Course Number:
CH 121
Transcript Title:
General Chemistry I
Aug 04, 2022
Aug 04, 2022
Total Credits:
Lecture Hours:
Lecture / Lab Hours:
Lab Hours:
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement:
Satisfies General Education requirement:
Grading Options
A-F, P/NP, Audit
Default Grading Options
Repeats available for credit:


WR 121
MTH 95 or equivalent placement


Course Description

Explores general chemistry, focusing on the following topics: Matter, Measurement, Problem Solving, Atoms, Elements, Molecules, Compounds, Chemical Equations, Chemical Quantities, Aqueous Reactions, Gases, Thermochemistry, and the Quantum-Mechanical Model of the Atom. This is the first course in a sequence that is designed for students who have had no previous training in chemistry. Entering students are expected to have a working knowledge of high school algebra, logarithms, and scientific notation. Prerequisite/Concurrent: MTH 95 or equivalent placement, WR 121. Audit available.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  1. Assess the impact of general chemical theory on phenomena encountered in everyday life including the environment and human health.
  2. Apply critical thinking skills and an understanding of scientific inquiry to make evidence-based decisions on issues that affect the environment and the community and encourage lifelong learning.
  3. Formulate mathematical and chemical models based on quantitative and qualitative reasoning in order to solve problems.
  4. Communicate complex scientific concepts and reasoning effectively, both orally and through formal and informal writings and reports.
  5. Collaborate effectively with a diverse team to solve complex problems and accomplish tasks effectively.
  6. Critically evaluate sources of scientific information to determine the validity of the data.

Alignment with Institutional Learning Outcomes

1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)
2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)
3. Extract, interpret, evaluate, communicate, and apply quantitative information and methods to solve problems, evaluate claims, and support decisions in their academic, professional and private lives. (Quantitative Literacy)
Not Addressed
4. Use an understanding of cultural differences to constructively address issues that arise in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)
5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

To establish an intentional learning environment, Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) require a clear definition of instructional strategies, evidence of recurrent instruction, and employment of several assessment modes.

Major Designation

  1. The outcome is addressed recurrently in the curriculum, regularly enough to establish a thorough understanding.
  2. Students can demonstrate and are assessed on a thorough understanding of the outcome.
    • The course includes at least one assignment that can be assessed by applying the appropriate CLO rubric.

Minor Designation

  1. The outcome is addressed adequately in the curriculum, establishing fundamental understanding.
  2. Students can demonstrate and are assessed on a fundamental understanding of the outcome.
    • The course includes at least one assignment that can be assessed by applying the appropriate CLO rubric.

Suggested Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. Hand in assignments for grading
  2. Participation
  3. Lab reports
  4. Testing

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content

  1. Matter, Measurement, and Problem Solving
  2. Atoms and Elements
  3. Molecules, Compounds, and Chemical Equations
  4. Chemical Quantities and Aqueous Reactions
  5. Gases
  6. Thermochemistry
  7. The Quantum-Mechanical Model of the Atom

Department Notes

Columbia Gorge Community College Science Department stands by the following statement regarding science instruction:

Science is a fundamentally nondogmatic and self-correcting investigatory process. Theories (such as biological evolution and geologic time scale) are developed through scientific investigation and are not decided in advance. As such, scientific theories can be and often are modified and revised through observation and experimentation. “Creation science," “Intelligent design” or similar beliefs are not considered legitimate science but a form of religious advocacy. This position is established by legal precedence (Webster v. New Lenox School District #122, 917 F. 2d 1004).

The Science Department at Columbia Gorge Community College therefore stands with organizations such as the National Association of Biology Teachers in opposing the inclusion of pseudo-sciences in our science curricula except to reference and/or clarify its invalidity.