Georgia Highlands College
ISCI 2002 CRN: 80756


Lecture meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30 - 11:20 a.m.
Lecture Schedule


INSTRUCTOR: Mr. Jeff Hargett


This course is an integrated overview of the core Physical Science content covered in the K-5 Georgia Performance Standards. Topics include The Nature of Matter, Chemical and Physical Changes, Motion, Force, Heat, Electricity, Magnetism, Sound and Light. Students will gain conceptual understanding through inquiry-oriented, activity-based pedagogical strategies in order to have experience learning science content in the ways they will be expected to teach in the future.

Required books : Textbook, Practice Book, and Laboratory Manual
Conceptual Integrated Science – (2007) Hewitt, et al. San Francisco: Pearson Addison Wesley.

Prerequisites :             Completion of an Area D Science Sequence

Course Objectives : The science content introduced in these courses provides an integrated overview of Life and Earth Science and Physical Science content in preparation for teaching science at the elementary school grade levels. Topics identified in the K-5 Georgia Performance Science Standards will be addressed in lessons that allow Early Childhood Education majors to learn science in the non-traditional ways they will eventually be expected to teach in their own classrooms.

Instructional Philosophy : ISCI 2001 and ISCI 2002 will bridge the gulf between scientific and education training by allowing future teachers to learn new scientific information through a variety of instructional methods. This non-traditional activity-based approach to college science will help prospective elementary school teachers make connections between methods of teaching and learning science.

ISCI 2001 and ISCI 2002 are not intended to be taught as method-based classes.  It is not the intention of the classes to prepare the teacher on how to teach specific grade levels in the elementary classroom. Each class uses an activities based teaching philosophy to teach these core-basic science concepts.  Because activities-based instruction is at the center of the instructional philosophy of both classes, it is very important that students be present to perform, carry out activities, learn to work with others to share ideas, and communicate with their classmates during the process.   Learning by doing and sharing thoughts and information during the process is a very important aspect of these classes.

ISCI 2002 – Guidelines for Content and Evaluation

Learning Outcomes : Students in ISCI 2002 will be able to characterize the various aspects of the physical world around us.  Students will exam the nature of matter, how matter is affected by various types of forces, electricity and magnetism, as well as the place of our planet within the Solar System and Universe. Students will assemble a collection of information that displays recognition of the basic aspects of Physical Science. Students will document recognition of the organization and content of the K-5 Georgia Performance Standards in Physical Science, as well as the conceptual understanding of those Standards.

Secondary learning outcomes include demonstrating the ability to use traditional scientific tools and other electronic technology as a means to achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness in learning, to gather information, to manage and interpret data, and to enhance communication. Students will also demonstrate the ability to write and speak logically, clearly, precisely, and the ability to acquire, organize, present and document information and ideas.

Mastery of these learning outcomes will be demonstrated by the knowledge and skill shown in weekly quizzes, weekly activities, a course portfolio, and midterm/final examinations.

Course Assessment : Your course grade will be calculated based on the following criteria:

Weekly quizzes (10% of your final grade)

Weekly Activities Report (WAR)   (20% of your final grade)

Activity Make-ups :  Due to the nature of the activities involved, you will not be allowed to make-up a great majority of activities.  However there are some activities that can be made-up with permission of the instructor (depending on the validity of the absence(s).  You must receive approval from your instructor by submitting a verified, documentable excuse.  You also must inform the instructor as to your intent to miss a specific class previous to your absence (exceptions being emergences). You should email me ASAP in the case that you will have to miss class (24-hours in advance).  You will be informed of the activities that can be made-up. 

Participation (10% of your final grade)

P ortfolio   (20% of your final grade)

Midterm exam   (20% of your final grade)

Final exam  (20%)

PLEASE NOTE: Due to budgetary shortages, students will now be required to purchase scantrons for the midterm and final exams at the school bookstore.  To take an examination you must have a scantron.  Scantrons that are damaged (non-scanable) will not be accepted.  It is a good idea to purchase backups.  You will have 2 tests so you will need 4-6 scantrons. 

Notes on the Exams

Attendance and Participation: Much of this course involves active learning completed within the classroom time period. Being present in class is a critical component of this class.  You will not be able to make up most assignments if you do not attend class.  As stated previously, no make-ups will be allowed for quizzes and participation points.  If you miss an activity that requires a written WAR report you will only be able to make up this activity if you have a valid or qualified excuse (death in the family, extended illness, etc.)  If you do have a valid excuse any make-up activities are to be scheduled at the discretion of the instructor. 

Attendance will be taken at the end of each class. Attendance is recorded for the purpose of making me aware of attendance trends of individual students. 

As future educators, students are expected to exhibit high standards of behavior and participation in the course. Students are expected to make positive contributions to each class by being prepared and involved.  An atmosphere of collegiate inquiry about the natural world is expected. Use of poor grammar, excessive slang, profanity, or other negative behavior is not acceptable. The use of cell phones, pagers, etc. during class is not permitted.

Extended Absence Attendance Policy :  “Students who have circumstances that prevent them from continuing to attend classes over an extended period of time, sometimes request that the faculty member permit them to submit work in absentia to receive credit to complete the course.  If the concurrent absences will constitute more than 15% of the class sessions for the term, then written permission from the Academic Dean is required before any course assignments can be completed while missing class.  The student must be in good academic standing in the course to make the request.  All approved coursework must be completed by the end of the semester in which the course was begun.”  (Note:  If a program has a more stringent absence policy than this, then the program policy prevails)

Withdrawal Policy

If you withdraw from any course, you must go to the Admissions and Records Office to fill out the appropriate forms.  It is your responsibility to complete all forms to be able to withdraw and receive a 'W' for the course.  If you withdraw after the mid-semester date, you will receive a 'WF' or an F. 

Students are allowed to file for 'hardship' if circumstances occur after the mid-semester date which require them to withdraw.  You will be required to fill out specific paperwork and present this to the Vice-President of Academic Affairs.  Your information will be reviewed, and if approved, you will be given a WF or F depending on the instructor's input.  If all conditions are met, then with the approval of the instructor, you will be able to withdraw without being penalized.

It is also wise to check with the Financial Aid Office to see how a hardship withdrawal may affect your financial aid. 

Schedule and Assignments

A link will be provided to a web-page which provides with the dates, topics, chapter references and power point assignments.  You should constantly refer to this link to see updates and changes which may occur throughout the semester.  You will be notified to changes in the schedule and assignments by me in class, email or via the index page.  Please go to the index page for general announcements concerning the class.

Main Page:                       Topics, Webstites, Practice Sheets, PP, Activities, etc.

Supplementary Page:          Documents that provide instruction for graphing, WAR reports, portfolio, GPS standards links, etc. 

Students Rights and Academic Integrity Policy:

In this course, students caught cheating will receive a zero on the assessment, or can be dismissed from the course.  Any appearance of cheating will be regarded as cheating, so students should keep themselves 'beyond reproach' during any assessment situations.  Please go to the following site to view your rights and responsibilities concerning academic integrity.  (Student Conduct and Academic integrity Information )

 Financial Aid Statement:

This message only applies to students receiving financial aid:  Federal regulations state that if a student did not attend classes and received failing grades, then the grades were not earned and financial aid needs to be reduced accordingly.  Please be advised that any student receiving a 0.00 GPA will be required to prove that the 0.00 GPA was earned by attending classes or completing requirements for each class.  Students who have earned at least one passing grade for the semester will not be affected by this regulation.  If a student has properly withdrawn from all classes, the student’s financial aid should be adjusted from the time they signed the withdrawal form. 

Early Grades Statement:

"GHC offers a variety of part-of-term classes to allow our students to have flexible schedules. However, there are only 3 semesters each year; Spring, Summer, and Fall. It is only at the end of each Semester that grades are rolled into academic history and available on the official transcript. After each part-of-term, as soon as instructors have entered grades, they may be viewed by logging into the SCORE ( Transcripts may also be requested at any other time by logging into the SCORE. Prior to the end of term, should a student need an early grade letter sent to another institution thay may complete the request form and submit it to the Registrar's office for processing ( Please contact the Registrar's Office at if you need any assistance.

Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability, please feel free to discuss this with the instructor early in the term. Georgia Highlands College has resources available for students with certain disabilities. Accommodations may be made (such as providing materials in alternate formats, assuring physical access to classrooms, or being sensitive to interaction difficulties that my be posed by communication and/or learning disabilities) through Student Support Services on all campuses. For more information please contact: Cartersville 678-872-8004; Douglasville and Floyd 706-368-7536; Marietta 678-915-5021; Paulding 678-946-1029."

LAB Statement:
If any activity in this course involves a laboratory component, there are specific safety issues that students need to be aware of (such as use of lab coats and/or safety goggles) It is the student's responsibility to be aware of all such issues and act in an extremely cautious manner to avoid any potential causes for accidents in the laboratory. GHC is not liable for any accident in the lab due to negligence on the part of any individual.

General Behavior:

Please be courteous and mindful of your fellow classmates. Please turn off all cell phones. I do not mind the use of tape recorders during lecture unless they become a distraction.

In the event of weather related cancellation of classes, the schedule will pick up the sequence of lectures herein described as classes resume. The semester may then be extended, or "double" lectures designed as we go. If we have covered all material for a test, the test will be given on the first day back.


This is a VERY tentative schedule and may have to be modified as the need arises. Listen closely in class for updates and changes to this schedule.

Thu. 8/18 Orientation -
Tue. 8/23 Atomic Structure - Chapter 9
Thu. 8/25 Atomic Structure - Chapter 9
Tue. 8/30 Atomic Structure - Chapter 9
Thu. 9/1 Investigating Matter - Chapter 11 - Physical properties of matter
Tue. 9/6 Investigating Matter - Chapter 11 - Chemical properties of matter
Thu. 9/8 Investigating Matter - Chapter 11 - Elements to compounds - Writing formulas
Tue. 9/13 Chemical Properties - Chapter 12 - Bonding
Thu. 9/15
Chemical Change - Chapter 13 - Chemical reactions & equations
Tue. 9/20 Chemical Change - Chapter 13 - Balancing equations
Thu. 9/27 Chemical Change - Chapter 13 - Acids-Base Reactions
Tue. 9/26 Chemical Change - Chapter 13 - Endothermic & Exothermic reactions
Thu. 9/29 Heat - Chapter 6 - Temperature / Heat Capacity / Specific Heat
Tue. 10/4 Heat - Chapter 6 - Conduction / Convection / Radiation
Thu. 10/6 Midterm Exam
Tue. 10/11 Motion - Chapter 2 - Intertia / Equilibrium / Friction - Midterm Grades Due
Thu. 10/13 Motion - Chapter 2 - Speed / Velocity / Acceleration
Tue. 10/18 Newton's Laws - Chapter 3
Thu. 10/20 Newton's Laws - Chapter 3
Thu. 10/20 Newton's Laws - Chapter 3 - Last day to drop with a W
Tue. 10/25 Momentum - Chapter 4 - Conservation of Energy
Thu. 10/27 Gravity - Chapter 5
Tue. 11/1 Electricity - Chapter 7
Thu. 11/3 No class - Outside assignment
Tue. 11/8 Electricity - Chapter 7
Thu. 11/10 Magnetism - Chapter 7
Tue. 11/15 Magnetism - Chapter 7
Thu. 11/17 Waves - Chapter 8
Tue. 11/22 Sound - Chapter 8
Thu. 11/24 Thanksgiving Holiday - No Classes
Tue. 11/29 Electromagnetic Spectrum - Chapter 8 - Color
Thu. 12/1 Light - Chapter 8 - Reflection / Refraction / Diffraction
Tue. 12/6 Reading Day
Thu. 12/8 Final Exam - 10:00 am

Additional links to review materials may be added to this site as the course progresses.