Chemistry Prep Program (CPP)

General Chemistry, CHM123, is an important foundational course for most science and engineering majors. Future course work builds upon knowledge mastered in this course and thus it is important that students are prepared to do well in it. CHM123 course work assumes knowledge of fundamental math and chemistry concepts learned in high school. Because CHM123 represents an important foundational course, it may have been a year or so since a student has completed a high school chemistry course, and the University of Dayton is committed to student success the Chemistry Prep Program, CPP, is made available to all students enrolling in the general chemistry course.

The CPP helps a student begin the General Chemistry course with the needed basic skills and background material fresh in their minds. It is designed to identify the information a student knows and the information a student doesn’t know, and then provides a learning environment to master all of the pre-requisites known to be essential for success in CHM123. Upon completion of the CPP a student is prepared to begin the study of General Chemistry at UD. A test over the CPP material will be administered at the end of the second week of the semester. All students enrolled in CHM123 must complete the CPP and take the follow up test.

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Accessing CPP

Access to CPP is provided to students enrolled in Spring 2017 sections of CHM123 free of charge and registration is fast and easy.

  • Access the OWLv2 web site at
  • Enter your UD email address where indicated for New Students and select the Create a New Account link.
  • Enter your identifying information.
  • Select Start Temporary Access. Arrangements have been made for you to receive extended access and it will not be necessary for you to complete your registration until the start of the semester when you have purchased your CHM123 course materials, which include access to the OWLv2 site.

Essential Information

  1. The CPP is provided to you through an online web-based learning system for teaching and learning chemistry disciplines, OWLv2. OWLv2 will first determine what general chemistry you know and what you have forgotten, or perhaps never learned, from high school. Once the assessment is complete OWLv2 will provide you a study plan and teach you the things that you don’t already know.
  2. It is recommended that you begin work in the CPP as soon as possible, but no later than three weeks prior to the start of classes. This will allow time for you to fill in any gaps that may exist so that you are set for success once chemistry class begins.
  3. Complete the CPP initial quiz honestly! The system is designed to make certain you are ready for success as efficiently as possible. If you complete the assessment carelessly or answer randomly, you’ll waste time later since OWLv2 will have you work through material you already know. On the other hand if you consult outside sources such as the internet, a textbook, or even a friend when completing the assessment, OWLv2 will assume you know information that you don’t. Remember the purpose of providing access to CPP is to help you be prepared for success. It won’t do you any good to attempt to fake being prepared.
  4. Once the initial quiz has determined what you remember and therefore what you still need to learn (if anything) to be ready for CHM123, you will be provided a study plan through which you will work to fill in any gaps in your knowledge. Everyone will have different quiz results and will need to review different topics and skills. When you use OWLv2, you complete the learning tasks you need and not those somebody else needs. The time you will need to be fully prepared for your CHM123 class will depend upon your individual background. A typical range is 15-20 hours (spread over a month or more).
  5. Mastery of all topics is a required course assignment that will count toward your CHM123 course grade. For full credit you must master all topics no later than the end of the second week of class, September 2, 2016. Remember though it is in your best interest to complete your preparations prior to the start of class. You are STRONGLY cautioned against delaying completion of this course requirement.
  6. A closed book, closed note test covering the material reviewed in the CPP will be administered in class at the end of the second week of class. It is important that you engage in OWLv2 for learning and not just completion so as to be properly prepared for this first exam.
  7. Completion of the CPP and your performance on the related follow up test will account for about 10% of your CHM123 course grade.

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