Principles of Chemistry I (CHEM 1211) Course Redesign at Valdosta State University
Linda de la Garza, A. Ligia Focsan, Donna L. Gosnell, Tolulope Salami, Xiaomei Zheng
Valdosta State University
It is critical that students taking chemistry courses acquire basic skills in the introductory course. Chemistry faculty at Valdosta State University realized that students who took the Principles of Chemistry I course were not mastering the skills related to chemical reactions concepts. To address this issue, course innovations consisting of a practice assignment and review session were implemented. Findings suggest that these activities were effective in reducing the percentage of students who failed to meet course learning outcomes related to chemical reactions topics. Thus, instructors are encouraged to use similar strategies in other topics and chemistry courses.