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SCIN131 - Introduction to Chemistry with Lab

Course Details

Course Code: SCIN131 Course ID: 3818 Credit Hours: 4 Level: Undergraduate

This course introduces students to the principles of basic chemistry, the terminology, methodology and worldview of chemistry, and the practical application to everyday living. Topics are both descriptive and mathematical and include acids and bases, atomic structure, chemical equations and reactions, chemical language and nomenclature, gases, molecular structure, solution chemistry, chemical mathematics, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. The chemistry lab is designed for students to learn how to make qualitative and quantitative observations about physical and chemical phenomena, to make calculations, and to test their own reasoning. Students will acquire skills in laboratory techniques and thought processes through interactive virtual laboratories designed to help reinforce and build upon the concepts presented in the lecture portion of the class.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

The successful student will fulfill the following learning objectives, and upon completion of this course, should be able to:

CO-1 Identify the principles, history, and terminology of general chemistry. Relate the process of scientific inquiry to the historical development of chemical knowledge.

CO-2 Apply concepts of scientific measurement and problem solving strategies to questions in chemistry, including using proper SI units, significant figures, and unit conversions by dimension analysis.

CO-3 Distinguish between matter and energy. Categorize the states of matter and describe their distinguishing characteristics and the phase changes between them.

CO-4 Classify elements according to their location in the periodic table; predict periodic trends of selected properties of atoms; write the electron configuration of atoms and ions.

CO-5 Compare and contrast elements, compounds, and types of mixtures (solutions). Identify the names and formulas of elements, ions, isotopes, ionic and molecular compounds and acids and bases.

CO-6 Define pH value and the pH scale and identify acidic and basic solutions.

CO-7 Apply of the Law of Conservation of Mass and Molar Mass to balance chemical equations and solve up to four step stoichiometry calculations.

CO-8 Depict chemical bonding using Lewis structures and determine the shape and polarity of a simple a compound from its formula.

CO-9 Describe and apply the ideal gas law.

CO-10 Define and provide examples of the types intermolecular forces in terms of strength and mode of action.

Four kinds of graded assessments/activities will be assigned to enhance your understanding of chemistry principles. Participation in all the activities is essential for developing problem solving skills and concepts presented in the course. Your course grade is based on your performance on the following activities:

Discussion Forums

For each Lesson in this course, a Discussion Forums topic will be posted by your instructor (there will also be a required introductions discussion forum during the first week of the course). These take time to complete, so please do not procrastinate, or you will likely regret it!

You must post a thoughtful response to the topic(s), expressing critical thought and analysis, and you must attribute sources when applicable. For your Community points, you are required to reply to everyone who responds to your initial post.

You are then required to post a response to the post of at least 2 of your classmates as well. There will be a total of 8 discussion forums worth 100 points each.

Please do not plagiarize your answer (i.e. do not copy paste directly from the internet or any other source), or you will not receive credit. There are many tools available for instructors to help catch this, so please don’t try it.

**Note**: Just asking for help, saying something very vague, or congratulatory or acknowledgement postings will not count towards adequate participation credit. They do not contribute to an understanding of the material, raise important issues regarding the material, or forward the conversation about the content.

Laboratory Exercises

Each Lesson will also be accompanied by a Laboratory Exercise that will not only introduce you to common laboratory techniques and concepts, but will also reinforce the content presented in the text and homework. Labs will thus give you an opportunity to apply what you have learned in the chapters in a real situation, and thus use the course content as hands-on tools for problem solving.


Each Lesson will contain a Lesson Quiz to help you and your Professor assess your comprehension of the Lesson material. The format of the quizzes is a combination of multiple choice and short answer. The questions will come from both the Lessons and the Labs. They are more difficult than the practice exercises, as they require you to apply and think critically about the lesson material rather than just memorize it or copy problem solving steps. There are 8 quizzes, each worth 100 points each. You will have 2 hours to complete each quiz—after the time limit, the assessment will be submitted automatically and you will only receive credit for what you have completed up to that time.

Please see the Student Handbook to reference the University’s grading scale.

NameGrade %
Forums 16.00 %
Introduction Forum 2.00 %
Week 2 Forum 2.00 %
Week 3 Forum 2.00 %
Week 4 Forum 2.00 %
Week 5 Forum 2.00 %
Week 6 Forum 2.00 %
Week 7 Forum 2.00 %
Week 8 Forum 2.00 %
Quizzes 56.00 %
Week 1 Lesson Quiz 8.00 %
Week 2 Lesson Quiz 8.00 %
Week 3 Lesson Quiz 8.00 %
Week 4 Lesson Quiz 8.00 %
Week 5 Lesson Quiz 8.00 %
Week 6 Lesson Quiz 8.00 %
Week 7 Lesson Quiz 8.00 %
Week 8 Lesson Quiz 8.00 %
Course Project: Prep 14.00 %
Assignment #1: Annotated Bibliography 7.00 %
Assignment #2: The Outline 7.00 %
Course Project 14.00 %
Assignment #3: The Presentation 14.00 %

Required Technology

  • See the Technology Requirements section of the undergraduate catalog for the minimum hardware and software requirements.
  • Microsoft Office 365 is available to APUS students for free. To sign up, visit If you have questions about accessing the software, please contact Classroom support at
Book Title:Chemistry: Atoms First - e-book available online, link provided inside the classroom
Author:No Author Specified
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.