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CHEM 1211L

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Credit Hours 1
Course Title Principles Of Chemistry I Laboratory
Prerequisite(s) CHEM 1211
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
Laboratory exercises supplement the lecture material of CHEM 1211.

Expected Educational Results
Upon successful completion of a laboratory course in chemistry, the student should be able to:
1. carry out, properly record and interpret quantitative experiments.
2. identify patterns in a set of observations.
3. design a data table which summarizes a set of experimental data.
4. organize data from experiments into graphs or charts in order to illustrate and
determine patterns.
5. express as a graph a set of data containing two variables.
6. use experimental results to draw a reasonable conclusion which can be extrapolated to the
results of similar situations.
7. express a mathematical relationship in the form of a written statement.
8. use standard reference books to compare experimental results with accepted values.
9. relate the data acquired in the lab to theory, drawing conclusions about the relationships
10. demonstrate with appropriate safety precautions, the correct use and handling of
laboratory equipment and chemicals.

General Education Outcomes
I. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communications as follows:
1. The student must become proficient in the comprehension of technical text. Using a
laboratory manual, class handouts, and instruction sheets for laboratory equipment meets this goal.
2. The student will develop discriminatory listening skills to efficiently process the
pre-laboratory lecture information. These sessions provide details that either the
laboratory or lecture texts do not address. Further, students must often talk with peers
in informal problem solving sessions.
3. The student develops his or her ability to transcribe learned ideas to the written form as
assessed by written solutions to problem sets, written laboratory reports and responses to
computerized laboratory reports.

4. The student will develop organizational skills through transcription of procedural outlines
to a personal laboratory notebook. Laboratory reports require tabulation and
summarization skills to developments the Data, Calculations, Results, and Conclusions
sections of the laboratory notebook successfully.
II. This course addresses the general education outcome of mathematical idea usage and applies the scientific method as follows:
1. The student provides mathematically derived solutions to problems designed to illustrate
the theory under study. Interpretation of graphical analysis of data requires the student to
use higher order mathematical ideas such as slope, linear equations, and linear regression
2. The student must choose the appropriate mathematical operation to derive an experimental
outcome from the laboratory data. Use of a computer spreadsheets to tabulate data and
results provides an opportunity to make the correlation between mathematical ideas and
computer analysis.
3. The student must: identify a question, formulate a hypothesis, test the hypothesis, and
formulate a conclusion.
III. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to showing the effective
individual and group solving and critical thinking skills in a variety of ways:
1. The student is encouraged to resolve questions in the laboratory by discussion with the
instructor and with peers. The group formulates possible solutions, yet the student is
ultimately responsible for the decision made.
2. Written evaluations employ both objective and subjective questions that require the student
to apply the newly learned ideas to a similar situation.
3. Instructors sometimes conduct weekly Oral evaluations in these sessions to assess the level
of the student’s understanding of procedural and theoretical ideas and to evoke deeper
reflection by the student on the work here.
IV. This addresses the general educational outcome relating to recognizing and applying scientific inquiry in a variety of settings as follows:
1. The student is encouraged to identify theoretical sources of procedural error for each
experiment. They must identify and analyze these parameters for their effects upon the
outcome of the experiment and any conclusions that may be drawn.
2. The experiments chosen give the student a concrete and tactile means of investigating
mere abstract theoretical ideas introduced in the lecture.
3. Weekly quizzes and the final exam require the student to synthesize many related theories
and apply them to a new situation.

Course Content
Measurements and Lab Techniques (Density)
Synthesis of Complex Compounds
Analysis of Complex Compounds
Gas Analysis of Complex Compounds
Determination of Percent Composition
Determination of Avogadro’s Number
Determination of the Molar Mass of a Gas
Titration of Acids and Bases
Vapor Pressure of Water
Optional: Molecular Modeling

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
A. Course Grade
The course grade will be determined by the individual instructor (under the guidelines of the division) using a variety of methods such as quizzes, homework, group projects and exams.  Graded activities are designed to measure students' abilities to use higher order thinking skills in their understanding and applying of chemical concepts.  A comprehensive final exam is required.  This exam must count for no more than 25% of the course grade.
B. Program Assesment
The General Chemistry Program (lecture and laboratory) will be assessed every 3 years in the fall and spring semesters.  The committee will monitor the results of the assessment during non-assesment years and make curriculum revisions as necessary.  For this program assessment.
a. Key learning outcomes will be tested using an assessment tool such as the ACS examination for the lecture course
b. The laboratory course will also be assessed in conjunction with the lecture course using either a standardized tool or one composed by the General Chemistry faculty which has been piloted in previous semesters.
C. Use of Assessment Findings
The Chemistry Curriculum Committee will analyze the assessment data..  The committee will use assessment results to determine the effectiveness of the course by seeking answers to the following questions:
1. Are students performing at a pre-determined minimal level of performance on:
a. the course as a whole?
b. on individual learning outcomes?
2. Which learning outcomes are students' performance acceptable or above average?
3. Which learning outcomes are student's performance below minimal level of performance?
4. What factors are contributing to student performance on those learning outcomes below minimal level of performance?
5. What changes or modifications in course content or instructional strategies are needed to help improve student performance on learning outcomes below minimal level of performance?

April 11, 2005

Last Revised: Aug. 04, 2011
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