Mary A. Monzyk

The following information comes from the named instructor and should describe characteristics general to courses as taught by this instructor. Individual sections of specific courses will deviate from this description in some respects.

Class Format

Face-to-face sessions of all the chemistry courses I teach (General Chemistry I and II, CHEM 124 and 131; CHEM 122; and Organic Chemistry I and II, CHEM 220 and 221) are fast-paced. Lectures consist of explanations of each concept followed by worked examples. Students are frequently given practice problems to work in class with assistance as needed. PowerPoints and short videos are often used to clarify concepts. In the laboratory portion of the courses (CHEM 125 and 132 for General Chemistry courses), students have the opportunity to apply the concepts they have learned in lecture and learn proper lab technique and procedures. Lab periods are three hours long, and students will complete a prepared experiment.

Resource Use

Textbooks are required for all classes. All textbooks provide additional explanations of concepts, detailed examples of problem-solving and many practice problems for students to test their understanding. The textbooks for all but CHEM 122 come with online resources, including videos, recorded lectures and interactive problem-solving. In CHEM 122, a binder with class materials is required.

Online homework consisting of interactive problem-solving and tutoring is required for CHEM 124 and 131. Written homework from the text is also assigned. In CHEM 220 and 221, only written homework from the textbook is required. In CHEM 122, homework is assigned from the course binder.

A textbook for the laboratory portion of the course is required for CHEM 220 and 221. This textbook provides a description of the experiments to be performed as well as reference material useful in Organic Chemistry. Students are required to write formal lab reports for most of the experiments in these courses. A laboratory manual produced at JCCC is required for CHEM 125 and 132. This manual contains descriptions of all experiments, as well as data sheets with questions that are turned in during the lab session. Similar laboratory information is contained in the CHEM 122 course binder.

Students are required to have a nonprogrammable calculator for each course. In CHEM 220 and 221, some of the lab sessions are conducted via computer in the Science Resource Center.


Students demonstrate their mastery of chemical concepts and skills primarily through exams. Each course will typically have four or five hourlong exams. In the Organic Chemistry courses, these exams comprise 40% of the student's grade. In CHEM 124 and 131, they account for 60% of the grade. In CHEM 122, hourly exams comprise 43% of the student's grade. In addition to hourly exams, a comprehensive final exam is given in each course. In CHEM 221, the final exam is the ACS Organic Chemistry exam and covers CHEM 220 material as well. In all courses except CHEM 122, the final exam accounts for 20% of the course grade. The final exam accounts for 17% of the grade in CHEM 122.

In CHEM 220 and 221, a written lab midterm and a practical lab final are given. Each of these contributes 5% to the total grade for the course. Lab reports account for 20% of the grade in these courses.

Quizzes are given periodically in each course. Quiz scores account for 10% of the grade in CHEM 124 and 131; 5% in CHEM 220 and 221; 15% in CHEM 122; and 30% in CHEM 125 and 132.

Homework is graded based on completion. Homework accounts for 5% of the grade in CHEM 220 and 221, and 10% of the grade in CHEM 124 and 131. Homework is not graded in CHEM 122.

Homework Policy

In the General Chemistry courses, both online homework and written homework from the text are required. Due dates for these assignments are posted well ahead of time, and late homework is not accepted except under the most extenuating of circumstances. In the Organic Chemistry courses, the written homework for a given unit is due on the day of the exam for that unit. Late homework is not accepted because the class is moving on.

Attendance Policy

Attendance is usually taken during lecture periods, but absence does not affect the grade except when a substitute is present. In that case, a worksheet will be given which must be turned in to the sub. Attendance in the lab sessions is mandatory. In CHEM 122, a student will fail the course if more than two lab sessions are missed. In the other chemistry courses, a student receives a zero for the lab report if the lab is missed, and a zero for any quizzes given during a missed lab period.


Office hours are announced in the syllabus. I am available for help at least one day a week, and usually several days each week. Students can schedule time for help if needed.