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Week # 1: August 25 - September 3


We are about to embark on an exciting and challenging experience in learning. I say "we" because I will be learning right along with you. We will have a variety of experiences to share, many times students have a unique insight into a variety of topics from the perspective of work or paying attention to news media. I hope that you will be willing to share some of these insights.

From the outset, I want you to be honest and open about any suggestions about how to run the course. The course has been offered online for over 10 years. Many improvements have been made in response to students in the past courses.

The On-Line option of the course transcends the "time and space" limitations of the traditional course, and is designed for the well motivated adult student. An adult student with a varied work schedule, frequent out of town travel, or various family responsibilities may find this type of course attractive.

The traditional science lab class has 6 contact hours, with an additional 2-5 study hours expected outside of class per week. The total time requirements will be about the same for the On-Line option (8-10 hrs). "On-line" computer discussion time is expected to be frequent (2-3 times) per week which will be in place of hours not spent in attending class.

In the past there are always a few students that get behind in doing assignments, probably for lack of time or in making a definite time. Because you will not be sitting in class at a specific time, it might be easy for you to procrastinate, and there might be only a few times when you actually work on the course. As you do for any class, you need to set aside some very specific times when you will work on the class assignments. You have flexibility in that these times might be late at night, early in the morning, during your lunch hour, etc. The point is to make a definite time commitment for when you will work on the course and do not let other distractions intrude upon this time.

Class Orientation :

Dr. Sagarin, the on campus faculty liason would like to hold an orientation class to help everyone get acquainted. The orientation class is at 5:00 - 6:30 PM in the Science Building in Room TBA on Monday, August 25. If you are unable to make this class than please contact me by email or phone to get acquainted more fully so that I can answer any questions that you may have.

During the orientation, we will go over the requirements, course schedule, due dates, grading, late assignments, on-line discussion requirements, tips to submit work, saving copies of work, orientation to the Discussion Board. I will pass out a "Lab Equipment baggie" with a few items not readily available at home.

 If you miss orientation, here is the link to a Word doc handout, basically an abbreviated version of Course Requirements

Activities for Week # 1:

During this week
you should look carefully at all of the components of the course format. Look at the Course Requirements and look at the Course Schedule. The various due dates are for Wednesdays, midweek, that way you get the weekend and a couple of more days to finish up assignments. The listing in the schedule is the same as a due date for a particular assignment. I will give a little leeway initially on these dates for the first week or two, but will assess penalties later for late work.

If you have not already done so, it will be to your advantage to purchase the text book from the book store. In the past several students have tried to take the course without a textbook - pretty near impossible to pass without a book!

CHM 110-51 : Text: "Chemistry Fundamentals: An Environmental Perspective", 2nd Ed., Phyllis Buell, James Girard, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2003

First Week Assignments - Due on September 3:

1. Email Accounts: Blackboard for Communication:

A primary communication tool that will be used with the course is the Blackboard - CHM 110. After the first week any mass emails will originate from Blackboard. This means that your Elmhurst email will be used.

A. Elmhurst College provides you with an email account or user ID and password. If you do not already know this, you must appear in person with a valid ID at the computer lab aid office in the first floor lobby of the Computer Science Building. This is the ID, password, and email address that is automatically entered into Blackboard. Once you have accessed Blackboard the first time, you may change your email address to one that you regularly use by clicking on Tools, and then Personal Information.
Blackboard Personal Info Help.


B. If you want to forward your Elmhurst email to another email account here is a procedure to forward email:
Go to the Elmhurst Home Page (, then click on Students, then click on Intranet (way at the bottom of the page), then enter your EC ID and password, then click on Forward Your Email, finally click Edit, and type in your forwarding email address. That is all there is to it!!

2. Email Contact: We need to make email contact to make sure that the email communication channels are open through Blackboard. I will send out several test emails in duplicate to the email address that you first used to ask for permission in the course and the same one through Blackboard and your Elmhurst email. This will ensure that you have completed the following instructions in A or B above. Please respond that you recieved the email from Blackboard.

3. Start reading the first several chapters of the text book and correlate that with the Topic 1: Introduction to Environmental Issues Outline.

Before you start please check the following two links.
Requirements for the Lecture On-Line Discussion
Method to list references and citations.

Respond to three of the questions as listed in the Topic 1 in the Elmhurst Wiki as part of the weekly Lecture On-Line Discussion.

Blackboard Page:
This will bring you to the Elmhurst Blackboard Log-on page. Click on User Login. Log in using your Elmhurst ID and password. Next you should see the page with your name, a mid section with announcements, and on the right side a list of My courses - a list of all of your Blackboard courses. Then Click on Chemistry: CHM 110. This brings you to the CHM 110 course page for Blackboard. THIS IS NOT THE MAIN STARTING POINT FOR THE COURSE. This is the reporting place for your work after you have completed your work and research.
Directions to use Blackboard Discussion Board

4. Download Quicktime for Windows.
In the topics, issues, and labs, I have given brief 3-5 minutes audios on the topic or lab as a little orientationi to that topic or lab. You can go to topic 1 and test the audio to see if you should download Quicktime.

If you do not have Quicktime on your computer, here is the link to downloead Quicktime:
QuickTime for Windows

Optional, but highly recommended activities to get a head start.

5. Look through the materials list for the home lab so that you will be ready to do that the second week.

List of Chemicals for the Home Labs

Lab Supplies in a Baggie: include the following items: simple thermometer and candle for lab 2 & 3; pH papers for lab 4. Please pick up during first class orientation period. If you did not get a baggie with the above supplies give me a mailing address and I will send you one or stop by my office.

6. Start working on the Pre-lab # 1 as that is needed right away for the second week.

7. You might also browse through some of the other labs as these require a longer term effort to collect some of the materials or data. In particular look at Special Assignment - Topic 6 (you need to keep track of gasoline usage, electric and natural gas bills); Lab # 4 Part II. Requires the measurement of pH of rain or snow samples); Pre-lab # 5 (You need to find water bills); finally Pre-lab # 6 (You need to measure amounts of solid waste and recycling materials;

I hope that this list is not to formidable for you!