Assignments

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The assignments in this course are openly licensed, and are available as-is, or can be modified to suit your students’ needs. Answer keys are available to faculty who adopt Waymaker, OHM, or Candela courses with paid support from Lumen Learning. This approach helps us protect the academic integrity of these materials by ensuring they are shared only with authorized and institution-affiliated faculty and staff.

If you import this course into your learning management system (Blackboard, Canvas, etc.), the assignments will automatically be loaded into the assignment tool.

Assignments

You can view these faculty-contributed assignments below or throughout the course.

Assignments and Alignment
Assignment Module
Assignment: Matter and Measurement Module 1: Essential Ideas
Assignment: Atoms, Molecules, and Ions Module 2: Atoms, Molecules, and Ions
Assignment: Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table Module 2: Atoms, Molecules, and Ions
Assignment: Composition of Substances and Solutions Module 3: Composition of Substances and Solutions
Assignment: Chemical Reactions in Aqueous Solution Module 4: Stoichiometry of Chemical Reactions
Assignment: Gases Module 9: Gases
Assignment: Thermodynamics Module 16: Thermodynamics

Discussions

The following discussion assignments will also be preloaded (into the discussion-board tool) in your learning management system if you import the course. They can be used as is, modified, or removed. You can preview them below:

Discussion Assignments and Alignment
Discussion Module
Discussion: Stoichiometry Inquiry Game Module 4: Stoichiometry of Chemical Reactions
Discussion: Discovery of the Elements Module 6: Electronic Structure and Periodic Properties of Elements

Optional Reading-Based Discussions

If you wish, you can include the following prompt to encourage students to complete their reading and discuss class topics with their peers.

Discussion Board Standards

It is expected that students will complete the assigned textbook readings prior to posting responses to the discussion board. Student interaction is encouraged. The goal of these online discussions is to simulate the sort of group discussion that can occur in traditional classroom settings. Therefore, students must post comments to at least two classmates. In addition, the instructor may post her reaction to student comments.

Note: The calendar indicates the start and end dates for discussion of particular questions. Students will have a limited period of time to submit their contribution to the discussion board. This will be referred to as the discussion window. When this window closes, students will no longer receive credit for adding their contributions to the discussion.

Assessment

The instructor will assess the quality of student contributions towards group discussion and determine a grade for each unit/chapter.

  1. Student discussion must be relevant to the specific question being discussed.
  2. Students should demonstrate their understanding of the issues, theories, and problems from their textbook readings and homework. Good student commentary will make reference to specific textbook readings and make use of the terminology introduced in the chapter.
  3. Students should respond to the discussion questions with an attitude of proper objectivity and a willingness to discuss matters with others who do not share their viewpoint. Criticism of theories or ideas is appropriate; however, the tone of this criticism should remain scholarly rather than personal.
  4. Students are encouraged to make use of examples and counter-examples, compare and contrast theories, make reference to past learning, indicate problems or difficulties they have with the theories, and draw out the relevant implications of the discussion.
  5. Students may also raise questions they have about the readings and discuss possible answers provided these questions are relevant to the topic of the discussion.

EVERY STUDENT MUST POST AN ANSWER BY STARTING A NEW THREAD. These posts must address all parts of the question, be as long as indicated in the directions for each forum, and be clear and accurate, as well as original. Any copying and pasting of material written by others into the discussion forum is plagiarism. Plagiarism will result in a zero for the assignment; no exceptions.

STUDENTS MUST REPLY TO AT LEAST TWO POSTINGS BY CLASSMATES IN ORDER TO RECEIVE FULL CREDIT. Replies such as “Good posting” or “I agree” will not be considered for full credit—replies must be substantive, detailed and complete. ANY POSTINGS WHICH ARE NOT IN ACADEMIC WRITTEN FORM, AS IN TEXT-MESSAGE FORMAT, WILL RECEIVE A ZERO. EACH MUST BE CHECKED FOR CORRECT SPELLING, GRAMMAR AND PUNCTUATION.

Consider the discussions as opportunities to share ideas about this exciting material with your classmates—enjoy this!

Rubric: Discussion Forum Posts
Criteria Levels of Achievement
Proficient Competent Novice
Timeliness Original Thread and 2 replies (at a minimum) are submitted on time. Etiquette and protocol are followed. Duplicate question posted. Full credit given to student with original placeholder post presented at the earlier publish date. No credit for post student posting second. Will receive credit for replies. Post is late or replies are late.
Full Credit Half Credit No credit given to late portion.
Content Content includes all requirements identified in forum instructions. Content and all work is in the correct format and accurate. Content is only partially inclusive of requirements. Minor errors in content may be present. Work may not be shown in correct format. Content does not focus on requirements.
10 Points 10 Points 5 Points 3 Points
Examples Examples were included, typed out and work was shown. Examples are shown using the correct format and were both relevant and accurate. Examples were included but may have had mistakes or been from the incorrect category. Work may not have been complete or in incorrect format. No examples were included.
6 Points 6 Points 3 Point 0 Points
Use of Language Writing is well organized, mechanical elements are error free (grammar, spelling and punctuation) Writing is somewhat organized with some (minor) mechanical errors. Writing is not organized or unified. Errors impair communication
6 Points 6 Points 3 Points 1 Point
Replies, Interactions Replied to two or more other students and replies draw upon original threaded prompts to validate position. Discussion/responses had depth and related personal experiences or content covered in this unit of instruction. Include work, logic and answer for sample questions in both replies. Replied to a minimum of two other students and discussion/responses are somewhat in depth, related to personal experiences or related to prompts in original thread. Questions may have been included but no work was shown or answer was not given for 1 or both replies. Replied to a minimum of two students with no illustration of understanding of content (example “I agree” simple statements with no support).
8 Points 8 Points 5 Points 2 Points