Science 101 Syllabus Spring 2018
Instructor: Thomas Gavin E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lecture/Lab (BYKH 109): T & Th
6:00 pm-8:50 pm
Office Hours(BYKH 109): Th 5:15 pm-6:00 pm
course materials can be found on the web site.
Instructions: Subject must read, “PHYSCI 101”. Emails not so
identified may have a delay before being read or deleted without being read.
Size Quadrille Composition Book (with graph paper pages)
Introduction to Physical Science” 14th Ed. by Shipman
2) “Real World
Science: Physics and Chemistry Applications” by Ciardi
Student Learning Outcome:
Lecture: Analyze the general principles and
methods of scientific inquiry while investigating fundamental concepts of both
physics and chemistry.
Lab: Evaluate physics and chemistry
concepts presented in lecture by collecting and analyzing student acquired data
and utilizing the scientific method.
About the Course: We will explore the sciences of physics and
chemistry, and the role these sciences play in everyday life on Earth; some
applications in astronomy may also be included.
In class discussions and exercises will be based on expected
preparatory reading of text and online lecture notes.
of this course are for you to:
Examine the physical properties that are present in your daily
Recall and apply the basic concepts of chemistry and physics
Develop scientific thinking and problem solving skills
Practice the scientific method in a laboratory setting
Tests: Each test will consist primarily of
multiple-choice questions, with some written responses and some word
problems. The lowest scored test will be
dropped from Canvas. Any missed tests
will receive a zero. No make-up tests
will be given for any reason.
late work will be accepted. The assignments will be given out in class
and are available on the class web site www.weathernut.com.
Student Learning Outcome: Evaluate physics and chemistry concepts
presented in lecture by collecting and analyzing student acquired data
utilizing the scientific method.
Laboratory: You will be working in groups and those
groups will be randomly changed throughout the semester. Each person is expected to contribute to the
process of gathering supplies, following procedures, discussing questions, and
cleaning up the lab. You are expected to collaborate with everyone in your
group. Each lab activity is worth 10
activities must be completed in the composition book during lab in the order
questions may be completed at home if you are not able to complete them in the
All data, calculations, and general questions should be well
Work done during lab time must be stamped.
Charts and graphs must be completely adhered to a page. (use a
No unsecured or folded pages are allowed.
Lab information must be neat and easy to follow.
A calculation should begin with an equation and all work should be
Composition books must be regularly maintained and will be checked
on test days (counts for completion).
The lab class
may begin earlier than scheduled on some days if lecture ends early.
You are allowed
to miss 4 “titled” lab activities. If
you are present for all days of lab then these 4 lab activities will serve as
extra credit and can boost your total lab percentage.
You will be held accountable for all laboratory safety
guidelines. The guidelines are found on
the class website www.weathernut.com.
Project: Each student (or pair of
students) is required to choose and present a science project related to the
topics studied in this course. The
science project must include an experiment and demonstrate the scientific
method. Project ideas must be submitted
in writing and pre-approved. You are expected
to exercise caution and utilize safety protocols as you would in lab. Points will be deducted from your
score if you are late or absent for any presentations; attendance to all
presentations is required. Time
allotment is 3-5 minutes. 20 Points
possible. This will count as a test.
Project Grading Rubric
Abstract (question to be answered)
Introduction (complete and accurate description of physics or
chemistry involved in your experiment, including explanation of relevant
Data & Analysis
Presentation of experiment & results
Verbal description of the physics or chemistry involved in your
experiment, including explanation of relevant terminology
Good presentation techniques are used
Experiment is performed by student,
and shows use of scientific method to test a hypothesis or question
Questions: Please ask questions! All relevant questions are welcome, so please
interrupt me whenever you have one.
Behavior: The basic rule for behavior in the classroom and in
the laboratory is to be respectful to your classmates and instructor at all
times. Talking with classmates while
your instructor is speaking, sleeping, texting, and rude comments, are a few
examples of behavior that is not respectful of others and will result in your immediate
removal from the class. Any student
removed from class will be reported to COC administrators and will not be
allowed to return until cleared by Student Services.
Message: Plan to work hard and be actively engaged all
semester; that means from day one. Material
builds upon each concept learned. If you
wait until mid-semester to start focusing on this course, you may find yourself
very lost, and there will be no last minute extra credit work available.
Management of Stress and Mental Health: Often the pressure on our
students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside
jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the
Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional
and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential
student services, including counseling and mental health services available on
campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student
Services Building (across from the bookstore) or by clicking on http://www.canyons.edu/offices/Health/Pages/default.aspx . The phone number is 661-362-3259. At the Canyon Country Campus
the Health Center is in 1B adjacent to Administration, Admissions and Records.
the National Suicide
Hotline number is 1-800-273- 8255(TALK). All students at COC are encouraged to
enter that phone number in their cells. You can it call when you, or
someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.
Tests 51% (17% each) A
Laboratory 20% B 80-89%
Homework 12% C 70-79%
Project 17% D 60-69%