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PHYSCI 101 - Physical Science - Teresa Ciardi

Course:Physical Science
Professor:Teresa Ciardi
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Me (center) with NASA RockSatX Student Team Members

Welcome to Physical Science, to our adventure together learning about the science that is all around us in our daily lives. All course assignments and resources will be in the course canvas shell, and we will have many interactions to explain and practice the content. Power point presentations are designed to encourage continuous interaction with the content and critical thinking. We will practice the content together during class time and lab investigations will provide hands-on experiences with the content. Science is both challenging and fun, and I will be here for you throughout the semester to help you succeed.

Course Description

Physical Science 101 is a 4.0 unit CSU, UC transferable course! This is a one semester course that introduces you to first year topics in physics and chemistry, emphasizing the science that is observable in our daily lives like motion, floating, and chemical reactions. This course is required for the Elementary Education Transfer Degree students and this course fulfills the general education requirement for natural science with a lab.

What to Expect in this Course

Are we going to have scheduled lecture and labs?

We will practice with the power point content together during scheduled class times, and you will have opportunity to interact with your classmates and me during our scheduled class periods. We will preview what is expected for each scheduled lab during scheduled class times, and then lab investigations will need to be completed outside of our meeting times. It is expected that student lab teams will work together to collect and analyze data.

How will we use Zoom?

Zoom will be used for all Online Live class meetings and for office hours. There will be a single link for your course; I will have your direct zoom link in the “Syllabus” tab on canvas. Please plan to have your camera on if you attend zoom sessions. I have “Safe Space” certification and my spaces are safe spaces where all are welcome and valued.

How are we going to do labs?

Online Live courses will utilize materials that you may be able to find where you live or may utilize free online simulations. We also have a free lab kit for Online Live courses! Completed lab write-ups may include graphs, images, and/or sketches. A sample lab write-up will be available in the course canvas shell.

How will the course be organized?

The course will be organized into modules in canvas. Each content page within a module will include power point presentations of content and practice, assignments, and associated lab investigations. Individual pages within a module will contain resources to help you master the content and may include links to current science articles or videos to promote your curiosity. At the end of a module there is a content page with a test review.

Lab quizzes will be included in the canvas calendar and in assignments but will not be included in the modules. There is also a science project that will be due near the end of semester that will show up in the canvas calendar and assignments but will not be part of a module.

How will we submit our assignments?

All assignments will be submitted in canvas. You will have the option of typing your answers directly into a canvas text box or you may upload word documents or pdf files. For some assignments, it may be easiest to submit documents to me using a free app on your phone, like AdobeScan or CamScan or any other app you may already have (iPhone has their own) that can compile multiple images into a single document.

What do I need for the course?

  • Computer:  You will need regular access to a reliable computer and internet connection.
  • COC Email:  You need to check your student email frequently for announcements from canvas.
  • Software: You will need an internet browser (Chrome works best with Canvas) and Microsoft word would be useful (you can download the Microsoft Office Suite for FREE with your COC student account).

Types of Assessments

Your grade will be comprised of several different elements. Hard work and content mastery are valued equally. About half (45%) of your grade will be from completed work and about half (55%) of your grade will be from tests and lab quizzes. Lowest scores will be dropped.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

  • All information will be included in the course Power Point presentations
  • Optional Textbook Resource: An Introduction to Physical Science by Shipman (any edition)

Other Relevant Course Information

What do I need to do to be successful in this class?

It is extremely important that you keep up with all your work, attend all class meetings, and communicate often.

  • Come to class! Have your camera on and interact during our class time together.
  • Participate and collaborate with others often, including outside of class time, so that you may learn from each other.
  • Ask questions, and do not be afraid to be wrong about something.
  • Plan time each day to complete work and study for this class (you need to make a schedule).
  • Pay close attention to announcements in canvas, that is how I will communicate important information to everyone in the class.

What should I do next?

As soon as you have access to the course in canvas, find the course syllabus and write down any questions you may have so we may talk about them on the first day. Look through the canvas course and explore what is there.

I welcome you to email me with any questions you have. You may reach me through canvas or at I look forward to meeting you very soon!

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: 06/10/2021 Sub#: 257