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Accessibility: Disabilities Treasure Hunt
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This is a treasure hunt game that simulates various disabilities and gives a sense of how frustrating non-accessible content can be for people with disabilities. Suitable for a general audience, no programming experience necessary.
An editable copy is also given, along with ideas about how to make it more accessible.

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Arts and Humanities
Education
Life Science
Physical Science
Social Science
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Activity/Lab
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CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
Brooklyn College
Author:
Kletenik, Devorah
Date Added:
01/01/2021
Air Pollution [Liberal Arts: Math and Science/Natural Science]
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This assignment was designed for students in the pathways introductory chemistry class and the first year seminar and aligns with the Inquiry and Problem Solving core competency. In this context, there is a focus on framing the issues (identifies and/or addresses questions and problems), evidence gathering (assembles, reviews and synthesizes evidence from several diverse sources), evidence (analyze the data to address the questions posed) and conclusions (critical thinking, reflect on the outcomes, draw conclusions and generate new knowledge). There is also a Global Learning component based on comparing data collected locally with corresponding data from other locations or countries. The assignment includes the written communication ability with a focus on "Content Development and Organization," as well as the clarity of the communication and its purpose. The overall aim of this assignment is to enhance students' conceptual learning and understanding of key issues related to society as well as their course. This assignment was developed as part of a LaGuardia Global Learning mini-grant and CUNY Experiential Learning and Research in the Classroom mini-grants.
The assignment will be scaffolded over about 3 weeks and is worth about 10% of the final grade.
To further increase the success of this assignment, instructors might want to consider the following: Use class discussions to focus on the relevance and importance of conceptual learning. In order to improve the data analysis aspect, incorporating class demonstrations of how to conduct the analysis and guide discussions about what the data means. Giving students more detailed rubrics with formal expectations of the requirements of the assignments, particularly in the written format Find ways to increase student participation in class discussions.
When this assignment has been utilized in previous semesters, students clearly displayed the capability to relate the co-curricular experiences in the data collection and its analysis to concepts and ideas covered during class. Evidence for this came from very dynamic and interactive class discussions based on air pollution as well as from the output of the written assignment, in which students were able to relate the nature, sources and chemical properties of the pollutants to their impact on the environment, health and society in general.
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Global Learning based on comparing pollutant levels around the LaGuardia campus with those in other locations or countries. It is also an IPS assignment, incorporating scientific literacy and thinking, as students need to analyze the data, interpret it and reflect on the outcomes.
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Identify and apply fundamental chemical concepts and methods. Gather, analyze, and interpret data.
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Explore the complex connections between chemistry and society. Apply chemical principles to real world issues, including ethical aspects. Gather, analyze, and interpret data.
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Students collect and analyze the data, interpret the results in terms of pollution levels, safety and ethics and compare with EPA standard levels and with levels in other countries.
Outside the classroom events will be organized for data collection. There will be class and group-based discussions focused on the data, its analysis and the connections to society.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Biology
Statistics and Probability
Chemistry
Physical Geography
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Homework/Assignment
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CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
LaGuardia Community College
Author:
Alberts, Ian
Date Added:
10/01/2018
The Anthropocene, Overview
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This presentation offers an overview of the developing concept of The Anthropocene -- a term coined to describe our current geological epoch, in which human impact on the planet will leave a permanent trace.

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Environmental Studies
Physical Geography
Social Science
Anthropology
Economics
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
Borough of Manhattan Community College
Author:
schwartz, scott w
Date Added:
05/11/2017
Arecibo Message
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This two week assignment asks students to interpret and analyze the 1974 Arecibo Message sent by Drake and Sagan. Week 1 introduces the concepts behind the construction of the message and engages with a critical analysis of the architecture and the contents of the message. Week 2 asks students to develop software in a Jupyter Notebook (available for free from the Anaconda Python Distribution) to interpret messages that were similar to those produced by Drake and Sagan.

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Computer Science
Mathematics
Astronomy
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
LaGuardia Community College
Author:
Tan, Joshua P
Date Added:
05/18/2019
Astronomy 141
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Welcome to Astronomy 141. Through this course you’ll have an understanding of the sky, Earth, Moon and the Sun, the solar system and the universe. This laboratory course introduces the fundamentals of astronomy such as: the apparent motion of the sky, Sun, Moon and planets; the nature of light; gravity; the properties of planets; the life cycles of stars; and the structure of the universe. Laboratory and computer exercises will be used, and we will conduct one nighttime lab.

As the learning outcomes, students who succeed in this course may eventually respond to:

How does the process of science work, and how does that process manifest itself in astronomy?
How is astronomy of practical use? How has astronomy impacted our understanding of our world?
What is a planet, and how are planets similar to—and different from—one another?
What is the interior of the Earth like, and how do we know?
What is a star? How are the stars similar to and different from one another?
How did the universe get started? What is likely to happen to the universe in the distant future?
[This project was created as part of the Open Pedagogy Fellowship at the Mina Rees Library, The Graduate Center].

Read more about the course design here: https://gclibrary.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2020/10/19/inclusive-education-and-research-for-astronomy/

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Astronomy
Material Type:
Syllabus
Provider:
CUNY
Provider Set:
York College
Author:
Yuzhe Song
Date Added:
06/24/2021
Atomic Theory #1: Principles and Laws
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Video lectures on atomic theory incorporating a simulated student class working problems to increase accessibility and relatablility.
Open Educational Resource funded by a City University of New York OER Grant. Produced by the Department of Chemistry, York College/CUNY and the Department of Natural Sciences, LaGuardia Community College/CUNY

Subject:
Chemistry
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
York College
Author:
Chang, Emmanuel J.
Mark, Kevin J.
Date Added:
01/01/2019
Atomic Theory #2: Structures and Symbols
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Video lectures on atomic theory incorporating a simulated student class working problems to increase accessibility and relatablility.
Open Educational Resource funded by a City University of New York OER Grant. Produced by the Department of Chemistry, York College/CUNY and the Department of Natural Sciences, LaGuardia Community College/CUNY

Subject:
Chemistry
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
York College
Author:
Chang, Emmanuel J.
Mark, Kevin J.
Date Added:
01/01/2019
Atomic Theory #3: Evolution of Atomic Theory History and Experiments
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Video lectures on atomic theory incorporating a simulated student class working problems to increase accessibility and relatablility.
Open Educational Resource funded by a City University of New York OER Grant. Produced by the Department of Chemistry, York College/CUNY and the Department of Natural Sciences, LaGuardia Community College/CUNY

Subject:
Chemistry
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
York College
Author:
Chang, Emmanuel J.
Mark, Kevin J.
Date Added:
01/01/2019
Atomic Theory #4: Periodic Table
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Video lectures on atomic theory incorporating a simulated student class working problems to increase accessibility and relatablility.
Open Educational Resource funded by a City University of New York OER Grant. Produced by the Department of Chemistry, York College/CUNY and the Department of Natural Sciences, LaGuardia Community College/CUNY

Subject:
Chemistry
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
York College
Author:
Chang, Emmanuel J.
Mark, Kevin J.
Date Added:
01/01/2019
Atomic Theory #5: Molecules and Compounds
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Video lectures on atomic theory incorporating a simulated student class working problems to increase accessibility and relatablility.
Open Educational Resource funded by a City University of New York OER Grant. Produced by the Department of Chemistry, York College/CUNY and the Department of Natural Sciences, LaGuardia Community College/CUNY

Subject:
Chemistry
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
York College
Author:
Chang, Emmanuel J.
Mark, Kevin J.
Date Added:
01/01/2019
Atomic Theory #6: Ionic Compounds
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Video lectures on atomic theory incorporating a simulated student class working problems to increase accessibility and relatablility.
Open Educational Resource funded by a City University of New York OER Grant. Produced by the Department of Chemistry, York College/CUNY and the Department of Natural Sciences, LaGuardia Community College/CUNY

Subject:
Chemistry
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
York College
Author:
Chang, Emmanuel J.
Mark, Kevin J.
Date Added:
01/01/2019
Atomic Theory #7: Naming Compounds
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Video lectures on atomic theory incorporating a simulated student class working problems to increase accessibility and reliability.
Open Educational Resource funded by a City University of New York OER Grant. Produced by the Department of Chemistry, York College/CUNY and the Department of Natural Sciences, LaGuardia Community College/CUNY

Subject:
Chemistry
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
York College
Author:
Chang, Emmanuel J.
Mark, Kevin J.
Date Added:
01/01/2019
A Brief Introduction to the Applications of Small Organic Molecules as Food Additives
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A new chapter in Introductory Organic Chemistry course. Lecture PowerPoint file and laboratory document are also included in this work. The goal of this chapter is to cover the basic ground of the food additives from the perspective of organic chemistry. This chapter has three parts. Part one: Introduction of the food additive industry including the history, definition and the purposes of food additives. Part two: The terminology in food additives and in organic chemistry, how to locate trustworthy data sheets for chemicals, and how to interpret the toxicity data. Part three: Different families of organic compounds used as food additives in modern food industry, discussions about their structures, chemical properties and health concerns. Lecture PowerPoint slides have all in-class questions/discussions and after-class assignments listed. Laboratory document ‰ÛÒ Synthesis of Yellow 5 (Sunset yellow), an Azo dye used in food industry. Document includes a short introduction, detailed experimental procedure and post-laboratory questions.

Subject:
Chemistry
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
Queensborough Community College
Author:
Zhou, Zhou, Ph.D.
Date Added:
01/01/2020
CASD 7313 / 7326X Mecca for Neurogenics
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Mecca for Neurogenics is a site developed by Prof. Sharon Beaumont-Bowman of Brooklyn College. Although it is based on two courses she teaches in the Department of Speech Communication Arts & Sciences, it is designed as an interactive repository for many resources on Neurogenics.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Full Course
Provider:
CUNY
Provider Set:
Brooklyn College
Author:
Emily Fairey
Sharon Beaumont-Bowman
Date Added:
03/19/2021
CHE 105/110 - Introduction to Chemistry - Textbook
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An adaptation based on chapters from the Saylor Foundation's Introductory Chemistry by David W. Ball. Chapters include: Measurements; Energy and Matter; Solids and Liquids; Atoms, Molecules, and Ions; Chemical Reactions and Equations; Stoichiometry and the Mole; Nuclear Chemistry; Chemical Bonds; Gases; Solutions; Acids and Bases; Chemical Equilibrium; and Organic Chemistry. Includes Labs.

Subject:
Chemistry
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Activity/Lab
Textbook
Provider:
CUNY
Provider Set:
Hostos Community College
Author:
David W. Ball
Nelson Nuñez-Rodriguez
Date Added:
04/02/2020
CHE 120 - Introduction to Organic Chemistry - Textbook
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Adaptation of Saylor Foundation's The Basics of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry by David W. Ball, John W. Hill, and Rhonda J. Scott. Chapters include: Organic Chemistry Review / Hydrocarbons; Alcohols, Phenols, Thiols, Ethers; Aldehydes, Keytones; Carboxylic Acids, Esters; Amines and Amides; Carbohydrates; Lipids; Amino Acids; Proteins and Enzymes; Nucleic Acids and Protein Synthesis; and Metabolic Pathways and Energy Production.

Subject:
Chemistry
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
CUNY
Provider Set:
Hostos Community College
Author:
David W. Ball
John. W. Hill
Nelson Nuñez-Rodriguez
Rhonda J. Scott
Date Added:
04/02/2020
CHEM 1007- Chemistry in the Kitchen for Sustainability (Juszczak)
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Course Goals and Learning Objectives. The goal of this course is to give the student a basic understanding of chemistry and physical processes in the context of food chemistry, metabolism and cooking. The course also necessarily makes connections to the future sustainability of food and water. We aim to prepare the student for the increasingly urgent and complex national dialogue on the interrelated topics of global climate change, energy, pollution, extinction and the food supply. The specific objectives of this course are to provide the student with the basic vocabulary of chemistry, and a basic understanding of the experimental process as it relates to food chemistry and cooking.

Subject:
Nutrition
Chemistry
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
CUNY
Provider Set:
Brooklyn College
Author:
Emily Fairey
Laura Juszczak
Date Added:
04/12/2021
CHEM 1007 (STAR only)
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This online course is an introduction to criminal forensics. Topics will include some basic principles of chemistry, criminal investigative procedures, evidence identification, sample analyses, fingerprints, drug testing, and case studies.

Learning objectives:

Practice observation and reasoning skills.
Understand some basic principles of chemistry.

Subject:
Chemistry
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
CUNY
Provider Set:
Brooklyn College
Author:
Emily Fairey
Leda Lee
Date Added:
03/15/2021
CHEM 1050: General Chemistry
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Upon completion of this course, students should:

Understand the basic physical principles underlying chemistry and be able to apply them both to qualitatively explaining phenomena and quantitatively predicting or interpreting outcomes.
Understand and be able to explain fundamental ideas in the practice of science, including the nature of scientific evidence, the scientific method, and appropriate practices with respect to record-keeping, safety, and treatment of data.
Students should be able to apply principles of chemistry to understanding its role in other fields (e.g. biology), while understanding its underpinnings in physics and mathematics.

Subject:
Chemistry
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
CUNY
Provider Set:
Brooklyn College
Author:
Emily Fairey
Joann Matthias
Date Added:
03/15/2021
Career/Interview Project
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Two of the core competencies designated for The First Year Seminar Liberal Arts Math and Science (LMF 101) course are Integrative Learning and Global Learning along with oral communication. These abilities are exercised by students in the Career/Interview Presentation project. The main goal of the assignment is to promote student networking within the scientific community through interviews with an expert in the field. Also the FYS students will conduct background research about their career choices and use their findings to determine if they can be realized when interviewing a professional. The assignment is scaffolded whereby students will learn to use on-line resources to search for information about the profession and use on-line tools to material in preparation for the interview. Students will learn how to write professional emails, network and create PowerPoint slides. After the class presentation, students are asked to write a reflection in their ePortfolio on their career choice and interview experiences. The time dedicated for this project is on the order of weeks and counts for 20% (15% oral presentation and 5 % reflection) of the final grade.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
LaGuardia Community College
Author:
Mark, Kevin
Date Added:
07/01/2018
Computational Methods Laboratory
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This course provides a basic understanding of computer modeling in physics. Topics include basics of python programming language; scientific plotting; numerical evaluation of integrals; numerical solution of ordinary and partial differential equations; visual programming; basics of high performance and parallel computing; basics of graphics processing unit programming.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Full Course
Provider:
CUNY
Provider Set:
New York City College of Technology
Author:
Ari Maller
Date Added:
10/18/2019
Data Acquisition and Integration in GIS
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The techniques of data acquisition and creation for spatial analysis in a Geographic Information System (GIS) using GPS and Remote Sensing; includes field data collection and post-processing (differential GPS) using Trimble (Juno) devices, Terrasync and Pathfinder software; using data from NASA and NOAA data portals in GIS (ArcMap) software. The course will teach students how to find and incorporate spatial data into analytical framework.

Subject:
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
CUNY
Provider Set:
Lehman College
Author:
Yuri Gorokhovich
Date Added:
12/10/2018
EAS 250: Oceanography
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Oceanography is an interdisciplinary field studying the processes and interrelationships of geology, chemistry, geography, geophysics, meteorology, and biology. This course focuses on how scientific processes and scientific understanding are applied to questions such as: Which factors control life in the ocean? How do we know what we know about the ocean? What's at the bottom of the ocean? How does the water in the ocean move? How are human activities and climate change altering the ocean? Oceanographic data is used to understand the ocean and its interactions with the rest of the planet.
This course is based in part upon materials developed by the American Museum of Natural History and is used by the School of Professional Studies for this course with permission.

Subject:
Oceanography
Material Type:
Syllabus
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
School of Professional Studies
Author:
CUNY School of Professional Studies
Date Added:
04/01/2021
EDU 111 - Teaching Math & Science to Young Children - Textbook
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Compiled to support a course on teaching math and science in Early Childhood Education. Chapters include: Early Learning; Math & Science Connections; Theory & Teacher Effectiveness; Special Needs; Standards & Assessment; Lesson Planning; Centers & Environment; Teaching Science Content; Teaching Math Content; and Hands-on Learning.

Subject:
Education
Early Childhood Development
Life Science
Mathematics
Physical Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
CUNY
Provider Set:
Hostos Community College
Author:
Sherese Mitchell
Date Added:
04/02/2020
Earth System Science
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Syllabus for 4-credit introductory earth system science course covering three units: 1. The Solid Earth; 2. The Fluid Envelope; 3. Climate and Natural Resources. Format is lecture plus 3 hr lab.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Syllabus
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
City College
Author:
Block, Karin A
Date Added:
10/01/2021
Electricity and Magnetism
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As one of the standard upper-level physics courses required by any BS programs in Physics, PHYS 3200 Electricity, and Magnetism is devoted to a detailed study of the laws of electricity and magnetism, by means of the appropriate mathematical tools acquired by the students in the Calculus sequence. Aside from providing students with the opportunity of applying and testing their mathematical and computational skills, this course provides a detailed description of the fundamental laws which are the basis of innumerable technological applications.
The topics discussed in this course include electrostatics, magnetostatics, electrostatics and magnetostatics in matter, Maxwell’s equations, electromagnetic forces.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
CUNY
Provider Set:
New York City College of Technology
Author:
Andrea Ferroglia
Date Added:
10/18/2019
Experiential Learning Activity: Biodiesel Inquiry Project
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The activity described herein can be implemented in introductory chemistry and high school chemistry courses. The main goal of the project is to integrate a ubiquitous biodiesel production with experiential learning by providing a community-based project. The students work in groups, research the benefits of using biodiesel over petroleum-based diesel, collect waste cooking oil from home or restaurants, develop simple and cost-effective methods to produce biodiesel.

Subject:
Chemistry
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
Guttman Community College
Author:
kim, ji
Date Added:
01/01/2018
GEP 3750 Data Acquisition and Integration Methods for GIS Analysis
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The techniques and science of data acquisition and creation for spatial analysis in a geographic information system (GIS); includes field data collection. Students will be instructed in the use GPS devices, mobile GIS, workstation GIS, as well as data from other sources including remotely sensed data.
The full course site is available at https://gep3750.commons.gc.cuny.edu/.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Syllabus
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
Lehman College
Author:
Gorokhovich, Yuri
Date Added:
10/01/2017
General Astronomy 110 Syllabus (Zero Textbook Cost)
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The spring 2017 syllabus for the General Astronomy Course (AST 110), developed as part of the textbook free courseware initiative at Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Subject:
Astronomy
Physics
Material Type:
Syllabus
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
Borough of Manhattan Community College
Author:
Chaparro, Carlos
Date Added:
05/07/2017
General Chemistry Lab
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Chemistry is a challenging and often abstract science, but as you progress through this course we hope you will discover that chemistry is also exciting and that many of the key concepts in chemistry are both important and relevant to life on earth. Throughout this semester we will provide you with the basic skills and knowledge to think and feel like a chemist. You will learn that chemistry is exciting!

This course was created as part of the Open Pedagogy Fellowship, through the Mina Rees Library at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Read more about the process of course design here: https://gclibrary.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2021/04/29/oer-in-science-catching-up-in-stem/

Subject:
Chemistry
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Syllabus
Provider:
CUNY
Provider Set:
Hunter College
Author:
Inayah Entzminger
Date Added:
06/15/2021
Geographic Information System and Data Visualization Applications
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Data Visualization Applications are driving forces behind the recent explosion in the "Digital Humanities." They enable scholars and students alike to ask new kinds of questions, and to illustrate the answers in powerful ways. This site intends to provide an overview of popular GIS and DVA platforms, both proprietary and open access. It summarizes the degree of difficulty involved in using these platforms, discusses support available for users at Brooklyn College, and gives links to training and tutorials freely available on the web.

Subject:
Measurement and Data
Physical Geography
Cultural Geography
Material Type:
Interactive
Reference
Provider:
CUNY
Provider Set:
Brooklyn College
Author:
Emily Fairey
Miriam Deutch
Date Added:
04/12/2021
Hydrocarbon Reaction Experiment [Chemistry]
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The Foundations of Chemistry SCC 110 course is required for LaGuardia's Health Sciences students interested in the Nursing, Dietetic Technician and Veterinary Technician programs. This course has been designated for the Inquiry and Problem Solving competency as well the Digital Communication ability. SCC 110 students will use SCC 110 lecture material and information in the SCC 110 lab manual to perform an electrophilic addition. Students will be able to correlate the organic theory concepts with the experiment by making physical observations (e.g., color changes) when carrying out the lab procedures. The student findings will be synthesized and expressed by making an in-class video and drawing the reaction using chemistry software.
Students, who successfully complete the hydrocarbon reaction lab and produce a corresponding satisfactory digital media report, will ideally have engaged in the assignment for at least three hours in lab followed by an additional 2-3 hours completing the digital components of the lab. The assignment is worth 2.5% of the final grade and is at the midpoint in the core competency for health sciences. This lab assignment was developed in the CTL seminar- Pedagogy of the Digital Ability where assignments were devised in the seminar followed by revisions of the assignment in a charrette format.
LaGuardia's Core Competencies and Communication Abilities
The assignment will enable students to use digital media to explain complex chemistry concepts while improving digital literacy. In more detail, this is shown where SCC 110 students are asked to submit/upload a video of themselves performing an organic chemical reaction and providing audio commentary on the experimental observations with an explanation of the underlying chemistry principles. The second part of the assignment will entail students using chemistry software to draw out the chemical reaction from the lab and uploading the two digital media products in their ePortfolio. The crafted digital report addresses all four dimensions of the digital communication rubric with an emphasis on multimodal communication. It describes both on a macroscopic and microscopic level the step by step organic reaction of an alkene plus bromine to create a haloalkane. Students will be able to use appropriate scientific language to explain the reaction mechanism to the undergraduate scientific student community. The design of the experiment incorporates one of SCC 110's course objective, which is to introduce students to concepts about chemical bonding.

Subject:
Chemistry
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
LaGuardia Community College
Author:
Mark, Kevin
Date Added:
08/01/2018