CHEM 1076H -- New Course

Thu Sep 29 13:18:40 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: 1133 - Spring 2013
Course: CHEM 1076H
UMNTC - Twin Cities
UMNTC - Twin Cities
Career: UGRD
College: TIOT - College of Science and Engineering
Department: 11098 - Chemistry
Course Title Short: Honors Chem II Lab
Course Title Long: Honors Chemistry II Laboratory
Max-Min Credits
for Course:
1.0 to 1.0 credit(s)
Laboratory sections are limited to 24 students. During a semester students will gain essential basic laboratory skills as experiments become increasingly complex. Students will gain experience in data collection and treatment (graphing, calculations, interpretation), discussion of errors, the proper treatment of hazardous wastes and the design of experiments (for example, considering chemical limitations in selecting chemicals for use in various experiments).
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, &1072H
CHEM 1066
(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.

Chemical kinetics. Radioactive decay. Chemical equilibrium. Solutions. Acids/bases. Solubility. Second law of thermodynamics. Electrochemistry/corrosion. Descriptive chemistry of elements. Coordination chemistry. Biochemistry. Applications to environmental problems.

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.

Laboratory sections are limited to 24 students. During a semester students will gain essential basic laboratory skills as experiments become increasingly complex. Students will gain experience in data collection and treatment (graphing, calculations, interpretation), discussion of errors, the proper treatment of hazardous wastes and the design of experiments (for example, considering chemical limitations in selecting chemicals for use in various experiments).
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 1072H
Lab Syllabus

Instructor Stuff
Dr. Michelle Driessen
113 Smith Hall

Class Background Information
Course Materials
"Chemistry 1022, Laboratory Manual", 2nd edition
"General Chemistry 1021/1022 Laboratory Notebook" (special duplicating paper - found in campus bookstore).
Goggles: Approved splashproof goggles can be purchased from the bookstore if you do not have the pair obtained in 1031.
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 may not have the opportunity to make-up the experiment. Please see the full dress code and safety goggle information in the front pages of your lab manual.
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 1032 - Lab - Term/Year" link with the correct term and year. You will find many useful links here AND your posted scores for each experiment (see the "my Grades" link in the left hand menu).
To Prepare for Each Lab
Read the experiment before lab.
Complete the pre-lab questions, purpose & procedure in your notebook before each lab.
Attend your TA's office hour or tutor hour if you have questions on the pre-lab or experiment.
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.
Ask any questions that you still have concerning the experiment. If you have questions it is likely that a number of other students do as well.
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 TA should post your grades one week after you turn in your lab report. 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. Your laboratory grade will be based on the average percentage of your lab reports. The score will be forwarded to your lecture instructor. Twenty percent of your final course grade will depend upon your laboratory performance.
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 reports for 3 or more experiments (3 or more zeros or incomplete reports). In other words, if you fail to 1) attend lab, 2) attempt & complete the entire lab report (and hand it in on time), and/OR 3) attend & complete all parts of multi-day experiments, in any combination, three times or more, you will fail lab!
Late Work
Lab reports are due as indicated on the schedule below. If the report is due the week following the experiment in lab, the report is due immediately at the beginning of the next lab meeting. Lab reports consist of the pre-lab questions, data sheets, graphs, observations, post lab questions, etc. If you have any questions about what to hand in for your lab report, please ask your TA. Your TA may refuse to accept late work if you do not clear it with him/her in advance. Late reports will be penalized at a rate of 5 points off for the first day late, and 2 points off per weekday thereafter. If you turn your report 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 1022 box outside of Smith 115. Notify your TA immediately after turning in a late report, otherwise a missing lab report may result in a zero. Please note that there is an absolute deadline for ALL lab reports at the end of the term and there will be absolutely NO late reports accepted after this deadline. See lab schedule for the date of this deadline.
Missed Experiments
Under documented and extraordinary circumstances (acceptable: death in the family; unacceptable: work conflict or oversleeping) you may be excused from a lab period, but in all cases this must be cleared with your TA in advance. You and your TA will then set a deadline for when the experiment will be made up and report turned in (which can be no later than one week past your regularly scheduled lab period except under rare circumstances). In the event of an excused absence you MUST obtain a signed make-up slip from your TA BEFORE you make up the lab. To make-up your work, go to a lab meeting (these are every M-Th (1:25 pm) in Smith 249A) and preferably report to where your drawer is located. You will then present the make-up slip to the TA in charge. They will sign your slip and return it to you after you complete the work. You must hand in your make-up slip with your lab report to the lock box located outside of Smith 115 and email your TA immediately after dropping it off, otherwise a missing lab report may result in a zero. If any of these steps are not followed, it may prevent you from being able to make up the experiment or earn credit for your lab report.
Other Stuff
Withdrawal from Lab
If you withdraw from the course for any reason, you must check out of your lab drawer as soon as possible. This may be done anytime a lab meets for your course or during the 1st hour of lab during the last week of lab (see schedule below). The refund policy for lab fees is the same as that listed in the official class schedule. FAILURE TO CHECKOUT BY THE LAST MEETING OF YOUR LAB SECTION WILL COST YOU A MINIMUM OF $25 AND MAY RESULT IN A HOLD ON YOUR RECORDS.
Scholastic Dishonesty
While you are encouraged to work problems and study with other students as one of the best ways to learn chemistry, you should ALWAYS rework a problem or rewrite an answer in your own words! When working group problems (in or out of lab) where a number of students are trying to come up with as many examples, chemicals, etc., as possible, always list the names of all participants along with your answer. 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 experiment.
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.
Lab meets the first week of classes! You must attend lab AND be on time to guarantee your place in lab. If you do not attend the first day, your spot will be forfeited and given to someone waiting to get into the course. CHEM 1032H lab meets in Smith 249A. Look for your name on the blackboards in the lab to find your TA section.
If you are waiting to get into the course, meet OUTSIDE Smith 249A in front of the lab doors a the beginning of any lab period. Come prepared to work should you be admitted. For more details stop by Smith 115.

Lab Schedule
What's Due?
1 T-Th Jan 18-20
Check-In, Lab Syllabus, Expectations, Safety
Safety Contract
2M-Th Jan 24-27
Expt 11: Kinetic Measurement of the Formatio of Triiodide (Part I)
Expt 11 Pt I Pre-lab & Expt 10 Lab Report
3 M-Th Jan 31-Feb 3
Expt 11 Part I Write-up & Part II
No make-up labs may be performed this week
Expt 11 Pt II Pre-lab & Expt 11 Pt I Lab Report
4 M-Th Feb 7-10
Expt 12: The Determination of Keq for the Fe(SCN)2+ Complex Ion
Expt 12 Pre-lab & Expt 11 Lab Report
5 M-Th Feb 14-17
Water Quality (Handout)
Expt 12 Lab Report
6 M-Th Feb 21-24
Water Quality Continued
7 M-Th Feb 28-Mar 3
Expt 14: Titration of Acids & Bases (Parts I & II)
Expt 14 Week One Pre-lab & Expt Water Quality Lab Report
8 M-Th Mar 7-10
Expt 14 Part III
Mid-term TA Evaluations
Expt 14 Week Two Pre-lab & Expt 14 Parts I & II Report
9 M-Th Mar 14-17
10 M-Th Mar 21-24
Expt 15: Identification of Mystery Solutions
Expt 15 Pre-lab & Expt 14 Lab Report
11 M-Th Mar 28-31
Expt 15 Continued, Lab work & Write-up
12 M-Th Apr 4-7
Expt 16: Oxidation Reduction Reactions and Electrochemical Cells (Part I)
Expt 15 Lab Report & Expt 16 Pt I Pre-Lab
13 M-Th Apr 11-14
Expt 16 Part II
Expt 16 Pt II Pre-lab
14 M-Th Apr 18-21
Expt 17: Preparation and Visible Spectrum of Cu(gly)2 Complex Ion
Expt 17 Pre-lab & Expt 16 Lab Report
15 M-Th Apr 25-28
Preparation of Transition Metal Complexes (Handout)
Expt 17 Lab Report & Transition Metal Lab Report
16 M-Th May 2-5
Check Out & TA Evaluations
All graded lab reports are turned back to students
ALL LAB REPORTS are due on Thursday, April 28th by 4 PM!
There will be NO late reports 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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Strategic Objectives -
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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