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SECTION A – Course Information

1. Course ID:

CHEM     10

Student Learning Outcomes

2. Course Title:

Chemistry for Allied Health Majors

3. Division:

Natural Sciences Division

4. Department:

Chemistry Department

5. Subject:


6. Short Course Title:

Chemistry-Allied Health

7. Proposed Effective Term:

Summer 2018

The required Cover Sheet Supplemental Form can be created after completion of Section A

SECTION B – Official Course Information

1. Recommended Class Size:

a. Maximum Class Size:


Note:   If the course is new or class size of an existing course is to be changed, a Class Size Supplemental Form is required.

b. Class Size Approval Date:


Note:   Date to be entered by the Instruction Office.


2. Method of Instruction:


 Work Experience, Occupational


 Open Entry/Exit

 Lecture and Laboratory


 Independent Studies

 Distance Learning



3. Contact Hours for a Term:

Note: If not a variable unit/hour course, enter the hours in the "Low" column only. Leave the hours in the "High" column blank.








To be arranged:

         72.00 To





         54.00 To


Lab/Lecture Parity?    Yes  No

Does this course have lab parity?

If not, are you going to  apply for lab parity?                          Yes  No

To be arranged:







To be arranged:







Total Hours:    


         54.00 To


To be arranged:

         72.00 To




4. Credit Units:

  5.00 To


Note: Units of credit are based on:

1 Unit of credit per eighteen (18) hours of lecture contact hours for a term

1 Unit of credit per fifty-four (54) hours of lab, activity or clinical contact hours for a term


5. Taxonomy of Programs (TOPS) Information:

a. TOPS Code and Course Program Title:

190500 - Chemistry, General

     b.  Course Control Number:    

(To be entered by the Instruction Office Only.)


6. SAM Priority Code: [Select One]



Courses offered to apprentices only.


Advanced Occupational

Courses taken in the advanced stages of an occupational program. Each “B” level course must have a “C” level prerequisite in the same program area.


Clearly Occupational

Courses taken in the middle stages of an occupational program. Should provide the student with entry-level job skills.


Possibly Occupational

Courses taken in the beginning stages of an occupational program.





7. Please place this course into the appropriate discipline by selecting from the drop down list. The discipline placement indicates what preparation is needed to teach the course. Discipline faculty may place their courses into more than one discipline as appropriate:


8. General Course Information

a. Course Credit Status:

D Credit Degree Applicable

b. State Transfer Code:

A Transferable, UC/CSU/Private

c. State Classification Code:

A Liberal Arts/Sciences Degrees

d. Basic Skills Status/Level:

N Not a Basic Skills Course

e. Sports/Physical Education Course:


( Only check here if the course is a physical education course.)

f. Grading Method:

Letter Grade Only

g. Number of repeats allowed:

Non-repeatable Credit - equates to 0 repeats

Note: If course is repeatable, complete the Repeatability Supplemental Form.

h. Please provide cross listed course if applicable:



9. Course Preparation

Note: If this course has any requisite, please complete the Content Review Supplemental Form and provide rationale for the requisite. If a requisite is being removed, please complete the Content Review Supplemental Form and provide rationale for removing the requisite. If a new requisite is being added, complete the Content Review Supplemental Form and provide rationale for the requisite.

a.   Prerequisite

Eligibility for MATH 71

b.   Co requisite

c.   Advisories

d.   None


10. Course Special Designators:

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11. Course Program Status:

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 Program Applicable


 12. Funding Agency Category:

       Not Applicable

       Primarily developed using economic development funds

       Partially developed using economic development funds



SECTION C – For new transfer requests only, please complete the Transfer Status (CSU) Supplemental Form before submitting course for approval.

CSU Transferable              CSU Approval Date:                     (mmddyyyy)                 

Applying for CSU Transfer Status

UC Transferable                 UC Approval Date:                      (mmddyyyy)                 

Applying for UC Transfer Status

Note:  CSU Transfer Status must be obtained prior to submitting a request for UC Transfer Status to the UC Chancellor.


SECTION D - General Education Request

Mt. San Antonio College and CSU General Education course approvals are submitted to the Educational Design Committee and GE Subcommittee for approval.

1.  The Articulation Officer submits the course directly to the CSU Chancellor for approval.

2.  Upon receiving CSU approval, the course will be placed in the CSU approved area for the Mt. SAC Associate Degree GE.



Requesting approval for inclusion on Mt. SAC and CSU General Education List?

Note:   If requesting approval for inclusion on the General Education List, the General Education Course Evaluation Supplemental Form must be completed before submitting course for approval.  If request is approved, the remainder of Section D will be completed by the Instruction Office.

1. Mt SAC General Education Applicability:

    GE Approval Date :                   (mmddyyyy)

AAB1 - Physical Sciences
ASB1 - Physical Sciences

2. CSU General Education Applicability (Requires CSU approval):

    CSU Approval Date:                   (mmddyyyy)

CSB1 - Physical Sciences
CSB3 - Laboratory Activity

3. IGETC Applicability (Requires CSU/UC approval):

    IGETC Approval Date:                   (mmddyyyy)

IG5C - Physical Science Combo
IG5A - Physical Science - Lecture Only



SECTION E - Course Content

1. Course Descriptions

a. Catalog Description:

(Write a clear, concise course description, summarizing the course content.  Include major goals of the course, scope, requirements for successfully completing the course, and any unusual aspects of the course.)

Measurements, structure, nomenclature (includes organic), formulas, reactions, radioactivity, energy, acids, bases, solutions and pH, and properties of solid, liquid, and gas. This course is appropriate for allied health majors. Completion does not give eligibility for CHEM 50.

b. Class Schedule Description:



Is a course description to be printed in the Class Schedule?

(If yes, write one or two sentences condensing the catalog description for the prospective student.  Does not require as much detail as the catalog description. Limited to 130 characters, including spaces.)

Principles of chemistry for allied health majors. Completion does not give eligibility for CHEM 50.

2. Course Outline Information

In courses that include lecture and laboratory, the topical outlines should be separate and distinct, each specific and appropriate to the activities to be conducted.

a. Lecture Topical Outline:

(The lecture topical outline should provide a detailed record of the content of the course.)

- Measurements and significant figures
- Density, specific gravity, and problem solving using conversion factors
- Atoms and elements
- The Periodic Table
- Nuclear radiation, radioactivity, and medical applications
- Chemical nomenclature
- Structure of compounds, types of bonds, and intermolecular forces
- Physical and chemical changes
- Chemical reactions
- Common types of reactions
- Writing and balancing chemical equations
- The mole and its relationships in chemical equations
- Nutrition and energy
- Changes of state, chemical equilibrium, and reversible reactions
- Properties of gases and gas laws
- Properties of water; osmosis; suspensions; colloids
- Solutions: solubility and solution concentrations
- Acids and bases: pH and electrolytes
- Buffers and neutralizations
- Organic compounds: bonding, functional groups, and nomenclature
- Final exam

b. Lab Topical Outline:

(The lab topical outline should reflect the activities in lab.)

- Reviewing laboratory safety and equipment use
- Recording measurement and significant figures
- Calculating density
- Documenting electron configuration and periodic properties
- Determining bonding and molecular structure
- Analyzing ions in solution
- Setting up chemical reactions and equations
- Calculating energy, specific heat, and calorimetry
- Calculating reaction rates and equilibrium
- Utilizing gas laws
- Preparing solutions, colloids, and suspensions
- Preparing solutions, electrolytes, and concentration
- Working with acids, bases, pH, and buffers
- Final assessment

3. Course Measurable Objectives:

(Measurable course objectives should identify expected outcomes: specific, observable student actions – what the student should be able to do, know or feel as a result of taking this course.  A majority of objectives should reflect critical thinking, i.e. application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.  Course objectives should relate directly to methods of evaluation)

Provide a minimum of five (5) course measurable objectives:

1. Express measurements using correct significant figures. Perform calculations, set up and solve problems using conversion factors.
2. Analyze the structure of an atom, and write electron configurations for elements in the Periodic Table.
3. Differentiate types of radioactivity, contrast methods of medical applications, write nuclear equations and solve problems relating to half-lives of radioactive substances.
4. Identify the types of bonds, predict bond polarity, and write the names or formulas for inorganic compounds.
5. Compare and contrast the three states of matter and forms of energy. Evaluate energy profiles of chemical reactions and calculate the energy for changes of state.
6. Complete and balance various types of chemical equations including oxidation-reduction reactions. Apply the concept of mole to solve for quantities in chemical reactions.
7. Apply the concepts of reversible reactions to explain chemical equilibrium.
8. Apply gas laws to describe the behavior of gases. Set up and solve gas law problems.
9. Solve various solution problems including solubility, concentration, and dilution. Compare solution properties such as osmosis, dialysis, electrolytes, and non-electrolytes.
10. Identify common characteristics of acids and bases including names, strengths, reactions, ionization in aqueous solution, pH scale, and buffers. Calculate the pH of solutions and evaluate the effects of adding an acid/base to a buffer system.
11. Compare and contrast the structure and properties, apply the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) naming system, identify functional groups, and draw structural formulas for organic compounds.
12. Demonstrate proper and safe laboratory techniques, record observations, collect and analyze data, and form conclusion by performing both qualitative and quantitative experiments that support lecture topics.

4. Course Methods of Evaluation:

(Methods of evaluation should relate directly to measurable course objectives.  They indicate the kind of assignments or performance activities designed for a course to assess student learning.  Each course must list either substantial writing assignments (category 1) OR computational / non-computational problem solving demonstrations (category 2) if writing assignments are inappropriate (with an explanation of why substantial writing is not appropriate for the course).  Activities typically assigned in categories 3 and 4 must also be listed in this section.)

Category 1. Substantial written assignments for this course include:

Ten laboratory reports with pre- and post-lab questions that require short-essay answers of 3 to 5 sentence. Students predict or explain procedures, safety, physical and chemical properties relating to the experiment.

1 to 2 homework problems per chapter which require written explanations of 3 to 5 sentences each.

If the course is degree applicable, substantial written assignments in this course are inappropriate because:

Category 2. Computational or non-computational problem solving demonstrations:

Problems which require computations in order to solve for unknown variables in math equations, unit conversions, or application of chemistry concepts to data in multi-step calculations

Lab reports, including computational problem-solving sections of data and analysis of chemistry concepts.

Category 3. Skills Demonstrations:

In-class activities which require students to demonstrate skill with calculating unit conversions and unknown variables, data analysis, and drawing conclusions

Hands-on lab experiments which require students to demonstrate skill with various lab techniques

Category 4. Objective Examinations:

Multiple-choice, short-answer, sentence-completion, matching, true or false, and short-answer questions on measurements, structure, nomenclature (includes organic), formulas, reactions, radioactivity, energy, acids, bases, solutions and pH, properties of solids, liquids, and gases

5. Sample Assignments:

(Assignments should be directly related to the objectives of the course.  They should be specific enough to provide real guidance to faculty and clear expectations for students.  Descriptions of the type or examples of assignments are required.  For example, rather than “term paper” state “term paper comparing and contrasting the social aspects of hunting tactics of two mammal species.”  This section must establish that the work is demanding enough in rigor and independence to fulfill the credit level specified.  The nature of the assignments must clearly demand critical thinking.  Assignments should be adequate to assure that students who successfully complete them can meet the objectives of the course.  Appropriate out-of-class work is required for credit courses.)

Provide a minimum of three (3) sample assignments:

1. Analyze how pH is maintained in blood plasma. Compare and contrast this buffer system with other buffer systems. Use equations to illustrate the effect on pH when acid or base is added to blood.
2. Evaluate the suitability of Technetium-99 as an ideal radioisotope for scanning organs with respect to half-life and type of radiation emitted. Suppose 80.0 mg of this isotope was prepared this morning, and determine how many milligrams would remain after (a) two half-lives, (b) 18.0 hours, and (c) 2.0 days.
3. Apply the appropriate gas laws to analyze physiological processes such as breathing, diffusion of gases in the blood, and hyperbaric chamber treatments.
4. Construct a calorimeter and measure the Calorie content of common food items such as nuts, cheese puffs, marshmallows, etc. Collect and report data accurately, perform data analysis and calculations, and answer reflective questions in a written lab report.


6. Representative Text:

(List EXAMPLES of textbooks and other data sources and materials, which may be used in this course.  Provide author, title, publisher, date of publication, and edition.)

If the course is requested to be or is CSU transferable, provide at least one (1) representative text that has been published within the last five (5) years.  A representative text is optional for a non-transferable course.

a. Book 1:

This is the most recent edition of this text:




If the text is more than 5 years old, please provide rationale for not selecting a more recent text:


  Karen Timberlake


  An Introduction to General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry



Date of Publication:



  4th custom edition for Mt. SAC

b. Book 2:

This is the most recent edition of this text:




If the text is more than 5 years old, please provide rationale for not selecting a more recent text:


  Chemistry Department


  Chemistry 10 Laboratory Manual


  Mt. San Antonio College

Date of Publication:

  Fall 2016



c. Book 3:

This is the most recent edition of this text:




If the text is more than 5 years old, please provide rationale for not selecting a more recent text:







Date of Publication: