Online course information for
Chemistry 100 lecture
| Chemistry 100 Laboratory

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Information about adding these online courses

If you want to add these courses your best bet is to crash the class.  No add codes will be given prior to the orientation date. Below are some information that you might find helpful.

   
 
Instructor:     Fred Omega Garces, Ph.D.       Professor of Chemistry
Office info. Office Rm S5-210         Office Phone 619-388-7493       Fax 413-604-7132
e-mail    fgarces.ch100.ol@gmail.com or fgarces@sdccd.edu
Web Page http:/faculty.sdmiramar.edu/fgarces

Important News

If you are reading this email it may be because the chem 100 and or the chem 100 lab are full. If you are not in the roster you have several options.  The first option is to enroll in another online course. Miramar College usually offers two online sections, and our sister colleges, Mesa College and City College also offer chem 100 online. The second option is to take the course on campus.   The third option and your best chance to add this course is to attend the mandatory orientation and try to crash the course.  The orientation is mandatory and any registered student who does not attend the orientation will be drop from the course and their place will be given to wait-listed students and then to crashers who are in attendance during the orientation.   Let me state again, NO ADD CODES WILL BE GIVEN OUT PRIOR TO THE ORIENTATION.  If you are wait-listed or trying to crash this course, do not email me asking for an add code, you will get one if you attend the orientation and if there is room to accommodate you.  You must be in attendace at the beginning of the orientation and you must stay for the full duration of the orientation. If you arrive late or leave prior to the completion of the orienttion, you will not be given an add code. Do not bring children to the orientation and do not send a proxy. You must bring a form of ID (preferably your student ID) so that your identification can be verified. Furthermore, your photo will also be taken during the orientation process. Only students in attendance during the orientation will be given add codes, none will be given after.  In the eight years that I have taught this course, I have never denied giving an add code to students who have attended the orientation, so chances are very good that if you attend the orientation, you will be given an add code.  At the same time, if you do not attend the orientation, it is guaranteed that you will not be able to take this course with me.

[Let me just qualify this last statement, because due to budget cut backs we have had to cancel many of our chemistry courses. Because of high demand and limited amount of course offerings, it may be that some of the crashers will not be able to add this course. If this happens, then your best option is to try to add another online section or to take the on-campus course.]

If you go to my website, you can access the syllabi, schedule of assignments and due dates, and other information that will give you an idea of the course. If the current course syllabi or schedule is not available, you can download the syllabi for the online course of the current semester. The content will be similar for the term you are planning to enroll except that the dates will change.

 
   
 
Important information about the online Laboratory section-
 
 
 
Equipment kit: If you are enrolled in the lab or planning to add the lab,  you can contact KLM Bioscientific and try and reserve your lab kit since only 18 kits will be available and I anticipate there will be 30 students enrolled.  The kits are about ~$100.  Former students who what to sell their kits are posting their kits in Craig's List.  http://sandiego.craigslist.org/  (search under chemistry)

Chemical Container kit: Because of budget cuts, you are now required to purchase chemicals for the online lab course. Please go to the Miramar Bookstore to get the vials and containers for the chemicals (Chemical container kit). More information about this will be found in the chem 100 lab syllabus.

Other supplies required: You will also need a digital camera for this course so you can send photos of your experimental results, a bound composition notebook (black), calculator, first aid-kit, surgical gloves, safety goggles and other household chemicals as describe in each experiment.

 
 
Desciption as found in SDCCD online schedule
   
  The following are the description that is found under the details in the SDCCD online class schedule- Dates and time for the orientation is posted in my website http://faculty.sdmiramar.edu/fgarces/

Chem 100 - Fundamentals of Chemistry, MIRAMAR WEB
CRN XXXXX (for the class you are adding)
COURSE DETAILS COMMENTS-

SDCCD ONLINE COURSE: This Class is offered through the Internet only. There is a mandatory 60-90 min. orientation on (Dates TBA) in Room S5-208, at (Time TBA). STUDENTS WHO DO NOT ATTEND THE ORIENTATION WILL BE DROPPED AND THEIR SPACE GIVEN TO CRASHERS. CRASHERS WISHING TO ADD MUST ATTEND THE ORIENTATION. FOR MORE INFORMATION TO - http://faculty.sdmiramar.edu/fgarces/

Chem 100L - Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory, MIRAMAR WEB
CRN XXXXX (for the class you are adding)
COURSE DETAILS COMMENTS-

SDCCD ONLINE COURSE: This Class is offered through the Internet only. There is a mandatory 60-90 min. orientation on (Dates TBA) in Room S5-209, at (Time TBA). STUDENTS WHO DO NOT ATTEND THE ORIENTATION WILL BE DROPPED AND THEIR SPACE GIVEN TO CRASHERS. CRASHERS WISHING TO ADD MUST ATTEND THE ORIENTATION. LAB SUPPLIES CAN BE PURCHASED FROM KLM BIOSCIENTIFIC 858-571-5562. FOR MORE INFORMATION TO -
http://faculty.sdmiramar.edu/fgarces/

     
 
FAQ
 
   
 

FAQ: Here are some information that you might find helpful concerning the chem100 course.

1.  There are 3 mandatory meetings for the lecture and 3 mandatory meetings for the lab class.  The first meeting will take place during the first week of the term; the orientation meeting is for orientation purpose and ID verification.  The meeting for the lab is important because safety issues will be discuss as well as distribution of the chemicals and scales.  The two other mandatory meeting are for the midterm exam and the final exam.

These meetings are mandatory and missing these meetings means that you will be dropped the course unless other arrangements are made.  During the orientation meeting we will discuss the important features of the WebCT course tool management system, how to input scientific notation in your computer. In the lab orientation, we will discuss how to send photos of your lab results, how to keep your lab notebooks, how to keep safe during an experiment, how to dispose of chemicals, etc..

2.  The type of format for the course will consist lecture notes with some multimedia.  Students will access and go through the lecture notes and do the corresponding activities or assignments relating to the material covered in the lecture notes.  Online quizzes may be given as well as discussion board posting.  Grades will be based on online quizzes, electronic (Mastering Chem)  homework, chat room/discussion board contribution,completion of activities and a portfolio. End of the chapter assignments are given through MasteringChem. You will need an access code (from the bookstore) to complete your end-of chapter homework for chem 100, the lecture portion of the course.

3.  Students can access all the material online at home or you can go to Miramar College ILC lab.  You must have a computer and fast internet connection. You should also run the browser "Tune-up" routine as describe in WebCT/Blackboard to make sure your computer can function in a capable manner for this course.

4.  The chem 100 and 100L are co-requisite of each other.  It is required that you enrolled in both lecture and lab.  Priority of obtaining an add code will be given to those who are already enrolled in the co-requisite of the corresponding course. That is if you are adding the lab, you will be given a higher priority of adding the course if you are already enrolled in the lecture and vice-versa, Furthermore, a higher priority of will go to students who are enrolled in Miramar for the the co-requisite courses.

5.  The course overall will be self-pace to a point.  We have quizzes on certain topics as the semester goes and you will need to take the lecture quizzes online at the dates indicated.  Homework are generally due on Saturdays for the lecture courses. Lab activities and experiments are generally due on Saturday and Sunday as described in the course syllabus. The midterm exam and final exam for both the lecture and final must be taken on campus. If you cannot take these exams at Miramar College on the dates indicated, don't add this course.

Hope this helps and don't hesitate to follow up on these questions.  If you want to see some of the material I am working on for the course the link is: http://faculty.sdmiramar.edu/fgarces/