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Chem 151 - Preparatory General Chemistry - Mitra Sushinsky

Course:Preparatory General Chemistry
Professor:Mitra Sushinsky
  • Hybrid
Course Length:
  • 16 Week



Hello and welcome to Chem 151! My name is Mitra Sushinsky, and I am very excited to be your instructor this semester. Prior to teaching at COC, I worked as a research scientist in the pharmaceutical and personal care industry. I hope I can help you gain a deeper understanding of chemistry and help you succeed in this course. 

Course Description

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 and volumetric equipment. 

What to Expect in this Course

Lectures will be pre-recorded and posted on Canvas. Weekly laboratory attendance is mandatory. The homework assignments will be posted on Aktiv online learning platform (instructions to sign up will be provided separately on the first day of class) Quizzes and exams will be administered in person during the lab. Depending on your previous knowledge of chemistry, you will need to spend between 10 to 15 hours a week to view the lectures, study, and complete all the lab and homework assignments. 

Types of Assessments

A final grade will be assigned based off the performance in lecture and laboratory portions of the course. Graded assignments will include exams, quizzes, laboratory assignments, and homework assignments. The exams and quizzes will be given in person during the lab. 


Textbook Information

We have switched to an OER textbook: 

Labs will be posted on Canvas or you can purchase the lab manual for a small fee from the student bookstore.

Other Relevant Course Information

All registered students should be present on the first day of class in order to keep their spot. Absent students will be dropped to open room for students on the waitlist. If you can't make it for any reason, you need to email me in advance. The waitlisted students should also attend the first day. If there are open spots, I will add waitlisted students based on their ranking on the waitlist and if they are present on the first day of class. 

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:

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  • 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)

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Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

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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

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Last updated: 06/29/2023 Sub#: 1601