General Information and Grading System, Spring 2021
SAFETY: All OSU students, staff, faculty, contractors, vendors, suppliers and visitors must wear a face covering (mask) upon entering any public building on campus. Failure to wear face coverings is considered a violation of the University’s expected and communicated behaviors and guidelines. Like all Cowboy Community Standards, we expect faculty, staff, and students to respectfully address concerning behavior. If campus community members fail to wear facial coverings, they will be addressed through the appropriate corrective action avenues, Human Resources, Academic Affairs and Student Conduct.
EXAMINATONS: There will be four (4) one-hour
examinations, as indicated in the schedule and a final exam.
The final exam will be comprehensive, i.e., primarily covering the content addressed in the first three exams. The 4th hour exam and the final will be given during the Final Exam, Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.
NO MAKE-UP EXAMS: Only illness, court dates, and University
sponsored events are acceptable excuses for missing an exam. Forgetting the
exam is NOT an excuse. Family trips, vacations, weddings, work, etc. are NOT
reasons for missing an exam! You MUST take ALL exams in this course. You must contact Dr. Gelder in advance if
you can not take an exam for an excused absence! Not contacting Dr. Gelder in advanced of an exam that you know you can/will not take will result in a zero for that exam. In calculating your total points
for the course, an excused missed one-hour exam will be replaced with your final
exam percentage. Therefore, the final exam score counts twice, once for the
final exam score and once for an excused missed hour exam. If you should miss TWO hour
exams, you should see Dr. Gelder as soon as possible to discuss your situation.
Individual make-up exams will NOT be scheduled. A make-up exam may be utilized for a common excused absence from an exam by a subset of students in the course. Feeling like you are not prepared to take the
exam is NOT an excuse. Suck it up and take the exam!
BEFORE CLASS EXPLORATIONS: A BCE is a web-based activity to
be completed before class. BCEs will begin on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 and
continue every lecture day for the remainder of the semester. To count, a BCE
must be completed prior to the beginning the next scheduled class. BCEs will typically be posted 24 hours
before the beginning of the next class. A BCE consists of a series of questions that will cover
a portion of the content of the next class discussion. The questions will typically progress
from easy to more difficult. The questions in the BCE will not be graded right
or wrong. You will be judged as completing a BCE if you have made a reasonable effort to answer the questions on the BCE and you have taken a reasonable amount
of time to answer those questions. I expect most BCEs will take 10 minutes or
more to complete. Although I will not GRADE the BCEs I will assess them. BCEs are intended to help me better understand what you know
about a particular topic we are going to discuss in lecture. Your responses
will provide me with an idea of how many students understand the concept(s),
how many students are having difficulty, which ideas are not clear, and what
kind of misconceptions you have. If the majority of students have demonstrated understanding of a particular concept, that concept will not be covered in great detail in class. BCEs will help you prepare for class by providing
you some questions that you want answered in class. I STRONGLY recommend that you print out the Expert Response Page and bring that page with you to class. While the computer code is expected to record each student's response there have been occasions when individual BCEs are NOT recorded in the database. A printed Expert's response BCE with your responses is required to verify that you have completed a BCE. You are welcome to use your book, or other resources when completing a BCE. Your personal web page will
track how many BCEs you have completed and it will allow you to review any completed
BCE at any time during the semester. DO NOT redo already completed BCEs at a later date. This will write over your earlier responses in the database and make your BCE late. Late BCEs are not counted.
DURING CLASS INVENTIONS: A DCI is an activity that will be worked on, during class, in small groups. All DCIs are in the 3rd Edition of the During Class Invention and Computer Laboratory Activities Workbook. DCIs consist of a set of questions that will either help invent a concept to be discussed in class, or will apply the concept discussed in class. One or more DCIs will be completed during every class. You may be asked to turn in a DCI at the end of class. DCI's will normally not be graded, although there may be circumstances where they will be graded (see Homework below).
AFTER CLASS APPLICATIONS : An ACA is a web-based activity that is to
be completed following class. ACAs will begin on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 and
continue most lecture days for the remainder of the semester. To count, an ACA
must be completed before midnight of the day BEFORE the next class meeting. ACAs will typically
be posted after class ends. An ACA consists of a series of questions that will
cover the content of that day's class. The questions will typically progress
from easy to more difficult. The questions in the ACA will not be graded right
or wrong. You will be judged as completing an ACA if you have made a reasonable effort to answer the questions on the ACA and you have taken a reasonable amount
of time to answer those questions. I expect most ACAs will take 10 minutes or
more to complete. ACAs are intended to help me better understand what you understood
about a particular topic after we discussed the concept in lecture. This will be accomplished by asking questions that will require you to apply the concept(s) discussed in class. If you can answer the questions on the ACA that would suggest you have a good understanding of the material. Your responses
will provide me with an idea of how many students understand the concept(s),
how many are having difficulty, which ideas are not clear, and what kind of
misconceptions you have. ACAs will help you recognize what concepts you do not understand. That way you can better focus your studying and questions. I STRONGLY recommend that you print out the Expert Response Page and bring that page with you to class. While the computer code is expected to record each student's response there have been occasions when individual ACAs are NOT recorded in the database. A printed Expert's response ACA with your responses is required to verify that you have completed a ACA. Your personal web page will
track how many ACAs you have completed and it will allow you to review any completed
ACA at any time during the semester. DO NOT redo already completed ACAs at a later date. This will write over your earlier responses in the database and make your ACA late. Late ACAs are not counted.
HOMEWORK: This semester we will be using a combination of Personal Page Problem Sets, BCEs and ACAs, clicker questions (during class) and DCIs as homework. All assignments will have scheduled dates for completion, some of these assignments may not be available following the posted due dates. Answers to Problem Sets that are picked up on your Personal Page will be entered using the HELP! link. The time and day the answers must be completed will be posted on your Personal Page and on the Problem Set. The contribution from BCEs/ACAs will be based on whether the BCEs/ACAs are completed and submitted 'ontime', not on the correctness of your responses. Unannounced In-class activities may occur at anytime during the semester. There are no make-ups for
missed In-Class Problem Sets.
CLICKERS: This semester students are expected to come to class with a TurningPoint Technology Clicker, or with the TurningPoint Technology ResponseWare App for their iOS or Android device. Clickers will be used at least once during class to answer questions. Eight class periods will be randomly selected during the semester to get two blocks of four to count as two During Class Invention Problem Sets. You must be present and have submitted a response using your Clicker or iOS/Android device. Submitted responses do not have to be correct to receive this credit. For CHEM 1314, Fall 2015 here is the data for average course % and number of classes not attended/or not using a clicker.
Number of classes missed
Average Crs %
# of students
more than 10
6 - 10
3 - 5
0 - 2
LABORATORY: For Face-to-Face Labs, laboratory attendance will be scheduled in groups. In the first week, all students are required to
view the safety video and take an on-line safety quiz. In the first week, each lab section (CRN) with be divided into
three groups (A, B or C). This assignment can be found in Canvas/Groups. Each group will attend face-to-face (F2F)
once every three weeks at their scheduled time. Dr. Iob will direct the F2F labs.
For Online Labs, videos will be posted on Monday and accessible asynchronously on Canvas. The graded labs will be
comprised of the Pre-Lab Questions, the Results and Post-Lab Questions. For online experiments, students will be
expected to watch the video, complete the work in their lab manual, and then to use that information to fill out the Lab
Quiz in Canvas. The quizzes will be due on Fridays. Starting the online labs early will leave the students ample time to
contact with GTA for help.
This semester there are twelve (12) laboratory
experiments. The two lowest laboratory experiment scores, will be dropped. All on-line Laboratory experiments will have
quizzes. The face-to-face laboratory experiments will have a set of pre-laboratory questions that MUST be completed before arriving at your schedule laboratory class. Laboratory write-up and InClass Exercises must be turned in before
leaving the laboratory, unless stated otherwise. Any late laboratory write-ups
will be penalized 50% for the first day and 90% after the first day. Late InClass
Exercises will not be accepted. If you are going to miss a laboratory, you need
to make sure any laboratory write-up which may be due is turned in on time or
it will be subject to the same point deduction as described above. Questions
on examinations will cover material from laboratory. Some laboratory experiments will be completed with other students working in small groups. Under such circumstances members will have the same laboratory data. However, answers to questions, observations, data treatment, and analysis must be answered with independent responses by each member. If it is determined that laboratory experiment write-ups are duplicates (similar if not identical answers), each member will receive a zero for that experiment. Whether academic misconduct charges are made against each member will depend on the extent of the violation. Any questions regarding the interpretation of this policy should be directed to Dr. Gelder. Any Computer Laboratory Activity completed outside your laboratory classroom must use individually collected data from the simulation. Again all responses to questions must be independently answered. Computer Laboratory Activities with similar or identical data and responses will receive a zero. Whether academic misconduct charges are made against each member will depend on the extent of the violation.FOUR OR MORE LABS MISSED ANYTIME DURING
THE SEMESTER WILL RESULT IN AN "F" GRADE FOR THE COURSE!
LABORATORY MAKE-UP: There will be NO make-ups laboratory
experiments or InClass Exercises. FOUR OR MORE LABS MISSED ANYTIME DURING
THE SEMESTER WILL RESULT IN AN "F" GRADE FOR THE COURSE!
EYE PROTECTION: State law requires approved protection over
the eyes at all times in a laboratory in which an experiment is in progress.
A student found without goggles/safety glasses may cause the loss of lab points
for every student in the laboratory section, and may be asked to leave the lab.
LABORATORY CHECKOUT: If you drop the course, check your locker
equipment back to the storeroom within TWO WEEKS, otherwise check out of your
locker by the last scheduled laboratory. Failure to do so will result in a
clearance fee PLUS charges for any breakage or dirty equipment that must be
replaced during the cleaning procedure. Charges accumulated during the semester
will also be added. The Bursar's office will receive an invoice of these charges.
WEB (intro.chem.okstate.edu): We will take advantage of the Internet/WWW to
handle many administrative details associated with CHEM 1515. Additionally many
resources will be available from our class web site to aid you as you learn
chemistry this semester. The strength of our class web site is it will have
many features that will supplement our classroom discussions. What will you
need to take advantage of the resources on our web site? To access some of the
digital resources available this semester you must have a reasonably fast computer,
some memory, a audio headset, and a fast internet connection (cable modem, DSL
or T1 line). If your computer is not able to handle the video resources bring
your audio headset and use campus computers (PS102). To access video resources
you will need the latest version of QuickTime. Additional animations may require
the ShockWave or Flash Plug-in for your browser. You will also need Adobe's Acrobat
Reader to view the answers to problem sets, in-class exercises and sample examinations.
Check the plug-ins link on our web site to locate these resoures. All campus
computers will have these accessories for your browser. Some animations/simulations may have other specific accessorizing that is required.
For this semester ITLE will video each CHEM 1515 class. If you miss a class you can review the video to determine what material has been covered in your absence. Do not ask Dr. Gelder if you missed anything important, or to repeat material that has already been covered in class. Lecture videos will be accessible from your Personal Page.
DROP POLICY: (See the OSU Syllabus Attachment for Details.)
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: OSU has implemented a new Academic Integrity policy
to demonstrate a committment to students, staff and faculty that mature, honest
behavior is expected of everyone, and that anyone charged with a violation of
the Academic Integrity policy is treated fairly. The details of the Academic
Integrity Policy can be found at http://academicintegrity.okstate.edu.
Everyone should be aware of the types of violations and the levels of sanctions
for such violations.
a. Level one sanction
Level one sanction: award a grade of "zero" or "F" for the
assignment or examination for violations including but not limited to the following:
1. Copying a few sentences of material (1-5 sentences or a minor portion) from
a written or Internet source without proper citation.
2. Cheating on a quiz or minor assignment.
3. Receiving unauthorized help on an assignment.
4. Working on an assignment with others when the instructor asked for individual
5. Using a false excuse to obtain an extension on a due date.
6. Signing an attendance roster for someone who is absent or asking someone
else to sign the roster to avoid being counted absent.
Dr. Gelder's re-statement of the above in terms of his course.
Copying answer(s) to problem(s) on a problem set, question(s) on a laboratory
I encourage students to work together on problem sets...but you must NEVER
copy answers. Work together to understand how to solve a problem, but write
up the solution for your particular problem independent of other students. Word
for word answers, or identical mathematical setups and solutions will be interpreted
as a violation of the Academic Integrity policy.
b. Level two sanction
Level two sanction: award a grade of "F!" for the course for violations
including but not limited to the following:
1. Turning in a paper copied from another student.
2. Turning in a paper obtained in full or in part from a term paper “mill”
3. Copying material almost word for word from a written source and turning it
in as one’s own work.
4. Fabricating or falsifying a bibliography.
5. Getting questions or answers from someone who has taken an examination.
6. Obtaining an unauthorized copy of an examination in advance.
7. Using unauthorized notes during an examination.
8. Having another student take an examination.
9. Inappropriate use of technology (camera phones, text messaging, programmable
calculator, etc.) during an examination.
10. Copying from another student during an examination with or without his/her
11. Helping someone else cheat on an examination.
12. Stealing an examination or problem answer from the instructor.
13. Altering a grade or scoring on an examination or paper to obtain unearned
14. In a course requiring computer work, copying another student’s program
rather than writing one’s own.
15. Fabricating or falsifying laboratory or research data.
16. Inappropriately sharing or using work on an online assignment or examination.
17. Turning in work done by someone else.
18. Submitting substantial portions of the same assignment to more than one
class without permission of the instructors.
There is a specific procedure for charging students for Level ONE
and TWO violations consisting of notification, meeting(s) with an Academic Integrity
facilitator, and a specific appeals process. All of this is available at the
ALL members of the academic community are expected to preserve and
uphold Academic Integrity of this institution.
The expectation for all students in this course is that complete integrity
will be demonstrated at all time. You should be aware that both 'taking' and
'giving' assistance during an examination constitutes a violation of the Academic
Integrity Policy. Copying answers on problem sets constitutes a violation of
the Academic Integrity Policy. Do not allow another student(s) to copy your
answer(s)! Do not ask another student to copy their answers! If I believe students
have copied answers I will give charge both students with violating of the Academic
Integrity Policy. You are welcome to work together, but write up your answers
independently. Students who are caught cheating on examinations will be charged
with violating the Academic Integrity Policy.
Oklahoma State University is committed to the maintenance of the highest standards of integrity and ethical conduct of its members. This level of ethical behavior and integrity will be maintained in this course. Participating in a behavior that violates academic integrity (e.g., unauthorized collaboration, plagiarism, multiple submissions, cheating on examinations, fabricating information, helping another person cheat, unauthorized advance access to examinations, altering or destroying the work of others, and fraudulently altering academic records) will result in your being sanctioned. Violations may subject you to disciplinary action including the following: receiving a failing grade on an assignment, examination or course, receiving a notation of a violation of academic integrity on your transcript (F!), and being suspended from the University. You have the right to appeal the charge. Contact the Office of Academic Affairs, 101 Whitehurst, 405-744-5627, academicintegrity.okstate.edu.
SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS: OSU is committed to
serving the needs of students with disabilities. Federal Law protects individuals
with disabilities and states that the University must provide appropriate academic
accommodations. According to the OSRHE Task Force on the Americans with Disabilities
Acts, it is the responsibility of each student with a disability to notify the
University of his or her disability. If any member of this class has a disability
and needs special accommodation of any nature whatsoever, the instructor will
work with you and the Office of Student Disability Services,
to provide reasonable accommodation to ensure fair opportunity to perform in
the class. Please advise Dr. Gelder of any disability following the first week
of scheduled classes.
ATTENDANCE: While attendance will not be taken during lecture, most of the time,
it is strongly recommended students attend all lectures. At least two problem set scores will be based on lecture attendence. Important information
regarding examinations, homework and laboratory will be announced in class.
In addition insightful, stimulating discussion of chemistry concepts will occur
during the lecture period. Lecture is the student's opportunity to ask questions
over the material. Students are encouraged to inform Dr. Gelder when attendance
in lecture is not possible. Missing lecture could result in not turning in a
During Class Invention activity. A missed During Class Invention activity that
is not turned in will result in a loss of one fourth of a problem set grade. Attendance
in laboratory is mandatory. Four missed laboratories will result in an "F"
in the class, independent of student's performance on examinations and homework.
SCHEDULE: The lecture schedule is tentative. Depending on
rate and extent of coverage the date of coverage for a particular topic may
change. The order of topics will not be changed significantly. All tests will
be given on the dates shown and all problem sets and laboratory reports will
be due on those dates given in class or on your CHEM 1515 personal page.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: It is the student's responsibility
to communicate to Dr. Gelder any potential problems that result in missing lecture,
laboratory, problem sets or exams. Pay close attention to course withdrawal
dates. Any extra credit opportunities will be available to all students. No
individual student will receive any 'special' treatment for missed work. All
course policies will be applied consistently to students. Requests for deviations
from course policy should not be made. Contact Dr. Gelder if any extented, continuous
periods of missing class occur.
Total Point Breakdown
Where points are from
4 Hour Exams + 100 pt. Final
10 - 11 lab grades (15 pt each) (a percentage of your total lab points will be multiplied
16 homework grades (12 pt each) (a fraction of your total PS points will
be multiplied by 200)
Grand Total Points
Tentative Grade Distribution
Total Earned Points
722 - 850 (85 %)
637 - 721 (75 %)
467 - 636 (55 %)
340 - 466 (40 %)
0 - 339
POSTING SCORES: Exam, problem set and laboratory scores will be accessible
through a Grades Database. The Grades Database is linked through each student's
Personal Web Page. Along with your scores Dr. Gelder will
also calculate your predicted course percentage (your final grade). This calculation
is only a prediction and is usually based on the assumption that your future
performance will be the same as your performance up to the time the percentage
is calculated and posted. Sometimes Dr. Gelder can screw this calculation up
(if he is not careful), although extreme care is taken so such a possiblity
is unlikely. So be careful interpreting this prediction. It is strongly recommended
that you keep all of your exams, homework and laboratory write-ups so that in
the event of any recording error you have evidence to support any change.
For important dates for the Spring 2021 semester check out the Academic Calender. Be aware, or be square.