Syllabus: Spring 2018

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Attendance of both lecture and laboratory is required. Attendance is your responsibility, and you are responsible for any material missed through non-attendance. You should plan to attend every class meeting, and plan to be in attendance for the full amount of time to which you committed by enrolling in the course. Please do not schedule appointments that conflict with class time. Rewards for lecture attendance are detailed below. If you must miss a lab for any reason, there is one make up lab scheduled on the calendar. Only one makeup lab is available; if you miss more than one lab, there is no additional opportunity or extra credit assignment available for you to recover those missed points.


We meet MWF, from 10:00−10:50AM, in room LSC 100. Lecture time will be spent involved in discussions, demonstrations, and presentations based on the text. You must attend the lecture in which you are enrolled, and you should come to each lecture on time and well prepared: read the appropriate material from the text and have questions ready, bring the necessary supplies (paper, writing utensils, calculator, textbook), and be ready to participate in whatever activity is scheduled. Check the on-line calendar for reading assignments and announcements about in class activities.

A loaner clicker will be provided for you each day. We will be using the SMART Response XE clickers each day during lecture. You are not required to purchase a responder, and you will not find these available at the bookstore. You will be responsible for picking up a clicker and signing in to the class before lecture begins, and you will be expected to return the clicker at the end of each session.

During each lecture session, there will be pop−up questions scattered throughout the presentation. By signing in and participating in the classroom polling, you will receive participation points. Points will be recorded each lecture, and you will earn 6 points per lecture, up to a maximum of 200 points.

You are required to click in to have any points recorded, and you must be physically present in the room to click. You may never, under any circumstances, sign in using another student’s ID number and click on behalf of anyone other than yourself, or ask another student to click for you in your absence. This is cheating, and will be treated as a serious breach of academic integrity.


Labs meet Thursday in LSC 161. Please consult the Laboratory page of this course web for complete details.


The course text is Physical Science, (11th edition), by Bill Tillery. The ISBN-13: 978-0077862626 (or ISBN-10: 0077862627), and you do not need to buy an access code for any of the publisher's online resources.

Unit Exams

Three unit exams are scheduled over the semester. There is also a comprehensive Final Exam. Exams will be predominantly conceptual, with a few quantitative problems. An exam archive has been posted online, consisting of actual exam questions. Solutions are posted for each of the sample exams.

Exams are pre-scheduled on the course calendar. Any changes will be announced in class and updated on the calendar. You are responsible for knowing when each exam will occur and getting to class on time to take it. If you are unable to attend class on an exam day, you must notify me within 24 hours of the missed exam. Failure to notify me will result in a score of zero for the exam. You will be required to provide written documentation (i.e., doctor's note, accident report, traffic citation) before any make−up exam will be scheduled. This policy will be strictly enforced with no exceptions, and any abuse of this policy (i.e., providing false information) will result in, at the minimum, a course grade of F, and referral to the Dean of Students for further disciplinary action.


You are expected to keep all graded material and keep track of your own point progress over the course of the semester. I will be happy to correct any bookkeeping errors, but you must be able to document the error with the original graded work. You will be given your point total and grade average after each exam. If you need to know your grade at any time, please e−mail me, and I will promptly send you your current point total.

Points for the semester break down as shown on the table below.

Unit Exams:

3 @ 100 points each = 300 points

Lecture Participation:

maximum allowable = 200 points

Lab Exercises:

10 @ 30 points each = 300 points

Final Exam:

comprehensive final = 200 points


= 1000 points


Grades will be assigned according to the scale shown below.

Letter Grade

Minimum Points

Maximum Points

A 890 1000
B 795 889
C 695 794
D 600 694
F 0 599

Course Web

This course does not use Blackboard. Never. Ever. All course information, current calendars, review material, quiz and test solutions are posted on this course web.

Personal Electronic Devices

Social use of mobile devices is strictly prohibited during lecture and lab time. You are not permitted to use any mobile device capable of connecting to the internet during quizzes or exams. Your mobile devices may not be anywhere visible for the duration of the quiz or exam. You must turn your phone (and any other mobile devices) off for the duration of class time. If your phone disrupts the class during an exam, you will be required to turn in your exam and leave the room immediately. You will not be permitted to return and finish the exam after you have completed your call. In the event that device usage becomes problematic, I reserve the right to implement point penalties for repeat offenders. The number of points per penalty is left to my discretion. No exceptions to this policy will be made for any reason whatsoever.

Academic Integrity

The University of Central Arkansas affirms its commitment to academic integrity and expects all members of the university community to accept shared responsibility for maintaining academic integrity. Students in this course are subject to the provisions of the university's Academic Integrity Policy, approved by the Board of Trustees as Board Policy No. 709 on February 10, 2010, and published in the Student Handbook. Penalties for academic misconduct in this course may include a failing grade on an assignment, a failing grade in the course, or any other course-related sanction the instructor determines to be appropriate. Continued enrollment in this course affirms a student's acceptance of this university policy.

It is also a matter of academic and personal integrity to take responsibility for withdrawing yourself from this course, if the situation requires it. The last day for unrestricted withdrawal with a W is 03/30/18. Effective Fall 2017, the WP/WF grade option will no longer be used. Only W grades may be assigned through the 12th week of the Fall/Spring semester, with equivalent dates in terms of other lengths. After this date, only grades of A, B, C, D, or F will be allowed.

Americans With Disabilities Act

The University of Central Arkansas adheres to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need an accommodation under this act due to a disability, please contact the UCA Disability Resource Center at 501.450.3613.

Student Evaluations

Student evaluations of a course and its professor are a crucial element in helping faculty achieve excellence in the classroom and the institution in demonstrating that students are gaining knowledge. Students may evaluate courses they are taking starting on the Monday of the last week of instruction (04/24/18) through the end of finals week by logging in to myUCA and clicking on the Evals button on the top right.

Building Emergency Plan

An Emergency Procedures Summary (EPS) for the building in which this class is held will be discussed during the first week of this course. EPS documents for most buildings on campus are available online. Every student should be familiar with emergency procedures for any campus building in which s/he spends time for classes or other purposes.

Title IX Disclosure

If a student discloses an act of sexual harassment, discrimination, assault, or other sexual misconduct to a faculty member (as it relates to "student-on-student" or "employee-on-student"), the faculty member cannot maintain complete confidentiality and is required to report the act and may be required to reveal the names of the parties involved. Any allegations made by a student may or may not trigger an investigation. Each situation differs and the obligation to conduct an investigation will depend on those specific set of circumstances The determination to conduct an investigation will be made by the Title IX Coordinator. For further information, please visit this link..

*Disclosure of sexual misconduct by a third party who is not a student and/or employee is also required if the misconduct occurs when the third party is a participant in a university-sponsored program, event, or activity.


Assignments, point distributions, grading scales, and course policies should be regarded as flexible and subject to substitution or change at the discretion of the instructor. Students should refer to the 2017-2018 Student Handbook and familiarize themselves with all policies, particularly the Sexual Misconduct Policy and Academic Policies.

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