Syllabus for CHE-101



Survey of Chemistry is designed for non-chemistry majors to provide a broad background to “the world of chemistry.” The real world of chemistry is vast and complicated, but the assignments and activities in this course help elucidate how every substance, living or inanimate, is chemical in nature. Substances are often mentioned in the news, in both political and non-political discussions. Thus, the basic knowledge of chemistry that students will learn in Survey of Chemistry helps them to make intelligent and informed decisions about environmental, nutritional, and medical issues in today’s world.



After completing this course, you should be able to:

CO1        Evaluate chemistry in terms of the chemical view of matter.

CO2        Analyze the structure and importance of the periodic table.

CO3        Compare and contrast different compounds according to their bonding properties.

CO4        Explain the relationship between energy and chemical reactions.

CO5        Compare and contrast organic and inorganic compounds.

CO6        Evaluate chemical structures and their impact on everyday life, such as nutrition, medicine, and agriculture.


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbook

ISBN 978-1133962984

Note: You do not need to memorize the periodic table of elements or chemical equations to complete the course work.


Survey of Chemistry is a three-credit online course consisting of six modules, a midterm exam, and a final exam. Modules include an overview, topics, module objectives, study materials, and planned activities.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, take quizzes, and take both a proctored midterm examination and a proctored final examination. See below for details.

Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.

Note: You do not need to memorize the periodic table of elements or chemical equations to complete the course work.

Discussion Forums

You are required to complete six discussion forums. The discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules and are related to everyday chemistry. Your initial posting should be two to three well-developed paragraphs, and you will also need to respond to two classmates’ discussion forum postings.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete six written assignments. The written assignments consist of exercises based on a variety of topics in each module. An assignment sheet in rich text format (.rtf) is provided for you to download and work on directly. To receive full credit for your answers, you must answer each question completely.

Assignments must be prepared electronically with a word processor; for some problems, you may need to use whatever equation editor comes with your word processing software. However, if your word processor is not compatible with your mentor's word processor, you will need to save your document as a rich-text file (.rtf) before submitting it. Check with your mentor first to determine file compatibility. (Important: Use the equation editor to insert equations into your word-processed document, not to create the document itself.)

When submitting your assignments, be sure to include your name at the top of the paper, as well as the course name and code and the semester and year in which you are enrolled.

For help regarding preparing and submitting activities, see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.


Note: Some of the written assignments are derived from the even numbered problems in the “Applying Your Knowledge” sections at the end of the textbook chapters. You may want to complete the odd numbered problems for practice throughout the course; their answers can be found in the back of the textbook.


Survey of Chemistry requires you to complete an online quiz within each module based on the module’s assigned reading. The module quizzes are open book and consist of multiple choice questions. To maximize your learning experience, you may take the quiz as often as you would like. Just be aware that the grade of your most recent attempt will be the one entered into the gradebook. The launch link for the quiz is available within the course website.

Note: You may see some new questions each of the first several times you attempt the quiz, so multiple attempts should serve as a useful review method.


Survey of Chemistry requires you to take two online examinations: a midterm exam and a final exam. The midterm and final are both closed-book, proctored exams and consist of multiple-choice questions only. The midterm covers Modules 1, 2, and 3, while the final covers Modules 4, 5, and 6. Both exams are 2 hours long.

Note: You are not permitted to use any materials during the testing session, but you will have on-screen access to the periodic table, formulas, and a calculator.

Both exams require that you use the University's Online Proctor Service (OPS). Please refer to the Examinations and Proctors section of the Online Student Handbook (see General Information area of the course website) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to schedule your exam within the first week of the semester.

Online exams are administered through the course website. Consult the Course Calendar for the official dates of exam weeks.

Statement about Cheating

You are on your honor not to cheat during the exam. Cheating means:

If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in your exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:






























Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings).


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


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Students at Thomas Edison State University are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

All members of the University community are responsible for reviewing the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.

If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > Citing Sources.)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism

Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.

If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.

If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.

Possible sanctions include:

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