General Physical Science


Course: GPS 1214: General Physical Science

Instructor: Rob Wylie Office: RC 205

Email: Phone #: 918-647-1412

Office hours: See Office Schedule posted on Office Door or Online


Designed with a laboratory for non-science majors, this course uses lectures and demonstration to assist students in interpreting physical environment and covers important topics in astronomy, chemistry, geology, meteorology, and physics. (3 hours Theory and 2 hours Laboratory) Prerequisite: none


The Physical Universe (13th Ed.) Krauskopf, Konrad B. and Authur Beiser. New York: McGraw-Hill ©2010


COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. The student will demonstrate the conversion of metric units in the metric system. 

2. The student will demonstrate their knowledge of the 3 main components of the atom - Proton, Neutron, Electron.

3. The student will demonstrate their understanding that gravity accelerates all objects at a constant 9.8 m/s2.


The general format of the class will be lecture, discussion, and instructor demonstration and individual lab investigation textbook will occasionally be used in lab. The student will be responsible for reading the assigned topics before class and for participation in class discussion and demonstration/investigations. Students are responsible for all outside assignments made!

Evaluation Techniques:

At least four major examinations—it is probable the number of exams will be five—will be given during the semester for the lecture section of the class. If five exams are given the lowest score excluding the final will be dropped.  Exams will be multiple choice. Each exam will be a sectional test covering material that has been lectured over since the previous exam—with the possible exception of the final. A participation/ assignment grade will be given and will be equal to an additional lecture exam grade—this may include periodic quizzes, worksheet homework, and or lab. Lecture tests will make up 80% of the total grade and lab will make up 20%. The lowest lecture exam may be dropped—however, the final may not be dropped. All assignments must be turned in on the due date. Assignments not received on time will probably not receive a full score. All students are responsible for making sure assignments are turned in on time.


Average Letter Grade To Figure Overall Average:

90% and above A

80%-89% B

70%-79% C

60%-69% D

59% and below F


Attendance Policy:

Punctual and regular class attendance is expected of all students. This is considered the responsibility of the student. It is also the responsibility of the student to consult with his/her instructors when an absence must be excused. Instructors are given the prerogative of determining the excusableness of student absences. A student is responsible for all class work covered during his/her absence from class, even in cases in which s/he is able to satisfy the instructor that the absence was unavoidable. Failure to attend class regularly may result in administrative withdrawal of a student from class or from college.

A. In general, the maximum number of allowable unexcused class hours of absences shall be the number of credits of the course. For example, a course worth three credits would have three clock hours of such absences. At the option of the instructor, unexcused absences in excess of the number of credit hours may result in a student being dropped from the class roster. Reinstatement in the class may occur only after the student secures permission from the instructor and the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

  1. Lab attendance is crucial because labs cannot be made up.

Make-up Examinations:

Students are expected to take tests at the time they are scheduled. A student that cannot make the exam at the time it is scheduled must contact the instructor prior to missing the test to be able to make that exam up. Arrangements can be made for "special" occasions which are under the discretion of the instructor. Tests should be made up as soon as possible; all tests must be made up before the week of finals (no make-up tests will be given the week of finals). There may not be a curve or bonus applied to make-up exams. Lab tests or lab assignments will not be made up.


Check with the "Student Support Services" for available tutors and with the learning resource center for computer assisted instruction. Videos may be available in the library.

Carl Albert State College complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Students with disabilities who need special accommodations should make their request in the following way:

* Talk with your instructor after class about your disability or special needs related to work in class.



* Complete the Request for Special Accommodations Form with the ADA Coordinator located in the Student Disability Services/Student Counseling Services office in the Ollie Center in office OC 1203 (second floor).
 ADA Coordinator located in the Learning Resource Center in office SC 8025. .


Scantrons, #2 lead pencils, paper, basic scientific calculator




1. Academic misconduct: Carl Albert State College as an academic community considers all forms of academic misconduct and dishonesty serious matters which warrant serious attention. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cases of cheating and plagiarism, and is, at the very least, subject to disciplinary action by the instructor of record. More serious infractions will warrant disciplinary actions by the college.

a. Cheating is considered to be a serious infraction of academic integrity and as such is not tolerated at CASC. Specifically, cheating includes, but is not limited to, instances where work is turned in that is not one’s own, copying others’ answers in exams and/or papers, infiltration of grading systems, use of deception in acquisition of answers in course requirements, and/or instances of forgery.

2. Tardiness: Tardiness (being late for the beginning of class) is severely frowned upon. Class officially begins at the posted time (and according to professor's clock). If a student is not present at roll (which is taken at every class meeting), that student is counted absent. Students are expected to arrive in class on time.

3. Class Materials: Students are responsible for bringing notes to class. Do not ask me to provide you with notes if you forget them. You are also responsible for bringing something to write with, extra paper, etc., and scantrons and pencils on test days.

4. Cell Phones: Phones will not need to be out during class unless otherwise indicated by the instructor. Silence phones before class and put them away. I do not want to see your cell phone! Keep it in your pocket, purse, backpack, car, etc. If you have your phone out during a test, I will assume you are using it to cheat and you will receive a zero for that test.

5. Headphones, Ipods, etc: Should not be used or out during class.

6. RESPECT!! Please show respect for your instructor, fellow students and your college.

a. Do not talk while the instructor or another student is speaking.

b. Do not distract other students while they are trying to listen and learn.

c. Put trash in the trash can. DO NOT put trash in the sinks, drawers, or cabinets of the desks.

d. Do not write on or vandalize desks, chairs or any other school property.

Faculty Complaints

A student who feels he or she has serious grounds and evidence to demonstrate unfair treatment by a faculty member may file a formal written complaint with the division chair. First, however, the student is encouraged to visit with the faculty member on an informal basis to discuss the situation. If, after that visit, the student still wishes to file a formal complaint, the division chair will call a meeting between the student and the faculty member to discuss the complaint and any further action. If the issue still remains unresolved, the division chair, faculty member, and student will meet with the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Grade Protest

Students may challenge a final grade, provided a solution cannot be reached through proper academic channels. Students should first contact their instructor and then the Division Chair if resolution is not satisfactory. Appeals for the purpose of challenging a final grade must be made to the Academic Affairs Committee within 90 days after the grade in question appears on the permanent record. Information concerning procedures to be followed is available from the Office of Admissions and Records. (CASC Catalog, p. 74)

Student Agreement:

I, _______________________________________, have read the entire syllabus, understand its content, and will do my best (or at least make a reasonable effort) to comply with the portions that pertain to my duties, conduct and attitude as a student.

Signed: _____________________________________________

Date: _________________________