CHM 101-102 Syllabus


Division: Arts and Sciences                                                                                   Date:  November 2017


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Science, Liberal Arts


Course Number and Title: CHM 101-102, Introductory Chemistry I II


Credit Hours: 4 Hours/Wk Lecture: 3 Hours/Wk Lab: 1 Lec/Lab Comb: 4



I.              Catalog Description: Emphasizes experimental and theoretical aspects of inorganic, organic, and biological chemistry. Discusses general chemistry concepts as they apply to issues within our society and environment. Designed for the non-science major. Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught:

This is a transfer level chemistry course which is designed for general liberal arts students. Students planning on careers in engineering, or the natural sciences should take the CHM 111-112 sequence.


III.           Required background:

Students should have completed MTE 3 or possess its equivalent; students must be ENG 111 eligible.


IV.          Course Content:

A.               Measurement

B.               Energy and Matter

C.               Atoms and Elements

D.               Compounds and Their Bonds

E.               Chemical Quantities and Reactions

F.                Nuclear Radiation

G.               Gases

H.               Solutions: Composition and Concentration

I.                  Acids and Bases

J.                Saturated Hydrocarbons: An Introduction to Organic Chemistry

K.               Alkenes, Alkynes and Aromatic Hydrocarbons

L.                Alcohols, Phenols, Ethers, Aldehydes, and Ketones

M.               Carboxylic Acids, Ester, Amines and Amides

N.               Carbohydrates

O.               Lipids

P.               Amino Acids, Proteins and Enzymes

Q.               Nucleic Acids and Heredity

R.               Metabolic Pathways and Energy Production


V. Learner Outcomes


The student will:


VI. Evaluation

A.   Explain and describe the general structure and procedures of scientific method

B.   Explain and describe basic concepts and principles integral to the content above and make reasonable inferences from them.

C.   Solve problems required by the concepts and principles of chemistry.

D.   Perform elementary laboratory experiments relevant to the content topics

E.   Accurately record and report observations of the results of experiments using appropriate standards of quantification.

F.    Effectively and safely use laboratory equipment to execute experiments

Learner outcomes will be measured by classroom participation, homework, some combination of tests and quizzes and other assignments defined by faculty. Laboratory experience and experimentation will also be evaluated through a series of experiments designed to integrate with the classroom learning.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.


         VII.    This course supports the following objectives:



DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Information Literacy

Quantitative Reasoning

Scientific Reasoning