2020-2021 Catalog 
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2020-2021 Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

CHM 138 - Chemistry for Allied Health

Description: Elements of general, organic and biochemistry. A study of the chemical behavior of matter for Nursing and allied health applications.

Prerequisites: MAT 092  OR MAT 097  OR MAT 142  OR MAT 152 . Reading Proficiency.

Credits: 5
Lecture: 4
Lab: 3

Course Content:

  1. Math Preview

a. Exponential Notation, metric System, dimensional Analysis

  1. Definition of Chemistry and Scientific Method
  2. Properties of matter

a. States of matter, atomic Theory, electron configurations of atoms, Periodic Table

  1. Chemical bonding

a. Ionic and covalent bonds, electron dot structures, shape and polarity of molecules

  1. Chemical equations

a. Balancing equations, types of chemical reactions, mole calculations

  1. Intermolecular Forces

a. London Dispersion Forces, dipole Interaction, hydrogen bonding

  1. Properties of solids, liquids, and gases

a. Kinetic molecular theory, changes of state

  1. Solutions

a. Definition, properties, weight percent concentration, molarity, osmolarity, osmosis and dialysis

  1. Reaction Rates

a. Exothermic and endothermic reactions, catalysts, half-life and drug dose

  1. Acids-bases

a. Arrhenius definitions, pH scale, buffers, blood buffers, analysis of blood gases

  1. Nuclear Chemistry

a. Types of radioactive decay, medical usage of radioisotopes, nuclear scans, medical imaging,

  1. Organic Chemistry

a. Types of organic compounds, organic reactions, organic synthesis, biosynthesis of cholesterol

  1. Polymers

a. Types, names, formulas, synthetic and natural polymers

  1. Biochemical molecules

a. Carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, enzymes, cholesterol and heart disease

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Use scientific reasoning to evaluate physical and natural phenomena. (all content items 1-15)

a. Solve chemical problems using concepts central to chemistry
b. Relate molecular shape and polarity to physical properties

  1. Identify the unifying themes of the scientific field of study. (items 1-15) 

a. Use scientific vocabulary to describe chemical phenomenon.
b. Write equations that describe chemical change using accepted nomenclature and symbols.
c. Describe the major themes associated with concepts presented during the term of study

  1. Interpret the numerical and graphical presentation of scientific data. (1-15) 

a. Use data to support a conclusion or interpretation.
b. Use graphical data to analyze unknowns.
c. Draw conclusions regarding a chemical relationship using information presented on graphs.

  1. Use the tools and equipment necessary for basic scientific analysis and research. (items 1,2,7,11)

a. Use standard glassware and instruments to manipulate and measure chemical quantities.

  1. Record the results of investigation through writing. (1-15)
  2. Use chemical theory to analyze allied health applications. (7,8,10,12,14)

Required Assessment:
  1. Students will complete a common comprehensive written final exam. Assessment will also include departmental pre-semester and post-semester evaluations. Instructors may utilize a variety of additional assessment measures including, but not limited to, quizzes, mid-term exams, written assignments, and homework. In all cases the required assessment measures will be outlined on the course syllabus.