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CHM 151 - Prep General Chemistry - Dr. Tara Williams/Professor Dan Evans

Course:Prep General Chemistry
Course Section Number:57679
Professor:Dr. Tara Williams/Professor Dan Evans
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:16 week
Dates and Times of Required Meetings:

Section 47679 - MW 11:00-12:20 Lecture and W 12:30-3:35 Lab 

Tool(s) Used to Meet:

Zoom for Synchronous Lectures and Laboratories

Textbook Title:I highly recommend that you hold off on purchasing any of these course materials until after our first on-site meeting during the first week. I will be providing you with a lot more information about the various ways you can access the materials, which may change how you want to purchase them for the semester. Briefly though, all students will be required to have: • Chem101: This is the program that we utilize for all of our homework assignments, quizzes, and exams. • Textbook: We are using the 6th Edition of Introductory Chemistry by Nivaldo Tro (although any other edition will also work for the course).
Types of Assessments:For this course, we will have online homework, quizzes, and exams. There is also a laboratory component to this course, in which you will have to turn in weekly laboratory assignments.


Hello and welcome to CHEM 151 in the Distance Education format! I am excited for the opportunity to get to know each of you during the semester!

First though, you should make sure that this course is right for you.  As a course that is ordinarily taught as a face-to-face course, that is being offered distance education this fall due to Covid-19, the lecture component is conducted fully online via Zoom and other additional videos, and it is required of you to be online during the entirety of the scheduled lecture time.  The laboratory component will also be conducted fully online via Zoom, and you will also be required to be online for the first half of the scheduled laboratory time.

Many students are under the incorrect impression that because the course is being offered as a distance education course, that it will be easier or involve less work than a traditional fully on-site class. This is actually quite the opposite of what is true. While online courses do offer a greater deal of flexibility, this course will run like a typical face-to-face course, except that you will be required to be online instead of on campus during lecture and laboratory sessions.  As a result, a course like this requires a student have a great deal of self-discipline, with highly advanced time-management and organizational skills, and most importantly – is not likely to procrastinate.

If you aren’t sure if this format is right for you, or you just want to do a little more research, I would encourage you to explore our Quest for Online Success online readiness course, offered through our Distance Education office. It helps prepare for you the different environment of online learning, as well as provides you an assessment to help you make an informed decision about taking the class:

For those of you who feel that this course makes sense to you, and will allow you to be as successful as possible, then read on to find out more specifics about the course we’ll be diving into together!

Course Description

Chemistry 151 is 4.0 unit CSU, UC transferable 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 and volumetric equipment. Prerequisite: Math 060, or its equivalent as determined by COC Assessment Center.

What to Expect in this Course

Expect to be busy and expect to check in frequently! I will use Canvas and your college issued email account as the primary methods of communication for the course, so it is absolutely critical that you check the Canvas site every day. Things change quickly in a distance education course, and so you need to make sure you’re up to date.


As I mentioned above, homework, quizzes, and exams, will all be administered online.  Homework will have assigned due dates, but can be completed at your own pace.  Quizzes and exams will also be administered online, but I will open them for you to complete during class time, with a given time allotment.  As this is a chemistry course, the estimated time spent on this course outside of lecture and lab, is fifteen hours per week, in addition, to the time spent in lab in lecture.


I will post the module for each week on Canvas on Sundays, earlier if possible.  These modules will contain all of the information for the week.  I expect you to log in to the course Mondays and Wednesdays for lecture and lab when scheduled.  Online homework, quizzes, and exams will be offered on Chem101, outside of Canvas.    

Additional Textbook Information / Link to OER Textbook

highly recommend that you hold off on purchasing any of these course materials until after our first on-site meeting during the first week. I will be providing you with a lot more information about the various ways you can access the materials, which may change how you want to purchase them for the semester. Briefly though, all students will be required to have:

  • Chem101: This is the program that we utilize for all of our homework assignments, quizzes, and exams. We will talk about how to purchase access on the first day of class.
  • Textbook: We are using the 6th Edition of Introductory Chemistry by Nivaldo Tro (although any other edition will also work for the course). Print copies of this are available in the bookstore, but as mentioned above, Mastering Chemistry can be set up in such a way that an e-text version is already included.
  • Lab Manual: CHEM 151 now provides a free, OER laboratory manual for students, and so no longer requires a lab-manual be purchased. All of the laboratory experiments will be posted in Canvas, and each lab, you are required to have the assigned lab accessible to you during the lab section – beginning with the very first week/class meeting!
  • Scientific calculator: You must have a calculator capable of exponential and logarithmic functions for this class.  We can talk more about this on the first day of lecture. 

Other Relevant Course Information

  • You must attend the first scheduled lecture and laboratory session or you will be dropped from the course! 
  • If you are waitlisted and hoping to join the course, you must also attend the first scheduled laboratory session in order to qualify for any seat that opens up that day. I cannot over-enroll this course due to the lab and safety regulations, so the only way students can add the course is if another currently-registered student drops.
  • Please access and read through the entire course syllabus (posted in Canvas). This letter is not meant to replace the course syllabus, but rather just give you a brief summary to make sure you’re comfortable going forward with the hybrid-format. The syllabus contains much more detailed, specific information about the course, the schedule, how grades are assigned, etc so make sure you read through that carefully and ask me any questions you may have.
  • You will have a different instructor, Professor Daniel Evans as your laboratory instructor.  This lab will therefore have different guidelines, and will be outlined by your lab professor on the first of lab.  


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.

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Last updated: 07/06/2021 Sub # Orig: 528