Physical Science Online Course Syllabus-Fall 2012

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                Online Physical Science and Lab—PHYS 1204L
                                     Sections 50 & 51
                                        Fall 2012

  Instructor:       Ms. Jessica Clanton
  Office:           McClain Hall 300A on the ASUMH campus
  Office Phone:     (870) 508-6177
  Division Chair: Ms. Beth Whitfield; Office: Dryer Hall 302 on the ASUMH campus;
  Email:; 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

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      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,

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       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.

      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

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      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.

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

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      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
      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

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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, or Melissa
Klinger, Director of Human Resources and Title IX Deputy Coordinator, (870) 508-

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

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

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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,, 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.

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