CHEM 213 Spring 2013

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Spring 2013 Syllabus for CHEM 213 at University Park.

Course Objective:  To learn and master fundamental organic chemistry laboratory techniques, to perform synthetic reactions, work-ups, and purifications, to learn how to operate instrumentation and analyze spectral data, and to write original lab reports in a professional manner.

Course Location:  205 and 215 Whitmore Lab

Faculty in charge:                                                                                                           

    Dr. Sheryl Rummel

Director of Undergraduate Instrumentation and Organic Labs                                    

Office: 211B Whitmore                                                                                                                                                 

Phone:  867-2658

Email: sad270@psu.edu                                                                                   

Course Website: ANGEL

Required Materials:

®     "Lab Guide for Chemistry 213: Introductory Organic Laboratory”, Sheryl Rummel, Fall12/Sp13.  THE NEWEST EDITION IS REQUIRED, OLDER ONES CANNOT BE USED.  Published by Hayden McNeil.

®     Organic Chemistry Laboratory Notebook - 8.5" x 11" white quadrille sheets with 120 tear-out and carbonless carbon pages, published by Hayden McNeil, 4th edition.

®     Eye Protection - Eye Protection is required at all times in the Organic Laboratory! See Information on Eye Protection in Chapter 2 of the lab guide.

®     Combination or key lock

Required Reading: 

You are required to read the lab guide throughout the semester.  This guide has been written to provide you with essential information including scheduling of assignments, grading, academic dishonesty, and Checking-In to lab.  Please read Chapters 1-4 before the second lab meeting.

Lab Safety

YOU MUST WEAR EYE PROTECTION IN THE FORM OF GOGGLES!  If you use contact lenses, please let your TA know immediately.  Mp3 players and cell phone usage is PROHIBITED in the lab.  If I see it, I take it.  Proper attire is REQUIRED.  You MUST wear long pants and closed-toed shoes.   YOU CANNOT wear open-toe shoes OR shorts/skirts in the lab!

Course Content: 

See course schedule for specific deadlines and lab activities.

1.       Technique Experiments**:

®     There will be five (5) techniques experiments.

®     Each technique will have a PreLab assignment.  In addition, you will keep data and observations recorded in your notebook about each experiment.  These notebook pages will be handed in with your Notebook Pages Report for that technique.   

®     You will have (5) technique quizzes one at the start of each new technique lab (see schedule for dates); each is worth 50 points.  These quizzes will consist of several questions that will test your preparedness for the experiment you are starting that day.

2.       Synthetic Experiments**:

®     There will be four (4) synthetic experiments assigned to each student.  These experiments will consist of a natural product isolation and three other relevant organic reactions.

®     Synthetic experiments will be located on ANGEL and will be assigned one week before the synthetic portion of the course begins.

®     Each synthetic will have a PreLab assignment.  In addition, you will keep data and observations recorded in your notebook about each experiment.  These notebook pages will be handed in with your typed Formal Final Report for that synthetic. 

®     You will have one quiz at the beginning of the synthetic experiments that will test your knowledge from the first half of the semester along with spectroscopy.

®     Formal Final Reports will be submitted via TurnItIn to be checked for plagiarism.  In addition, paper copies must be handed in to your TA on the date indicated on the schedule.  Please check your email for instructions from Dr. Rummel on how to submit your FFRs on the turnitin website.  There is also a folder located on ANGEL that has instructions.

**Please Note: Your time spent in lab does not include time to analyze the compounds you synthesize or isolate throughout the semester.  You will need to devote some additional time for analysis in our Instrument Room (206 Whitmore).  There are several very important Instrument Room policies (posted on ANGEL) implemented by Dr. Rummel.  To help make this room run in an educational and efficient manner, please familiarize yourself with these policies.  You will also be required to complete an Instrument Room Worksheet as part of your orientation activities.

  1. Final Exam: The Final Exam will test you on all lab techniques that you learned during the semester and how/when they are applied; it is weighted as 10% toward your final grade.

Grading:

®     Your final grade will be weighted.  ANGEL is there for you to keep track of the points you earn.  When calculating your final grade, KEEP THIS IN CONSIDERATION! 

®     The weighting of the assignments is as follows: Technique experiments- 40%, Synthetic Experiments - 40%, Orientation/Checkout Activities- 5%, Quizzes - 5%, and Final- 10%.

®     The average final grade per section is typically in the B+ range.  To account for differences in grading between TAs and sections, YOUR GRADE MAY BE NORMALIZED (curved UP or DOWN).  Traditional grade lines will be used to assign final grades (for example, 93-100 is an A; 90-92 is an A-; 87-89 is a B+; 83-86 is a B; 80-82 is a B-, etc). 

®     Your TA should provide the class with averages for each report and quiz; use this average as a reference point to gauge your progress.  Your TA should also hand back your reports no later than one week after the due date. There is a grading schedule that TAs must adhere to, if this is not being followed please talk to Dr. Rummel.

®     Policy about graded work:  you will not be allowed to keep all of your graded work.  Graded quizzes NEVER will leave the lab.  You may keep your graded prelabs until you hand in the NP Report for that chapter.  You may keep your graded NP Reports and FFRs until the next lab period to review your TA’s comments and feedback.  The following lab period, you MUST hand in your graded work to your TA.  If your TA does not have your entire collection of graded lab reports and other work in his/her possession, you will lose 50% of the points associated with the “Checkout Activities.”

®     Calculating your final grade:  Final Grade = [(Total Orientation and Check Out Points/200)*0.05 + (Total Technique Points (prelabs and reports)/750)*0.40 + (Total Quiz Points/300)*0.05 + (Total Synthetic Points (prelabs and reports)/800)*0.40   + (Final Exam Points/100)*0.10]*100%

Breakdown of Points:

 

Quizzes

Prelab Assignments

Notebook Pages Report

Formal Final Report

Total Points

Orientation Exercises

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100

Check Out Activities

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100

TECHNIQUES:

         

Recrystallization

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50

100

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150

Extraction

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50

100

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150

Distillation

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50

100

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150

TLC

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50

100

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150

Column Chromatography

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50

100

 

150

Quizzes

6 x 50

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300

Synthetics

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4 x 50

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4 x 150*

800

Final Exam

100

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100

*Your first Synthetic Formal Final Report will be submitted in two drafts.  One-half of the points lost in the first draft can be earned back in the second draft.  THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE THE PRELAB ASSIGNMENT OR DATA/OBSERVATIONS.

Late Policy: 

All assignments MUST be handed in at the beginning of the lab period, otherwise they will be counted as LATE.  For the first day an assignment is late, you will lose 10% of the total possible points and each additional day you will lose 5% of the total possible points.  The late days include weekends and holidays.  This late policy applies to all Prelabs, Notebook Pages Reports, and Formal Final Reports.  This late policy is also stated in the Lab Guide.  All lab report extension requests must be approved by Dr. Rummel!  Your TA does not have the power to grant an extension!  In addition, late lab reports or any other assignment will NOT be accepted after that lab report or assignment is graded by your TA and handed back to the other students.

Absences:

If you are not able to attend lab for an excusable reason (e.g. sickness, family emergency), you are to notify your TA and Dr. Rummel immediately by email.  You have a 24-hour period of time to notify us regarding your absence.  You will not be granted extensions on work due on that day or on future assignments related to work to be completed that day if you do not contact us during the 24-hour period starting when lab meets.  If you need to make up lab work, you may do so on one of the catch up days scheduled.  You may be granted an extension on an assignment if you miss a lab pending the approval of Dr. Rummel.  The final report for that experiment will be due 2 lab periods after that Catch-Up day (if the due date already passed).

A word about Catch-Up labs:  Note if an assignment is due on a Catch-Up day you are required to turn in your assignment at the start of lab even if you do not need to make up any work. Remember, Catch-up days are not to be used to make up work because you did not feel like coming to lab on a different lab day. All TAs will be present during Catch-Up days, but they are not required to stay more than 15 minutes after the last student in their section leaves the lab. 

Academic Dishonesty:

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following situations:

®     Giving the electronic file of your final report to another current student or future student via e-mail, flash drive, CD, etc.

®     Using someone else’s data, not citing other student’s data or fabricating data.

®     Using phrases or sentences directly or paraphrasing from the lab guide or any other source (book, journal, or website).

®     Using phrases or sentences directly from the lab guide or any other source (book, journal, or website), referencing that source, but not using quotes.

®     Using more than one sentence directly from or paraphrasing from the lab guide or any other source (book, journal, or website) even if you reference it and use quotes.  You are required to have all your written work in your own words!

®     Turning in IDENTICAL lab reports as another student and passing it off as one’s own.  ALL WORK IN THIS CLASS IS INDIVIDUAL.  No assignments may be written together.  Handing in very similar or identical lab reports as another student will be considered unauthorized collaboration and an academic integrity violation.

If you are found to be involved with academic dishonesty on any report or quiz, you will be given a zero.  The second offense will involve receiving an F or an XF for the course according to the severity of the offense and the ECoS recommendations regarding the offense.  Please see the lab guide for a detailed discussion on academic dishonesty.  As part of your orientation activities you are instructed to go over the Penn State Plagiarism Tutorial (http://tlt.its.psu.edu/plagiarism/tutorial) and you will sign a paper indicating that you read this tutorial and accept all responsibility and sanctions for violating these policies.  In addition, your four Formal Final Reports will be submitted to the TurnItIn website to be checked for plagiarism.

All University and Eberly College of Science policies regarding academic integrity/academic dishonesty apply to this course and to the students enrolled in this course.  Refer to the following URL for further details on the academic integrity policies of the Eberly College of Science:

http://www.science.psu.edu/academic/Integrity/index.html, http://www.sa.psu.edu/ja/conduct.shtml

The Code of Mutual Respect and Cooperation

The Eberly College of Science Code of Mutual Respect and Cooperation pertains to all members of the College community; faculty, staff, and students (http://www.science.psu.edu/climate/code-of-mutual-respect-and-cooperation-1 ).

The Code of Mutual Respect and Cooperation was developed to embody the values that we hope our faculty, staff, and students possess, consistent with the goals expressed in the Penn State Principles. The University is strongly committed to freedom of expression, and consequently, the Code does not constitute University or College policy, and is not intended to interfere in any way with an individual’s academic or personal freedoms. We hope, however, that individuals will voluntarily endorse the 12 principles set forth in the Code, thereby helping us make the Eberly College of Science a place where every individual feels respected and valued, as well as challenged and rewarded.

Letters of Recommendation:

Your TA and Dr. Rummel compose letters of recommendation.  It is recommended that you only seek a letter of recommendation if your current course grade is A- or better.  Your TA will supply Dr. Rummel with a personal statement that reflects your performance and interactions with your colleagues in the lab.  When requesting a letter or recommendation please follow this procedure:

  1. Print out the Letter of Recommendation document from ANGEL, fill it out.
  2. Inform your TA of your intent to request a letter of recommendation and ask him/her to please draft a personal statement for you or fill out the questionnaire in the ANGEL packet. 
  3. Give Lacey Rigg in 210 Whitmore the following information:

®     Request for Recommendation forms located on ANGEL (Include your lab section and TA’s name in your request).

®     Personal statement of your career goals and the reason for the recommendation.

®     An unofficial copy of your transcript from Elion.

®     The due date for the letter and information regarding the recipient: address, any special information the intended recipient may need and or information that would be helpful to when drafting the letter.  If you are applying to medical school, the release form from the Premed office is mandatory.

  1. When the letter is complete you will receive an email letting you know the letter has been sent to the recipient.  EXPECT A MINIMUM OF SIX MONTHS FROM THE END OF SEMESTER YOU REQUEST YOUR LETTER FOR YOUR LETTER TO BE COMPLETED!

Email Correspondence with Dr. Rummel

I try to check my email several times a day.  I do not answer email from home in the evenings.  I also do not answer email on the weekends.  If you send email after 5 pm on a weekday, I will try to answer it the following morning.  Please make sure you include the name of your TA, your lab section, and the name of the experiment or specific procedure in all correspondence.  Numerous emails are received without such information and it delays the response time.

Disabilities Statement:

“Penn State welcomes students with disabilities into the University's educational programs. If you have a disability-related need for reasonable academic adjustments in this course, contact the Office for Disability Services (ODS) at 814-863-1807 (V/TTY). For further information regarding ODS, please visit the Office for Disability Services Web site at http://equity.psu.edu/ods/.

In order to receive consideration for course accommodations, you must contact ODS and provide documentation (see the documentation guidelines at http://equity.psu.edu/ods/guidelines/documentation-guidelines). If the documentation supports the need for academic adjustments, ODS will provide a letter identifying appropriate academic adjustments. Please share this letter and discuss the adjustments with your instructor as early in the course as possible. You must contact ODS and request academic adjustment letters at the beginning of each semester.”

Important Links for Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

SciFinder Scholar:  www.scifinder.cas.org

Journal of Chemical Education:  http://pubs.acs.org/journal/jceda8

Google Scholar:  www.scholar.google.com
ACS Publications:  www.pubs.acs.org

Science Direct:  www.sciencedirect.com