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Brandon Dearmond Finley
B CUSP 204
Bothell Campus

Learning Strategies: Navigating the University

Provides students with active learning strategies and exploration of university resources to help them become master learners. Includes interactive work on building collaborative, creative, and analytic skills, as well as reflection on personal, academic, and career goals. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

This course will cover problem solving strategies for first quarter general chemistry (BCUSP 142). We will cover how to organize and learn chemistry concepts and how to approach unfamiliar problems. This course focuses on problem solving, including how to read and think about a problem, how to identify missing information, how to do chemical calculations, and how to verify that the answer you reach is reasonable.

Student learning goals

You will be able to approach and solve unfamiliar problems. You will be able to identify missing information and verify any answers you calculate.

You will be able to use the different tools available to you. You will learn how to effectively use the textbook and homework to help you learn chemistry and you will learn about other resources such as the library and the QSC.

You will know basic chemical concepts and be able to solve problems using those concepts. These include the periodic table, naming chemical compounds, molecular weight, moles, molarity, the gas laws, equilibrium, pH, and solution chemistry.

General method of instruction

This course will consist of three parts. Each week will have a short lecture to review new material and put that material into the context of what we have covered in previous weeks. Next we will cover any specific questions you may have related to the material. Finally, I will provide several in-class problems each week. These problems will be chosen to demonstrate different techniques that can be used to solve chemistry problems. We will practice solving problems because the more you practice, the better you will be at recognizing which techniques to apply in different situations.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

There are no specific assignments. I may provide review materials to help you study but I will not assign any work on top of what you already receive in the chemistry course. We will focus on in-class and group problem solving rather than traditional homework.

Grades are assigned based on participation during class discussions and problem-solving exercises.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Brandon Dearmond Finley
Date: 09/08/2010