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CHEM-151 - Preparatory General Chemistry - Nobuko Nishimura

Course:Preparatory General Chemistry
Professor:Nobuko Nishimura
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Hello! My name is Nobuko Nishimura. I have been teaching at College of the Canyons for 3 years. I worked for a pharmaceutical company over 15 years prior as a medicinal chemist. The primary goal for CHEM151 is to prepare you for general chemistry in terms of qualitative understanding of chemical principle and quantitative handling of chemical data. This course requires a total dedication from you, including, but not limited to, your time and effort. My role is to guide you this intensive course and be there for you.

Course Description

Chemistry 151,, a 4.0 unit CSU, UC transferable course, 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 assignments will enforce principles learned and will familiarize students with proper handling and use of equipment. UC,CSU transferable.

This is fully virtual class, meeting synchronously as scheduled in the catalogue, via Zoom. The participation in these synchronous session is required. Lecture portion will include lecture, activity and group work, and lab portion will focus on experimental data handling and/or worksheets.

Student Learning Objectives: 

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

What to Expect in this Course

The course covers wide range of topics and fast paced (~one chapter/week), and it is essential that students come to the live session PREPARED. Before the session, students are asked to read the textbook (will be available online for free) and lab handouts (will be available in Canvas) thoroughly. There will be a homework packet and quiz for each chapter. For the lab portion, visual aids will be used as much as possible to aide your understanding of experimental design and procedures. Simulations and worksheets are also utilized in labs.

A Zoom meeting link will be sent to all enrolled and waitlisted students 2-3 days before the first day of class. Attendance at the first class meeting is mandatory, and students that do not attend will be dropped from the roster. Waitlisted students that attend the first Zoom meeting will be added in the order they appear on the waitlist if space becomes available.


Types of Assessments

Assessments for this course includes, but not limited to, in-class activities during live sessions, chapter homework and quizzes (online), online discussion boards, and completing lab assignments. There will be cumulative final quizzes in the last week of the semester.

Textbook Information

Tro, Nivaldo J.; Introductory Chemistry, 6th Edition – There is a free, online version of this textbook at It is strongly recommended that you have access to full version (hard copy/electronic) of any edition of Tro’s Introductory Chemistry. You may be able to find used 5th edition under $10 at

Chem 101 Access -  Students must create a Chem 101 account at The cost to join the course is $29.95, and can be purchased through the COC bookstore or through the online interface. Students are allowed to preview the course for two weeks prior to purchase.  Registering process will be communicated a few days prior to the first day of the class.

Computer with Office 365 – The software is free for COC student (go to

Computer with webcam that meets requirements for Proctorio (

Stable internet connection

Simple, scientific calculator - The TI30XIIS calculator required for most math classes is recommended, but any calculator with a scientific notation function will do.

Capability to scan documents -  There are many free app for smart phones to convert image to PDF file, such as CamScannerOffice LensAdobe Scan and Tiny Scanner. This is an essential tool that you constantly use throughout the course. Make sure to get one and familiarize yourself how to use it.

Other Relevant Course Information

A more comprehensive and detailed description of the course information will be available on Canvas prior to the course start date.  Please contact me with any questions or concerns at

I will use announcements and messaging through Canvas as the primary methods of communication for the class and individuals, so make sure you check your canvas notification settings to ensure prompt delivery. Here is the support page for setting and alert in Canvas:

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: 07/28/2021 Sub#: 295