CHM 241-242 Syllabus


Division: Arts and Sciences                                                                                                       Date:  February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught:  Science, Liberal Arts, Business Administration


Course Number and Title:  CHM 241Organic Chemistry I and CHM 242 Organic Chemistry II


Credit Hours: 3 each          Hours/Wk Lecture: 3 each      Hours/Wk Lab:              Lec/Lab Comb: 3



  I.    Catalog Description: Introduces fundamental chemistry of carbon compounds, including structures, physical properties, syntheses, and typical reactions. Emphasizes reaction mechanisms.


II.    Relationship of the Course to Curricula Objectives in which course is taught:
This is a transfer level science course which promotes a firmer understanding of scientific methods and the structure of the natural world.


III.    Required Background:   Prerequisite MTE 9 or equivalent.  Non-developmental in math and English. Must have taken CHM 111-112. Corequisite CHM 243-244.


IV.    Course Content:  


1.    Structure and bonding.

2.    Polar and nonpolar bonds.

3.    Alkanes and cycloalkanes, reactions and stereochemistry.

4.    Types of organic reactions.

5.    Alkenes and alkynes.

6.    Stereochemistry.

7.    Alkyl halides, substitution and elimination.

8.    Mass spectrometry, infrared, ultraviolet and NMR spectroscopy.

9.    Benzene and its derivatives.

10. Alcohols, phenols, ethers and thiols.

11. Aldehydes and ketones.

12. Carboxylic acids and their derivatives.

13. Amines.

14. Carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids.

15. Synthetic polymers.

16. Organic chemistry of metabolic reactions.


V.  Learner Outcomes


Students will be able to


VII.         Evaluation

A.               Explain and describe the general structure and procedures of scientific method

B.               Explain and describe basic concepts and principles integral to the content above and make reasonable inferences from them.

C.               Solve problems required by the concepts and principles of organic chemistry.

D.               Perform elementary laboratory experiments relevant to the content topics

E.               Accurately record and report observations of the results of experiments using appropriate standards of quantification.

F.                Effectively and safely use laboratory equipment to execute experiments.

Learner outcomes will be measured by classroom participation, homework, some combination of tests and quizzes and other assignments defined by faculty.

Laboratory experience and experimentation will also be evaluated through a series of experiments designed to integrate with the classroom learning.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.



         VII.    This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:

Critical Thinking
Information Literacy
Quantitative Reasoning
Scientific Reasoning