Dr. Safa Khan



Office Hours: Mondays 10:00-11:00 AM, Online by prior arrangement only

Communication Policy: I will respond to inquiries within 24 hours during the week (Mon-Fri). Remember, I have a life too and while I am responsive to inquiries on the weekends when possible, I reserve the right to take weekends off.

Preferred Communication Methods: Canvas Conversation feature (preferred), email or Slack. If you prefer to meet live, let me know and we'll arrange a video conference in ZOOM or online Chat in Canvas. We can also meet in person in my office. Details for all communication methods will be given in the "Start Here" Module in the class.

Course Description

This is a 3 unit course.

The goal is to establish chemical principles on a need-to-know basis, enabling you to learn chemistry in the context of your own lives and significant issues facing science and the world. The non-traditional approach of Chemistry in Context reflects today's technological issues and the chemistry principles imbedded within them. Topics covered include: measurements, units and unit conversion, scientific notation, basic atomic structure, the concept of the mole, types of compounds, and problem solving.
The course applies sustainability principles wherever possible. Global warming, alternate fuels, nutrition, and acid rain are examples of issues that are covered in Chemistry in Context.

No prerequisites required

Humanized, Connected, Online Learning

I have a certificate in online teaching and the CI Quality Online Learning and Teaching Rubric has been implemented in this course to provide for a humanized, connected online learning experience.

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Online Course

This course is completely online.

All of your assignments, lectures, and due dates are on CI Learn (Canvas). We will use CONNECT for online homework and online quizzes. It is very important that you are comfortable with computer technology, including uploading and downloading files.

Online courses require a lot of self-discipline to stay caught up with the lectures and book, and to keep current of when assignments/quizzes are due. They also require regular access to a computer with a stable, high-speed internet connection.

Click the link to take the CSU Channel Islands' Online Student Readiness Quiz

Required Materials & Technology

  • Google Chrome web browser - download Chrome here
  • Regular access to a computer with a webcam*
  • A mobile device may be used in place of a computer with a webcam; however, using a mobile device involves a different set of steps. A computer with a webcam is strongly recommended.
  • Participants must have access to a computer (Not a mobile device as you will not be able to complete all of the assignments with a mobile device).
  • Access to CONNECT, the McGraw-Hill online homework program. You will be given directions to register for the program during the Week 1 module to complete your first CONNECT homework assignment. The cost of the access code direct from the publisher is $95, which includes the e-text (Chemistry in Context, American Chemical Society, 8th Ed.)
  • You do not need to purchase a hard copy of the book.

Technical Support

It's crucial to seek help when you can't access Canvas or class materials. It's up to you to ask questions!

  1. Clear your browser’s cache
  2. Try a different browser (Chrome is preferred)
  3. Shut down and restart your computer
  4. Contact the University Help desk or 805-437-8552.
  5. For VoiceThread support, click here.
  6. For technical assistance with Canvas, use the Help link on the global navigation.
  7. For assistance with course material contact your instructor (see the instructor contact block on your main course page).


Online Etiquette

By participating in this class, you are part of a community. This means you are agreeing to abide by our Community Ground Rules at all times. Please take a moment to read them now.

Read Our Community Ground Rules

Course Outcomes

By the successful completion of this course, you will:

  1. Outline the development of the field of chemistry from a historical perspective and describe chemistry’s impact on society
  2. Conduct planned investigations using the scientific method to reach reasoned conclusions.
  3. Evaluate the relationship between the structures and function of molecules and their properties illustrated by specific topics such as the environment, medicine, and/or technology
  4. Critically assess topics in news articles in which chemistry plays an important role, and will practice critical examination of the information.

Learner Expectations

  • This is a fast-pace course that requires regular engagement throughout all of the learning modules.
  • Each learning unit is 7 days and begins on a Wednesday and ends on the following Tuesday.
  • Review the due dates for the assignments for each module to orient yourself to the flow of the learning.
  • You are expected to log into CILearn on the first day of each learning unit (starting with day 1 of the course) to assess the new learning unit, orient yourself to the due dates for the week, and plan your study time.
  • Online classes are deceiving. Often new online learners expect them to be easier than face-to-face classes and are surprised to learn how challenging they can be. If you find yourself needing assistance, it is your responsibility to reach out for extra help. I am here to help you as needed, but I need you to maintain open communications with me throughout the class.
  • Ensure you have approximately 10 hours per week to spend on this class and take time to identify where and when you’ll do your learning.
  • Review due dates for each module ahead of time. If you identify conflicts, please make a plan to submit activities early or contact me directly to discuss the possibility of alternative options. Most of your chapter quizzes and homework are due on Tuesdays. A few assignments may be due on a Thursday.

Course Policies

Late Work

  • Due dates are clearly shared in advance and participants are expected to submit work on time.
  • Because of the fast-paced nature of the course, I will not accept late voice thread assignments nor will I accept late group project assignments. Late homework assignments will be subject to a grade reduction (50% per day).
  • In the event of an excused absence (documented extenuating circumstances such as extended illness, hospitalization, court appearance, etc.) please speak to me as soon as possible to make arrangements for submitting your work in a timely manner (if possible before the due date).

Cheating and Plagiarism

  • Cheating is an intolerable offense in a community of scholars. All work submitted for grading must be your own work. A first offense of cheating in any form will result in a zero grade in that assignment plus a filing of a letter with the Dean of Students giving your name and describing the incident. A second incident anywhere in the college may result in disciplinary action by the Dean, which can include failure in the course and dismissal from the college. Some examples of cheating are: allowing another student’s to help with a quiz, or turning in someone else’s work and passing it off as your own work.
  • Please see the CSUCI Academic Dishonesty Policy for more information

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

  • Cal State Channel Islands is committed to equal educational opportunities for qualified students with disabilities in compliance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The purpose of Disability Resource Program is to assist students with disabilities to realize their academic and personal potential. Students with disabilities needing accommodation are required to contact the Disability Program office at (805) 437-3331. All requests for accommodations need appropriate advance notice by the student to avoid a delay in services. Please discuss approved accommodations with faculty.

Add and Withdrawal Policy

  • Details on the last day to add or withdraw from the course are available at the link below: 


Homework (36%) - Homework will be assigned nearly weekly using the CONNECT online homework software, accessible through CI Learn.

Group Projects (18%) - The group project will be worth 18% of your grade.

VoiceThread and Padlet discussions (12%) - There will be short discussions posted on VoiceThread, which records audio/visual discussions and Padlet, which is an online bulletin board.

Quizzes (36%) - There will be an online chapter quiz at the conclusion of each chapter of the book. The quiz will include your current event readings.

Quizzes are typically due on Tuesday. You have 30 minutes to complete each quiz.


Your grade for the course will be based upon your final weighted percentage, NOT on total points.

A letter grade will be assigned based on the final percentage as follows:

A 90% and above

B 80% – 89.9%
C 70% – 79.9%

D 60% – 69.9%

F less than 60%

Student Success

What is the one thing that you can do to improve your chances for success in this class?

Watch the online lectures and read the book! You will learn the most; make the best grade, and gain confidence and knowledge in chemistry by viewing all of the lectures. Other steps you can take are: keep up with the reading and homework.  Ask questions. Use outside resources including: office hours and chemistry tutors.

Weekly Schedule

Week 1 - Chp 0 – Chemistry for a Sustainable Future

Week 2 - Chp 1 – The Air We Breathe

Week 3 - Chp 1 – The Air We Breathe cont.

Week 4 - Chp 2 – Protecting the Ozone Layer

Week 5 - Chp 2 – Protecting the Ozone Layer cont.

Week 6 - Chp 3 – Chemistry of Climate Change

Week 7 - Chp 3 – Chemistry of Climate Change cont.

Week 8 - Chp 4 – Energy from Combustion

Week 9 - Chp 5 – Water for Life

Week 10 - Chp. 6 - Neutralizing the Threat of Acid Rain

Week 11 - Chp 7 – The Fires of Nuclear Fission

Week 12 - Chp 8 – Energy From Electron Transfer

Week 13 - Chp 9 –The World of Polymers and Plastics

Week 14 - Chp 10 (10.2 and 10.3 only) – Manipulating Molecules

Week 15 - Chp 11 – Nutrition – Food for Thought

Week 16 - Chp 12 - Genetic Engineering and the Molecules of Life


A new semester

& a new journey.

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