CHEM 1075H -- New Course

Thu Sep 29 13:18:33 2011

Approvals Received:
on 09-29-11
by Nancy Thao
Approvals Pending: College/Dean  > Honors > LE > Catalog > PeopleSoft Manual Entry
Effective Status: Active
Effective Term: 1129 - Fall 2012
Course: CHEM 1075H
UMNTC - Twin Cities
UMNTC - Twin Cities
Career: UGRD
College: TIOT - College of Science and Engineering
Department: 11098 - Chemistry
Course Title Short: Honors Chem I Lab
Course Title Long: Honors Chemistry I Laboratory
Max-Min Credits
for Course:
1.0 to 1.0 credit(s)
Students will gain essential basic laboratory skills while investigating physical and chemical phenomena closely linked to lecture material.  Students will gain experience in experimental design (for example, considering chemical limitations in selecting chemicals for use in various experiments), data collection and treatment (graphing, calculations, interpretation), discussion of errors, and the proper treatment of hazardous wastes.
Print in Catalog?: Yes
CCE Catalog
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Grading Basis: A-F only
Topics Course: No
Honors Course: Yes
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom
Contact Hours:
3.0 hours per week
Years most
frequently offered:
Every academic year
Term(s) most
frequently offered:
Component 1: LAB (no final exam)
Progress Units:
Not allowed to bypass limits.
1.0 credit(s)
Financial Aid
Progress Units:
Not allowed to bypass limits.
1.0 credit(s)
Repetition of
Repetition not allowed.
for Catalog:
Honors student and permission of University Honors Program, &1071H
CHEM 1065
(course-based or
No prerequisites
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Sponsor Name:
Prof. David Blank, DUGS in Chemistry
Sponsor E-mail Address:
Student Learning Outcomes
Student Learning Outcomes: * Student in the course:

- Can identify, define, and solve problems

Please explain briefly how this outcome will be addressed in the course. Give brief examples of class work related to the outcome.

Atomic theory, periodic properties of elements. Thermochemistry, reaction stoichiometry. Behavior of gases, liquids, and solids. Molecular/ionic structure/bonding. Organic chemistry and polymers.

How will you assess the students' learning related to this outcome? Give brief examples of how class work related to the outcome will be evaluated.

To assess the students' learning, 3 mid-terms and a final exam will determine this outcome. Students participate in laboratory skills while investigating physical and chemical phenomena closely linked to lecture material. Weekly homework problems are assigned and students are encouraged to ask questions.

Liberal Education
this course fulfills:
PHYS - PHYS Physical Sciences
Other requirement
this course fulfills:
Criteria for
Core Courses:
Describe how the course meets the specific bullet points for the proposed core requirement. Give concrete and detailed examples for the course syllabus, detailed outline, laboratory material, student projects, or other instructional materials or method.

Core courses must meet the following requirements:

  • They explicitly help students understand what liberal education is, how the content and the substance of this course enhance a liberal education, and what this means for them as students and as citizens.
  • They employ teaching and learning strategies that engage students with doing the work of the field, not just reading about it.
  • They include small group experiences (such as discussion sections or labs) and use writing as appropriate to the discipline to help students learn and reflect on their learning.
  • They do not (except in rare and clearly justified cases) have prerequisites beyond the University's entrance requirements.
  • They are offered on a regular schedule.
  • They are taught by regular faculty or under exceptional circumstances by instructors on continuing appointments. Departments proposing instructors other than regular faculty must provide documentation of how such instructors will be trained and supervised to ensure consistency and continuity in courses.

Students will gain essential basic laboratory skills while investigating physical and chemical phenomena closely linked to lecture material.  Students will gain experience in experimental design (for example, considering chemical limitations in selecting chemicals for use in various experiments), data collection and treatment (graphing, calculations, interpretation), discussion of errors, and the proper treatment of hazardous wastes.  Laboratory sections are limited to 24 students.  
Criteria for
Theme Courses:
Describe how the course meets the specific bullet points for the proposed theme requirement. Give concrete and detailed examples for the course syllabus, detailed outline, laboratory material, student projects, or other instructional materials or methods.

Theme courses have the common goal of cultivating in students a number of habits of mind:
  • thinking ethically about important challenges facing our society and world;
  • reflecting on the shared sense of responsibility required to build and maintain community;
  • connecting knowledge and practice;
  • fostering a stronger sense of our roles as historical agents.

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Writing Intensive
Propose this course
as Writing Intensive
Question 1 (see CWB Requirement 1): How do writing assignments and writing instruction further the learning objectives of this course and how is writing integrated into the course? Note that the syllabus must reflect the critical role that writing plays in the course.

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Question 2 (see CWB Requirement 2): What types of writing (e.g., research papers, problem sets, presentations, technical documents, lab reports, essays, journaling etc.) will be assigned? Explain how these assignments meet the requirement that writing be a significant part of the course work, including details about multi-authored assignments, if any. Include the required length for each writing assignment and demonstrate how the minimum word count (or its equivalent) for finished writing will be met.

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Question 3 (see CWB Requirement 3): How will students' final course grade depend on their writing performance? What percentage of the course grade will depend on the quality and level of the student's writing compared to the percentage of the grade that depends on the course content? Note that this information must also be on the syllabus.

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Question 4 (see CWB Requirement 4): Indicate which assignment(s) students will be required to revise and resubmit after feedback from the instructor. Indicate who will be providing the feedback. Include an example of the assignment instructions you are likely to use for this assignment or assignments.

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Question 5 (see CWB Requirement 5): What types of writing instruction will be experienced by students? How much class time will be devoted to explicit writing instruction and at what points in the semester? What types of writing support and resources will be provided to students?

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Question 6 (see CWB Requirement 6): If teaching assistants will participate in writing assessment and writing instruction, explain how will they be trained (e.g. in how to review, grade and respond to student writing) and how will they be supervised. If the course is taught in multiple sections with multiple faculty (e.g. a capstone directed studies course), explain how every faculty mentor will ensure that their students will receive a writing intensive experience.

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Course Syllabus
Course Syllabus: For new courses and courses in which changes in content and/or description and/or credits are proposed, please provide a syllabus that includes the following information: course goals and description; format;structure of the course (proposed number of instructor contact hours per week, student workload effort per week, etc.); topics to be covered; scope and nature of assigned readings (text, authors, frequency, amount per week); required course assignments; nature of any student projects; and how students will be evaluated. The University "Syllabi Policy" can be found here

The University policy on credits is found under Section 4A of "Standards for Semester Conversion" found here. Course syllabus information will be retained in this system until new syllabus information is entered with the next major course modification. This course syllabus information may not correspond to the course as offered in a particular semester.

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CHEM 1075H
Lab Syllabus
Dr. Michelle Driessen
113 Smith Hall
Class Background Information
Course Materials
"Cooperative Chemistry Laboratory Manual", 5th edition by Melanie Cooper
"General Chemistry 1021/1022 Laboratory Notebook" (special duplicating paper - found in campus bookstore).
Goggles: Approved splashproof goggles will be provided on the first day of lab.
Dress Code
You must be wearing approved safety goggles and have all skin covered from the chest down in order to participate in the laboratory. If you do not come to lab dressed appropriately, with goggles, you will be asked to leave and will not have the opportunity to make-up the experiment. Please see the full dress code and safety goggle information posted on the lab website.
WebVista Site
There are multiple methods for finding the laboratory WebVista site. You may use the myU portal or login directly at Login and select the "CHEM 1021 - Lab - Term/Year" link with the correct term and year. You will find many useful links here AND your posted scores for each project (see the "my Grades" link in the left hand menu).
To Prepare for Each Lab
Bring your U Card to lab each week. You will need it to check out lab equipment or for any extra charges you incur during the term.
Listen carefully to your TA's instructions.
IF you are more than 15 minutes late to your lab meeting, you will be asked to leave lab.
Grading & Missed/Late Work Policies
Your laboratory grade will be based on the average percentage of your lab work as shown in the breakdown below. Your lab score will be forwarded to your lecture instructor. Twenty percent of your final course grade will depend upon your laboratory performance.

See the lab website for details on the graded items shown below. You will find detailed grading rubrics that describe the expectations for each item.

Your TA should post your grades one week after you turn in your work. If you do not see your grade posted, please discuss this with your TA immediately and notify the instructor if the situation is not rectified. Any grade disputes should be taken up directly with your TA and advanced to the instructor if not resolved. Grade disputes must be lodged with the instructor prior to the last week of lab in order to gain full consideration.

The lab F is reserved for those students who fail the course because they failed to complete the experiment and turn in the completed lab work for 3 or more days (3 or more zeros or incomplete work). In other words, if you fail to 1) attend lab and/or 2) attempt & complete the entire lab work (and hand it in on time), in any combination, three times or more, you will fail lab!

Project        1        5        11        12        Dye*        Misc
Summary & Pre-lab (Group Grade)        15        25        40        25        20       
Draft of Report (Individual Grade)                        10                       
Final Report (Individual Grade)                        100                       
Technique & Lab Notebook (Individual Grade)        10        20        30        20        20       
Oral Report/Poster (Group Grade)                15        25        15        15       
Peer Evaluation (Individual Grade)                15        20        15        15       
Overall Safety (Individual Grade)                                                30
Lab Surveys (Individual Grade)                                                10
Total Points        25        75        225        75        70        40
*It is possible that there will not be enough time during the summer semester to complete the Food Dye project. If that is the case, these points will not be included in the determination of your final lab percentage.

Late Work
Written lab work is due as indicated on the schedule below. If you have any questions about what to hand in for lab work, please ask your TA. Your TA may refuse to accept late work if you do not clear it with him/her in advance. Late work will be penalized at a rate of 5 percent off for each day late. If you turn your work in at a time other than your regular lab period, make sure that both your and your TA's names are on the report and place it in the locked CHEM 1021 box outside of Smith 115. Notify your TA immediately after turning in late work, otherwise missing lab work may result in a zero. Please note that there is an absolute deadline for ALL lab work at the end of the term and there will be absolutely NO late work accepted after this deadline. See lab schedule for the date of this deadline.

Attendance in lab is required. Only under documented and extraordinary circumstances (acceptable: death in the family, required University athlete trips; unacceptable: work conflict or oversleeping) will you be excused from lab. In all cases this must be cleared with your TA in advance. Only one excused absence per semester will be allowed. You will not receive credit for any missed work and your team may penalize you on the peer evaluations. If the first absence is unexcused, it will reduce your final laboratory grade by 5%. After this, each additional absence from lab will reduce your final laboratory grade by 5%. Three or more missed lab periods will result in an automatic F in the lab.
Other Stuff
Students with Disabilities
Students with special needs are encouraged to contact the Office for Students with Disabilities (612-626-1333). If you have a University documented disability that requires accommodation, you must notify the Director of General Chemistry in writing (email is preferred) during the first week of lab. At that point a meeting between the DGC and student will be held to determine the implementation of reasonable accommodations.

Scholastic Dishonesty
While you are encouraged to work, collect data, and study with your lab team members, all work that is turned in MUST be your own, individual work. Otherwise, identical papers are always assumed to indicate copying, and each identical paper will receive a grade of zero for all or part of the work.
Your TA will be happy to discuss questions and concerns with you. However, if there is an issue that you do not feel you can discuss with your TA, please contact the Head General Chemistry TA (office: Smith 101A, email:; phone: 612.624.3803 and please leave a message) and they will help resolve the issue. If you continue to have issues, please see the instructor. All contact information is at the top of this syllabus.
Lab meets the first day of classes! CHEM 1021 lab meets in Smith 110. Look for your name on the blackboards in the lab to find your TA section.

If you are waiting to get into the course, see the staff in Smith 115 for more details.
CHEM 1021 Lab Schedule - Summer 2011
Session        Date        Experiment        What's Due?
1 Monday June 13        Lab Syllabus, Expectations, Use & Care of Balances, Safety
Formation of Lab Teams
Plan Project 1: Density
Safety Contract (online)
& Project 1 Plan
2 Wednesday June 15        Project 1: Density
Plan Project 5: Designing a Calcium Supplement        Project 1 Summary Questions & Project 5 Plan
3 Monday June 20        Project 5: Designing a Calcium Supplement        Project 5 Summary
4 Wednesday June 22        Project 5: Designing a Calcium Supplement Project 5 Summary
5 Monday June 27        Project 5 Oral Reports
Plan Project 12: Hot & Cold        Project 5 Presentation & Project 12 Plan
6 Wednesday June 29        Project 12: Hot & Cold        Project 12 Summary
7 Monday July 4        NO LAB - HOLIDAY       
8 Wednesday July 6        Project 12: Hot & Cold        Project 12 Summary
9 Monday July 11        Project 12 Oral Report
Plan Project 11: Ionic Compound        Project 12 Presentation & Project 11 Plan
10 Wednesday July 13        Project 11: Ionic Compound        Project 11 Summary
11 Monday July 18        Project 11: Ionic Compound        Project 11 Summary
12Wednesday July 20        Project 11: Ionic Compound        Project 11 Summary
13 Monday July 25        Project 11 Presentations
Plan Food Dye Project        Project 11 Draft Report, Presentation, & Food Dye Project Plan
14 Wednesday July 27        Food Dye Project        Food Dye Summary
15 Monday August 1        Food Dye Project        Project 11 Final Report & Food Dye Summary
16 Wednesday August 3        Food Dye Oral Report
TA & Course Evals        Food Dye Presentation
ALL LAB WORK is due on Monday, August 1st by 12 PM!
There will be NO late work accepted past this deadline for any reason.
Strategic Objectives & Consultation
Name of Department Chair
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Strategic Objectives -
Curricular Objectives:
How does adding this course improve the overall curricular objectives ofthe unit?

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Strategic Objectives - Core
Does the unit consider this course to be part of its core curriculum?

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Consultation with Other
In order to prevent course overlap and to inform other departments of new curriculum, circulate proposal to chairs in relevant units and follow-up with direct consultation. Please summarize response from units consulted and include correspondence. By consultation with other units, the information about a new course is more widely disseminated and can have a positive impact on enrollments. The consultation can be as simple as an email to the department chair informing them of the course and asking for any feedback from the faculty.

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