Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
CH 241
Course Title:
Organic Chemistry I
Credit Hours:
5
Lecture Hours:
40
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
30
Special Fee:
$12.00

Course Description

Introduces functional groups, nomenclature, structure and chemistry of alkanes, alkenes, and alkynes, conjugation in alkenes, concerted reactions (Diels Alder), IR Spectroscopy, stereochemistry, reaction mechanisms and special topics as time and interest permit. This is the first course in a three course sequence. Recommended for chemistry and other laboratory science majors, and pre-professional students in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, veterinary and chiropractic medicine, etc. Prerequisites: (CH 221 or CH 221H), (CH 222 or CH 222H), and (CH 223 or CH 223H) or (CH 104, CH 105, CH 106). Recommended: Successful completion of a year-long college general chemistry class in the last 3 years. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Chemistry 241 is the first term of a one-year sequence of an Organic Chemistry course designed for science majors, chemical engineering majors, and pre-professional students. An agreement made with the State Universities in Oregon will allow students to receive upper division credit for Organic Chemistry 241, 242, and 243, upon successful completion of the ACS Organic Exam in CH 243. The aim of the year long course is to bring a realistic approach to the study of mechanisms and functional group chemistry, and to provide an emphasis on the biological environment, and medical applications of organic chemistry. Chemistry 241 is a five-credit course that meets three hours per week for lecture, three hours per week for lab, and one hour per week for recitation.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an intermediate ability to use effective written and/or oral communication through the application of organic chemistry concepts and reasoning using the language of chemistry. 
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of how organic chemistry impacts the natural and technological environments.
  • Demonstrate an intermediate ability to use detailed data collection and analysis in order to explore organic chemical principles, effectively communicate, and critically evaluate results in the context of the material covered in Organic Chemistry I.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of organic chemistry principles to effectively solve problems encountered in everyday life and in science using appropriate computational skills.

Aspirational Goals

Core Outcome 4: Cultural Awareness

Demonstrate appropriate cultural awareness within the organic chemistry field.

Core Outcome 6:  Self Reflection

Demonstrate effective self-reflective skills within the organic chemistry field.

Course Activities and Design

The entire course promotes different types of learning: active, collaborative, and independent learning. The lecture portion of this class is designed to stimulate interest in the subject and promotes active, collaborative, and independent learning. The laboratory utilizes microscale equipment, modern analytical instrumentation, and the application of typical laboratory procedures. The lab portion of this class is used to promote both collaborative and active learning in a lab setting and engage the student in the world of science through individual research projects. The recitation portion of this class, through team learning, focuses on small group problem solving.
 

Outcome Assessment Strategies

PCC Core Outcome Mapping: Core Outcome Communication - Mapping Level Indicator 3

Demonstrate an intermediate ability to use effective written and/or oral communication through the application of organic chemistry concepts and reasoning using the language of chemistry. 

PCC Core Outcome Mapping: Core Outcome Community and Environmental Responsibility - Mapping Level Indicator 2

Demonstrate a basic understanding of how organic chemistry impacts the natural and technological environments.

PCC Core Outcome Mapping: Core Outcome Critical Thinking - Mapping Level Indicator 3

Demonstrate an intermediate ability to use detailed data collection and analysis in order to explore organic chemical principles, effectively communicate, and critically evaluate results.

PCC Core Outcome Mapping: Core Outcome Professional Competency - Mapping Level Indicator 2

Demonstrate a basic understanding of organic chemistry principles to effectively solve problems encountered in everyday life and in science using appropriate computational skills.

General

At the beginning of this course, the instructor will detail the methods used to evaluate student progress and the criteria for assigning a course grade.  These methods will include:

  • Written homework assignments designed to promote integration and analysis of lecture material
  • Quizzes and/or exams that include multiple choice, short answer and essay questions to integrate, apply, and critically evaluate material covered in the class
  • In class collaboration through small group activities
  • Written laboratory reports and oral or written presentation of research projects to demonstrate application of the scientific method and the proper use of peer-reviewed sources. 
  • Completion of assigned laboratory work as demonstrated by proper documentation of experiments in a lab notebook. 

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Course Content:
1.0 Introduction to Organic Chemistry
      1.1 History
      1.2 Functional Groups
      1.3 Language of Organic Chemistry
2.0 Structures, Function, and Reactivity of
     2.1 Alkanes
     2.2 Haloalkanes
     2.3 Hydroxy Functional Groups
     2.4 Epoxides
     2.5 Reaction Mechanisms
     2.6 Stereo isomerism

2.7 Alkenes

     2.8 Alkynes
3.0 Spectroscopic Techniques
   
     3.1 IR Spectroscopy