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CHEM-151 - Prep General Chemistry - Consuelo Beecher

Course:Prep General Chemistry
Professor:Consuelo Beecher
  • Online
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Welcome to CHEM 151! My name is Dr. Beecher and I will be your instructor for this course. This course is a hybrid course, meaning the lecture component of the course is fully online and the lab component of the course is in-person (at the Canyon Country Campus). In-person lab attendance is required and there are no make-up labs for any reason. If you do not attend lab in-person, you will receive a 0 for lab that week. Because the lecture component is fully online, we will not be meeting for a formal lecture. You will be responsible for watching posted YouTube videos, learning the lecture material, and completing online lecture assignments, on your own time and by the posted due dates.  Although we will not be having formal lecture during our lab time, you are still more than welcome to ask questions regarding lecture material during live lab time and office hours. CHEM 151 is a fast-paced course, so you will need to make sure you are keeping up with all the material and checking Canvas and your COC e-mail often! More detailed information about this course will be outlined in our course syllabus.

Course Description

This course is a 4.0 unit, CSU, UC transferrable course. This is a one semester preparatory course for CHEM 201 and provides intensive foundation in problem solving, basic atomic theory, stoichiometry, nomenclature, states of matter, and solution chemistry. Laboratory experiences will enforce principles learned and will familiarize students with proper handling and maintenance of gravimetric equipment. 4 units: UC, CSU transferable; UC credit limitation: Chem 110 and 151 combined, maximum credit, one course. Prerequisites for this course is Math 060, or its equivalent as determined by the COC Assessment Center.

Student Learning Outcomes:


  1. Analyze chemical problems and chemical reactions according to stoichiometric methodology.
  2. Examine the forms and states of matter, the structure of the atom, arrangement of electrons, and how this relates to the organization of the periodic table.
  3. Differentiate between the essential features of covalent and ionic bonding.


  1. Investigate chemical reactions with chemicals, scientific glassware, and instruments in a precise, accurate and safe manner.
  2. Analyze chemical data, including graphical manipulation, and formulate meaningful conclusions based on chemical data.

What to Expect in this Course

Attendance will be taken on the first day of class both in-person lab and online as an Ice-breaker Discussion post. Not being present the first day of lab and completing the required Ice-breaker Discussion post will be taken as an absence and you will be dropped from the course.

Since this course is in a hybrid format, we are not meeting for a formal lecture and will only cover lab material during our in-person lab time. Usually, the topics overlap pretty well so there will be times where we do cover some of the lecture material in lab, but not all of the material. You will be required to learn the lecture material on your own time by watching posted YouTube videos, reading the textbook, completing required lecture assignments, etc. However, you are still more than welcome to ask questions during our lab time and/or office hours if you have any!

There will be a variety of required assignments throughout the course, beginning the first week of classes. You will have assignments due every week, which includes lecture assignments (learning material from one new chapter each week), lab assignments, discussion board assignments, and Chem101 homework (now called Aktiv Chemistry). You will also have four mid-term exams and one cumulative final exam. All assignments and exams will be due on the same day as our lab meeting days and must be submitted through Canvas or the Chem101 (Aktiv Chemistry) website/app. Due dates and times will be specified for each Assignment on Canvas. Since all assignments will be posted at least one week before they are due (except for exams), no late work will be accepted for any reason. However, for this reason, I will allow you to drop your one lowest lecture, lab, discussion, and homework scores. Since there are no make-up exams, you will also be allowed to drop your lowest midterm exam score (excluding the final exam). You MUST be present for the final exam. Anyone who misses the final exam for any reason will receive an FW or may petition for an incomplete (I), depending on your circumstances.

You do not need a webcam or microphone for this course. You just need a reliable computer to be able to access Canvas. Please check Canvas often for announcements and updates! This is a fast-pace course, so be prepared to complete assignments starting the first week of classes. Please make sure you an access our OER textbook and purchase Chem101 (Aktive Chemistry) access code as soon as possible.

The following are my general rules for success in this course:

  • Study, study, study! You should be dedicating 2.5-3 hours of study time outside of class for every hour you are in class. This means that, since we have 3 hours of lecture and 3 hours of lab per week, that’s 15-18 hours of study time outside of class for this course.
  • Practice, practice, practice! You should go over all practice problems we complete in class on your own. Work through practice problems in the textbook and do your homework honestly (don’t just Google the answer!).
  • Read, read, read! Watch any assigned pre-lecture videos, read your textbook, and attempt the example problems within each chapter before you come to class. This will allow you to view the material before you come to class so that you can ask questions and continue practicing during lecture time.

Types of Assessments

Exams will be taken in-person ONLY during the scheduled lab (see course syllabus for specific dates). You will have four midterm exams, one cumulative final exam, and you MUST be available and present during class time to take each exam. There are NO MAKE-UP EXAMS for any reason. For this reason, your lowest exam score will be dropped from your final grade. In addition to exams, you will also be required to complete online homework assignments through Chem101 (Aktiv Chemistry) and Lecture assignments through Canvas.

Textbook Information

  1. Textbook: We will be utilizing a new, customized OER textbook through LibreText. More information about accessing this textbook will be detailed in our course syllabus
  2. Chem101 (now called Aktiv Chemistry) Access Code: available as a separate item in the bookstore or online at You must create an account on the Chem101 website and use our course access code that will be in our course syllabus.
  3. Lab Goggles: Available for purchase in bookstore. These MUST be purchased by the second lab period. Without them, you WILL NOT be allowed to participate in the laboratory and it will be marked as an unexcused absence (0). Goggles must have American National Standards Institute (ANSI) rating of Protector Type ANSI Z87.1B.
  4. Scientific Calculator: NO graphing or programmable calculators will be allowed. Please see instructor prior to first exam to ensure that your calculator is appropriate for the course.
  5. Recommended Materials: Flame-retardant laboratory coat
  6. Lab experiment pdfs will be available on Canvas to download. Purchasing a lab manual is not required.

Other Relevant Course Information

If the course is full and waitlisted, I will only be adding the first person from the waitlist on the first day. Because this is a hybrid course, the first day of class will take place in the lab, which only safely holds space for 24 students. For safety reasons, if you are not the first person on the waitlist, I ask that you not attend lab on the first day and e-mail me instead to find out if any spaces open up.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

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). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 08/31/2022 Sub#: 267