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CHEM 1110 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

CHEM 1110 - General Chemistry I Lecture and Lab

4 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

Properties of matter related to atomic and molecular structure; element and compound reactions and equations, stoichiometry, kinetics, and measurement techniques and calculation. This course includes both a lecture and a hands-on lab component.

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  • Distinguish between what science is and is not; take measurements, conduct experiments, quantify data, analyze and interpret data, and analyze sources of error.
  • State the atomic theory and describe the subatomic structure; describe atomic structure, and recognize and predict periodicity.
  • Use chemical nomenclature and formula writing; identify and classify molecules and compounds; draw the bonding (Lewis Structures) and identify microscopic structures of molecules.
  • Characterize and classify the types of matter; identify physical changes; recognize particulate to macroscopic models of matter; distinguish and identify solids, liquids, gases, and solutions; predict physical properties based on the type of matter; describe intermolecular forces.
  • Identify chemical changes and reactions; interpret and calculate mass/matter conversions; interpret and calculate energy changes; explain chemical equilibria and describe an equilibrium process; describe chemical kinetics.
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

You should be at the college level in math. If you plan to take CHEM 1120, you should be enrolled in MATH 1710 or have higher placement.

Course Topics:
  • Atoms and the Periodic Table 
  • Nomenclature
  • Math and Measurements
  • The Mole and Chemical Formulas
  • Solutions and Types of Reactions
  • Reaction Stoichiometry
  • Energy
  • Quantum Mechanics and Periodic Properties
  • Lewis Structures
  • Shapes and Bonding
  • Gases
Specific Course Requirements:

This course requires you to purchase a lab kit and perform hands-on laboratory experiments. The American Chemical Society has publicly stated the importance of hands-on laboratory experiments. For that reason, you must pass the lab portion of the course to receive a passing grade in CHEM 1110.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:

Lecture video content on YouTube (opens in a new window), free. Links to individual videos are posted in the Course Content.

Hands-On Labs Kit (opens in a new window), approximately $250. Can be purchased directly from website by following the instructions provided by the instructor and posted on your homepage

You must register for the course Lab Site at Hands On Labs by using the link provided on the course homepage. This site contains the lab experiments.

Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

All module quizzes and exams will be administered through the EvaluationTool in our course site. These will not be proctored.

Grading Procedures:

All assignments will be worth a certain number of points. At the end of the semester, your total points in the course will determine your final grade.

Grading Scale

Point RangeAssigned Grade
900 - 1000 pointsA
800 - 899 pointsB
700 - 799 pointsC
650 - 699 pointsD
under 650 pointsF

Graded Items

3 exams @ 100 points each300
10 quizzes @ 15 points each150
20 homework assignments @ 4 points each80
4 discussion board assignments @ 5 points each20
10 lab activities @ 25 points each250
1 final exam @ 200 points200
Total points1000


Grading Scale:
Assignments and Projects:


There will be 3 exams given during this course offered online in your course site. The exams will each count for up to 100 points of your final grade. Plan accordingly to complete the assignments in sufficient time to allow for any problems that might arise. You may use one page of notes and a periodic table during the exam. No one will monitor you as you take these online exams so you are on your honor to abide by these rules. Due to the nature of chemistry, the material on each exam will be comprehensive; however, the focus will be on current material.

You will have up to one week past the closing of the exam to reschedule and take a missed exam. However, you will be penalized 20% for taking it late. A second missed exam will be given a grade of zero.

Final Exam

There will be a comprehensive final exam offered online in your course site. The final exam will count for 200 points of your grade. You may use one page of notes and a periodic table during the final exam. No one will monitor you as you take these online exams so so you are on your honor to abide by these rules. You MUST take the final exam during the scheduled time. 

There is no option for making up the final exam.


There will be 11 module quizzes offered online in your course site. These are open books, open notes, and you have two attempts at each quiz. The average of your two scores will be used in your final grade. Each quiz will count for up to 15 points. Plan accordingly to complete the quizzes in sufficient time to allow for any problems that might arise. The highest 10 module quizzes count toward your final grade.

You will have up to one week past the closing of a quiz to take a missed quiz. A late quiz will be docked 20%. Subsequent missed quizzes will be given grades of zero.

Homework Assignments

There will be approximately 22 Homework Assignments offered online in your course site. These will be graded. You have unlimited attempts at each set and the highest score will count for your grade. These will have due dates, which will be strictly enforced. Plan accordingly to complete each set in sufficient time to allow for any problems that might arise. Missed Homework Assignments cannot be made up. There will be at least 20 sets and each will count for 4 points. The highest 20 will count toward your final grade. You MAY receive help on the Homework Assignments and work with anyone. No Homework Assignments will be accepted late.

Discussion Board Activities

There will be 4 Discussion Board activities offered this semester, which will require you to participate in the Discussion Board with your classmates. Each will count for 5 points toward your final grade. These assignments will have due dates, which will be strictly enforced. No Discussion Board activity will be accepted late.

Laboratory Activities

The laboratory is a very important part of this course and constitutes 250 points of the final course grade. Each lab activity will require the submission of a lab report through the Assignments area. You MAY receive help on the lab activity, but you must perform the activity and submit the lab report yourself. Each lab report will count for up to 25 points, and the best 10 reports will count toward your final grade. A lab report will be penalized 20% if it is submitted late, and it will only be accepted up to one week past the due date, with the exception that the last lab report will not be accepted late.

Class Participation:

Two of the traits identified as being crucial for the success of our students in the workplace are that of Productivity and Teamwork.

Productivity includes using time effectively, showing initiative and enthusiasm to exceed expectations, following directions, demonstrating self-discipline to meet deadlines and expectations, and showing dedication to hard work, success, accuracy, and excellence.
Teamwork traits include cooperating and working well with others, showing a desire to improve, facilitating group self-evaluation of work, seeking and supporting consensus, and working to resolve conflict.

Your success in this class depends greatly on your productivity. Participation in an online class requires much more initiative and self-discipline than in an on-ground class. You are expected to follow the directions provided in the Course Content and meet all the deadlines of the course.

Almost everything you do in the workforce involves interaction with other people. Interpersonal skills are required, especially your ability to work with others. We would encourage you to work with your classmates on all assignments that allow it, including the practice question sets, lab activities, and studying for quizzes and exams.

Late Policy:

You will have a limited amount of time to take quizzes, exams, and lab reports late. 

  • You will have up to one week to make up an exam at a 20-point penalty (out of 100 points, a 20% penalty). You must ask your instructor to open a late exam for you. Additional missed exams will be given a grade of zero. 
  • You will have up to one week to make up a missed quiz at a 3-point penalty (out of 15 points, a 20% penalty). You must ask your instructor to open a late quiz for you. Additional missed quizzes will be given a grade of zero.
  • You have one week past the due date to turn in a late lab report with a 5-point penalty (out of 25 points, a 20% penalty). You do not have to ask your instructor to turn in a late report. The dropbox will automatically accept late reports up to one week late. The only exception is that the last lab report will not be accepted late.The last lab report will not be accepted late.
  • Homework assignments are not accepted late.
  • Discussion Board assignments are not accepted late.
  • You must take the Final Exam within its scheduled time frame. There is no option for taking the final exam late.
  • You may not submit up any assignments after the final exam period begins.
  • Any assignment can be scheduled early for you at no penalty. Please contact your instructor if you need to use this option.


Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • 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 discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

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 both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on October 16, 2018