Information, Policies, and Procedures
El Camino College, Updated 5-20-09


Chemistry Course Descriptions and Prerequisites

Chemistry 4
Beginning Chemistry
5 units; 5 hours lecture, 4 hours lab
Prerequisite: Mathematics 70 with a minimum grade of C or equivalent or by testing (El Camino College Mathematics Placement Test) and assessment
Credit, degree applicable, Transfer CSU, UC*
This course introduces principles of chemistry, modern concepts of atomic structure and periodicity as a basis for the understanding of bonding, chemical formulas, chemical equations and chemical reactions, states of matter, important elements and their compounds, solutions, acid-base theories and reactions, net ionic equations, oxidation-reduction. It includes an introduction to kinetics and chemical equilibrium. Emphasis in lecture is on chemical nomenclature and calculations. In the laboratory, emphasis will be on observations, measurements and elementary quantitative experiments with an introduction to qualitative analysis.
*Note: The maximum UC credit allowed for students completing Chemistry 4 and Chemistry 20 is one course. Students will not receive UC credit for Chemistry 4 if taken after Chemistry 1A.

Chemistry 1A
General Chemistry I
5 units; 5 hours lecture, 4 hours lab
(1) Chemistry 4 with a minimum grade of C or 1 year of high school chemistry and qualification by testing Chemistry Placement Test) and assessment; (2) eligibility for Mathematics 170
Credit, degree applicable, Transfer CSU, UC; (CAN CHEM 2; Chemistry 1A, 1B - CAN CHEM SEQ A)
This course details fundamental theory and principles of atomic and molecular structure, physical states and chemical reactions. Included is the study of elements, compounds, periodic relationships, bonding, acids and bases, oxidation-reduction, energy, solutions, electrolytes and chemical equations. Descriptive chemistry of water and selected nonmetals including hydrogen, oxygen and carbon is presented.

Chemistry 1B
General Chemistry II
5 units; 5 hours lecture, 4 hours lab
Prerequisite: Chemistry 1A with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable, Transfer CSU, UC; (CAN CHEM 4; Chemistry 1A, 1B = CAN CHEM SEQ A)
This course details the chemistry of elements and their compounds in periodic groupings, transition metal complexes, chemical equilibrium, chemical thermodynamics, kinetics, atomic and molecular structure, aqueous solutions, net ionic equations, oxidation - reduction equations, electrochemistry and nuclear processes. In the laboratory, qualitative analysis of common metallic and nonmetallic ions will be performed, as well as additional experiments on selected lecture topics.

Chemistry 7A
Organic Chemistry I
5 units; 3 hours lecture, 6 hours lab
Prerequisite: Chemistry 1B with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable, Transfer CSU, UC
This course involves a comprehensive study of the major classes of aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons, organic halides, and alcohols and ethers. This includes nomenclature, structure, properties, stereochemistry, reactions, synthetic methods, and spectroscopy. Emphasis is placed on a systematic approach to understanding the material through the use of bonding theories, energy concepts, kinetics, and reaction mechanisms. In the laboratory, emphasis is on techniques of separation and purification of organic compounds, common organic reactions, and spectroscopy.

Chemistry 7B
Organic Chemistry II
5 units; 3 hours lecture, 6 hours lab
Prerequisite: Chemistry 7A with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable, Transfer CSU, UC
This course involves a comprehensive study of the major classes of oxygen-containing and nitrogen-containing organic compounds. This includes nomenclature, structure, properties, stereochemistry, reactions, synthetic methods, and spectroscopy. Emphasis is placed on a systematic approach to understanding the material through the use of bonding theories, energy concepts, kinetics, and reaction mechanisms. The study of biochemistry focuses primarily on carbohydrates, amino acids, proteins, and lipids. In the laboratory, emphasis is on common organic reactions, multi-step syntheses, and qualitative organic analysis.

Chemistry 20
Fundamentals of Chemistry
5 units; 4 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
Prerequisite: Mathematics 40 or 41B with a minimum grade of C in prerequisite or qualification by testing (El Camino College Mathematics Placement Test) and assessment. Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 2R
Credit, degree applicable, Transfer CSU, UC*
This course introduces fundamental theory and principles of chemistry applied to inorganic, organic, and biological chemistry. Atomic and molecular structure, chemical and physical changes, gases, solutions, nomenclature, equations and calculations will be emphasized.
*Note: The maximum UC credit allowed for students completing Chemistry 4 and Chemistry 20 is one course. Students will not receive UC credit for Chemistry 20 if taken after Chemistry 1A.

Chemistry 21A
Survey of General and Organic Chemistry
4 units; 4 hours lecture, 2 hours lab
Prerequisite: eligibility for Mathematics 70
Credit, degree applicable, Transfer CSU, UC*
The general chemistry topics in the course are units of measurement, atomic structure, the periodic table, inorganic formulas and nomenclature, chemical bonding, common chemical reactions, stoichiometry, states of matter, solutions, introduction to reaction rates and equilibrium, elementary acid-base theory and pH and buffers. The organic chemistry portion of the course studies the properties, nomenclature, common reactions and some reaction mechanisms for several classes of organic compounds. These classes include alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alcohols, phenols and ethers. There is also an introduction to resonance and stereoisomerism. The emphasis in the laboratory is on observations and measurements.
*Students will not receive UC credit for Chemistry 21A if taken after Chemistry 1A or Chemistry 7A.

Chemistry 21B
Survey of Organic and Biochemistry
4 units; 4 hours lecture, 2 hours lab
Prerequisite: Chemistry 21A with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable, Transfer CSU, UC*
The study of organic chemistry continues with the nomenclature, properties, preparation, reactions and derivatives of carboxylic acids, amines, aldehydes and ketones. Principles of biochemistry are introduced. Descriptions of the structures and biochemical reactions of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, enzymes and nucleic acids will be analyzed. Catabolic/anabolic pathways as well as the energy consumed or produced by the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins will be examined. The chemistry of photosynthesis will be studied.
*Note: Students will not receive UC credit for Chemistry 21B if taken after Chemistry 7B.


Student Learning Outcomes

Campuswide information about SLOs is available at www.elcamino.edu/academics/slo

CHEMISTRY COURSE LEVEL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOME:

On a written exercise, given the chemical formulas of reactants, students will be able to write the correct formulas of products, identify the reaction type and balance the equation.

CHEMISTRY PROGRAM LEVEL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOME:

Students will practice safe laboratory procedures by putting their goggles on at the beginning of a chemistry lab experiment involving burners or chemicals, and by keeping their goggles in place during the entire course of the experiment. Students will not remove their goggles until the students are leaving or until the instructor has said that it is safe to do so (whichever comes first).

Some or all of the following activities will be used to assess mastery of student learning outcomes: multiple choice questions, true-false questions, fill-in questions, short essay questions, long essay questions, laboratory experiments.


ATTENDANCE

Attendance at First Class

Students who enroll in class but do not attend the first scheduled class meeting may be dropped from the roster and their places given to waiting students who were unable to enroll at the time of registration.

Attendance Without Official Enrollment

Students will not be permitted to attend classes in which they are not enrolled. Exceptions may be allowed by the instructor for bonafide visitors.

Attendance During Semester

Regular attendance is expected of every student. A student may be dropped from class when absences from class exceed the number of units assigned to the course. This rule also applies to excessive absences due to illness or medical treatment. The student who has been absent due to illness or medical appointment must explain the absence directly to the instructor. The student who has been absent due to a communicable disease or quarantine must report directly to the Health Center for clearance before returning to classes.

Adding a Class

If space is available‚ students who have completed registration may add a class by going to the first meeting of the class and securing permission of the instructor. Students must follow all college and procedures by the published deadline.

Withdrawal from Class

Official withdrawal from class may be be processed through the online system, telephone, or in the Admissions Office. Failure to complete this process may result in the assignment of a letter grade of A through F.


Standards of Conduct

General Policy

Conduct at El Camino College must conform to the laws of the State of California, District policies, and campus rules and regulations. The El Camino College faculty, staff and administration are dedicated to maintaining an optimal learning environment; the standards of behavior as outlined in this policy are essential to the maintenance of a quality college environment. These standards will apply to all students on campus, other college property or while attending any college-sponsored event. Violation of such laws, policies, rules and regulations or behavior adversely affecting suitability as a student, will lead to disciplinary action. Disciplinary actions as noted in Section II may be taken against any person who engages in behavior defined as misconduct as listed.

Misconduct

Dishonesty, including but not limited to cheating, plagiarism or knowingly furnishing false information to the College.

Forgery, alteration, or misuse of college documents, records, or identification.

Continued disruptive behavior, continued willful disobedience, profanity or vulgarity, or continued defiance of the authority of, or abuse of, college personnel or to anyone on campus.

Participation in hazing or commitment of any act that tends to injure, degrade or disgrace a student or college personnel.

Obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, or other authorized college activities including but not limited to its community service functions or to authorized activities held off campus. Obstruction or disruption includes but is not limited to the use of skateboards, bicycles, radios, and roller skates.

Persistent, serious misconduct not listed above.

Disciplinary Action

Disciplinary action appropriate to the misconduct as defined above may be taken by an instructor (see below), the Dean of Student Services or his or her designee (see below), and the Board of Trustees (see below).

Discipline

The following types of disciplinary action may be taken or pursued by the college:

Warning - A verbal or written notice, given to the student by a faculty member, the Dean of Student Services or any college manager that continuation or repetition of the specified conduct may be cause for other disciplinary action.

Reprimand - A written reprimand for violation of specified regulations sent to the student by the Dean of Student Services, noting that continued violations may result in further disciplinary action. The Dean of Student Services shall place a copy of this reprimand in the student file.

Removal by Instructor - In addition to an instructor’s right to drop a student permanently from a class when the student is no longer participating i.e. lack of attendance in the course, an instructor may remove (suspend) a student from his or her class for the day of the incident and the next class meeting. During this period of removal, a conference should be held with the instructor and the student to attempt to resolve the situation that led to the student’s removal and the student shall not be returned to the class from which he or she was removed without the concurrence of the instructor of the class.

If a student is suspended for one class meeting, no additional formal disciplinary procedures are necessary.

If a student is suspended from class for the day of the incident and the next class meeting, the instructor shall send a written report of the action to his or her dean who shall forward this information to the Dean of Student Services, the Vice President of Student Services, and the President. If the student removed by an instructor is a minor, the President’s designee (Dean of Student Services) shall ask a parent or guardian of the student to attend a parent conference regarding the removal as soon as possible. If the instructor or the parent or guardian so requests, a college administrator shall attend the conference.

The instructor may recommend to his or her dean that a student be suspended for longer than two class meetings. If the dean, instructor and student cannot resolve the problem, the suspension will be referred to the President or the President’s designee (Dean of Student Services) for possible actions described in Section 6 of this item.

Suspension- The President or the President’s designee (Dean of Student Services) may suspend a student as follows:

a. From one or more classes for a period of up to ten days of instruction; or

b. From one or more classes for the remainder of the term; or

c. From one or more classes and activities of the community college for one or more terms. The Dean of Student Services shall send the notice of suspension to the student, the student file, the Vice President of Student Services, the President of the College and the Campus Police. Whenever a minor is suspended from the College, the parent or guardian shall be notified in writing by the President or the President’s designee (Dean of Student Services).

d. During the period following the initial suspension from class for the day of the incident and the following class meeting, the student shall be allowed to return to the class until due process and the disciplinary procedures are completed unless the student is further suspended as a result of actions taken as defined in Section 6 of this item.

Cheating or Plagiarism

Cheating violates Section I.B.1 of El Camino College’s Board Policy 5138, Standards of Student Conduct.

The El Camino College faculty, staff and administrators are dedicated to maintaining an optimal learning environment and will not tolerate academic dishonesty. To uphold the academic integrity of the institution, all members of the academic community, faculty and students alike, must assume responsibility for providing an educational environment of the highest standards characterized by a spirit of academic honesty.

The following statement is part of Board Policy 5138, Standards of Conduct: “Dishonesty, including but not limited to cheating, plagiarism or knowingly furnishing false information to the college.’’ When there is evidence of cheating or plagiarism in classroom work, students may receive an F for that piece of work or may be suspended from all classes for that term and the following term if deemed appropriate.

Examples of Cheating or Plagiarism are:

§         Representing the words, ideas or work of another as one’s own in any academic exercise (plagiarism), including the use of commercial term paper companies;

§         Copying or allowing another student to copy from one’s paper or answer sheet during an examination;

§         Allowing another individual to assume one’s identity for the purpose of enhancing one’s grade in any of the following: testing, field trips or attendance;

§         Falsifying or attempting to falsify attendance records and/or grade rosters;

§         Changing answers on a previously scored test, assignment or experiment with the intent to defraud;

§         Inventing data for the purpose of completing a laboratory experiment or case study analysis with the intent to defraud;

§         Giving and/or taking information during an examination by any means such as sign language, hand signals or secret codes;

§         Obtaining copies of notes, exams or exam questions by any means other than distribution from the instructor. (This includes copying and removing exam questions from the classroom for any purpose.);

§         Using study aids such as calculators, tape recorders or notes that have been specifically prohibited by the instructor.

Responsibility of El Camino College Students

It is the responsibility of each student to conduct him/herself in a manner which encourages learning and promotes honesty; and to act with fairness toward other students in the classroom. This incorporates the notion that students should not seek an unfair advantage over other students when completing an assignment, taking an examination or engaging in any other kind of academic activity.

Consequences for Cheating or Plagiarism

Given alleged violation of the Standards of Conduct, any or all of the following actions may be imposed:

1. The instructor may assign a failing grade to the examination or assignment in which the alleged cheating or plagiarism occurred. This action is based on information that the instructor had.

2. The instructor may dismiss the student from the class or activity for the present and/or following class session(s) as stipulated in BP5138, section IIB5: Removal by Instructor.

3. The instructor may recommend suspension or expulsion of the student from the college as stipulated in BP5138, Section IIB6 and 8. This recommendation must be in accordance with El Camino College’s Due Process and Disciplinary Procedures.

4. Complete the Academic Dishonesty Report Form and submit it to your Division Office for distribution.


ADA Statement

El Camino College is committed to providing educational accommodations for students with disabilities upon the timely request by the student to the instructor. A student with a disability, who would like to request an academic accommodation, is responsible for identifying herself/himself to the instructor and to the Special Resources Center.