231 Syllabus Fall 2014

Topics: Chemistry, Final examination Pages: 7 (2326 words) Published: November 21, 2014
University of Maryland, College Park

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

CHEM 231: Organic Chemistry I, Fall 2014
The Highlights

Bonnie Dixon TA: Courney Love

Office: CHM 2130 email: bdixon1@umd.edu email: clove@umd.edu

When/Where: Lecture MWF 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. in CHM 1407
Discussion T/H at 12:30 pm, 2 pm, and 3:30 pm in the CHM 1228

Course Materials: Organic Chemistry by Marc Loudon, 5th edition with study guide
Response Card RF Clicker by Responsive Innovations
(optional) Organic Chemistry I as a Second Language by David Klein

Dr. Dixon’s office hours: Schedule to be uploaded to our website by 9/7 (midnight)!

Coverage: This term we are expected to complete Chapter 1 through Chapter 14! We will not follow the book in order, so pay close attention to the course calendar (at the end of the syllabus).

Major Assessments: Three exams will be given during class time on 10/6, 11/3 and 12/8. A pre-assessment quiz will be given during class on 9/15. Assessments are cumulative with emphasis placed on the new material. The final exam will be held on December 16th, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, room to be announced.

Missed Exams: YOU MUST CONTACT ME WITHIN 24 HRS OF THE EXAM. If a legitimate (University recognized) excuse is submitted, you will be allowed to make up the exam the very next day you are well; otherwise, a score of zero will be used. There are no exceptions to this policy.

As University policy dictates, a course grade of ‘F’ will be received if the final exam is not taken, no matter how many points have been accumulated from the mid-term exams.

Point breakdown:
40 points

75 points

Homeworks (6 @ 20 pts each)
120 points

Final Exam
300 points

Hour Exams (3 at 150 pts each) 450 points

985 points

Important Dates to remember: The last day for schedule adjustments is September 15th. The last day to withdraw is November 10th. University of Maryland, College Park

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

CHEM 231: Organic Chemistry I, Fall 2014
The Nitty Gritty Details


Clickers: Clickers are used sporadically, generally the beginning of class so be on time! Students will receive 1 point for a correct answer, 1/2 point for an incorrect response and no points for not responding. Clicker questions will come in many varieties: review from the last class, questions on the topics that will be covered that day and you can glean from the reading. At no point during the semester will answers on paper be collected. NO IPHONES/IPADS/COMPUTERS can be used as clickers.

Homework: There will be 6 graded homework assignments this term. Each assignment will have 4-5 problems covering current course material. These homework sets is worth 20 points and will be released 48 hours before the due date.

Exams: The focus of these assessments will be on material reviewed in class and any/all assignments given to class. It is impossible to write an exam that just reflects the current material because the course is inherently cumulative. You have been warned!! The pre-assessment is multiple choice (no partial credit), and all other exams are free response (partial credit given). As the semester unfolds you will begin to see certain sections crop up on your exams. Expect to see these sections on your exams through the remainder of your tenure in o-chem. The first sections that will pop up are Reaction Outcomes and Mechanisms. By the third exam you should see a Synthesis section and a Spectroscopy section. In addition to these expected sections there will be a variety of miscellaneous questions pertaining to the material at hand. You are required to keep his/her University of Maryland photo...
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