Syllabus • Fall 2019

I. Course Information


Prefix Number CRN Name Credit Hours Lecture Hours Lab Hours
CHM 223-001 30472 Organic Chemistry I 5 3 6

Class Schedule

Instructor/CRN Type Time Days Location
Lec 11:00 am - 12:15 pm TR 156 Lee SHC
Lab 12:30 pm - 3:20 pm TR 340 Lee SHC


Dr. Chad L. Landrie
Chair of Physical Sciences
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Office Room: 109 Lee Center
Office Phone: (847) 376-7439

Chemical Database:

Students may also contact me through the clients listed in the table below, particularly during office hours. I have the capability to share and annotate my screen so that we can collaborate on course content such as lecture slides and homework problems. This is an excellent way to attend office hours. Give it a try! For Dr. L’s complete semester schedule, visit the Calendar page.

Instant Messaging Dr. L's User ID Client Link/Info
Google Hangouts
Skype clandrie

Office Hours

Day Time Location
MW 11:00 am - 1:00 pm 109 Lee SHC
TR 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm 109 or 340 Lee SHC

Students who cannot attend during the above times may send me and email to request an appointment or by going to Although I will guarantee my availability during the above hours, I am also available at other times when I am not teaching for walk-ins.

Required & Recommended Resources

1. Required McMurray, J. Organic Chemistry, 9th ed.; Cengage: Boston, MA, 2016.  ISBN: 978-1-305-08048-5 or McMurray, J Organic Chemistry Loose Leaf with OWL, 9th ed., 2016.   ISBN: 978-1-305-70102-1.
2. Required: CHM 221/223 – Organic Chemistry I Laboratory Experiments.
3. Required: Student Lab Notebook, Hayden-McNeil, ISBN: 978-1-930882-74-4 (Or similar; Must be spiral-bound and contain at least 50 carbonless sets. The notebook must contain carbonless copies that can be torn out each week.)
4. Required: Chemical splash goggles (indirectly vented). The goggles must seal completely around the face. Shield-type or glasses-type are not allowed.
5. Recommended: i>Clicker (1 or 2); MacMillan (; ISBN: 1429280476. If students do not wish to purchase their own i>Clicker, one will be provided to them at the beginning of each class.
6. Recommended: Molecular model set.

Website, D2L, Chemical Database, Blog & Twitter

The URL for the course website is Some of the current content includes course descriptions; instructor contact information; i>clicker instructions and statistics; resources for the laboratory, lecture notes; and shared files available for download including rubrics, study guides and the course syllabus. Most of these resources will also be available on D2L.

Our Learning Management System (LMS) is Desire to Learn (D2L). D2L ( will be used to make class announcements, disseminate updates to the class schedule, post course content such as lectures slides and to post scores, curves and estimated grades. Be sure to setup your D2L notifications so that you are alerted when a news item is posted, when schedule has changed or when grades are updates.

An online database of all chemicals used in our experiments can be found at: Relevant information includes physical properties, structure, hazard and safety information, GHS statements, NFPA symbols and spectra (infrared, ultraviolet-visible and mass spectrum).

A blog ( and Twitter feed (@chadlandrie) will also be maintained. I aim to use both mediums to educate students about current news in scientific fields, highlight career opportunities and to initiate discussions in organic chemistry. These are for personal interest only and are not course requirements.

II. Prerequisites

Successful completion of CHM 122 or CHM 207 or equivalent, with minimum grade of C, or consent of instructor.

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III. Course Description

Course is first of two-course sequence (CHM 223 and CHM 224). Content presents theories, structures, and reactions of organic chemistry, including the properties of various functional groups; bonding and structure of organic molecules; properties and reactions of aromatic and aliphatic hydrocarbons and alkyl halides; stereochemistry; spectroscopy, including infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance; reaction intermediates and mechanisms such as nucleophilic substitutions and electrophilic additions; and multi-step organic synthesis. Weekly hands-on lab activities including preparations, separations, and identifications of organic compounds. Identical to CHM 221 except that CHM 223 includes two three-hour labs per week, rather than one three-hour lab per week.

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IV. Learning Objectives

Lecture Objectives

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to do the following:

  1. Apply the three models of bonding–Lewis, valence bond and molecular orbital theory–as well as their extensions–hybridization and resonance–to describe covalent bonding in organic species.
  2. Draw and interconvert drawings of neutral and charged organic species using condensed formulae, bond-line formulae, Newman projections, sawhorse projections and Fisher projections.
  3. Name organic molecules and functional groups using systematic nomenclature defined by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).
  4. Rank organic species according to physical and chemical properties, including polarity, boiling point, heat of combustion, acidity, solubility, bond strength, stability and reactivity, based on their structural features.
  5. Classify isomers as either constitutional or one of the categories of stereoisomer: conformational, configurational, geometrical, optical, enantiomer, diastereomer and meso.
  6. Relate analytical data, including optical rotation, infrared (IR) spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and ultraviolet (UV) spectroscopy to structural features in organic molecules.
  7. Illustrate the thermodynamic and kinetic properties of chemical reactions by constructing a reaction coordinate diagram that illustrates the relative energies of reactants, products, intermediates and transition states as well as quantities of enthalpy and activation energy.
  8. Draw mechanisms and transition states for radical reactions and polar reactions as well as the interconversion of resonance structures using curved-arrow notation.
  9. Predict the products of and conditions required for: addition reactions of alkenes and alkynes; substitution reactions of alcohols and alkyl halides, alkylation reactions of alkynes; elimination reactions of alcohols and alkyl halides; the Diels-Alder reaction; electrophilic aromatic substitution; and nucleophilic aromatic substitution.
  10. Identify and describe the physical and chemical properties of conjugated systems and aromatic compounds.
  11. Design synthetic routes to organic molecules using retrosynthetic analysis.

Laboratory Objectives

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to do the following at an acceptable level.

  1. Minimize risk to self and others by adhering to documented and verbalized laboratory safety policies.
  2. Operate instrumentation, such as an infrared spectrometer, melting point device, and polarimeter, independently to acquire data relevant to an experiment.
  3. Assemble glassware apparatuses to perform techniques such as distillation, extraction and chromatography.
  4. Document laboratory procedures, observations, analyses and conclusions in a laboratory notebook according to scientific standards.

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V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Student Academic Integrity Policy

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment, and a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at:

Course Policies

a. Academic Dishonesty: All violations of The Code of Academic Conduct will be addressed according to the Student Academic Integrity Policy.
b. Lecture Attendance: Students are expected to attend every lecture on-time. On-time is 2-5 minutes early. Attendance is recorded each time the i>clicker is used in class. There will not be opportunities to makeup i>clicker points that are lost due to absences. Lecture attendance will also be used at the end of the semester to evaluate students on the borderline of the course curves.
c. Laboratory Attendance: Attendance at all laboratory sessions is mandatory. Failure to attend a laboratory session will result in a score of zero for that lab's worksheet score. No laboratory experiments can be made up. Students with approved, extenuating circumstances (e.g., severe illness, death in the family) may be allowed to complete a supplementary assignment or worksheet pertaining to the missed experiment.
d. Laboratory Tardiness: Students who are more than 5 minutes late for a laboratory will not be allowed to participate and will receive a score of zero for that lab's worksheet score.
e. Missed Quizzes: Failure to take a quiz due to absence will result in a score of zero. No quizzes will be made up. At least 12 quizzes will be administered. Only the top ten scores will be counted.
f. Missed Exams: Failure to take an exam due to absence will result in a score of zero. No makeup exams will be given. If a student misses an exam and has an approved, and documented, extenuating circumstance, the final exam percentage will be used in place of the missing exam with a 5% deduction. (Missing exam % = Final Exam % - 5%)
g. Incompletes: Incompletes will not be given for students who have taken the final exam. Also, incompletes will only be granted for students showing proof of extenuating circumstances that prevented them from completing the course. Incompletes will not be given for students who are simply dissatisfied with their progress in the course or who are unable to handle their course load. When an incomplete is assigned, the work already completed and its respective scores will be used for evaluation (i.e., no work may be redone).
h. Exam/Quiz Errors: Students that suspect a grading or adding error on any exam or quiz must bring the original to my office for review within one week after the exam or quiz was returned.  A letter must accompany the exam that describes in detail what errors are suspected.  Exams and quizzes that have been written on or manipulated may not be submitted for review. Exams and quizzes submitted for review will not be returned; students should make a copy for their records.
i. Official Scores: Dr. Landrie maintains the official scores, point total and grades for each student.  The D2L course website is updated often, but may not reflect the official, current record. Students may see Dr. Landrie anytime during office hours to obtain a grade report with their current, official scores and estimated course grade.
j. Written Homework: Assignments and their due dates can be found on the class schedule. Two points will be deducted from the score for each day an assignment is late, including weekends. Extensions to these deadlines will only be granted when there are extenuating circumstances that can be documented. Students are expected to complete homework individually. While some amount of group work is expected and encouraged, blatantly copying answers from a peer is considered plagiarism and will be addressed according to the Student Academic Integrity Policy. Accept in the case of theft, all involved parties will be held responsible for plagiarism.
k. OWL Homework: OWL in an online homework platform. Assignments are organized by lecture. OWL assignments are available one day before the lecture and due one day after the lecture by 11:55 pm. For example, the OWL assignment for a Tuesday lecture is available at 12:05 am on Monday and due by 11:55 pm on Wednesday. Late submissions incur a penalty of 50%.
l. Laboratory Worksheets: Laboratory worksheets must be completed individually. Students will work in groups during the laboratory; however, all laboratory worksheets must be completed individually. Copying any part of a peer's worksheet will be considered plagiarism and will be addressed according to the Student Academic Integrity Policy. Accept in the case of theft, all involved parties will be held responsible for plagiarism.
m. Worksheet Deadlines: All worksheets are due the following class period regardless of whether a lab is completed that day. Late worksheets will be assessed a 2 point penalty per day.
n. i>Clicker Cheating: Under no circumstances may a student cast votes for another student. Students caught with more than one i>clicker during lecture will have the i>clickers in their possession confiscated. Users of all clickers confiscated will receive a zero for the i>clicker portion of the course.
o. Assigned Reading: Students are responsible for reading the textbook sections listed in the class schedule prior to the lecture covering those sections. Quizzes may cover assigned reading before the material is presented in lecture.
p. Laboratory Safety Procedures: Students must follow all laboratory policies and procedures outlined in this syllabus and in Appendix A of the laboratory manual. Failure to follow these safety protocols may result in a loss of laboratory notebook points (2 points per violation) or earned grade of zero for that laboratory and dismissal from the laboratory for severe violations (e.g. eating or drinking in the lab). Additionally, students are expected to read all hazard and safety information for the chemicals they will be using during the laboratory. These details can be found online at http:\\
q. Goggles: All students must wear goggles in the lab at all times when chemicals, glassware or instruments are being used or when instructed by the Professor. Students not wearing goggles will be warned once; subsequent violations will result in the loss of two points for each violation.
r. Email Communication: Dr. Landrie will send class announcements to students’ Oakton email address. Students are responsible for checking their D2L News feed and email at least once daily.

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VI. Outline of Course Topics

Lecture Topics

Textbook: McMurray, J.
Organic Chemistry, 9th ed.; Cengage: Boston, MA, 2016.

  1. Structure and Bonding
    1. Atoms, Electrons and Orbitals
    2. Covalent and Ionic Bonding
      1. Models of Bonding in H2: Lewis, valence bond and molecular orbital theory
      2. Polar covalent bonds and electronegativity
      3. Electrostatic potential maps
      4. Valence electrons, formal charge and the octet rule
    3. Structural formulas of organic molecules
      1. Introduction to classes of hydrocarbons (alkanes, alkenes, alkynes and arenes)
      2. Condensed formula and bond-line formula drawings
      3. Constitutional isomers and stereoisomers
      4. Resonance structures
    4. Shapes of simple organic molecules
      1. Valence-Shell Electron Repulsion Theory (VSEPR)
      2. Molecular dipole moments
    5. Hybridization model of bonding
      1. sp3, sp2, and sp hybridization of carbon
      2. bonding in ethane, ethylene and acetylene
      3. iii) bonding in water and ammonia: hybridization of oxygen and nitrogen
      4. iv) relationship of carbon s-character to electronegativity and bond-strength
  2. Acid-Base Properties of Organic Species
    1. Arrhenius, Bronsted-Lowry and Lewis definitions
    2. Acid-base equilibria and conjugates; Calculting Keq from pKas
    3. Reaction coordinate diagrams and relationships between ∆H, Ka and pKa
    4. Mechanism of protonation and deprotonation using curved-arrow notation
    5. Structural effects on acid strength
      1. Enthalpy of reactants and products
      2. Resonance stabilization of anionic conjugate bases
  3. Alkanes
    1. IUPAC nomenclature of branched alkanes
    2. Trends in physical and chemical properties of alkanes
      1. boiling point, equilibrium vapor pressure, heat of combustion
      2. Van der Waals forces: London-dispersion forces
    3. Conformational stereoisomers of ethane, butane and higher alkanes
  4. Cycloalkanes
    1. Shapes and bond angles of cylcoalkanes
    2. Angle strain and heat of combustion
    3. Conformations of cyclohexane
      1. Axial and equatorial bonds
      2. Chair inversion (ring-flipping)
    4. Conformational analysis of mono and disubstituted cyclohexanes
  5. Stereochemistry
    1. Molecular chirality
      1. Carbon chirality center
      2. Planes and points of symmetry as tests for achiral molecules
    2. Enantiomers and their physical properties
    3. Cahn-Ingold-Prelog R-S notation
    4. Optical activity
    5. Diastereomers, meso forms and their physical properties
    6. Chirality centers other than carbon
      1. Sulfur (sulfoxides) and nitrogen (amines)
      2. Pyramidal inversion of nitrogen
    7. Fisher projections
  6. Analytical Techniques for Characterizing Organic Molecules
    1. Mass Spectrometry
    2. Infrared Spectroscopy
    3. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
    4. Ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy
  7. Kinetic and Thermodynamic Properties of Chemical Reactions
    1. Reaction coordinate diagrams (intermediates, enthalpy of reaction, activation energy)
    2. Transition-state theory and reaction rates
    3. Hammond postulate
    4. Drawing transition-states
  8. Alcohols and Alkyl Halides
    1. IUPAC nomenclature and classes of alkyl halides and alcohols
    2. Trends in physical properties (boiling point, solubility, polarity)
      1. Intermolecular forces: dipole-dipole
      2. Intermolecular forces: London-dispersion forces
    3. Preparation of alkyl halides from alcohols by substitution reactions
      1. Reactivity of alcohols and hydrogen halides toward substitution
      2. Mechanisms of SN1 and SN2 processes
      3. Structure, bonding and stability of carbocations
      4. Nucleophiles and Electrophiles
      5. Stereochemistry of SN1 reactions
      6. Nucleophilic substitution of alkyl sulfonates
      7. Solvent effects on the rate of substitution
    4. Preparation of alkyl halides by radical halogenation of alkanes
      1. Structure, bonding and stability of carbon free radicals
      2. Regioselectivity of chlorination and bromination; Hammond's postulate
  9. Alkenes and their Elimination Reactions
    1. IUPAC nomenclature and geometrical isomers (cis/trans and E/Z notation)
    2. Physical properties and relative stability by degree of substitution
    3. Preparation of alkenes by dehydration of alcohols, dehydrohalogentaion of alkyl halides and elimination of alkyl sulfonates
      1. Mechanisms of E1 and E2 reactions
      2. Stereoselectivity
      3. Regioselectivity: Zaitsev and Hofmann rules
      4. Anti eliminations in E2 reactions: stereoelectronic effects
      5. Rearrangements in alcohol dehydration
      6. Competition between substitution and elimination reactions
  10. Alkenes: Addition Reactions
    1. Hydrogenation: Stereoselective syn addition of H2
    2. Electrophilic addition of hydrogen halides and sulfuric acid
      1. Regioselectivity: Markovnikov's rule
      2. Mechanistic basis for Markovnikov's rule
    3. Hydroboration-oxidation
      1. Syn-addition (concerted) mechanism for hydroboration
      2. Regioselectivity
    4. Halogen addition and halonium ions
    5. Formation of vicinal halohydrins through anti-addition
    6. Free-radical addition of hydrogen bromide
    7. Epoxidation
    8. Ozonolysis
  11. Alkynes
    1. IUPAC nomenclature
    2. Acidity of terminal alkynes
    3. Alkylation of acetylenes
    4. Preparation through double dehydrohalogenation
    5. Addition reactions of alkynes
      1. Hydrogenation
      2. Stereoselective hydrogenation to cis-alkenes (Lindlar catalyst)
      3. Metal-ammonia reduction to trans-alkenes
      4. Halogenation
      5. Hydration to ketones and hydroboration-oxidation to aldehydes
  12. Conjugation in Alkadienes and Allylic Systems
    1. Classes, stability, bonding and resonance energy of dienes
    2. Substitution reactions of allylic and benzylic halides
    3. Preparation by elimination reactions
    4. Addition of hydrogen halides and halogens: kinetic and thermodynamic pathways
    5. Diels-Alder reaction: mechanism and regioselectivity
  13. Arenes and Aromaticity
    1. Structure and stability of benzene
      1. Frontier molecular orbitals of benzene and its closed-shell configuration
      2. Resonance energy: heat of hydrogenation of benzene vs. (Z)-1,3,5-hexatriene
      3. IUPAC nomenclature of substituted derivatives of benzene
    2. Aromatic and Antiaromatic Species, Including Ions
      1. Huckel's rule and closed-shell configurations
      2. Molecular orbital diagrams from Frost circles
      3. Heterocyclic aromatic compounds
    3. Electrophilic aromatic substitution (SE-Ar)
      1. Arenium ions and the mechanism of SE-Ar
      2. Nitration, sulfonation, halogenation
      3. Friedel-Crafts alkylation and acylation
      4. Synthesis of alkylbenzenes by acylation-reduction (Clemmensen/Wolf-Kishner)
      5. Substituent effects on regioselectivity (orth-para directors, meta-directors)
      6. Substituent effects on rate (activating and deactivating groups)
    4. Nucleophilic aromatic substitution
      1. Nitro-substituted arenes
      2. Addition-elimination mechanism

Laboratory Experiments

The laboratory activities and experiments can be found in the laboratory manual for the course.
Check-in & Safety; Exp. 1: Equipment and Tools Calibration

Exp. 1: Orientation to the Laboratory and Calibration of Equipment

Exp. 2: Physical Properties of Organic Compounds

Exp. 3: Solubility

Exp. 4: Purification of a Solid by Recrystallization

Exp. 5A: Extraction

Exp. 5B: Extraction contd.

Exp. 6: Constitutional Isomers and Nomenclature

Exp. 7: Molecular Modeling and Conformers

Exp. 8: Chirality and Stereoisomers

Exp. 9: Fractional Distillation

Exp. 10: Infrared Spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry

Exp. 11: Steam Distillation

Exp. 12: NMR Spectroscopy

Exp. 13: Dichlorocarbene Addition to an Alkene

Exp. 20: TLC Analysis of Active Ingredient

Exp. 14: Introduction to Synthesis

Exp. 16: Preparation of tert-Pentyl Chloride

Exp. 17: Reactivities of Alkyl Halides: SN1 & SN2 Reactions

Exp. 18: Dehydrohalogenation

Exp. 21: Isolation of the Active Ingredient in an Analgesic

Exp. 22: Diels-Alder Reaction

Exp. 23: Preparation of Acetylsalicylic Acid (Aspirin)

Exp. 24: Nitration of Methyl Benzoate

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VII. Methods of Instruction

a. Lectures: Lectures will be presented using digital presentation software and an overhead projector. The lecture topics will be taken from the current course textbook as well as from outside sources at the instructor’s discretion. Following class, lecture will be posted on the course website for students to download.
b. i>Clicker: i>Clicker questions will be asked during each lecture; students will vote on the correct multiple choice answer using their i>clickers. These questions will also serve to initiate discussion and to measure whether concepts are being understood as they are taught.
c. Skill Builder Exercises: Several times throughout the semester, the lecture period will be used to complete activities designed to help students master problem solving in organic chemistry. The activities will be completed in groups and as a class to give students the opportunity to observe how others, including the instructor, solve organic chemistry problems.
d. Homework: The instructor will develop written homework assignments that compliment the lecture and textbook material. Since all questions are not graded for correctness, it is the student's responsibility to ensure each question is mastered by studying solutions to similar problems, working with colleagues and seeking assistance from the instructor.

e. Laboratory Experiments: Students will conduct several experiments in organic chemistry designed to connect the concepts learned in lecture to practical experiences. These experiments will include learning analytical techniques, such as melting point determination, thin-layer chromatography, gas chromatography, NMR spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy and gas chromatography. Students will also synthesize organic compounds using classical and contemporary chemical reactions in organic synthesis.
f. D2L Multimedia Multimedia such as practice worksheets, handouts, instructional videos and practice quizzes will be posted to D2L.

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VIII. Course Practices Required

a. Writing Skills: Students are expected to write at the college level on homework, exams and written assignments. College level writing includes adherence to rules of grammar, the ability to organize thoughts into a logical order using cohesive paragraph structures, and legible handwriting for written assignments.
b. Communication Skills: Students are expected to communicate the language and ideas of organic chemistry orally as well through their writing. All students will be asked to answer questions during class and to participate in discussions and oral presentations. Students are also responsible for communicating with their peers and their instructor when they need help. Students are encouraged to ask questions and to seek out answers to help them master the course content.
c. Computer Skills: Students will require basic computer skills to complete homework assignments, to complete written assignments using a word processor, to search the academic literature using online databases, to access the course website and to view their course grades using the D2L online course management system and to communicate with the instructor through email. Students are required to check their email once daily to stay apprised of course announcements.
d. Organization and Time Management: Students are responsible for checking the class schedule to determine when assignments are due, what advanced reading is required prior to each lecture and when exams and quizzes will be given. Students are expected to read the listed sections in the schedule before they are covered in lecture. Students are responsible for using the class schedule to plan their studying activities prior to quizzes and exams. Students are responsible for determining when prelab entries must be completed in their lab notebooks.
e. Critical Thinking: Students are expected to solve problems in organic chemistry that require them to summarize, analyze, and apply concepts. While memorization is an important skill and needed in parts of the course, it is not the primary method of learning and success cannot be obtained solely through it.

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IX. Instructional Materials

All required resources are available for purchase at the OCC bookstore. i>Clickers may also be purchased from third parties, new or used, or borrowed from friends not using the clicker during that particular semester.

1. Required: McMurray, J. Organic Chemistry, 9th ed.; Cengage: Boston, MA, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-305-08048-5 (hardcover) or McMurray, J. Organic Chemistry Loose Leaf with OWL, 9th ed.; Cengage: Boston, MA, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-305-70102-1 (loose-leaf) .


2. Required: OWLv2. This is the Cengage online homework platform. An access code is bundled with the loose-leaf text sold by the Oakton Bookstore. It can also be purchased directly from Cengage.

3. Required: CHM 221/223 – Organic Chemistry I Laboratory Experiments.


4. Required: Student Lab Notebook, Hayden-McNeil, ISBN: 978-1-930882-74-4 (Or similar; Must be spiral-bound and contain at least 50 carbonless sets. The notebook must contain carbonless copies that can be torn out each week.)


5. Required: Chemical splash goggles (indirectly vented). The goggles must seal completely around the face. Shield-type or glasses-type are not allowed.


6. Recommended: i>Clicker (1 or 2); MacMillan (; ISBN: 1429280476. If students do not wish to purchase their own i>Clicker, one will be loaned to them at the beginning of each class.


7. Recommended: Molecular model set. Preferred set is “MOLECULAR VISIONS Organic, Inorganic, Organometallic” in a green plastic box. Sold by Darling Models, INC. ISBN: 978-09648837-1-0.


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X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Summary of Point Distribution

The course will be graded according to individual performance on each of the following assessment items:

  Course Activity Points   No.   Total Points Weight
a. i>Clicker 30 X 1 = 30 3% 
b. Homework - Written 4 X 10 = 40 4%
c. Homework - OWL 2 X 30 = 60 6%
d. Quizzes 10 X 10 = 100 10%
e. Skill Builder 5 X 10 = 50 5%
f. Semester Exams 100 X 3 = 300 30%
g. ACS Exam 70 X 1 = 70 7%
h. Final Exam 200 X 1 = 200 20%
i. Laboratory Worksheets 100 X 1 = 100 10%
j. Laboratory Exam 50 X 1 = 50 5%
  Total         1000 100%

Description of Graded Course Activities

a. i>Clicker The i>clicker will be used in most of the lectures this semester. Generally, 5-10 questions will be asked during each lecture to reinforce a concept just covered or to determine if I have done a sufficient job of explaining a topic.  These questions will appear on the projector screen as part of the lecture slides.  One point will be awarded to each student that answers the question; one additional point will be given for the correct answer.  The questions may be reviewed later by downloading the lecture slides or by viewing the i>clicker page within the course website.  At the end of the semester, the accrued number of i>clicker points will be converted to a scale with a total of 30 course points (3%).
b. Written Homework Homework will be assigned that covers the material presented in the lecture and textbook readings. Each homework assignment is worth 10 points. Students will receive a maximum of six points for completion. One point will be subtracted for each incomplete or missing question for a maximum of a six-point deduction. A random set of questions will be graded out of four points for correctness.
c. OWL Homework OWL is an online homework platform. Many of the problems are the same as those found in the textbook. There is approximately one assignment for each lecture in the course. Problems will encourage student mastery by allowing multiple attempts, providing hints and embedding links to the Ebook and other resources.
d. Quizzes Quizzes will be given on the dates listed in the class schedule. At least ten quizzes, each worth 10 points will be assigned. The top ten scores will count toward the final grade. Quizzes will test mastery of topics presented in previous lectures as well as the assigned reading that should be completed prior to each lecture.
e. Skill Builder Five times during the semester, the lecture period will be used to complete activities designed to help students master problem solving in organic chemistry. The activities will be completed in groups and as a class to give students the opportunity to observe how others, including the instructor, solve organic chemistry problems. Each Skill Builder is worth 10 points and is graded primarily on participation and completion. Some elements of the Skill Builder may be graded on correctness, depending on the activity.
f. Semester Exams Exams will cover material presented during lecture as well as assigned readings. Question formats will include drawing reactants or products in reaction schemes, multiple choice, short answer, essay, drawing reaction mechanisms and ranking. Skill builders, quizzes, homework and i>Clicker should be used as examples of each question type. A study guide listing the topics, questions types and approximate point distribution will be distributed one week prior to each exam.
g. ACS Exam The American Chemical Society exam is multiple choice. A study guide developed by the ACS will be distributed one week prior to the exam. The exam will be used mainly to ensure that all sections are meeting minimum standards for proficiency in organic chemistry.
h. Final Exam The final exam is cummulative. The format of the exam will be similar to the three semester exams. A study guide will be distributed one week prior to the exam.
i. Laboratory Worksheets For each experiment, students will complete a laboratory worksheet in which they will summarize hazard and safety information for the chemicals used, record data and observations during the experiment and answer questions pertaining to the experiment. These worksheets should be used to prepare for the lab exam. Lab notebook entries (e.g, procedure and observations) will be included.
j. Laboratory Exam A laboratory exam will be administered at the end of the term. It will cover the theory, techniques and results of the experiments performed.

Course Evaluation, “The Curve"

The word “curve” means many different things to many different people. This course is not graded on a traditional Bell curve. In other words, there is no set number of As, Bs, Cs and Ds that must be earned. However, I will determine the minimum point values required to earn a letter grade for each component of the course. These limits will not be determined in advance since I cannot predict the difficulty of exams and quizzes and do take into account how well I’ve taught a topic or explained an assignment. Students may gauge their progress by viewing the limits on the course website for each course component as well as the course total. These limits vary slightly each semester since variations in exam difficulty, teaching quality and grading styles cannot be avoided. However, the approximate course curve will likely be:

80% (800 pts), A; 70% (700 pts), B; 55% (550 pts), C; 45% (450 pts), D

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XI. Other Course Information

Students with Disabilities

If you have a documented learning, psychological or physical disability, you may be entitled to reasonable accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program. For more information or to request accommodations, contact the ADRC at:

Location: Rm 2400 Des Plaines Bldg
Phone: 847-635-1667

Religious Holidays

Oakton Community College recognizes the broad diversity of religious beliefs of its constituencies. The college has embraced a practice of shared responsibility in the event a religious observance interferes with class work or assignments. Students who inform instructors in advance of an intended absence for a major religious observance will not be penalized. The instructor will make reasonable accommodation for students, which may include providing a make-up test, altering assignment dates, permitting a student to attend another section of the same course for a class period or similar remedies. Instructors are not responsible for teaching material again. Instructors should inform students of this practice at the beginning of the semester so that arrangements can be made accordingly. Similar consideration is accorded to faculty, staff and administrators and is provided for in their respective contracts.

Title IX

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a safe campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community and complies with all Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
• pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
• victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Change of Health Status

Students who have a change of health status need to contact me as soon as possible. For accommodations specifically related to pregnancy or post-pregnancy-related parenting, contact me and consult the Title IX policy at If you are pregnant or become pregnant during the semester, you have the option to meet with me to discuss reasonable accommodations that may be necessary. It may not be possible to grant accommodations after the fact, so it is better to prepare in advance for any possible scenarios.

Students First

Oakton has implemented an academic intervention program, and I am a participating faculty member. I am committed to your success in this course and at this college. I may, therefore, refer you to other individuals and/or services available to help you achieve academic success. Please understand that these referrals are intended to supplement, not replace, interactions you may have with me during office hours or in class. They are intended to provide a support network for your academic and personal success at the College. As such, please help us help you by responding promptly and appropriately to these referrals. If you have any questions regarding this program, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Oakton Building Closures

When an Oakton building is closed due to an emergency (e.g., weather-related closings), that doesn't necessarily mean instruction stops. Students should check for communications from their instructor. This may take the form of D2L Announcements on your course home page, an announcement on another learning management system, or via email or text. If you don't receive something from your instructor, please contact them via email.

Recording Policy

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Failure to abide by this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.

Lecture and Laboratory Schedules

The lecture and laboratory schedules can be found here. They will be updated weekly as changes are made. Student will also receive notifications in class and through the D2L News items when changes are made to the schedule.

Refund and Withdraw Deadlines

These dates can be found by logging into (Self-Service Banner, Concise Student Schedule).

Important Dates

All of the dates below can be found in the College’s Academic Calendar.

Date Item
Faculty Return
Classes Begin
Last day to withdraw from 16-week courses and have course dropped from record
Last day to to change to audit for 16-week courses.
Last day for filing graduation petitions
Incomplete (I) grades from summer 2013 semester for which faculty have not submitted final grades will become an "F" after this date.
Last day to withdraw with a "W" from 16-week courses.
Veteran’s Day holiday observed. College closed.
Registration opens for spring 2017 semester.
Thanksgiving Recess. College closed.
Last day of student attendance.
Grading day. Faculty on campus and available to students at designated times.
Faculty grading due.
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