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COMMENTS FOR THE STUDY OF WORLD OF CHEMISTRY COURSES We realize that you have 8-10 courses in a normal academic year and this may involve more than 20 different instructors in this time span. Thus the topic of “course rules and regulations” comes up. It is clear that there are a host of nuances for your course package as each course is administered in a somewhat different fashion. We also realize that the set of rules and regulations for this course may seem long and somewhat complicated. Maybe it is but—if you read this before you ask other students or send us an email, please read these pages carefully. There are a number of useful tips for success in the course. Further, watch for announcements on WebCT, the central information framework for the course. We believe we have answered virtually all of the common questions in the paragraphs below. If you email us with queries that are already answered here, you will simply get an email back saying that. Good luck in the course- we hope you learn a great deal. Some guidance may be helpful in order to derive the maximum information/performance from any one of these closely related courses. As you may be aware, the four courses ( 180 (Environment), 181 , (Food), 182 (Technology) and 183 (Drugs) and are designed to provide up-to-date data on these topics. All four of these courses are offered once each year in a rotating fashion with one evening course and one day course each of the two academic semesters. The evening courses are administered by Continuing Education but are the same whether offered in the day or not and have the same 3 credits. The ultimate goal is for you is to take this information base and expand on it by taking a lifetime interest in many of the topics and keeping up with them by reading in the popular and professional press. Many students are concerned that they do not have enough of a chemistry background to handle the material. Of the over 25,000 students who have taken these courses over the past 29 years, very few seem to hold this view at the end of the semester. The class is composed of students from nearly every faculty on campus ~(50% from Science; 30% from Arts; and 20% from Management; Education, Music, Law and Engineering). It is also true that the Science students as a group tend to perform at a somewhat higher level on exams but not to an extent that should discourage students from any other Faculty. It turns out that Science students do not learn much of the factual information in their Science classes that we describe in these courses. They may be familiar with some of the terms, but so should any very well-read student in any Faculty. This small advantage is not enough to permit them to simply write the exams with little preparation. As a check on this point, we routinely ask Chemistry Honours or even Chemistry graduate students (not in the course) to take one of the mid- term or final exams with no preparation. To date, only one person has even passed an exam. The
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This note was uploaded on 07/24/2011 for the course CHEM 181 taught by Professor Multiple during the Winter '11 term at McGill.

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