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CHM 138 Chemistry for Allied Health with Lab
Credit Hours:  4
Effective Term: Fall 2016
SUN#: None
AGEC: Physical and Biological Sciences  
Credit Breakdown: 3 Lectures, 2 Labs, 1 Recitation (=90hr)
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A, B, C, D, F
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Description: A one semester lecture and lab course that is an introduction to general, organic and biological chemistry for allied health. This course covers the major topics in general chemistry which is the foundation for understanding organic and biological chemistry, and the fundamentals of organic chemistry in such a way to provide support for the biological chemistry portion, and has an overview of the most important and timely topics in biological chemistry. Topics covered in lecture and lab include measurements, atomic structure, bonding, nomenclature, states of matter, solutions, reactions, hydrocarbons, functional groups, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, enzymes, and metabolic pathways. Labs will be appropriate for general, organic and biological chemistry for allied health.

Prerequisites: BUS101 or MAT092 or MAT118 or higher; RDG094

Corequisites: None

Recommendations: See course prerequisites.

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Comprehension Level) Using the Periodic Law, correctly describe matter and the structure of the atom, including locating elements in the periodic table and applying the trends on the basis of group and period designations, such as metals, nonmetals, metalloids, alkali metals, halogens, and noble gases.

2. (Synthesis Level) Using chemical element symbols and nomenclature, and the principles of chemical bonding, correctly construct and name proper combinations of atoms into formulas for ionic compounds and covalent molecules, and calculate their molecular weights.

3. (Application Level) Using the principles of intermolecular attractive forces, accurately determine whether a covalent molecule is polar or non-polar, and whether it will exhibit the hydrogen-bonding phenomenon, and arrange the expected melting and boiling points of pure substances relative to the strength and type of these intermolecular forces.

4. (Analysis Level) Using the laws of chemical stoichiometry and the mole, accurately write and balance equations that describe chemical change using accepted nomenclature and symbols, and calculate the relative amounts of such chemicals.

5. (Analysis Level) Using the conventions of solution concentration, accurately calculate solution concentrations and dilutions in both percent concentration and molarity terms, and explain colligative solution properties of boiling point, freezing point, and osmotic pressure.

6. (Analysis Level) Using the Arrhenius and Bronsted-Lowery theories, correctly name and identify the roles of reactive species as acids and bases in proton-transfer reactions, including molarity and pH calculations and the roles of weak acids and their conjugates in buffer reactions, especially in medical applications.

7. (Application Level) Using the standard reactions of radioactive decay, accurately describe the common forms of radiation emitted during natural radioactive decay processes, their effects on health, and the uses of radioisotopes in nuclear medicine.

8. (Evaluation Level) Using the principles and nomenclature of organic chemistry, correctly interpret and name organic compounds containing alkanes, multiple bonds, aromatic structures, and common functional groups such as alcohols, amines, aldehydes, ketones, and carboxylic acids, and their key reactions.

9. (Comprehension Level) Using the proper nomenclature of biochemistry, accurately describe the structure and function of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and enzymes, and their importance to cells.

10. (Comprehension Level) Using the chemical concepts of intermolecular attraction and bonding, accurately describe metabolic reactions such as absorption and transport of protons and oxygen molecules within the body.

11. (Application Level) Use tools and equipment for basic scientific analysis: manipulate and measure chemical quantities safely to perform a variety of chemical procedures, measurements and techniques, by applying principles, concepts and procedures of chemistry to chemical experiments. Complete laboratory activities competently and produce chemistry lab reports that include your observations, a summary of the results and a description of the conclusions drawn and why.

12. (Evaluation Level) Use the scientific method in evaluating the student's chemical data to arrive at rational conclusions, including by evaluating numerical and graphical presentation of scientific lab data to support a conclusion or interpretation, to analyze unknowns and to make conclusions regarding chemical relationships, the changes matter undergoes, and to evaluate chemical effects on reaction rates.

13. (Analysis Level) Perform calculations involving the student's chemical measurements, such as to examine the concepts of acids and bases, analyze forces between particles, and of phase transitions between states of matter, and analyze the general characteristics of lipids and biochemical enzymes in lab.

Internal/External Standards Accreditation
External Standards: This course content (including the lab portion) is consistent with established CHM138 courses at Eastern and Yavapai Community College Districts.