Niswonger Online Course Syllabus
The goal of Chemistry is to develop an understanding of the relevance of chemistry as it relates to standards of living, career choices, and current issues in science and technology. Course content includes laboratory techniques and safety, properties and structures of matter in its various states, chemical calculations and quantitative relationships, chemical bonding and molecular structure, chemical reactions, solutions, gas laws, and acids and bases. The ability to make mathematical computations using fractions, decimals, ratios and proportions, and exponents is required. (Prerequisite: Algebra I)
If you have course related questions such as questions about due dates, assignment directions, lesson material, etc. please contact your instructor immediately via Canvas message (if courses have started) or via direct email (if courses have not started). Your instructor's email and name can be found after logging in by clicking on Course Information or can be found on the homepage of your course after classes begin.
After courses begin, all communications between instructor and student should happen from Canvas Messaging.
If you need technical assistance at any time during the course or to report a problem with your account please visit https://niswongeronline.com/questions/ to submit a trouble ticket or contact:
Mr. Chris Dotson
Technology Support Lead, Niswonger Online & APAA
You can also visit this page for answers to frequently asked questions: https://niswongeronline.com/students
For other concerns that have not been addressed by your teacher or by our Technology Support Team contact:
Dr. Gina Pavlovich Mrs. Jill Davis
Director AP Access for ALL & Niswonger Online Assistant Director, Niswonger Online
**ONLY your school Counselor or local Administrator can request a course change or drop. No one within the APAA program can approve this.**
Module One: Matter
Module Two: Atoms and Elements
Module Three: Molecules and Compounds
Module Four: Reactions
Module Five: Stoichiometry
Module Six: Phases of Matter
Module Seven: Energy in Reactions
Module Eight: Solutions
Each assignment is worth 100 points in each of the following categories: Notes/Discussions (20%), Quizzes (20%) & Labs (10%) and Unit Tests (30%) make up 80% of the course grade. Segment Exams (Midterm & Final Exams) make up the other 20%.
Niswonger Online Late Work Policy (updated July 2023)
At Niswonger Online, we understand the importance of meeting deadlines and developing strong time management skills. To maintain consistency and encourage timely submissions, we have established a firm late work policy. Please click the link to review this policy: Late Work Policy
Viewing Grades and Feedback in Canvas
Points you receive for graded activities will be posted to your Canvas Grade Book. Click on the Grades link on the left navigation to view your grades and feedback.
Your teacher will update the online grades each time a due date has passed. Check back for updated grades and feedback 3-4 days after submission.
It is also important to read or view all feedback given by your teacher. This is how a student will grow within the course. Feedback can be viewed from your Canvas gradebook by clicking on the small icon- out from your numerical grade.
Commit to Integrity
As a student in this course, you are expected to maintain high degrees of professionalism and integrity.
Cheating is “the act of obtaining or attempting to obtain credit for academic work through the use of any dishonest, deceptive, or fraudulent means.”
Plagiarism is “the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own.”
Niswonger Online Plagiarism Policy
All students will be asked to read the Niswonger Online plagiarism policy and complete an assignment to show understanding BEFORE any work in the course can be accessed or completed. The plagiarism policy and corresponding assignment is linked in the second module, labeled Academic Integrity, within each course.
Go to https://niswongeronline.com/academic-integrity/ to view the plagiarism policy without logging into the course.
If you find that you have any trouble keeping up with assignments or other aspects of the course, make sure you let your teacher know as early as possible. As you will find, building rapport and effective relationships are key to becoming an effective professional. Make sure that you are proactive in informing your teacher when difficulties arise during the semester so that we can help you find a solution.
All assignments for this course will be submitted electronically through Canvas unless otherwise instructed. If you have any trouble submitting your assignment in Canvas you should contact your teacher or the Niswonger Online Technology team immediately.
Course Enrollment and Drops
Students can only be enrolled in a Niswonger Online course by their home high school’s counselor or administrator.
Course drops can only be approved by school personnel (counselor or administrator). Online teachers, the Niswonger Online director, or Niswonger Online Assistant Director cannot approve any course changes. Each school has its own policy on when a student may drop their online course. Please see your school counselor or administrator if you have any questions about this.