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Introduction to Physical Science - SI 2112 OL
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SI 2112 OL

Course Description

Basic concepts in the fields of physics, chemistry, geology, and astronomy will be presented as time permits. Central to the course will be a working ability in applying some of the basic laws of nature to specific problems.

Course Resources


  1. Hewitt, Paul, John A. Suchocki and Leslie A. Hewitt. (2017). Conceptual Physical Science, 6th Edition.  Boston: Pearson.

College Mission

The mission of Ozark Christian College is to train men and women for Christian service as a degree granting institution of biblical higher education.

College Learning Goal

The learning goal of Ozark Christian College is to educate and equip students to become like Christ and serve Christ in leadership ministry. Graduates will be biblically grounded, spiritually matured, culturally engaged, and vocationally prepared.

College Learning Outcomes

Ozark has identified learning outcomes for each area of the curriculum – General Education (GE), Biblical Education (BE), and Professional Education (PE). This course will directly address the following college learning outcomes:


General Education Outcomes:

GE 6: Integrate learning and experiences to new settings and complex problems.

GE 7: Solve quantitative problems from everyday life situations.

Course Goals

  1. Students will be able to understand the complexity of the natural world around us.
  2.  Students will be able to describe how mathematical physical constants were built into the universe and are essential for our existence. 
  3.  Students will be able to describe natural phenomena that take place in their daily lives.

Course Objectives                                          

Upon completion of this course, a student should be able to:

  1. Apply principles and formulas studied in the course in real-world situations.
  2. Present a website that traces the scientific understanding of the structure of an atom over time.
  3. Calculate the momentum and energy of moving objects. [GE 7]
  4. Calculate the velocity of an object moving in two dimensions. [GE 7]
  5. Show how the transfer of energy relates to phase changes of matter. [GE 6]
  6. Calculate the speed, frequency, and wavelength of a wave. [GE 7]
  7. Predict how atoms and molecules would react with other atoms and molecules. [GE 6]
  8. Construct a model to show how chemical reactions are responsible for moving electrons that can be used in electronic devices. [GE 6]
  9. Identify factors that affect Earth’s climate. [GE 6]
  10. List characteristics of the inner planets, outer planets and other objects in the solar system. [GE 6]

Information Literacy

Ozark Christian College is committed to information literacy training. This training will be intentional, incremental, and missional. Students will learn to access, evaluate, and utilize pertinent information in their ministry preparation.

ADA Accommodation

If you have a disability and are requesting an accommodation, please contact the Director of Academic Operations at 417-626-1222 as soon as possible

Online Course Policies


Ozark Christian College contracted with iParadigms, LLC for Turnitin® services to be used at the instructor’s discretion. The Originality Check service allows students to submit a paper through Canvas to check for improper citation and potential plagiarism before it is submitted to the instructor.   The Peer Review service allows students to submit assignments anonymously to peers for editing and feedback.  Students agree that by taking this course all required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to for the detection of plagiarism.  All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers.  Use of the service is subject to the Usage Policy posted on the site.

OCC Student Email Address

All Ozark Christian College students must use the official e-mail address provided by the college ( to receive communication from the faculty and staff. The OCC student e-mail address may be forwarded to another e-mail service (e.g. or Email will be the professor’s chosen method of communication with the student in this course, so check your email regularly.

Online Course Refund Policy

Refunds of tuition and certain fees may be made upon official withdrawal of any student according to the table below. To receive a refund adjustment for any classes dropped, less an administration fee, the student should contact the Dean of Digital Learning at See the website for specific dates.

Week 1: Monday-Sunday

100% refund

Week 2: Monday-Sunday

75% refund

Week 3: Monday-Sunday

50% refund

Week 4: Monday-Sunday

0% refund

Online Course Drop Policy

Online courses dropped during the first week of the course will not be recorded on the student’s transcript. Any student who wishes to withdraw from a class after the Add/Drop period must notify the Dean of Digital Learning or the Registrar’s Office and formally request to be withdrawn from the class(es). Until this is done, the student is officially enrolled in the class whether or not he/she participates. Likewise, the student is responsible for appropriate charges and coursework until he/she is officially removed from the course.

Online courses withdrawn after the first week (ending on Sunday) but before the sixth week (beginning on Monday) of the course will be recorded as a “W” on transcripts. This grade will not be calculated in the student’s GPA but will impact financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress. After five weeks, students cannot drop or withdraw from online courses and grades will be issued based on course performance. The only exception is for reasons approved by the Dean of Digital Learning.

Online Course Attendance

Online courses often demand greater discipline and careful attention to details within a compressed period of time compared to on-campus courses. Students are strongly advised to remain in close contact with their online instructor in the event that they must be absent for a brief period of time. Attendance in online courses will be taken on a weekly basis. Students will be expected to actively participate according to the individual course syllabus.


Participation may include, but not be limited to: submitting written assignments, posting in graded forum discussions, completing exams, and written communication with the instructor directly related to the course. Online students who do not participate in the above ways for seven consecutive days will be considered absent. Students are permitted a maximum of one absence.


The following scenarios may negatively impact a student's academic record and financial aid opportunities.

  1. Being administratively dropped due to lack of login or participation within the first week of an online course. Online Learning Department personnel will contact students via their OCC student email account and/or current phone number to assist them prior to this deadline.

  1. Missing twelve consecutive days. The student will be contacted by the instructor via the student’s OCC email account. Instructors will promptly convey this information to the Dean of Digital Learning. The student will be given 48 hours to communicate his/her intentions. Those who do not respond, or who do not wish to continue in the course, will be administratively withdrawn.

  1. Acquiring a second absence after the fifth week. Students who exceed the absence limit (one) without the consent of the online instructor will fail the course. If a student exceeds the absence limit within the first five weeks, he/she may elect to withdraw from the course.

Assignment Submission

All assignments will be facilitated through our Canvas course site. You may post replies to the discussions forums, as well as take quizzes and exams. For written assignments, save documents in either .doc, .docx, .pdf, or .rtf format (or as otherwise indicated by your instructor) and upload them to the Canvas site.

Late Work

Assignments are due on Thursday and Sunday by 11:59 pm Central Standard Time. Late work may or may not be accepted, at the discretion of the teacher. Any grade deductions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. If you have a question about a particular assignment, please contact the teacher well ahead of the deadline.

Responses to Your Work

You may generally expect replies to personal communication (email, Canvas inbox) within 24-48 hours.  For written assignments, the professor will endeavor to grade and give feedback within seven days of the due date.

Academic Honesty

Due to the commitment of training men and women for Christian service and the commitment of educational excellence, academic integrity is our natural expectation. Compelling evidence of academic dishonesty (e.g. cheating or plagiarism) will be reported to the academic dean’s office and the student development office. Penalties could range from failure of an assignment to suspension from college. Students should avoid dishonesty and irresponsibility at all costs.


Required Course Tools/Connectivity

Successful participation in this course requires the student to possess or obtain (and know how to use) the following in addition to course books:

Course Topic Outline and Workload

In keeping with standards typical of higher education, the expectation is that you will spend between 112 to 135 hours completing all coursework in this 3-hour online course.


Topics Covered

Hrs./Min. Covered


Introduction to Science and Motion

13 hr.


Newton’s Laws, Momentum, Work, Power and Energy

14 hr.


Heat, Temperature, Waves and Sound

14.5 hr.


Electricity and Light

15.5 hr.


Atoms, Periodic Properties and Chemical Bonds

13 hr.


Chemical Reactions and Aqueous Solutions

15.75 hr.


Earth’s Atmosphere, Climate and Oceans

14 hr.


Earth and the Solar System

16.5 hr.

Total Hours Students will Spend Working on Course

116.25 hr.


Below is a listing of assignments that comprise the 100% percentage points possible for this course.



Course Objectives






3, 4, 5, 6, 7 8, 9, 10



3, 4, 5, 6, 7 8, 9, 10

Discussion Forums



Total Points


Grading Scale

Total Score

Course Grade


100-95 points



94-93 points



92-91 points



90-87 points



86-85 points



84-83 points



82-79 points



78-77 points



76-75 points



74-72 points



71-70 points



69-0 points



For further information on grading policies, refer to the college catalog.

[Introduction to Physical Science, SI 2112 OL]Rev. 2/25/21