CHEM 1151 - Survey of Chemistry I
Course Syllabus - Fall 2008

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Course Description:

Number and Title:

Chemistry 1151 (CRN 87115 and 87487)
Survey of Chemistry I

Credit Hours:

3.0 semester credit hours

Catalog Description:

CHEM 1151 is the first course in a two-semester sequence covering elementary principles of general, organic and biochemistry designed for allied health science majors (this course is also open to non-science majors). Topics to be covered include elements and compounds, chemical equations, nomenclature, and molecular geometry.

Chemistry 1151 is a three hour credit science course for Area D1 of the Core Curriculum of Clayton State University. This course is usually not taken by science majors. If you are majoring in a science or engineering field, check with the instructor to be sure you are in the correct course.

Course Prerequisite:

Exit or exemption from Learning Support Math

Course Co-requisite:

Co-requisite: CHEM 1151L

Note: Due to the co-requisite nature of CHEM 1151 and CHEM 1151L, students dropping one of the two courses must also drop the other.

Notebook Computer Requirement:

Each CCSU student is required to have ready access throughout the semester to a notebook computer that meets faculty-approved hardware and software requirements for the student's academic program. Students will sign a statement attesting to such access.  For further information on CCSU's Official Notebook Computer Policy, please go to

Computer Skill Prerequisites:

  • Able to use the computer’s operation system (Windows®)
  • Able to access and send e-mail (Outlook® or Outlook Express®)
  • Able to use a Web browser (Internet Explorer®) and search engine
  • Able to download files from a web site to your computer
  • Able to use a word processor system (Word®)
  • Able to use a spread sheet system (Excel®)

In-class Use of Student Notebook Computers:

Student notebook computers will not be used in the classroom in this course. Computers will be required to access course materials and to communicate with your instructor. 

Everyday coursework in class will not require the use of a computer.  Therefore, unless there is a compelling reason, cleared through the instructor, students should not have their computers open during the lectures or exams.  Computers and/or cell phones cannot be used as a calculator for exams.

Course Learning Outcomes:

1.      To learn the basic concepts of general chemistry.

2.      To apply the basic concepts of chemistry to the solution of conceptual and quantitative problems.

3.      To further develop the ability to solve problems through logical thought and organized reason.

Program Learning Outcomes:

General education outcomes:

The following links provide tabular descriptions of the communications outcome and the critical thinking outcome components  (see Chem 1151 in the tables):

Instructor Information:

Dr. Susan F. Hornbuckle
Phone: (678) 466-4780
Office: Arts & Sciences G-210J
(ADM-11 after August 25, 2008)

Office hours:
>21 hours/week
  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
(by appointment only)*
  11:00 AM - noon  M ADM-11 
  1:00 PM - 4:50 PM M ADM-11
  11:00 AM - 4:50 PM W ADM-11
  11:10 AM - 12:40 PM
(by appointment only)*
T Th ADM-11
  12:40 PM - 3:30 PM 
(by appointment only)*
T Th BHS: C-54 
  other times by appointment*    

*You may email or talk to me in person to make an appointment.

Class Meetings:




TR 3:35 pm - 4:50 pm LEC-B10

Textbook Information:


General, Organic & Biological Chemistry,  Stoker, Houghton Mifflin, 2007  packaged with ancillaries.

Text Coverage:

Chapters 1-11


Your grade in CHEM 1151 will be based upon the following components:



Classroom Assessments (3) @ 100 points


Final Exam





The grade you receive in Chemistry 1151 will be based upon the following distribution:

letter grade

percentage range

point range


90% or greater

450 - 500


80% - 89%

400 - 449


70% - 79%

350 - 399


60% - 69%

300 - 349


< 60%

< 300

Mid-term Progress Report

The mid-term grade in this course which will be issued on or about October 7, reflects approximately 20% of the entire course grade.  Based on this grade, students may choose to withdraw from the course and receive a grade of "W."  Students pursuing this option must fill out an official withdrawal form, available in the Office of the Registrar, by mid-term, which occurs on October 10, 2008.

Tentative Course Schedule:  This schedule is general and tentative.  The subject matter may
                                                vary some from this schedule.

Week of


August 19 & 21 Introduction, Chapter 1  Basic Concepts about Matter 
August 26 & 28 Chapter 1 continued
September 2 Labor Day Holiday--No Class
September 4 Chapter 2  Measurements in Chemistry
September 9 & 11 Chapter 6 (Sections 6.1-6.5)  Chemical Calculations, Formula Masses & Moles
September 16 & 18 Review and Catch-up
Exam I
  Covers Introduction, Chapters 1, 2 and 6.1-6.5
September 23 & 25 Chapter 3  Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table
September 30 & Oct 2 Chapter 4  Chemical Bonding:  The Ionic Bond Model
October 7 & 9 Chapter 5  Chemical Bonding:  The Covalent Bond Model
October 10   Mid-Term  (Last day to withdraw without academic penalty.)
October 14 & 16 Exam II  Covers Chapters 3-5
Chapter 6 Revisited (Sections 6.6-6.8)  Chemical Reactions
October 21 & 23 Chapter 6; Chapter 9 (Sections 9.1-9.2)  Chemical Reactions
October 28 & 30 Chapter 9
November 4 & 6 Chapter 7 (sections 7.9 - 7.13)  Gases, Liquids & Solids
November 11 & 13 Chapter 8 (Sections 8.1-8.9)  Solutions
November 18 & 20 Chapter 8; Review and Catch-up
Exam III
  Covers Chapters 6 (Sections 6.6-6.8), 9 (Sections 9.1-9.2, 7 (Sections 7.9-7.13) and 8 (Sections 8.1-8.9)
November 25 Chapter 10 (Sections 10.1-10.4; 10.6-10.9; 10.14-10.15)  Acids, Bases & Salts
November 26 - 30 Thanksgiving Day Holiday  No Classes!!--Study is required!!
December 2 & 4 Chapter 11 (Optional)  Nuclear Chemistry;  Review
December 5 Last Day of Classes  (Our last day is December 4th)
December 6 - 12 Final Exam - TBA


Course Policies:


This course demands and expects approximately two hours of work per night. Reading assignments are tentatively made on this syllabus. The student is expected to complete all chapter problems upon completion of each topic in class. However, these will not be collected or graded. Completion of homework is your responsibility. Supplementary problems will also be assigned.


The Center for Academic Success (CAS) provides tutoring for this course.  Appointments can be made through TutorTrac at: http// or by contacting the CAS at (678) 466-4070, lower level of the library.


Electronic calculators are permitted (encouraged) for homework and assessments. Calculators limited to multiplication and division are sufficient. You may NOT use a calculator memory for storage of data or information (formulas) for use on assessments or the final.  This would result in an automatic zero grade on the assessment.  The battery and working of your calculator will be your responsibility. You will find it useful to have your calculator in class. You may not use your computer or cell phone calculators for exams.


Class roll will be taken, however, attendance is not required except for classroom assessments. You are responsible for all attendance requirements for external programs (i.e. financial aid). It is your responsibility to sign the roll sheet at every class meeting you attend. This roll sheet is the instructor's official record. You will be held responsible for all announcements and material covered in lecture in addition to text, references, hand-outs and study guides.

              Academic Misconduct:

Any type of activity that is considered dishonest by reasonable standards may constitute academic misconduct. The most common forms of academic misconduct are cheating and plagiarism.  All instances of academic dishonesty will result in a grade of zero for the work involved.  All instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Office of Student Life/Judicial Affairs.   Judicial procedures are described at  


There will be three classroom assessments and one 2-hour final (comprehensive). The assessments will be announced approximately one week in advance whenever possible and attendance is mandatory.  If a student has an excused absence on an exam day, the student's final exam percentage score will be used in place of the missed exam score.  No make-up exams will be given.

Grades will not be communicated via email or telephone. Exams will be handed back in the next lecture period after an exam. If absent, a student must come by during office hours to retrieve their exam. Final exam papers may be viewed the following semester during office hours.

Disruption of the Learning Environment:

Behavior which disrupts the teaching–learning process during class activities will not tolerated.  While a variety of behaviors can be disruptive in a classroom setting, more serious examples include belligerent, abusive, profane, and/or threatening behavior.  A student who fails to respond to reasonable faculty direction regarding classroom behavior and/or behavior while participating in classroom activities may be dismissed from class.  A student who is dismissed is entitled to due process and will be afforded such rights as soon as possible following dismissal.  If found in violation, a student may be administratively withdrawn and may receive a grade of WF.

Other Class Policies:

"Students must abide by policies in the Clayton State University Student Handbook, and the Basic Undergraduate Student Responsibilities."

  • Arrive to class on time.

  • Avoid disruptive behavior in class: talking, snoring, children, etc.

  • Turn off phones, radios and other electronic devices.

  • If you must leave early, leave quietly by a back door if possible.

  • Use the pencil sharpener before class begins.

  • No eating, smoking or drinking in the classrooms.

  • No extra credit work will be assigned.

Last update: August 14, 2008