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CHEM-201 - General Chemistry I - Patricia Foley

Course:General Chemistry I
Professor:Patricia Foley
  • Online
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


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Welcome to Chemistry 201 at College of the Canyons! My name is Dr. Foley. I’m excited for the upcoming semester and hope to help the students in the class gain a deeper understanding of chemistry in the next 16 weeks. I care deeply about my students’ learning and will do my very best to create a great learning environment for you. I’ve included important details about the class structure, learning outcomes, necessary materials, and class expectations. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to email me. (I typically respond to emails within 24 hrs).

I look forward to meeting all of you soon!

Course Description

This course provides a foundation in the basic principles of the molecular nature of matter and its change, including reaction chemistry, atomic and bonding theories of matter, the properties of matter (solids, liquids, gases, solutions) and their relationship to energy. Gravimetric, volumetric, and spectroscopic analysis techniques are introduced in the laboratory portion. Course is required of all majors in chemistry and most other fields of science or technology. [5 units CSU, UC transferable (7 hr per week: 4 hr lecture, 3 hr lab)]. Prerequisites: CHEM 151 or COC Chemistry Placement Exam; MATH 070.

What to Expect in this Course

This course is considered a synchronous distance education course. It will have an online, asynchronous component that is organized into 15 weekly modules. Each module will contain a lecture unit (consisting of several short readings, short videos, and formative Canvas quizzes), a laboratory activity, and group assignment. There will be a Canvas exam after modules 3, 6, 9, 12, and 15.

In addition, we will meet as a class once a week to discuss the laboratory activity and complete activities related to the semester-long project. Through the labs and the group project, you will gain useful skills and insights that connect the class with the larger community.

This is a 5-credit class, so you should plan to spend at least 15 hours per week working on class-related work.

Types of Assessments

The course is assessed as follows:

Assessment Description % of Course
Online Modules Each week, students will complete a module with short readings, videos, worked examples, a lab activity, and two Canvas quizzes.



Canvas Exams For each three modules, students will complete a Canvas-based exam. The exam will be available during a 24 hr window, and students will have 90 min to complete it. The exams are open book/open note, but collaboration is strictly prohibited.



Chem101 Online Homework We'll use the Chem101 online homework app to facilitate discussion during our Zoom sessions, and to supplement any modules as needed. Assignments will be open for 24 hr.



Group Project Throughout the semester, student groups will work together to prepare a coffee table book that addresses one chemistry-related social issue. Students should expect to meet with group members on a weekly basis, prepare group updates, and finalize a copy of their document, and present the topic to the class before the end of the semester.




Textbook Information

Textbooks and Required Materials

1. Text: Chemistry 2e, published by OpenStax College (ISBN-10: 1938168399; ISBN-13: 978-1-938168-39-0). This textbook is an open educational resource, and a free electronic copy is downloadable from, or Hard copies are available at the campus bookstore for ~$50.

2. Chem 101 Online Learning Account. The class will utilize an online homework system. 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. A discounted price is available to students that have used Chem101 in previous semesters. Students are allowed to preview the course for two weeks prior to purchase.

3. Scientific Calculator: Students must bring a scientific calculator capable of exponential and log functions to class meetings.

4. Beyond Labz and Microsoft Excel: To complete the course, students must have access to Beyond Labz (a virtual laboratory program) and a spreadsheet program capable of linear regression. Students will be provided with an access code for Beyond Labz during the first laboratory meeting. The Microsoft Office Suite is freely available for download to all COC students through

5. Access to a Computer. Students will be expected to use a laptop or desktop computer to access the course, participate in Zoom conferences, and complete laboratory work. (You cannot complete all of the work in this course using only a smart phone or tablet.) If you do not have ready access to a computer, you may able to borrow one from the college by contacting

Other Relevant Course Information

I will contact all enrolled and waitlisted students in the week prior to the beginning of the semester through their my.canyons email address. In that email, I'll outline specific deadlines and expectations for the course, and include a meeting link for the 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.

Learning is a social activity. As the semester progresses, I think you'll find that the Zoom sessions are essential for our learning. Please make time to attend the Zoom meetings in their entirety for the semester. (We'll take breaks as needed!) 

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: 07/14/2021 Sub#: 384