This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of organic chemistry, the structure and properties of matter, energy changes and rates of reaction, equilibrium in chemical systems, and electrochemistry. Students will further develop their problem-solving and investigation skills as they investigate chemical processes, and will refine their ability to communicate scientific information. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of chemistry in everyday life and on evaluating the impact of chemical technology on the environment.
By the end of the course, students will gain proficiency in the following areas:
Scientific Investigation Skills and Career Exploration
demonstrate scientific investigation skills (related to both inquiry and research) in the four areas of skills (initiating and planning, performing and recording, analysing and interpreting, and communicating);
identify and describe careers related to the fields of science under study, and describe the contributions of scientists, including Canadians, to those fields.
assess the social and environmental impact of organic compounds used in everyday life, and propose a course of action to reduce the use of compounds that are harmful to human health and the environment;
investigate organic compounds and organic chemical reactions, and use various methods to represent the compounds;
demonstrate an understanding of the structure, properties, and chemical behaviour of compounds within each class of organic compounds.
Structure and Properties of Matter
assess the benefits to society and evaluate the environmental impact of products and technologies that apply principles related to the structure and properties of matter;
investigate the molecular shapes and physical properties of various types of matter;
demonstrate an understanding of atomic structure and chemical bonding, and how they relate to the physical properties of ionic, molecular, covalent network, and metallic substances.
Energy Changes of Rates of Reaction
analyse technologies and chemical processes that are based on energy changes, and evaluate them in terms of their efficiency and their effects on the environment;
investigate and analyse energy changes and rates of reaction in physical and chemical processes, and solve related problems;
demonstrate an understanding of energy changes and rates of reaction.
Chemical Systems and Equilibrium
analyse chemical equilibrium processes, and assess their impact on biological, biochemical, and technological systems;
investigate the qualitative and quantitative nature of chemical systems at equilibrium, and solve related problems;
demonstrate an understanding of the concept of dynamic equilibrium and the variables that cause shifts in the equilibrium of chemical systems.
analyse technologies and processes relating to electrochemistry, and their implications for society, health and safety, and the environment;
investigate oxidation-reduction reactions using a galvanic cell, and analyse electrochemical reactions in qualitative and quantitative terms;
demonstrate an understanding of the principles of oxidation-reduction reactions and the many practical applications of electrochemistry.
Unit 1: Review of Concepts
Unit 2: Structure and Properties of Matter
Unit 3: Energy Changes and Rates of Reaction
Unit 4: Chemical Systems and Equilibrium
Unit 5: Organic Chemistry
Unit 6: Electrochemistry
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Enthusiastic teachers and instructors bring unique teaching and assessment methods to the classroom because students learn best when they are engaged in a range of different learning techniques. The activities allow students to apply learned concepts to current world social, economic, and environmental issues which impact daily life. Opportunities to relate knowledge and skills to these wider contexts will motivate students to learn in a meaningful way and to become life-long learners. Instructors also inspire students to become successful problem solvers by investigating, providing alternative reasoning and solutions to problems as well as dedicating time and energy to the tasks at hand.
Effective instructional techniques utilize students’ existing knowledge and by capturing their interest and engaging in meaningful participation. Students will be engaged when they are able to see the correlation between the learned concepts and their ability to apply them to the world around them and in real-life situations. Students will have the chance to learn using a wide range of methods which include self-learning, cooperative learning as well as learning through teacher guidance as well has hands-on experiences. The methods and strategies teachers implement will be tailored to the learning requirements and the individual needs of the students. Teachers will achieve effective instruction in an online environment by using videos, interactive animations and virtual labs and discussion forums and video conferencing/live chat.
Individualized Accommodations for Students
Our methodology for student assessment follows the Growing Success Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting in Ontario Schools First Edition, Covering Grades 1 to 12 (2010) manual published by the Ontario Ministry of Education. Assessment is the process of gathering information that accurately reflects how well a student is achieving the curriculum expectations in a subject or course. Assessment tools are designed to improve student learning which includes descriptive feedback, coaching, observations and self-assessments. In addition, student can be independent and set individual goals, monitor progress against these goals, determine next steps and reflect on their thinking and learning.
For a student with special education needs who requires modified or alternative expectations, assessment and evaluation of his or her achievement will be based on the modified curriculum expectations or alternative expectations outlined in the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP). Accommodations required to facilitate the student’s learning may be identified by the teacher, however recommendations from a School Board generated in the form of an Individual Education Plan (IEP) should be used, if available.
For a student with special education needs who requires “accommodations only”, as described in his or her IEP, assessment and evaluation of achievement will be based on the appropriate subject/ grade/course curriculum expectations and the achievement levels outlined in the curriculum documents.
A student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) describes his or her educational program and any accommodations that may be required. The IEP specifies whether the student requires: accommodations only; or modified learning expectations, with the possibility of accommodations;
Assessment accommodations are changes in procedures that enable the student to demonstrate his or her learning. These may include: visual supports to clarify verbal instructions, assistive devices, or some form of human support; alternative methods for the student to demonstrate his or her achievement of expectations (e.g., allowing the student to take tests orally) or the allowance of extra time to complete the assessment; alternative settings that may be more suitable for the student to demonstrate his or her learning.
If accommodations are required to assess and evaluate student learning, the strategies to be used are outlined in the student’s IEP. For further details about the different types of accommodations, modified learning expectation and alternative programs please refer to Growing Success Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting in Ontario Schools First Edition, Covering Grades 1 to 12 (2010)
Standard Computer Requirements for all courses: -Processor speed of 2 GHz or faster -Memory of 4 GB RAM or greater -A high speed internet connection with a connection speed of 10 MB/s or better. -Monitor and video card with 1024×768 or greater resolution -Keyboard and Mouse is recommended -Speakers/Headphones