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CHEM 2641

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Credit Hours   3   
Course Title   Fundamental Organic Chemistry I   
Prerequisite(s)   CHEM 1212 and CHEM 1212L, each with a "C" or better    
Corequisite(s)   CHEM 2641L   
Catalog Description   
This is the first of a two-semester sequence of organic chemistry.  It includes introduction to structure, stereochemistry, mechanism, reactivity, functional groups and synthesis.  This course is intended for students majoring in sciences, engineering, pre-medicine, pre-dentistry and pre-pharmacy.
Expected Educational Results   
Upon entering this course the student is expected to have mastery of topics commonly covered in a two semester sequence of general chemistry.  In particular the student should be able:
1. Calculate solution concentrations and other chemical mass relationships in general/
2. Apply LeChatelier’s principle to equilibria.
3. Solve pH and pKa problems for weak acids and weak bases.
4. Perform thermochemical calculations such as DHrxn from bond energy data.
5. Explain a potential energy profile of a reaction in terms of transition state theory.
6. Predict the molecular geometry of compounds from VSEPR theory.
7. Explain the nature of bonding in small molecules using valence bond theory and molecular orbital theory.

General Education Outcomes   
I. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communications as follows:
a. Students develop their reading comprehension skills by reading the text, handout materials, and any other lecture materials not included in the text.
b. Students develop their listening skills through lecture discussions and group exercises.
c. Students develop their reading and writing skills by completing problems and exercises developed specifically to enhance their understanding of chemical principles.  Students provide written or oral solutions to these exercises individually or as a group.
II. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to the student’s demonstration of effective critical thinking skills in a variety of individual or group settings as follows:
a. Students learn critical thinking skills in individual and group settings by solving problems in the classroom or at home.
b. Critical thinking skills are encouraged in many ways, one of which is by the solicitation of a student’s responses to questions asked in lecture.
III. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to a student’s ability to recognize and apply the scientific method of  “inquiry” in a variety of settings as follows:
a. Students apply the scientific method to the analysis of problems that illustrate the application of chemical principles in real systems.
b. Students use quantitative mathematical models that quantitate scientific phenomenon; and where applicable, relate the results to other everyday situations.
c. Students use abstract models or life situation models to understand new theories.

Course Content   
· Structure and  Bonding - Valence Bond Theory, Hybridization,  and Molecular Orbital Theory
· Stereochemistry – geometric, optical and conformational isomers, conformational analysis of substituted cyclohexanes, chirality and prochirality
· Alkane, Alkenes and Alkynes
· Properties and reactions of simple functional groups:  alkyl halides, alcohols, alkenes and alkynes
· Mechanism of base-catalyzed elimination (E1 and E2), nucleophilic substitution (SN1 and SN2) and electrophilic addition reactions of alkenes and alkynes
· Reagent types including electrophiles, nucleophiles, free radicals, acids and bases
· Factors affecting the reactivity of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides and alcohols
· Introduction to multistep functional group transformations
· Aromatic chemistry (optional  in 2641, required in 2642)

Assessment of Outcome Objectives   
A. Course Grade
The course grade will be determined by the instructor (under the guidelines of the discipline) using a combination of quizzes, homework, special activities and exams.  A comprehensive final exam is required.  This exam must count for no less than 20% but no more than 30% of the course grade.
B. Program Assessment
CHEM 2641 may be assessed each semester voluntarily by the instructor using an exam keyed to the expected learning outcomes or an independently based performance assessment tool such as the American Chemical Society standard organic examination, a commonly accepted national norm used by other schools in Georgia for this course.  The GPC faculty may voluntarily compile these results annually in partial fulfillment of the program assessment of the chemistry curriculum in general.  The organic faculty may voluntarily come to a common agreement each year on the appropriate assessment tool to be used for that year.  The organic faculty members who choose to assess the organic curriculum shall be mindful that the chosen assessment tool should be one that lends itself to comparison to similar organic programs elsewhere.
C. Use of Assessment Findings
The organic faculty and the chemistry curriculum committee will analyze the results of the assessment data to determine the effectiveness of the organic curriculum by seeking answers to the following questions:
1.     Are students showing an improvement in performance by a uniform assessment standard?
2. Which learning outcomes correlate well with the performance standard of the accepted assessment
3. Which learning outcomes do not correlate well with the performance standard of the accepted
assessment tool?
4. What changes or modifications in course content, instructional strategies and learning outcomes are
recommended in order to improve student performance?

EFFECTIVE DATE:  August 2005 APPROVED DATE:  November 12, 2004

Last Revised: Aug. 04, 2011
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