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PHYSCI-101 - Conceptual Physical Science - Thomas Gavin

Course:Conceptual Physical Science
Professor:Thomas Gavin
Email:thomas.gavin@canyons.edu
Format:
  • Online
  • Hybrid
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 16 Week

Introduction

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My name is Thomas Gavin, and I will be your professor this semester at College of the Canyons.

I grew up here in the Santa Clarita Valley attending Canyon High School, UCLA, CSUN and Pepperdine. I have been married for over 40 years now, have 5 adult children and 4 grandkids. I enjoy camping, reading, walking, tinkering around the house, and playing with my grandkids. The picture shows me next to SOPHIA the 747 based NASA telescope. This is my 7th year teaching Physical Science at COC, and I look forward to working with all of you.

Course Description

It is very important that all students understand that we meet only once a week in person for our laboratory experiments. If you miss the class, there are no makeups for the labs. Lectures and tests will be asynchronously (not zoom) online.

We will explore the sciences of physics and chemistry, and the role these sciences play in everyday life on Earth; some applications in astronomy may also be included. In-class discussions and exercises will be based on expected preparatory reading of text and online lecture notes. 

The objectives of this course are for you to: 

  1. Examine the physical properties that are present in your daily life 
  2. Recall and apply the basic concepts of chemistry and physics 
  3. Develop scientific thinking and problem solving skills 
  4. Practice the scientific method in a laboratory setting

What to Expect in this Course

It is very important that all students understand that we meet only once a week in person for our laboratory experiments. If you miss the class, there are no makeups for the labs. Lectures and tests will be asynchronously (not zoom) online.

Students in the Earth, Space, and Environmental Sciences Department taking physical science classes will be able to understand and appreciate nature and become knowledgeable about environmental issues, fundamental forces in nature, the basic principles behind modern technology, and the role of science in everyday life. Physical Science prepares students for a diversity of professions including teaching science at the secondary level, serving as a technical administrator in government and industry, or completing legal work with patents, scientific librarianship, and scientific journalism. Here is the official listing of the class at COC: 

https://www.canyons.edu/academics/earthsciences/program/physci.php

The class is UC/CSU transferrable. It does include the COC required lab component. There are no prerequisites for this class. 

This class is a hybrid which means it combines online instruction and in-person labs. However, this semester it may be all distance learning.

  • Synchronous (OnlineLive) sessions will take place using Canvas via ConferZoom. Asynchronous (ONLINE) sessions will take place using Canvas and Google Docs. The following types of instruction will be used:
    • Lectures-via asynchronous lectures with built in feedback questions
    • Laboratories-synchronous instruction followed by asynchronous completion by students
    • Discussion-via synchronous sessions
    • Homework-asynchronous and once per week with 10 questions per week
    • Tests-asynchronously four tests including the final exam
    • Science Project-asynchronous youtube based video project with you showing us some home based science
  • The in-person synchronous instruction will be the required once a week labs and discussion of the science topics we are covering. If required to be completely off campus, then all labs will completed with at home materials.
  • The course can be accessed via Canvas at cv.canyons.edu on the first day of the course. Follow the login instructions at the bottom of the screen to log in. Here, you can also access Canvas user guides with helpful tips for navigating and using Canvas. For any Canvas related issues please call the Canvas Student Support line at (661) 362-3344 during college business hours, or (877) 889-9052 for 24/7 support.

Types of Assessments

It is very important that all students understand that we meet only once a week in person for our laboratory experiments. If you miss the class, there are no makeups for the labs. Lectures and tests will be asynchronously (not zoom) online.

Assessments will be included in the:

  • Lectures
  • Homework
  • Tests
  • Science Project

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

It is very important that all students understand that we meet only once a week in person for our laboratory experiments. If you miss the class, there are no makeups for the labs. Lectures and tests will be asynchronously (not zoom) online.

This is a ZTC (Zero Textbook Cost) course. The textbooks are online and at no cost.

  1. College Physics OpenStax: https://openstax.org/books/college-physics/pages/preface
  2. College Chemistry OpenStax: https://openstax.org/details/books/chemistry-atoms-first-2e
  3. Real World Science: Physics and Chemistry Applications by Ciardi-OER-Online on Canvas

Other Relevant Course Information

It is very important that all students understand that we meet only once a week in person for our laboratory experiments. If you miss the class, there are no makeups for the labs. Lectures and tests will be asynchronously (not zoom) online.

Basic required technical and personal study skills needed:

  • Basic computer literacy, including skills in Internet navigation and basic document creation. At the very least, you should know how to cut and paste, and how to attach documents to emails.
  • Reliable, consistent Internet access with an up-to-date browser, such as Firefox, Explorer, Safari, Google Chrome, etc.). You can also make use of the computer labs on COC’s campus. There is a student Canvas app, but it is not as complete as a computer version.
  • Ability to work with or learn how to work with Canvas and the Google Suite..
  • Some kind of camera that is able to post to the web for the completion of your Science Project. This camera can be a webcam or cell phone camera.
  • Sixteen-week hybrid (online and live) courses require more time and effort than traditional, on-ground offerings. You are expected to handle a substantial workload in this time. Plan on this course taking at least 5-10 hours/week of your time in addition to the lab time. There is a considerable amount of reading and interactive activities online.
  • Students who do well in online courses tend to share the following qualities:
    • They are very self-motivated, consistently meet deadlines and are prepared.
    • They are strong, critical readers and communicate clearly and effectively in writing.
    • They have strong time management skills.
    • They enjoy active, cooperative learning experiences.
    • They know the core rules of Netiquette and how to communicate respectfully online. Check out: http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html. You as students, and I as your instructor, are all responsible for creating a safe and respectful learning environment in our class, by being mindful of diverse opinions and beliefs from a variety of lifestyles, backgrounds, and experiences.

Additional Resources

Canvas

This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at https://coc.instructure.com. Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex: username@my.canyons.edu)
  • 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: 08/15/2022 Sub#: 637