Course Content and Outcome Guide for CH 243 Effective Winter 2016

Course Number:
CH 243
Course Title:
Organic Chemistry III
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Course Description

Introduces carboxylic acids, carboxylic acid derivatives, amines, carbohydrates, amino acids, proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, heterocyclic compounds, spectroscopy and selected topics. This is the third course in a three course sequence. Students receive Oregon University Systems upper division credit for Organic Chemistry 241, 242, and 243, upon successful completion of the ACS Organic Exam in CH 243. Prerequisites: CH 242. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Chemistry 243 is the third 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 243 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 successful completion students should be able to:
· Collaborate effectively with a diverse team to collect, analyze, and effectively communicate organic chemistry data in the laboratory to
formulate models and generate further inquiry using the scientific method.
· Use knowledge of organic chemistry reactions, mechanisms, and spectroscopy techniques to reason qualitatively and quantitatively.
· Communicate complex scientific concepts and reasoning effectively, orally and through formal and informal writings and reports, including the ability to
locate reliable peer-reviewed sources of information, especially when related to organic chemistry principles, spectroscopy, and
biochemical reaction pathways.
· Apply critical thinking skills to situations in the real world involving biochemical principles of organic chemistry to evaluate factors such as the
limitations arising from the complexity of reaction mechanisms.
· Assess the impact of biochemical theory on phenomena encountered in everyday life, including an appraisal of human responsibility for the
preservation of the natural world in balance with the constructed environments we inhabit.
· Use sustainability ideas and tools to identify and assist green chemistry innovation.

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

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 one or more of the following: written examinations, quizzes, homework assignments, laboratory write-ups, research papers, small group problem solving, oral presentations, or maintenance of a notebook.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Structure, Function, and Reactivity of
    1. Carbonyl Compounds
    2. Carboxylic Acids and Their Derivatives
    3. Amines and Their Derivatives
    4. Aryl Halides and Phenols
    5. Enols and Enolates
    6. Difunctional Groups
  2. Spectroscopic Techniques
    1. Mass Spectroscopy
  3. Introduction to Biochemistry
    1. Carbohydrates
    2. Lipids
    3. Amino Acids
    4. Nuclei Acids