Four kinds of graded assessments/activities will be assigned to enhance your understanding of chemistry principles. Participation in all the activities is essential for developing problem solving skills and concepts presented in the course. Your course grade is based on your performance on the following activities:
For each Lesson in this course, a Discussion Forums topic will be posted by your instructor (there will also be a required introductions discussion forum during the first week of the course). These take time to complete, so please do not procrastinate, or you will likely regret it!
You must post a thoughtful response to the topic(s), expressing critical thought and analysis, and you must attribute sources when applicable. For your Community points, you are required to reply to everyone who responds to your initial post.
You are then required to post a response to the post of at least 2 of your classmates as well. There will be a total of 8 discussion forums worth 100 points each.
Please do not plagiarize your answer (i.e. do not copy paste directly from the internet or any other source), or you will not receive credit. There are many tools available for instructors to help catch this, so please don’t try it.
**Note**: Just asking for help, saying something very vague, or congratulatory or acknowledgement postings will not count towards adequate participation credit. They do not contribute to an understanding of the material, raise important issues regarding the material, or forward the conversation about the content.
Each Lesson will also be accompanied by a Laboratory Exercise that will not only introduce you to common laboratory techniques and concepts, but will also reinforce the content presented in the text and homework. Labs will thus give you an opportunity to apply what you have learned in the chapters in a real situation, and thus use the course content as hands-on tools for problem solving.
Each Lesson will contain a Lesson Quiz to help you and your Professor assess your comprehension of the Lesson material. The format of the quizzes is a combination of multiple choice and short answer. The questions will come from both the Lessons and the Labs. They are more difficult than the practice exercises, as they require you to apply and think critically about the lesson material rather than just memorize it or copy problem solving steps. There are 8 quizzes, each worth 100 points each. You will have 2 hours to complete each quiz—after the time limit, the assessment will be submitted automatically and you will only receive credit for what you have completed up to that time.
Please see the Student Handbook to reference the University’s grading scale.