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GENERAL COURSE MECHANICS

OVERVIEW: Course outlines are available on the bridging program site. During the course, a calendar will clearly outline the timeline for lessons and homework. To assist you in the course, the instructor will be available by phone and by e-mail The class web site will log Q&A, course materials etc. The class web site has capabilities for a chat room for students to chat with each other. A class list will be provided so that students can find out who else is enrolled. Space is provided in the class list for a brief personal bio and photo to help students find each other in the virtual classroom. The class web site is available only to students enrolled in the course.

The course preview page linked at the top of this pages gives the breakdown of the allocation of points for homework, quizzes, and the final exam.

LESSON DELIVERY: Lessons and example problems will be provided using QuickTime movies. Each lesson uses a handout that you download prior to viewing the lecture. Each topic module will have related homework problems to help you strengthen your understanding.

View an example lesson by clicking here.

QUIZZES AND FINAL EXAM. You will need to arrange to take biweekly 1-hr timed quizzes (open book), and a final exam in proctored situations. An office supervisor can serve as a proctor, or a local librarian has sometimes been used or another lifelong ed office at a local school could be used. The quizzes will be FAXED to the proctor, and you will take the quizzes there. The proctor will FAX the quiz/exam back to us. The proctor will need to complete the proctor agreement form available on the enrollment web page.

HOMEWORK is typically most easily done by hand, and can be FAXED or scanned and e-mailed or uploaded to us. Typically, we will FAX it back. Approximately 45 homework problems will be worked in the course.

RIGOR OF MATERIAL. Foundations in Chemical Engineering I and II combine concepts from several undergraduate courses, and move at a pace faster than the courses that they replace. Standard undergraduate textbooks are used. The quizzes/exams are of the same rigor that would be given in undergraduate courses covering the same material. Students enrolled for credit should expect to spend a minimum of 10 hours per week on each course, and it is not unusal to spend 12-15 hours/week. Students interested in a superficial survey of concepts should enroll as C/NC or audit (visitor) status rather than a graded credit option.