Course Outline SCH4C

This course introduces students to the concepts that form the basis of modern chemistry. Students will study qualitative analysis, quantitative relationships in chemical reactions, organic chemistry and electrochemistry, and chemistry as it relates to the quality of the environment. Students will employ a variety of laboratory techniques, develop skills in data collection and scientific analysis, and communicate scientific information using appropriate terminology. Emphasis will be placed on the role of chemistry in everyday life and in the development of new technologies and products.

Unit / Strand and The Big Ideas
Matter and Qualitative Analysis
• The properties of matter can be predicted and analysed qualitatively.
• Substances can be identified based on their distinct properties.
• Qualitative analysis of matter is used in many different fields of endeavour.
Chemical Calculations
• Relationships in chemical reactions can be described quantitatively.
• Quantitative relationships of chemical reactions have applications in the home, workplace, and the environment.
Organic Chemistry
• Organic compounds have predictable chemical and physical properties determined by their respective structures.
• Organic compounds can be synthesized by living things or through artificial processes.
• Organic chemical reactions and their applications have significant implications for society, human health, and the environment.
Chemistry in the Environment
• Air and water quality can be affected by both natural processes and human activities.
• Quantitative relationships of chemical reactions can be used to assess air and water quality.
• Oxidation and reduction are paired chemical reactions in which electrons are transferred from one substance to another in a predictable way.
• The control and applications of oxidation and reduction reactions have significant implications for society and the environment.

LEARNING SKILLS Evaluated on Report Card as:
E (excellent); G (good); S (satisfactory); N (needs improvement)
Fulfils responsibilities and commitments within the learning environment; completes and submits class work, homework, and assignments according to agreed-upon timelines; takes responsibility for and manages own behavior.
Devises and follows a plan and process for completing work and tasks; establishes priorities and manages time to complete tasks and achieve goals; identifies gathers, evaluates, and uses information, technology, and resources to complete tasks.
Independent Work
Independently monitors, assesses, and revises plans to complete tasks and meet goals; uses class time appropriately to complete tasks; follows instructions with minimal supervision.
Accepts various roles and an equitable share of work in a group; responds positively to the ideas, opinions, values, and traditions of others; builds healthy peer-to-peer relationships through personal and media-assisted interactions; works with others to resolve conflicts and build consensus to achieve group goals; shares information, resources, and expertise and promotes critical thinking to solve problems and make decisions.
Looks for and acts on new ideas and opportunities for learning; demonstrates the capacity for innovation and a willingness to take risks; demonstrates curiosity and interest in learning; approaches new tasks with a positive attitude; recognizes and advocates appropriately for the rights of self and others.
Sets own individual goals and monitors progress towards achieving them; seeks clarification or assistance when needed; assesses and reflects critically on own strengths, needs, and interests; identifies learning opportunities, choices, and strategies to meet personal needs and achieve goals; perseveres and makes an effort when responding to challenges.
Categories Description Course Work Value (70%)
Knowledge 24.5%
• knowledge of facts & terms
• understanding concepts, principles, and theories
• understanding of relationships between concepts
Thinking 17.5%
• critical thinking skills (conducting analysis, detecting bias)
• creative thinking (problem solving)
• inquiry skills (formulating questions; conducting research; analysing,
• interpreting, and evaluating information; drawing conclusion)
Communication 14 %
• communication of information and ideas
• use of symbols and visuals (use of technology – multi media)
• oral communication (debates, role-playing)
• written communication (reviews, short essays)

Application 14%
• application of concepts, skills, and procedures
• transfer of concepts, skills, and procedures to new concepts
• making logical conclusions or generalizations
• making predictions and planning courses of action
• making connections

The summative evaluation must take place completely in class and may take the form of a final exam, or a variety of summative performance tasks and /or student portfolios that demonstrate the comprehensive achievement of the overall course expectations and the four areas of the achievement chart (knowledge, thinking, communication, and application
Semester Sub Total 70%
Summative Sub Total 30%
Total 100%
The Report Card grade is based on evidence collected through observations, conversations, and student products (tests / exams, labs, assignments for evaluation etc.). Some evidence will carry greater weight than other evidence. Determining a report card grade will involve professional judgement and interpretation of evidence that reflects the student’s most consistent level of achievement, with special consideration given to more recent evidence. Students may be given multiple opportunities using a variety of assessment tasks to demonstrate their achievement of the curriculum expectations in this course.
The achievement chart identifies four levels of achievement:
Level 1 achievement falls below the provincial standard
Level 2 achievement approaches the provincial standard
Level 3 achievement is at the provincial standard 70 %
Level 4 achievement surpasses the provincial standard
Collaboration is an important 21st Century skill. Students will take part in a variety of group work activities throughout the year. Student work within group work will be evaluated independently and each student will be assigned an individual mark.
Homework that is assigned is intended to assist the student in consolidating their skills and preparing for classroom instruction. Homework will be reported as part of the learning skills on the report card.
In order to fully participate in this course, students must have regular attendance. Excessive absences and late’s have a negative impact on student learning. Attendance will be reported as part of the learning skills on the report card.
Evidence of student achievement for evaluation is collected over time from three different sources –
Observations, conversations, and student engagements.
May be in the form of tests or exams and /or assignments for evaluation. Students are responsible for providing evidence of their learning within given timelines. Students will be assigned consequences for cheating, plagiarism, and not completing work. A number of strategies will be attempted to ensure that all work is submitted on time. Loss of school privileges may be a consequence for not meeting academic responsibilities. Deducting marks for late assignments may occur if the student does not submit materials despite being provided alternative opportunities for work completion.
Students who earn a mark of 50% or greater will earn one credit for the course with the following exceptions: Students should provide sufficient evidence of achievement of course expectations will not earn their credit if these expectations are not met. Students who do not complete their summative evaluation (exam and /or end of year performance task) will not earn their credit regardless of their semester mark.
If any student requires help in the content being taught in the classroom, you will get an opportunity to discuss the content during your / my spare or after school. However it is mandatory that you make an appointment with your teacher and make sure you present yourself at the appointed time. If you are unable to arrive at the appointment time, make sure that you inform me ahead of time regarding your inability. If you keep missing these appointments you will lose this privilege for the rest of the semester.
My office is located in room 330, the science office.