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Instructors have provided the following information to generally describe what to expect in their classes.


Class Format

Face-to-face sections. Classroom time is used to ‘flesh out’ principles and concepts introduced in the textbook.  We use workbooks I create for each chapter as an overview.  Each workbook is filled with the main ideas, group activities, and on your own practice problems.  In order for students to learn at their own pace, I have also made videos for each chapter so students can watch a lecture on the material prior to coming to class.  This allows students a chance to come to class with specific questions.  Classroom time is also used for quizzes and review before a test.

Resource Use

The bulk of material in this course comes from the textbooks.  I require students to read each assigned chapter and try the end of chapter questions as a way to see what they do and don’t know or understand.  The laboratory text also provides background into the principles and theories of new lab procedures.  In addition, I encourage students to use the online homework system associated with the textbook.  Many students appreciate the extra ways to practice this system provides.  The lecture videos, handouts, and quizzes are all for student resource however, students are not allowed to keep their tests. 


Students will be assessed on their exam scores (40%), laboratory assignments (30%), the final exam (20%), and quizzes and homework (10%).

Homework Policy

Homework will be turned in at the beginning of class on the due date.  Late homework is not accepted as the answers are reviewed after the due date.  A lab report may be turned in late but will lose 20% if the reports from the rest of the class have already been graded.  

Attendance Policy

Attendance will be taken the first two weeks of class.  It is very important students come to class as group work and quizzes are done in class and cannot be made up.  Lab attendance is required as new techniques are introduced in lab.  Students not in attendance will miss the opportunity to gather data and turn in a lab report for points.  Students with extenuating circumstances, or campus related activities may be allowed to make up missed activities.


I am available by appointment.  As an adjunct, I am not always on campus during normal business hours.  However, students are encouraged to email me and set up a time to meet.  I try to be very accommodating about when students want to meet, but it’s easiest for me to meet just prior to the start of class.   Students are encouraged to email me as the quickest way to get in contact with me.