatory course for CHEM1110.  This course is NOT intended for science, engineering, or engineering technology majors.  The course covers basic concepts of inorganic chemistry.  The impact of chemistry on society is emphasized, along with writing skills.

Student Learning Objectives
  • Apply the basic concepts of chemistry to health-related problems
  • Perform unit conversions accurately, including temperature conversions between Celsius, Kelvin, and Fahrenheit temperature scales.
  • Use the periodic table and a knowledge of atomic structure to explain the behavior of elements and compounds.
  • Differentiate between the various types of radiation, their medical uses, and their physiological effects.
  • Use energy considerations to explain why elements and compounds behave as they do.
  • Distinguish between ionic and molecular compounds and explain their behavior in terms of the bonding between atoms.
  • Name and write formulas for ionic and molecular compounds.
  • Draw structures of covalent compounds.
  • Use a table of electronegativities to predict whether a molecule is polar or nonpolar.
  • Perform stoichiometric calculations.
  • Use gas laws to explain the behavior of gases.
  • Understand and apply the basic concepts of intermolecular forces to the behavior of solids and liquids.
  • Explain practical uses of colligative properties.
  • Use basic principles of solutions to explain their behavior and to define and use the units used to express the concentrations of solutions.
  • Use LeChatlier's Principle to predict the behavior of equilibrium systems.
  • Calculate pH and explain its significance.
  • Explain the operations of buffers and predict the pH of a buffer system.  

ENGL 0810 and READ 0810 and MATH 0100 or MATH 0410 or MATH 0530 or MATH 0630 or equivalent.

Note:  This course is a Gen Ed course, and is designed to transfer to a 4-year institution.

Instructional / Learning Methods

Instructional / Learning methods:

  • reading the textbook
  • reviewing lecture notes
  • working textbook problems
  • taking multiple-attempt quizzes
  • carrying out laboratory experiments in the virtual chemistry laboratory
  • writing data in laboratory notebook
  • completing lab experiment data-based quizzes
Specific Course Requirements


Lecture - Textbook (only) - see below.   (You do not need to buy the textbook homework access code.)

Lab -  LateNiteLabs - online access code - see below.


Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware, and Software Requirements
Required Text
  • Lecture:  Fundamentals of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry, 7th edition, McMurry.  [Note: The eTextbook, with Mastering Chemistry, is not required.]
  • Laboratory - purchase Access code for LateNiteLabs.  Cost: approximately $60.  Before you do this, be sure you find this semester's unique class code (issued by LateNiteLabs).  You will need this to buy the product.  That number (class code) is posted on our course homepage "News".


Supplementary Materials
  • scientific calculator
  • periodic table
  • notebook (any style) for recording lab data
Hardware Requirements

If this course requires the use of a computer, these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My.Southwest, etc.).

  • minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended)
  • SVGA monitor, minimum resolution 800x600 (1024x768 strongly recommended)
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • floppy drive, zip drive, or CD-RW drive
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • at least 512 MB of RAM (recommended)
  • (optional) printer
Software Requirements

The software listed below is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course may have specific software requirements.

  • Windows 7, Vista, XP
  • Mac OS X (up to 10.6) (OS 10.6 recommended)
  • Linux with a Supported Browser
  • Microsoft Edge+
  • IE 10 & 11: some issues+
  • Firefox (latest)+
  • Firefox ESR+
  • Chrome (latest)+
  • Current Anti-Virus protection
  • Reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

Many instructors may require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word. To learn how to obtain discounted software from Microsoft, visit

Assessment and Grading
Method of Evaluation

This course %-based.  The mean in each category is multiplied by the % weight, the resulting %'s are summed, to give the final numerical grade.

Lecture Quizzes - 25%.  There is 1 MC (multiple choice) quiz per module.  Two attempts are allowed.  Only the highest attempt is used.  The other attempt is dropped.  Total # of quizzes = 10.  NO Makeups for Missed Quizzes.   

Lecture Tests - 50%.  There is 1 MC Test after every two modules.  One attempt allowed.  Total # of tests = 5.  One test grade will be dropped.  NO Makeups for Missed Tests. 

Lab Quizzes - 20%.  These are located on our LateNiteLabs Course Website.  There will be one lab quiz/assessment per experiment.  Make sure you have recorded all your data and observations before you open the lab quiz, and be sure to submit it.  (There is no way to re-take a lab quiz.)  One lab quiz will be dropped.  

Lab Notebook - 5%.  The online lab notebook in our LateNiteLabs (LNL) Course will be reviewed and graded for each experiment.  Recommended: take your lab notes on paper, then type into the LNL Laboratory Notes area after completing the lab.  One lab notebook assessment will be dropped.  


Grading Scale

A = 89.5 - 100

B = 79.5 - 89.4

C = 69.5 - 79.4

D = 59.5 - 69.4

F = below 59.5

FA = below 59.5 and stopped attending

Testing Procedure / Policy

Each test will be open for 4 days.  One exam grade will be dropped (- helpful if you happen to miss an exam).

If you go over the time limit, you will get a ZERO on the test.  No exception.


Tip:  Although you will have access to your textbook, be sure you work up the material before opening the test: take notes on paper, work homework problems, highlight your book and formulas, etc.  If you plan on looking up everything during the test, you will run out of time. 

Participation / Attendance Policy

You are required to be online in this course at least one time during each Module period, and one time during each Test period.

Remember that this online course replaces a ground course which is 6 hours per week (3 for lecture & 3 for lab) and typically requires another 6 hours per week to do the readings & homework.

Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines

Each student has been provided a Southwest e-mail account. Please do not email your classmates unless the topic relates specifically to this course. E-mails that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden. Below are a few guidelines that you should keep in mind when sending email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Typing in all CAPS is considered SHOUTING in Cyberspace. So please use upper and lower case characters when sending e-mails.
  • Remember, without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your e-mails and use good Netiquette
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members.

Online instructors will respond to all e-mails within 48 hours.

Discussion Guidelines

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to when using the Discussion forum. Messages that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden.

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion.
  • Please try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the class. Be respectful of others' ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Technical Support
Technical Support

My.Southwest: Submit a Student Technical Support Request. Please provide a full detailed explanation of the problem.

PAWS: For course related questions, contact your instructor. For technical issues with the PAWS website, contact the College Helpdesk at (901) 333-4357.

Course Topics
Tentative Schedule

Chapters 1-11 & ten LateNiteLabs lab experiments.  Every module (and corresponding lab experiment) is open for a minimum of 10 days.  Every test is open for 4 days.  Consult the course calendar.



Student Services
Embedded Librarian Service This service may be found inside PAWS courses.
Two Southwest Librarians are assigned to work with you and your instructor throughout the course for the entire semester. The Librarians will suggest library resources and answer questions sent to "Ask A Librarian".

To contact a Librarian, go to the Classlist and select the "Ask A Librarian" tab.
Student Services Links

Academic Support

The Academic Support Center (ASC) provides free services and resources to help Southwest students successfully reach their academic and career goals. These services include tutoring by peer and master tutors, computer labs, success workshops, academic coaching, early alerts from your instructors and areas for individual or group study at numerous locations. The ASC also provides Supplemental Instruction in some of our general education classes and the Center is also responsible for Academic Progress Reporting so that you will be award of your academic standing during the 5th-6th week of the semester. Online tutoring services are offered through Smarthinking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply login to your PAWS to access this online tutoring resource.

Drop/Withdrawal Dates

See the official college catalog for the current withdrawal policies. Important semester drop and withdrawal dates can be found on the college Web site at

Academic Misconduct

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. A student guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, is immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. The instructor has the authority to assign an “F” grade or a zero for the exercise or examination, or to assign an “F” for the course. College sanctions for academic misconduct may include suspension or dismissal from the College. Please see the section in the current Catalog on Academic Misconduct.

Classroom Behavior: Any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct violating the general rules or regulations of the College may be ordered to temporarily leave the classroom. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom can be achieved only through appropriate procedures of the College.

Open Labs

Macon Cove

  • Academic Support Center: Available during working hours
  • Bert Bornblum Library: Available during library hours
  • Farris 2131: M-R 8-5:30, F 804:30

Union Avenue

  • Academic Support Center - F Building, Room 319, available during working hours
  • Parrish Library - Available during library hours
  • M105: 8-6:30


  • Computer Lab- Room 101 (Please note - this room is available when classes are not scheduled. Schedule fluctuates each semester.)
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Maxine Smith

  • Open Lab- Room 101.
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.


  • Open Lab Building 6, Room 127
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.
Syllabus Updates The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes.