The Freshman Chemistry sequence (CHEM 1211/1212) serves a large number of students and their prospective majors and career plans. As a result, the students who enroll in the first course arrive at UGA demonstrating a range of preparation from both the perspective of course content and “habits of mind” (i.e., what students do to learn).
In order to prepare students for the rigors of the Freshman Chemistry sequence, a new course has been introduced, starting in summer 2014. Thus, CHEM 1210 was created and has been under development since the fall of 2012, a process that will continue with additional formative changes and improvements. Although it meets core requirements, its primary targets are students who would benefit from additional instruction in the basics of chemistry and in developing problem-solving skills and strategies.
To aid students in making enrollment decisions between CHEM 1210 and CHEM 1211, the UGA Chemistry Diagnostic Test (UGA-CDT) has been implemented. The UGA-CDT is entirely advisory in nature; no course credit is given based on one’s CDT score. The goal is to provide students with information helpful to making course registration decisions. More information can be found at the UGA-CDT site, including the current means to complete the test.
CHEM 1210 offers multiple pedagogically relevant components: on-line textbook; lecture videos; problem-solving videos; self-assessment and tutorial exercises (mostly electronic); and discussion sessions with instructors that focus on problem-solving skills and strategies. The content covered overlaps with the Freshman Chemistry sequence but at a level of breadth and rigor appropriate to a one-semester course designed specifically to increase student learning.