MIAMI DADE COLLEGE

 

WOLFSON CAMPUS

 

CHM 2210L SYLLABUS

 

 

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MIAMI DADE COLLEGE, WOLFSON CAMPUS

 

CHM 2210L SYLLABUS

Dr. Alberto Velazquez

 

General Info: Class meets in room 2321 every Tuesday from 5:40 – 9:00 PM unless otherwise advised. 

Instructor: Dr. Alberto Velazquez         

Email:  avelazq1@mdc.edu 

Office hours: By appointment only (Saturday 12:00 – 1:00 PM) at the Science Resource / Tutor Center in room 2221.

Mr. Serge Theodore’s phone at the Tutor Center is 305-237-3658. 

The course goals and objectives are incorporated in the syllabus.  For additional information, please refer to the College website: www.mdc.edu.

Book:   Organic Chemistry l Techniques and Experiments, Pappas, and Pappas.

 

Additional Help: Chemistry tutoring in room 2221. Schedule will be communicated to students during the semester.

 

Materials Needed:

 

Book, calculator, composition book, access to a computer with a worksheet, lab coat, and safety glasses

 

Attendance:  Attendance is important in a lab class: three missed classes mean one letter grade lower (for example if you have a C and you miss three (3) classes, you get a D).  Five (5) absences and you may be failed at the instructor’s discretion.  Make ups may be allowed but are subject to instructor’s approval.  Late arrivals are considered missed labs if in excess of 30 minutes.  Attendance is called openly in front of the class.  It is your responsibility to answer the call and or to make sure you receive proper credit.

 

Grading Policy: Your grade is broken down in the table reported in the schedule.

 

Points Needed

%

Letter Grade

172 – 200

86 – 100

A

150 – 171

76 – 85

B

130 - 149

65 - 75

C

100 - 129

50 - 64

D

Less than 100

Less than 50

F

 

This grading is based on three (3) evaluations: two tests, and the lab book grade.  Each test has a value of fifty (50) points; the final lab book grade has an aggregate value of one hundred (100) points broken down in the table at the end of this document.  The first test only the portion of material covered in the lab, the second test is comprehensive and covers topics from the entire course.

 

It is your responsibility to keep your lab book updated and graded.  In case of grade appeals, the instructor will be responsible for providing records of your tests.  You will be solely responsible for providing evidences of your lab performance.  Copies of exams may be obtained upon request.  Assignments with no name will not be graded.  One (1) extra credit assignment may be administered during the Academic year.  Quizzes will be administered at the beginning of the lab period on the material that will be covered during class. There is NO make up for quizzes lost because of tardiness or absences. Quizzes account for 5/10 points of each experiment.

 

You have the right to access your grade and attendance record at any time during the semester with the following limitations:

a)      You cannot consult/access other students’ records.

b)      You need to understand that the final grade formulation will be available only when all grades will be entered into the system.

c)      Final grades are subject to attendance policy.

 

Timely execution of assignments: Lab assignments must be delivered within fifteen (15) days from the date of the experiment.  Otherwise they will be considered null and void, and all the points associated with the late assignments will be permanently lost.

 

Safety: You must follow the college safety policies and procedures.  A separate handout will be delivered to you the first day of class: there are two MUST:

a)      Always wear your safety glasses when inside the lab.

b)      No food or drinks in the lab.

 

Required - Lab decorum and performance.  A chemical laboratory is a learning place, but it is also a small-scale simulation of your workplace.  An appropriate conduct must be kept at all times.  Grades may expressly be lowered for mishandling of glassware and breakage of important lab equipment. Neglecting to clean glassware or to return dirty items to the lab staff may result in a lower grade depending on the gravity of the violation of lab policy.
 
Plagiarism: Plagiarism in any form or shape will not be tolerated.
 

Lab Schedule:
 
Week
Date
experiment
points
1
 
Introduction, Check-in, and Safety
0
2
 
Melting Point, Experiment 1
0
3
 
Melting Point, Experiment 1 (continued)
10
4
 
Distillation Experiment 2
10
5
 
Re-crystallization Experiment 3
10
6
 
Extraction, Experiment 4
10
7
 
Steam Distillation, Experiment 5
10
8
 
Mid Term
50
9
 
Thin Layer Chromatography, Experiment 6
10
10
 
Resolution a-Phenyl-ethyl-amine, Experiment 7
0
11
 
Resolution a-Phenyl-ethyl-amine, Experiment 7 (continued)
10
12
 
Kinetics, Experiment 8
10
13
 
Synthesis of Cyclo-hexane, Experiment 9
0
14
 
Synthesis of Cyclo-hexane, Experiment 9 (continued)
10
15
 
Lab Final Exam Check-out
50
 
 
Instructor Evaluation
10
 
 
Totals
200