Assessment Portfolio 1: Learner Outcomes

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These essential questions and learner outcomes are designed for an online, first-year undergraduate chemistry course.

Essential Questions

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  1. Why do we know that atoms are the fundamental building blocks of nature?
  2. What are the ways in which atoms interact with other atoms to create the chemical diversity we observe?

Learner Outcomes

The six principles of Bloom's Taxonomy: Knowledge, Conprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation.

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  1. Explain how the Law of Definite Proportion (which deals with mass ratios) implies atom ratios. (Question Level: Analysis)
  2. Compare the Law of Definite Proportion to the Law of Multiple Proportions paying close attention what they imply about the atom. (Question Level: Analysis)
  3. Describe how the Law of Definite Proportion, Law of Multiple Proportions, and Avogadro’s Hypothesis were melded into Dalton’s Atomic Theory. (Question Level: Comprehension)
  4. Rewrite Dalton’s Atomic Theory to accurately account for our modern understanding of the properties of atoms. (Question Level: Synthesis)
  5. List the basic chemical and physical properties of ionic and covalent compounds. (Question Level: Knowledge)
  6. Compare the chemical properties of ionic compounds with covalent compounds. (Question Level: Comprehension)
  7. Plan a series of chemical tests that would allow you to distinguish ionic compounds from covalent compounds. (Question Level: Synthesis)

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