syllabus - Academic Computer Center

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Spring 2012
Mr. Bryant Suitte, Assistant Professor
Physical Science and Engineering Dept.
Chesapeake 310-K
301-322-0430 (my phone number)
301-322-0420 (chemistry office number)
[email protected]
All credit students (with the exception of Howard Community
College students enrolled at Laurel College Center) are
required to use Owl Mail for all college communication.
M (1-3), T (3:30-4:30), W (1-3),
COURSE DESCRIPTION: An overview of the Periodic Table, inorganic substances, ionic and
covalent bonding, bulk properties of materials, chemical equilibrium, and quantitative chemistry.
MAT-1040 or higher, or appropriate placement test score. 3 hours of class/3 hours of lab/1 hour
of recitation.
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon successful completion of this course, a student
will be able to: The basic structures of atoms, ions, and molecules, and ways to quantitatively
describe the properties of atoms and molecules in the various phases of pure matter and in
1. The reactivity of atoms, ions, and molecules, and the various qualitative and quantitative
methods for describing or depicting chemical reactions.
2. The concept of chemical equilibrium, and the energies that drive chemical reactions: an
introduction to the field of thermodynamics.
3. The concept of chemical kinetics and the energy required to initiate a chemical reaction.
4. The relationship between the electronic configurations of atoms and molecules and their
chemical properties: an introduction to the field of quantum mechanics.
TEXTBOOK: *Chemistry: A Molecular Approach, Tro, 2nd Ed., Custom Published, Pearson,
2010 (or another general chemistry textbook for reference)
*Mastering Chemistry, on-line homework system (should come with new custom book but may
be purchased separately)
*Exploring the Chemical World, Gage/Sinex/Basili, 2003 version (lab manual is available to
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*scientific calculator (TI-83+ or TI-84 graphing calculator strongly recommended)
How You Will Be Assessed:
Exams @100 pts
Comprehensive Final Exam
Performance Labs @ 50 pts
Quizzes @10 pts
Labs @ 10 pts
Online Homework
300 points
Grades are assigned based on the grading policy stated in the syllabus and not the Blackboard
grade book.
A = 100 – 90
B = 89 – 80
C = 79 – 70
D = 69 – 60
F = 59 – below
Online Homework will be assigned weekly, starting January 24, and due on every Monday 11:59
pm of that corresponding week.
Make-up exams will not be given unless extreme circumstances arise (e.g., hospitalization) and
documentation is provided to me. If you do miss an exam, then contact me as soon as possible to
discuss the possibility (no guarantee!) of a make-up exam. I will announce specific dates for each
lecture exam as I cover the material for each exam. Approximate time frames can be discerned
from the “Lecture and Exam Schedule,” which appears on the last page of this syllabus.
CLASS ATTENDANCE: Coming to class every day is essential to your success. Each student
is allowed two unexcused class absences to accommodate illness, emergencies, and unavoidable
circumstances. Tardiness also accumulates to count as absences; 2 tardies will equal one
unexcused absence. 3 unexcused absences will lower your overall grade by 2.5 percentage points.
Every additional absence will lower your overall grade by 2 percentage points. If forced to miss
a class, you are responsible for collecting all necessary materials distributed during your absence.
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CLASSROOM ETIQUITE: I expect you to be on-time for all class meetings and to remain in
class until I dismiss the class. If you must enter or exit the classroom while class is in session,
then please do so discretely. Pagers and cellphones should be turned off during class! There
will be a deduction of points with repeat offenses of this rule.
Q GRADES: Students are expected to attend and participate in class activities. Students who
either never attended the class or who ceased attendance during the first 20 percent of the course
will be assigned a “Q” grade by the instructor. The Q grade is a final grade and will not be
replaced with a different grade at a later time.
Faculty are required to report the date of last attendance for each student receiving Q or F
grade(s) in order for the college to report this date to a variety of federal agencies as mandated.
The date of last attendance is considered the date of the student’s termination from the course,
regardless of the date of grade submission. Early termination from a course may result in
reduction in student loans and financial aid (e.g., Pell, VA benefits) and may require the student
to reimburse funds to the funding agency.
myPGCC: Use myPGCC to provide quick access to Blackboard, Owl Alert, Owl Link, Owl Mail,
PGCC news, information, student events and more. Access myPGCC at or from Log in using your Owl Link user ID and password.
Blackboard is a Web-based program that serves as the college's online classroom. You will use
Blackboard to communicate with your instructor, to see your course materials, to submit
assignments and to discuss the course with your classmates.
To log in to your Blackboard course, please follow these steps:
1. Go to the Prince George's Community College Blackboard Web site which is located
at NOTE: There is no "www" in the Blackboard
PGCC Students must log in to Blackboard using their Owl Link user ID and
Howard Community College Students will receive instructions for requesting a
PGCC Blackboard account from their instructor. Once the account is requested, the
student will receive an email (to their HCC student email address) from eLearning
Services with login information.
2. Type your Owl Link user ID and password into the Blackboard login box. If your login is
successful, you will see the PGCC Blackboard Homepage. In the module labeled "My
Courses,” you will see the course(s) in which you are enrolled. Click on the course name to
access your Blackboard course.
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Need help?
Need technical assistance? Visit the eLearning website at
Other questions? E-mail [email protected]
Log in to myPGCC from or from for updates and announcements.
Last day to apply for spring graduation
Last day to change from audit to credit or credit to audit
No classes – College closed – Presidents’ Day
Last day to withdraw from first-half semester classes
No classes – College closed – Spring break
Last day to withdraw from full semester classes
Last day to withdraw from second-half semester classes
Final exam period/last week of spring 2012 classes
No classes – College closed – Memorial Day Observed
Summer sessions begin
Wednesday, February 15
Friday, February 17
Monday, February 20
Tuesday, February 28
Monday-Sunday, April 2-April 8
Friday, April 13
Friday, April 27
Tuesday-Monday, May 8-14
Thursday, May 24
Saturday-Monday, May 26-28
Monday, June 4
New! Refund Schedule
Students enrolling on or after the course start date will not be dropped for failure to pay but will
be accountable for all costs. Students who wish to avoid paying anything for a course must drop
it prior to its 100% refund deadline:
For courses longer than five weeks in length,
the following refund periods apply:
Course dropped prior to the start of class:
100% refund
Course dropped on the 1st or 2nd calendar day
before midnight: 100% refund
Course dropped on the 3rd through the 9th
calendar day before midnight: 75% refund
Course dropped on the 10th through the 14th
calendar day before midnight: 50% refund
Course dropped the 15th calendar day or later:
No refund
For courses five weeks or shorter, the
following refund periods apply:
Course dropped prior to the start of class:
100% refund
Course dropped on the 1st or 2nd calendar day
before midnight: 100% refund
Course dropped the 3rd calendar day before
midnight: 75% refund
Course dropped the 4th calendar day or later:
No refund
When the college announces a delayed opening, all classes with at least 45 minutes of class time
remaining at the time of the opening will be held. For example, in the event of a 10 a.m.
opening, a 9:30-10:45 a.m. class will be held. This procedure applies to all credit classes. To
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sign up for text alerts such as school closings and delays, log in to myPGCC from
or from and click Owl Alert Notification System on the Bookmarks tab. Owl
Alert is the college’s instant messaging and email notification system.
Students requesting academic accommodations are required to contact the Disability Support Services Office (B-124)
or call (301) 322-0838 (voice) or (301) 322-0122 (TTY) to establish eligibility for services and accommodations.
Students with documented disabilities should discuss the matter privately with their instructors at the beginning of the
semester and provide a copy of their Student/Faculty Accommodation Form.
To promote a community of scholarship and civility, everyone at Prince George’s Community College is expected to
be respectful, tolerant and courteous towards others at all times, adhere to college policies and procedures, and respect
college property. Creating a culture of civility both inside and outside the classroom is everyone’s responsibility.
Civility is a college-wide commitment and in order to identify PGCC students, we are requiring
that ALL students have their IDs visible while AT ANY COLLEGE SITE, WHETHER THEY
Lanyards and ID holders can be obtained at the following locations:
Largo Campus - College Life Services and the Admissions and Records Office
Laurel College Center - Main office, Room 205
Joint Base Andrews - Main office
University Town Center - Front desk
Students must keep their IDs current by requesting the appropriate sticker each semester from the
Admissions and Records Office or extension centers.
The Prince George's Community College Code of Conduct defines the rights and responsibilities of students and
establishes a system of procedures for dealing with students charged with violations of the code and other rules and
regulations of the college. A student enrolling in the college assumes an obligation to conduct himself/herself in a
manner compatible with the college's function as an educational institution. Refer to the 2010-2011 Student
Handbook, beginning on page 38, for a complete explanation of the Code of Conduct, including the Code of
Academic Integrity and the procedure for dealing with disruptive student behavior.
The college is an institution of higher learning that holds academic integrity as its highest principle. In the pursuit of
knowledge, the college community expects that all students, faculty, and staff will share responsibility for adhering to
the values of honesty and unquestionable integrity. To support a community committed to academic achievement and
scholarship, the Code of Academic Integrity advances the principle of honest representation in the work that is
produced by students seeking to engage fully in the learning process. The complete text of the Code of Academic
Integrity is in the 2010-2011 Student Handbook (pages 40-42) and posted on the college's website.
CLASSROOM GUIDELINES: [if you have any guidelines related to food and drink in the
classroom, use of cell phones and other electronic devices, etc., include them here.] (optional)
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Log in to myPGCC from or from to access more information on
Academic Programs and Services.
Collegian Centers
The College’s Collegian Centers provide a “place to belong” outside of the classroom. They
bring students in particular disciplines together for co-curricular activities and opportunities:
Administration of Justice – for students interested in criminal
justice, corrections, forensic science, and paralegal/pre-law
Email: [email protected]
 Bernard Center – for students interested in business
management and accounting
Email: [email protected]
Health Sciences Collegian Center – for students admitted
to any of the Health Sciences programs
Email: [email protected]
Humanities – for students interested in art, communication,
English, language studies, music, philosophy, and theatre
Email: [email protected]
PSE – for students interested in psychology, sociology, and
Email: [email protected]
STEM – for students interested in science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics
Email: [email protected]
Faculty Mentoring Program
Marlboro Hall, Room 2038
Through the Faculty Mentoring Program, first-time, full-time students are paired with PGCC
faculty who serve as mentors. Mentors share their knowledge and expertise to help students
enhance their education, advance in their careers, and build supportive networks. The goal of
the Faculty Mentoring Program is to improve the retention, engagement, and graduation rates
of students in a learning-centered environment.
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Hillman Entrepreneurs Program
Marlboro Hall, Room 2051
The Hillman Entrepreneurs Program is an innovative educational initiative tailored to the
needs of transfer students who begin their studies at Prince George’s Community College and
complete their bachelor’s degrees at the University of Maryland, College Park. The four-year
Hillman Entrepreneurs Program is a scholarship program targeted to students who have an
interest in entrepreneurship and an enthusiasm for starting a business venture or leading a
Honors Academy/Program
Marlboro Hall, Room 1087
The Honors Academy admits academically outstanding honors students who are interested in
a rigorous program of academic excellence, intellectual development, leadership, and
community service. Prince George's Community College’s Honors Program promotes
students’ intellectual growth and enrichment.
International Education Center
Lanham Hall, Room 221
The International Education Center provides academic support and assistance to students who
need help with courses or with understanding the American higher education system. The
Center brings international and American students together for learning enrichment activities,
including a variety of discussion forums that foster awareness and understanding of cultural
Lanham Hall, Room 225
The Service-Learning Program encourages the development of civic responsibility through
students’ participation in service projects within the community that support their academic
objectives. Through service-learning, students learn actively by applying principles learned in
the classroom while developing critical reflective thinking as well as personal and civic
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Student Development Services
Student Development Services offers programs that provide students with academic and career
advising, personal counseling, and mentoring. For more information, log in to myPGCC from or from, or call 301-322-0886, or check the college website:
Computer and Learning Labs
Hours of Operation
Marlboro Learning Lab
Marlboro Hall
Room 2129
Mon.-Thurs.: 8 am – 8:45 pm
Fri.: 8 am – 3:45 pm
Sat.: 8:30 am – 2:45 pm
Sun.: 10 am – 1 pm
Math Learning Center
Marlboro Hall
Room 3104
Mon.-Wed.: 10 am – 8 pm
Tue.-Thu.: 9 am – 8 pm
Fri.: 9 am – 5 pm
Sat.: 9 am – 2 pm
Sun.: Closed
Open Computer Lab
Bladen Computer Center
Bladen Hall
Room 104
Mon.-Thurs.: 8 am – 10:15 pm
Fri.: 8 am – 5 pm
Sat.: 9 am – 4:45 pm
Sun.: Closed
Open Computer Lab
Center for Advanced
Center for Advanced
Rooms 101 and 201
Ext. 9091
Mon.-Fri.: 8 am – 10:15 pm
Sat.: 9 am – 4:45 pm (first floor
Sun.: Closed
Other Resources, Services, and Academic Support
Hours of Operation
Academic Advising and
Transfer Services
Bladen Hall
Room 124
Mon.-Thurs.: 8:30 am – 8 pm
Fri: 8:30 am – 5 pm
Sat.: Closed
Sun: Closed
Academic Advising Website:
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Hours of Operation
Largo Student Center
Room 116
Mon-Thurs: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
There are extended and Saturday
hours at the beginning of the
semester. Please call or check
website to confirm.
Bookstore Website:
Campus Police
Facilities Management
24 hours, 7 days a week
College Life Services
Largo Student Center
Room 149
Mon.-Fri.: 8:30 am – 5 pm
eLearning Services
Accokeek Hall Building
Room 346
Mon.-Fri.: 8:30 am – 8 pm
Fri.: 8:30 am – 5 pm
with phone support available until
9 pm
Mon-Thurs.: 8:00 am – 8 pm
Fri.: 8:00 am – 5 pm
Sat.: 10 am – 3 pm
Sun.: Closed
Mon-Thurs.: 8:30 am – 8:30 pm
Fri.*: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Sat.: 9 am – 3:30 pm
Sun: Closed
eLearning Services Website:
Accokeek Hall
First and Second Floors
Library Website:
Testing Center
(Student Assessment
Bladen Hall
Room 100
No additional students will be
admitted for testing 30 minutes
prior to the posted closing time.
*On the first Friday of each
month, the Center closes at
2:30 pm with no admittance
after 2 pm.
Testing Center Website:
Tutoring and Writing
Bladen Hall
Room 107
Mon-Thurs.: 8:30 am – 8:30 pm
Fri.: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Sat.: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Tutoring and Writing Centers Website: