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MIAMI DADE COLLEGECHEMISTRY/PHYSICS/EARTH SCIENCES DEPT.SYLLABUSATTENDANCEMIAMI DADE COLLEGENORTH CAMPUSCHEMISTRY/PHYSICS/EARTH SCIENCES DEPT.SYLLABUSCOURSE: PSC 1515 Energy in the Natural EnvironmentINSTRUCTOR: Dr. Arturo RodríguezPHONE: (305) 237- 8095 E-mail: [email protected] HOURS: As posted on the door of room (Appointments recommended)Room 1267-7MEETING DAYS: Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:00 – 11:20 AMROOM: 1262 REFERENCE: 403871 COURSE DESCRIPTIONInvestigation of the physical environment using energy a a theme to demonstrate the impact of science and technology on the environment and on the lives of people. COURSE COMPETENCIES- The student will understand the basic methodology of science- The student will understand basic chemical and physical principles- The student will demonstrate comprehension of the structure and composition of the earth including its atmosphere, oceans and rocks- The student will understand the movement of energy through the biosphere- The student will demonstrate knowledge of the effect of population on the earth’s energy resources.REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: “Energy in the Natural Environment” PSC 1515 1st Custom Ed. Miami Dade CollegePearson Custom Publishing, ISBN 0-53629558-1 The textbook is required for an appropriate understanding of the materials discussed in class; and for the self-preparation of the students. Simple calculators are recommended. Cellular phones can not be used as calculators in class.EXAMINATIONTwo partial tests will be given during the term, and a Final exam will be given at the end of the course. All these tests will be multiple choice. Absolutely no make-up examinations will be given. No test will be given 15 minutes after the beginning of a test or exam.The students are required to bring a scantron form (No. 882-E, available in the bookstore) and a No. 2 pencil for each test and exam.DISCIPLINEThe students are required to comply with the Code of Conduct as it appears in the MDC Student’s Rights and Responsibilities Handbook 2006-2007. Disciplinary action will be applied to students who violated one or more of the regulations stated in the Code of Conduct. Good manners are expected to be part of the classroom interaction between the students and the Professor, and among students.GRADING POLICYThe final grade will consist inTwo Partial exams (35% each) 70%Final exam 25%Attendance/Participation 5%No extra-credit projects and or assignments will be authorized.90 -----100 A 80 ----- 89 B 70 ----- 79 C 60 ----- 69 D 0 ----- 59 FATTENDANCEAttendance to class is required. Roll will be taken at the beginning of every class session. Students are expected to attend and participate in class. A student with 3 consecutive absences will be dropped from the course. Tardiness is not allowed, three consecutive times late will be equivalent to one absence.Students who attend class, and do not appear on the class roll will be asked to report to the Register Office to obtain a paid/validation schedule. Under no circumstances you will be allowed to remain in class if your schedule is not stamped paid/validated. Cellular phones, pagers and other electronic devices should be placed in vibrating mode, or turned off; ringing phones are prohibited in class. No phone conversations will be allowed in class. WITHDRAWAL POLICY (W)If you decide to withdraw from this course it the student’s responsibility to do so in order to receive a grade of “W”.CHEATING & PLAGIARISMCheating will not be tolerated in this course. Any student caught will receive an automatic “F” in the assignment. If the incident is repeated, the student will receive a failing grade in the course.INCOMPLETES (I)Incompletes will only be given by the end of the course, when a student is unable to complete the requirements of the course, due to exceptional circumstances. Students have until the end of the next major term to finish the coursework or a failing grade for the course will be assigned.TENTATIVE SCHEDULEChapters Tests & AssignmentChapter 1Chapter 4 Chapter 6Chapter 9Chapter 10Chapter 11Chapter 17Chapter 21Chapter 22Chapter 25Chapter 26Chapter 27Chapter 28Test 1: Chapters 1, 4, 6, 9Test 2: Chapters 10, 11, 17, 21Final Exam, Chapters 22, 25, 26, 27 & 28This Syllabus might be changed as needed.


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