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					                 ONLINE PHYSICAL SCIENCE & LAB – PHYS 1204
                           SECTIONS 50, 51, & 52
                                FALL 2011

INSTRUCTOR:             Jessica Clanton
OFFICE:                 Dryer Hall 308
PHONE:                  office: 870-508-6177
E-MAIL:                 jclanton@asumh.edu
OFFICE HOURS:
                                 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
                                 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: noon – 1:00 p.m.
                                 Tuesday and Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
                                 Tuesday and Thursday: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
                                 Call for an appointment
                                  (Click HERE for my complete schedule.)

ASUMH Mission

The mission of ASUMH is to LEAD through educational opportunities.

       Lifelong Learning,
       Enhanced Quality of Life,
       Academic Accessibility, and
       Diverse Experiences

General Education Philosophy

Arkansas State University Mountain Home offers a comprehensive general education core
that challenges students to acquire skills and knowledge that allow them to flourish in their
professional and personal lives. The general education curriculum is designed to give
students the ability to master basic skills in English/communications, mathematics, science,
and social science.

General Education Outcomes

1) Students will learn basic skills in English/communications, mathematics, social science,
   and the sciences.
2) Students will communicate in written and verbal forms.
3) Students will be exposed to diversity issues.
4) Students will use technology for academic and personal purposes.

Required Texts and Materials

       Pencil
       Paper
       Scientific Calculator (Recommended)—You should be able to find a scientific
        calculator for less than $10. Do NOT purchase a graphing calculator for this
        class.

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Course Description

Physical Science & 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)

Expected Student Learning 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 science 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;
                      h. Chemical bonding;
                      i. and Chemical reactions and mole concept.
                      (May include other topics in physical science, including: astronomy, earth
                             science, waves, light and optics, and atomic and nuclear physics.)
                2. Solve physical science problems by
                      a. Identifying relevant data,
                      b. Utilizing physical science or mathematical methods, and
                      c. Effectively and accurately communicating the solution.
                3. Apply physical sciences skills and knowledge in
                      a. Higher level physical science courses
                      b. Other courses that require physical science skills and knowledge.

Writing Statement

Each student will write extensively for a variety of projects including labs, exams, and
discussion projects.

Technology Statement

This course requires the EXTENSIVE use of various forms of hardware and free software and
uses Blackboard™ course management software to deliver the online course content and to
track student progress. You may access the online content and/or determine your current
course standing at any time and from any location where you have access to the Internet.

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Academic Integrity

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.

Students with Disabilities

It is the policy of ASUMH to accommodate students with disabilities. The registrar is
responsible for making arrangements to accommodate students according to Section 50-4
of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Any student with
a disability who needs accommodation, for example in seating placement or in
arrangements for examinations, should inform the instructor at the beginning of the course.

Food and Drink, Tobacco Use

Food and drink are allowed in the academic classrooms of McClain Hall, Dryer Hall, and First
National Hall at the discretion of the individual instructor. However, food and drink are
not allowed in computer labs, science labs, and the library.

As of August 1, 2009, Arkansas State University-Mountain Home is a tobacco-free campus.
All forms of tobacco, including cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, cigars, and pipes, are
prohibited on campus. This includes in buildings, on university property, in parking lots,
and in vehicles on parking lots/streets owned by the university. Thank you for your
cooperation in making ASUMH tobacco free.

Cell Phone Policy

The use of cell phones is prohibited during exams. Any student who uses a cell phone in
any manner during an exam will receive a zero on that exam.

Course Format

This course is an activity/discussion course. You are encouraged to take notes and ask
questions in our virtual office hours, and you will be accountable for the material covered in
class and in homework.

Resources available

       Norma Wood Library on the first floor of Roller Hall
       Schliemann Learning Center in Dryer Hall 208 (free tutoring and computer lab)

Laboratory Assignments

You will complete 20 laboratory assignments worth 15 points each. Laboratory
assignments will be completed in class and at home.


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Attendance, Make-Up Work, and Expectations

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 on-line
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 ASUMH Catalog and Student
Handbook for withdrawal procedure.

You are expected to attend all class meetings. Assignments are collected and graded, and
you are responsible for all material covered, including material covered in the reading
assignments. Be consistent in your work and do NOT get behind.

Students are required to take one midterm exam and one final exam. Exams cannot be
made up. NOTE: Any exam scheduled to be taken during inclement weather will be taken
the following class day. All other course work will be submitted as scheduled
regardless of weather.

Grades will be determined by adding points from the two exams (400 points total), the labs
(300 points total), in-class and online participation (100 points), the projects (150 points
total), the worksheets and quizzes (150 points total), and the classroom ambushes (100
points total). A total of 1200 points can be earned in this course. The grading scale is as
follows: 90% ≤ A ≤ 100%, 80% ≤ B < 90%, 70% ≤ C < 80%, 60% ≤ D < 70%, F < 60%.




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