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2023-2024 General Catalog 
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CHM 131 - Introduction to Organic and Biological chemistry Lab

Course Department: Science
Last Date of Approval: Spring 2022

1 Credits
Total Lecture Hours: 0
Total Lab Hours: 30
Total Clinical Hours: 0
Total Work-Based Experience Hours: 0

Course Description:
This is a two-hour laboratory which accompanies CHM-130 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry. This course will help students refine their critical thinking skills as they evaluate various topics and concepts while searching for underlying connections between the concepts, which is a skill that should be beneficial in any/all types of careers. This course will also help students gain scientific literacy which will be of vital significance when making important life decisions. 

Prerequisites: CHM 130 
Mode(s) of Instruction: Online

Credit for Prior Learning: None


Common Course Assessment(s): None

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:
Unit Objectives: 
Unit 1:    Demonstrate scientific process skills in a laboratory.
    Objective 1:    Observe by using the senses to obtain information or data about objects or events.
    Objective 2:    Measure by using numbers and equipment to quantify observations.
    Objective 3:    Classify by imposing order on collections of objects and events to show similarities, differences, and interrelationships.
    Objective 4:    Explore by looking into new and unknown situations.
    Objective 5:    Record logical quantification and manipulation of data.
    Objective 6:    Predict by formulating a specific forecast based on observations, measurements, and relationships among variables.
    Objective 7:    Infer by using logic to draw conclusions from data.
    Objective 8:    Hypothesize by formulating testable generalizations.
    Objective 9:    Solve problems by applying logical reasoning when faced with new or unique situations or when a need arises to troubleshoot laboratory procedural errors.
    Objective 10:    Experiment by using many process skills to conduct a “controlled” test of an hypothesis.
    Objective 11:    Make decisions by using pertinent data to draw logical conclusions.
    Objective 12:    Make value judgments by determining the relevance or ethical nature of data collected.
    Objective 13:    Report by writing reports based on many of the above skills that will include the purpose for the lab, all data/observations, any calculations needed to complete the purpose, any graphs and empirical equations necessary to illustrate the underlying theory and a conclusion that not only compares results but ties them to the theory and gives reasons for error.

Unit  2:    Develop laboratory techniques and interpret chemical concepts.
    Objective 1:    View a safety video and discuss how to act safely and responsibly in the chemical laboratory.
    Objective 2:    Use the techniques of melting point determination, recrystallization, extraction, distillation, and chromatography.
    Objective 3:    Synthesize, purify, and identify an organic compound.
    Objective 4:    Research information about organic compound(s) using reference books, chemical literature, and the internet.
    Objective 5:    Identify an organic and biochemical compound using organic qualitative techniques.

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