Syllabus Online Physical Science and Lab—PHYS 1204L Sections 50 & 51 Fall 2012 Instructor: Ms. Jessica Clanton Office: McClain Hall 300A on the ASUMH campus Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Office Phone: (870) 508-6177 Division Chair: Ms. Beth Whitfield; Office: Dryer Hall 302 on the ASUMH campus; Email: email@example.com; Office Phone: (870) 508-6158 Office Hours/Instructor Availability I will hold office hours in McClain Hall 300A on Monday and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. – noon C.S.T. and on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. C.S.T. and from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. C.S.T. I will be available for two hours by appointment only on Fridays. Click on the Ms. Clanton button in our Blackboard course page for more information about my schedule. You may email me at any time. I will make every attempt to reply to each email I receive within 24 hours of receiving it unless it is sent over the weekend; I will respond to those on Monday. I will be available to chat in our Office Hours chat room—found in our course Blackboard Announcements page—during office hours unless otherwise specified. Send me an email or post in the Blackboard discussion board if you need to talk to me outside of office hours. Textbook and Materials The following materials are required for this course: a computer (Seated students and online students who can travel to the ASUMH campus should feel free to use the computers and internet in the tutoring center located in Dryer Hall 208 on the ASUMH campus.), a high-speed internet connection (Seated students and online students who can travel to the ASUMH campus should feel free to use the computers and internet in the tutoring center located in Dryer Hall 208 on the ASUMH campus.), © 2012 Arkansas State University-Mountain Home Page 1 of 7 This syllabus subject to change. an inexpensive scientific calculator (The calculator on your computer will work well for our class. Do NOT purchase a graphing calculator just for this course.), and various household items for completion of activities (Online students will be required to provide their own household items for the completion of some activities. If you have trouble locating a particular item, get in touch with me.). You are not required to purchase a textbook or a lab manual for this course. However, I do provide a free electronic textbook to be used by all students, and it is my primary form of instruction for the class. You will access all lectures and assignments through the electronic textbook, and you can open the electronic textbook either directly by clicking HERE or through our Blackboard course page. Course Description Physical Science and Lab develops modern concepts of matter and energy and how this development is related to the social order of which man is a part. (This course does not satisfy science certification for secondary school teachers. It is not accepted as a major requirement in a natural science field. However, elementary education majors must take this course to meet state certification requirements.) Lecture three hours, lab two hours per week. Pre-requisite: MATH 1003 or ACT Mathematics score of 17 or above. (F, S) ACTS: PHSC 1004. Course Outcomes This course provides a foundation for understanding the physical science (e.g., physics, chemistry, geology, astronomy) of natural processes and improves problem- solving skills through the application of physical principles. It also provides direct observation of the principles and processes of physical science and the development of laboratory skills relevant to the study of physical science. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to: 1. explain, describe, discuss, recognize, and/or apply knowledge and understanding of: a. the scientific method, b. measurement and error, c. force and motion, d. work and energy, e. temperature and heat, f. electricity and magnetism, g. chemical elements, © 2012 Arkansas State University-Mountain Home Page 2 of 7 This syllabus subject to change. h. chemical bonding, and i. chemical reactions and the mole concept (May include other topics in physical science, including: astronomy, earth science, waves, light and optics, atomic and nuclear physics.); 2. solve physics problems by: a. identifying relevant data, b. utilizing physical science or mathematical methods, and c. effectively and accurately communicating the solution; and 3. apply physical science skills and knowledge in: a. higher level physical science courses and b. other courses that require physical science skills and knowledge. Course Requirements and Performance Measures You will earn points in this course by completing three standard exams (100 points each for 300 points total), one final exam (200 points total), ten lab activities (50 points each for 500 points total), fourteen homework assignments (25 points each for 350 points total), and by participating in class and logging your participation points (10 points per week for 140 points total). You can earn a total of 1,490 points in our class. Grading 90 – 100 % A 80 – 89 % B 70 – 79 % C 60 – 69 % D 0 – 59 % F Assignment Due Dates Assignments, including exams, are due at 11:30 a.m. C.S.T. on Monday of each week beginning on Monday, August 27. Exception: If Monday is a holiday which is observed by ASUMH, assignments are due on the preceding Sunday. Exams MUST be completed by the following times on the dates listed: Standard Exam One is due at 11:30 a.m. C.S.T. on Monday, September 24; Standard Exam Two is due at 11:30 a.m. C.S.T. on Monday, October 22; Standard Exam Three is due at 11:30 a.m. C.S.T. on Monday, November 12; and © 2012 Arkansas State University-Mountain Home Page 3 of 7 This syllabus subject to change. the Final Exam is due at ??? The final exam dates will be announced as soon as they are available. Late Assignments Due dates and deadlines have been established for each graded assignment. In this course, deadlines are taken very seriously. Instructor Responsibilities As your instructor, I am committed to providing a quality learning experience through thoughtful planning, implementation, and assessment of course assignments. As such, I will select appropriate course materials and make them available in an organized and timely manner in our electronic textbook and/or on our course Blackboard page, and I will promptly return student e-mails and graded coursework. Student Responsibilities By registering for this course, you commit yourself to self-motivated study, participation in the course, and the submission of all assignments on time. Furthermore, you commit to accessing the course Blackboard page, electronic textbook, and ASUMH email at least once per day, Monday through Thursday, for the duration of the course. Netiquette In any social interaction, either face-to-face or online, certain rules of etiquette are expected and contribute to more enjoyable and productive communication. The following tips for interacting online in e-mail, discussion board, and/or chat messages are adapted from guidelines originally compiled by Chuq Von Rospach and Gene Spafford and borrowed from Dr. Eddie Dry. Remember that the person receiving your message is someone like you, someone who deserves and appreciates courtesy and respect. Be brief; succinct, thoughtful messages have the greatest impact. Your messages reflect on you; take time to make sure that you are proud of their form and content. Use descriptive subject headings in e-mail messages. Think about your audience and the relevance of your messages. Be careful with humor and sarcasm; without the voice inflections and body language of face-to-face communication, internet messages can be easily misinterpreted. © 2012 Arkansas State University-Mountain Home Page 4 of 7 This syllabus subject to change. When making follow-up comments, summarize the parts of the message to which you are responding. Avoid repeating what has already been said; needless repetition is ineffective communication. Cite appropriate references whenever using another person’s ideas, thoughts, or words. Institutional Information Academic Integrity/Plagiarism Dishonesty in any form, including but not limited to plagiarism, submitting assignments prepared by others, unauthorized possession of exams, or using unauthorized materials during exams, may result in the student being withdrawn from the class with a failing grade or being suspended from the university. For further information, refer to the ASUMH Catalog and Student Handbook. Institutional Attendance Policy Regular attendance is essential in a college-level course. Students should miss no more than three hours of classroom instruction per semester. Instructors monitor attendance in online classes based on participation in the class as evidenced by students turning in assignments, participating in discussion boards, or corresponding via e-mail. Excessive absences may be penalized, including failure of the course, at the discretion of the instructor. Make up work is at the discretion of the instructor. Failure to attend class does not constitute withdrawal, and the appropriate withdrawal process must be followed. See the ASUMH Catalog and Student Handbook for withdrawal procedure. Withdrawal Policy If a student determines that he/she is unable to complete the course, it is the student's responsibility to initiate procedures leading to a formal withdrawal ("W") in order to avoid a failing ("F") grade in the course. To receive a "W" grade, a student must withdraw on or before Friday, November 16, 2012. Contact the Registrar’s Office at (870) 508-6104 for further information on withdrawal procedures and deadline dates. Disability Services It is the policy of ASUMH to accommodate students with disabilities. The Student Services Coordinator is responsible for providing arrangements to accommodate © 2012 Arkansas State University-Mountain Home Page 5 of 7 This syllabus subject to change. students according to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. At the beginning of the course, any student with a disability who needs accommodation should inform the Student Services Coordinator and the course instructor. The Student Services Coordinator may be contacted at (870) 508-6262. Title IX ASUMH is committed to providing an educational and work environment for its students, faculty, and staff that is free from sexual discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence. No form of sexual discrimination will be tolerated. The Sexual Discrimination Policy and the Sexual Discrimination Grievance Procedure may be viewed on the ASUMH web site. Any Title IX questions or concerns may be directed to the following personnel: Mason Campbell, Student Services & Title IX Coordinator, (870) 508-6168, firstname.lastname@example.org or Melissa Klinger, Director of Human Resources and Title IX Deputy Coordinator, (870) 508- 6200, email@example.com. Food and Drink Statement Food and drink are not allowed in science or computer labs on the ASUMH campus. Technology Statement This course requires the extensive use of various forms of computer hardware and free software and involves the use of an electronic textbook and Blackboard course management software to deliver course content and to track student progress. Students enrolled in this course should be able to navigate the internet, send/receive emails with attachments, navigate, post, and reply to threads within a discussion forum, and be able to install required computer applications to their personal computers. Writing Statement Each student will complete a variety of assignments which require the proper and effective use of written English. Inclement Weather Policy ASUMH does not normally close classes or offices because of hazardous driving conditions. However, the obligation to provide services to the citizens of the community must be balanced with the risk of danger to students and employees. It is, therefore, appropriate that guidelines reflect the safety needs of our students, employees, and citizens. The university remains open for academic classes and all other services during inclement weather except in extreme circumstances as determined by the chancellor. However, students are encouraged to use good judgment in deciding © 2012 Arkansas State University-Mountain Home Page 6 of 7 This syllabus subject to change. whether to drive to campus during inclement weather. By 6:30 a.m., if possible, regional and local news media that publicize the closing of classes and/or offices will be notified. The following radio stations will be notified: KTLO – 97.9 FM, KPFM – 105.5, KKTZ – 93.5, and KOMT – 107.5. The inclement weather announcement will also be posted on the ASUMH Website, http://www.asumh.edu/, and ASUMH Facebook page, unless there are power outages or other circumstances preventing the posting. Students may register for inclement weather notifications through the ASUMH Emergency Alert system. ASUMH Tutoring / Schliemann Learning Center Free tutoring is available for students in Dryer Hall 208 on the ASUMH campus. Tutoring days/times are posted by the door. © 2012 Arkansas State University-Mountain Home Page 7 of 7 This syllabus subject to change.