Reading Assignments: There are weekly readings as described in the course outline, below. These readings are based out of the text, or will be provided to students within the resource tab in the electronic classroom.
Forum Assignments: Forum participation is required every single week of this course. Forum topics will be posted within the forum section of the class. Participation is mandatory and vigorous interaction is required. The posting requirements for these forums can be found in the forum description. Students will be evaluated by the instructor with grading guidelines attached to the forum description each week. Forums will be worth 100 points each.
Exams: There will be four exams throughout this course, during Weeks 4, 8, 12 and 16. Different exams will be weighted differently depending upon the number of chapters covered. The exams will mostly include questions in multiple formats, including multiple choice as well as short answer.
- Exam 1 will cover seven chapters and be worth 100 points.
- Exam 2 will cover seven chapters and be worth 100 points.
- Exam 3 will cover seven chapters and be worth 100 points.
- Exam 4 will cover six chapters and worth 100 points. Therefore, Exam 4 will not be cumulative.
Course Project: The Course Project is designed to focus the student on experimental design. As future scientists, the Course Project will entail designing an experiment using their Vernier instrumentation gas pressure sensor. The students will present the result of their research in an experiment report. The Experiment Design will be due Week 7 and the Course Project Experiment Report will be due Week 15. The Course Projects will be shared to the class Week 16 in the forum, and students will be asked to comment on the experiments.
Laboratories: There will be seven lab sets due throughout the course. The laboratories will mostly consist of hands-on lab experiments that will be sent to the student within a kit. There will also be internet based exercises that will apply the concepts learned in the course.
Please see the Student Handbook to reference the University’s grading scale.