Chemistry: Forensics (Bioscience) #4111
Chemistry: Forensics is an inquiry-based laboratory
course that emphasizes essential concepts with real world
applications and forensic science as the over-arching
theme. Students will explore topics such as structure of
matter, molar relationships, gas laws, chemical reactions,
qualitative analysis, acid/base reactions, and periodicity.
Laboratory experiments are enhanced by skills, such as
scientific inquiry, data analysis, and critical thinking. A
combination of guided instruction and collaborative
learning will enrich the learning experience of students
with varied learning styles. This course fulfills the CFSD
chemistry graduation requirement.
Prerequisite: Biology, Algebra 1
Credit: 1 credit, 2 semesters
* This is a JTED class
Chemistry/ Chemistry: Forensics
Instructor: Mrs. Bernadette Moreno
Voice Mail: 209-8355
E-Mail: BMoreno@cfsd16.org (Email is preferred method of contact)
Chemistry is inquiry-based laboratory course that emphasizes essential concepts with real world applications. Students will explore topics such as structure of matter, molar relationships, gas laws, chemical reactions, qualitative analysis, acid/base reactions, and periodicity. Laboratory experiments are enhanced by 21st century skills, such as scientific inquiry, data analysis, and critical thinking. A combination of guided instruction and collaborative learning will enrich the learning experience of students with varied learning styles. This course fulfills the CFSD chemistry graduation requirement.
Prerequisite: Biology, Algebra 1 Credit: 1 credit, 2 semesters
Text: Basic Chemistry, 2nd Edition. DO NOT BRING TO CLASS DAILY UNLESS SPECIFIED.
- Text (above)
- Lab Notebook (bound, ie: composition book)
- Notebook binder for class work, homework, and notes
- Blue or black ink pens and pencils
- Scientific calculator (TI-30X II or TI-36X SOLAR is recommended)
Grade Calculation and Assessment Explanation
Personal and Social Responsibility Grade: Recorded but does not affect grade
- Students will complete daily bell work questions. If these questions are completed in the time allotted, they will earn participation credit.
- A practice packet will be assigned for each new unit. Students will be given deadlines to complete specific sections that support the current content.
- Homework will be assigned and available on-line at the beginning of each week and will be checked for completion every Monday of every week. Homework is assigned for the student to practice and apply the theory being taught in class. Each assignment will typically include readings and annotations from the book and end-of-section problems for 2-3 sections within the current chapter/unit. All annotations and calculations/work must be shown on assignments for credit. (Answers are provided at the end of the chapter so the student has the ability to check their efforts.)
- Labs will be completed in pen and done neatly in lab books. Pre-lab components need to be completed to begin a lab, as well post-lab components at the end of the lab. Formal lab write-ups need to be typed up and turned in by a specific deadline.
Content Standard Grades: 100% of overall grade
Formative Assignments: 10% of overall grade:
- Students will be given a challenge question once a week. This will vary from an end of lesson problem, or beginning of lesson problem. This is to check for student understanding and accountability.
- Most quizzes will be announced ahead of time and will often be administered weekly.
- Individual lab protocol and experimental design will be evaluated for every end-of-unit or wet lab involving glassware, measuring, etc. All lab procedures and safety rules, as Specified in the Flinn Safety Contract, must be followed and will have a zero tolerance policy.
Summative Assessments: 80% of overall grade
- All end-of-unit tests will be announced a week in advanced and are cumulative in nature. These make up 40% of overall grade.
- There are no test corrections for credit.
- Grade Replacement Problems: This is an opportunity to re-evaluate student understanding of the content standards. This must be done within a week of receiving a test score. A student must first demonstrate that all homework assignments and unit packet had been completed PRIOR to taking the grade replacement. The student can be re-assessed for a proficient score of 3.0 (85%) or an exceeds proficiency score of 4.0 (100%).
- The application and demonstration of understanding of the content is imperative to the integrity of the science. Formal lab write-ups are 30% of the student’s overall grade.
- The cumulative final exam is 20% of the student’s overall grade.
All summative assessments will be graded on a 1-4 pt. rubric scale. These grades convert to percentage grades as follows:
4.0 = 100%
3.5 = 95%
3.0 = 85%
2.5 = 75%
2.0 = 65%
1.5 = 55 %
1.0 = 45%
0.5 = 35%
Course Outline: Chemistry
-Safety & lab protocol
- measurements & dimensional analysis
-Properties of matter
-Balancing chemical reactions
-Acids & Bases
Teacher/Student Responsibilities and Expectations
- There is a zero tolerance for cell phones. Cell phones will be confiscated and returned at the end of class. Parents and coaches are encouraged to contact the school in the event of an emergency.
- Students will be given five bathroom passes each semester.
- Calendar and assignments can be found at the class website.
- The student is responsible to make up any lab and class work within a week of the excused absence before school or during academic conference.
- If the absence is due to an extracurricular activity, work must be turned in prior to the absence.
- If the absence is unexcused the student will receive a zero for any missed work.
Please fill out the following and have your parent or guardian sign indicating that you have read, understood, and agree to follow the expectations outlined in this syllabus including acquiring the necessary materials. Please return this page to Ms. Moreno by Aug 20, 2014.
Requested competency code:
We need more information the hands on labs that are completed for this course and how many hours are spent each week completing hands on labs.