Current Concepts of Chemistry


  2. A. Course Title: Current Concepts of Chemistry
    B. Course Number: CH 114 - 30236
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 4
    F. Instructor: Vorndam, Paul
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:00:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST);9:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);
    Virtual 8-10 AM Monday or (preferred) other times By Appointment
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s): CH 114L
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    Fundamental chemical concepts, properties of substances, chemical bonding, energy, acids, bases, and nuclear energy are some of the major topics covered in this course. Topics are discussed with current applications. The course is intended for non-science majors only. Concurrent enrollment in CH114L (laboratory) is required. This is a four credit hour course.


    This course is for non-science majors and fulfills the requirement for a laboratory science. This is a general education course with wide transferability.



    Title: Introductory Chemistry / With Mastering Chemistry Access Code
    Author: Tro J. Nivaldo
    Ed: 6th

    ISBN-10: 013429081X
    ISBN-13: 9780134290812
    Publisher: Prentice Hall-Pearson

    That ISBN is for the bundle with an access code. The bundle is required. If you obtain a text without an access code, you may purchase a separate access code at

    The laboratory is completed with Model ChemLab software from This is REQUIRED.

    Respondus LockDown Browser

    This course requires:

    1) The use of LockDown Browser and a webcam for the Final Quiz. The webcam can be built into your computer or can be the type that plugs in with a USB cable. ($10 charge)



    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Grading is as follows:
    Homework 23%
    Quizzes 63%
    Laboratories 9%
    Discussions 5%

    Homework 23%
    Graded homework consists of untimed problems to be completed on the Mastering Chemistry website.

    Quizzes 63%
    Quizzes are completed on the Mastering Chemistry website and cover 2 chapters each.

    Laboratories 9%
    Laboratory experiments are completed on the website. Lab reports are completed there.

    Discussions 5%

    Discussions are completed on the course Canvas website and continue throughout the course.

    An 80 point multiple choice quiz will be given at the end of every 2nd textbook chapter. There are 7 course content quizzes. The mid-term quiz covers chapters 5 and 6. The Final Exam is Quiz 7 which covers chapters 13 and 17. Quizzes will occur as follows:

    Quiz 1 Chapters 1 and 2
    Quiz 2 Chapters 3 and 4
    Quiz 3 Chapters 5 and 6
    Quiz 4 Chapters 7 and 8
    Quiz 5 Chapters 9 and 10
    Quiz 6 Chapters 11 and 12
    Final Exam (Quiz) (7) Chapters 13 and 17

    * The Introduction to Mastering Chemistry Quiz precedes course Quiz 1. A Syllabus Quiz is due at the end of week 1. A Practice Quiz for the use of the Respondus LockDown Browser is due before the last week of class.

    Proctored Final Exam

    The final exam over the last 2 chapters (13 and 17) is proctored using a LockDown Browser that you download especially for the final. The LockDown Browser utilizes a webcam on your computer. You must have a working webcam to use the browser and the webcam is REQUIRED.


    This course requires the use of LockDown Browser and a webcam for the online Final exam. The webcam can be built into your computer or can be the type that plugs in with a USB cable. Watch this short video short video to get a basic understanding of LockDown Browser and the webcam feature. You will have to pay a $10 fee once during the term to use the webcam.

    Download and install LockDown Browser from this link: Respondus LockDown Browser for NMJC Respondus LockDown Browser for NMJC

    Note: Don't download a copy of LockDown Browser from elsewhere on the Internet; those versions won't work at our institution.

    To take an online test, start LockDown Browser and navigate to the exam. (You won't be able to access the exam with a standard web browser.) For additional details on using LockDown Browser, review this Student Quick Start Guide (PDF) Student Quick Start Guide (PDF).

    Finally, when taking an online exam, follow these guidelines:

    • Ensure you're in a well lit, quiet location with a good, fast Internet connection where you won't be interrupted

    • Turn off all mobile devices, phones, etc.

    • Clear your desk of all external materials — books, papers, other computers, or devices. Your textbook is allowed.

    • Remain at your desk or workstation for the duration of the test

    • If a webcam is required, make sure it is plugged in or enabled before starting LockDown Browser

    • LockDown Browser will prevent you from accessing other websites or applications; you will be unable to exit the test until all questions are completed and submitted

    • If a webcam is required, you will be recorded during the test to ensure you're using only permitted resources.

    Ask your instructor if you do not understand what is required for the final exam after you have read ALL of the instructions. It is UP TO YOU to make sure you are ready to take the final exam on time. Missing the Final Exam for any reason can result in a grade of ZERO at the instructor's discretion.

    The textbook and a calculator and a Periodic Table are allowed materials for the Final Exam.


    There will be 8 graded lab experiments. Labs are graded at 10 points each.

    There will be 5 discussion questions graded at 10 points each. To receive the discussion points, students must make a substantial contribution to each discussion question. This means posting more than "I agree." Although the instructor may post frequently to each discussion, students are not required to post everyday. One solid post is sufficient, but more are encouraged.

    There will be no makeup exams and NO EXTRA CREDIT. The only excused absences are ones that the college has approved. No other excuses will be accepted.

    Late work is not accepted without prior arrangement. If you have an emergency, contact me by email and we will work a plan so that you will not be disadvantaged by unforeseen circumstances.

    Response Time Frames

    I will respond to student email within 24 hours on week days and 48 hours on week ends. Grades will be updated within a week of assignment due dates.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior College's broad range of science courses provides students with an opportunity to achieve their academic goals by fostering higher order thinking skills, basic academic success skills, discipline-specific knowledge and skills, and scientific and academic values.
    The course content of current concepts of chemistry CH 114 supports NMJC’s mission which is “promoting success through learning” by encouraging students to accomplish the following:
    1. Describe the process of scientific inquiry.
    2. Solve problems scientifically.
    3. Communicate scientific information.
    4. Apply quantitative analysis to scientific problems.
    5. Apply scientific thinking to real world problems.


    By the end of this course students should be able to:
    1. Learn the scientific method and how to use it through critical thinking.
    2. Discuss the history of chemistry and how its development lead to man’s progress.
    3. Explain the periodic table and how it can be used to determine physical and chemical properties of substances.
    4. Describe chemical bonding and its implications in chemical properties and the observed properties of substances.
    5. Discuss both chemical and nuclear energy and how knowledge of this has lead to the industrial revolution and modern technology.
    6. Study the earth and the chemicals contained in its crust, atmosphere and hydrosphere, and their impact on the development and future of mankind.
    7. Study the impact of man on the earth, specifically land, air, and water pollution.
    8. Describe the development and usefulness of various man made chemicals such as household chemicals, insecticides, cosmetics, drugs and plastics.
    9. Explain the importance of fossil fuels to man’s industrialization and the wide spread problems of pollution.


    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at


    Students may compare lab data only. Each lab report must be done individually. Not doing so is called plagiarism and is cheating. A grade of zero points will be awarded to all students not doing their own lab work.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  15. COURSE OUTLINE 16-Wk Schedule

    CH114/L Current Concepts in Chemistry

    16-Week Semester Schedule

    The Schedule is subject to change as needed.

    This page summarizes due dates for all of the graded homework, quizzes, and readings for the course. If you wish, you can print it out and post it somewhere handy.

    Read the Schedule below from left to right. For instance The Sample Lab is due on the date in the Date Due column at the right end of the line.

    This course is not self-paced and is not open-exit. All assignments, reports, quizzes, discussions, etc., are to be completed by no later than midnight of the due date. The quizzes and labs specific due dates as shown in the following table. You will NOT be able to access the quizzes after their due dates! You may access them any time before the due dates--so you can work ahead, but you can't fall behind. Any quiz not taken by the due date will be scored as a zero. The units should be done in time to meet the due dates for the labs and quizzes.

    The Threaded Discussions begin when opened and continue until the next discussion is opened.


    Text Chapter

    Lab Experiments at software


    Quiz and Mastering Chemistry Homework

    Date Due



    Do the Chemistry Demo Lab at to familiarize yourself with the lab website. This is a GRADED event. There is nothing to turn in for this lab on Canvas.

    Begin Introduction Discussion

    Do the Introduction to Mastering Chemistry (graded).

    Take the Syllabus Quiz

    Intro to Mastering Chemistry and the Chemistry Demo Lab are due August 31st.

    The Syllabus Quiz is due August 28th


    Sample Lab

    Introduction Continued

    Quiz 1 and Homework (Chapters 1 and 2)

    September 9th



    Begin Plagiarism/Scientific Method Discussion


    September 16th



    Laboratory Skills Lab

    Plagiarism/Scientific Method Continued

    Quiz 2 and Homework (Chapters 3 and 4)

    September 23rd



    Plagiarism/Scientific Method Continued


    September 30th


    Density Lab

    Begin Fossil Fuels Discussion

    Quiz 3 and Homework (Chapters 5 and 6)

    October 7th




    Fossil Fuels Continued


    October 14th


    Separating a Mixture of Compounds Lab

    Fossil Fuels Continued

    Quiz 4 and Homework (Chapters 7 and 8)

    October 21st




    Fossil Fuels Continued


    October 28th


    Flame Test Lab

    Nuclear Power

    Quiz 5 and Homework (Chapters 9 and 10)

    November 4th




    Nuclear Power Continued


    November 11th


    Molar Volume of an Ideal Gas Lab

    Nuclear Power Continued

    Quiz 6 and Homework (Chapters 11 and 12)

    November 18th




    Begin Antibiotics Discussion


    December 2nd


    Radiation Lab

    Antibiotics Discussion Continued

    Final Exam (Quiz) (7)and Homework (Chapters 13 and 17)

    Final Exam (Quiz) and Homework due December 9th

    Lab and Discussion due December 9th

    Laboratory Information and Rubric


    PLAN AHEAD for the labs so that you don't miss the deadline for turn-in because you let the lab activity go until the day it was due! Get started on the experiments right away so you can complete them before the end of the course. The labs are to be done as specified in the course Schedule.


    Your lab report consists of the  answers to the multiple choice or short answer questions on  the website. There is nothing to turn in on the course Canvas website for the labs. The labs count 80 points total (10 points per lab).  Let me know if you have any questions about the labs.