Chemistry 1R03 Course Information - Winter 2014
These sheets provide answers to most of your questions about the organization of the course.
We suggest that, after reading them carefully, you keep them with your notes for future
reference. The online version contains useful links and updates.
Chemistry 1RO3 is an introductory chemistry course intended to:
discuss chemical concepts, theories and examples of fundamental chemistry, focusing on
Ontario's Grade 11 and 12 University chemistry curricula
apply chemistry to real life situations and phenomena
help develop skills needed to solve chemical problems (this largely takes place in the
prepare students for first year-level chemistry courses at McMaster.
SECTIONS AND INSTRUCTORS
Chemistry 1RO3 is taught in one section.
Students will not have the option to transfer to another section as there are none available.
SECTION 01 – Mr. Spencer Knight (ABB/269B) Tuesday 7:00 - 10:00 pm.
The instructor facilitates the in-class sessions, which include, but are not limited to: presentation
of some the course material, interactive activities, demonstrations, and discussion. The instructor
is also available for small group discussions during office hours, and may monitor the on-line
There are no laboratories for chemistry 1R03
The instructor's office hours will be posted within AVENUE.
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Weekly tutorials are run by teaching assistants and concentrate on the development of problem-
solving skills. They are scheduled for Tuesdays from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. and will start
January 14 . The tutorial location will be posted on AVENUE. Students are not assigned a
specific tutorial section as the tutorials are open to all students. New tutorial material is
presented every week, so you are encouraged to attend additional tutorials any day you choose.
Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis and tutorial attendance is highly recommended.
Tutorial questions and other resources will be found on AVENUE. If you wish to work on the
tutorial questions, you should access and print them before attending a tutorial session. The
The focus in tutorial sessions will be on the development of problem-solving skills, in the
context of the tutorial questions provided each week.
solutions to tutorial questions will be posted on AVENUE at the end of each week.
Online Course Management.
Chemistry 1R03 will make use of AVENUE, an integrated set of tools for delivering course
components over the Internet. For example, course notes, sample tests, previous years’ tests,
personalized quizzes, tutorials, a course bulletin board and other resources will be available.
Since AVENUE courses are maintained in a secure environment on the Internet, only students
registered in Chemistry 1R03 have access to the materials. In order to login to AVENUE you
1. the internet address: http://avenue.mcmaster.ca/
2. your user name: it is your McMaster AP1 account userid (if the Registrar has not yet
added you to the electronic course list, we will not have your userid on our database)
3. your password: you will be given a password when you sign-up for your AP1 account.
AVENUE can be accessed from your home or dormitory room or computer labs/libraries on
You will need to set up a proxy account with CIS to use the on-campus computer clusters. You
can register for such an account online through MUGSI. If you have any difficulties in the
computer clusters, ask for help from a Student Consultant.
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If you attempt to login to AVENUE and find that you are not registered under the expected user
name and password, follow the steps described on the AVENUE support page. If your
registration is delayed and you need early access to the website, contact an Instructor. Other
AVENUE issues can be addressed to the IT help desk in the Mills library (2 floor).
QUIZZES, HOMEWORK, TESTS AND EXAMINATIONS
There will be four online assignments during the term. Your answers for the
assignments are to be entered via AVENUE. These assignments will be made available at 10
p.m. following the lecture of the week they are released, and will remain open for completion
until the end of the term. These assignments are timed (120 min) and only one (1) attempt is
Four timed quizzes (approximately 30 min) will take place in class
Two Term Tests are scheduled on the following days:
Tuesday, February 11 , 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 18 , 2014 at 7:00 p.m. (cumulative)
- As these tests are scheduled during class time, there will be no exemptions. The percentage
of any missed tests, provided the appropriate paperwork has been submitted (see Requests for
Relief of Missed Academic Term Work), will be attributed to a student's final exam percentage.
The April Final Examination (3 hours), scheduled by the Registrar’s Office, will test all
course content from the Winter term. This examination must be written in order to pass the
REQUESTS FOR RELIEF OF MISSED ACADEMIC TERM WORK
If you are absent from the university for a minor medical reason, lasting fewer than 5 days, you
may report your absence, without documentation, using the McMaster Student Absence Form
(MSAF). Absences for a longer duration or for other reasons must be reported to your
Faculty/Program office, with documentation, and relief from term work may not necessarily be
granted. When using the MSAF, report your absence to [email protected]
Then contact the
Mr. Knight immediately (normally within 2 working days) to learn what relief may be granted
for the work you have missed.
There are no make-up quizzes or tests.
The MSAF on-line, self-reporting tool cannot be used to apply for any missed final examination
or its equivalent. See Petitions for Special Consideration in the Undergraduate Calendar.
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CALCULATION OF FINAL MARK FOR THE COURSE
Assessment of student achievement in the course should be based on their most recent, most
consistent performance. There are two potential mark breakdowns possible in Chemistry 1R03.
Each student will receive the highest possible mark based on one of these two breakdowns.
Course Component Option Option
Assignments (4) 5% 5%
In-Class Quizzes (4) 20% 20%
Term Test 1 12.5% 0%
Term Test 2 12.5% 0% Cumulative
Final Exam 50% 75% Mandatory/Cumulative
Total 100% 100%
**The instructor and university reserve the right to modify elements of the course during the
term. The university may change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme
circumstances. If either type of modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and
communication with the students will be given with explanation and the opportunity to comment
on changes. It is the responsibility of the student to check their McMaster email and course
websites weekly during the term and to note any changes.
The quizzes, term tests and the final examination all require a calculator. THE ONL