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16 / 35 - Early Summer Session
May - June 2017

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Course Syllabus
16 / 35 - Early Summer Session
May - June 2017
Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391

Course Prefix and Number: CHEM 310 A
Course Title: Organic Chemistry I
Semester Credit Hours: 3
Class Day and Time: Mon Wed 
5:30 PM-7:30 PM
Additional Notes:

Course begins Monday, May 22, and ends Saturday, July 15.

Campus is closed Monday May 29 for Memorial Day. The make-up day is Friday June 2.

This course is web-enhanced, taught entirely in a classroom setting using D2L course management software to supplement in-seat content.


Catalog Description

The first semester of a two semester course that surveys theory, preparations, reactions and properties of the compounds of carbon, both aliphatic and aromatic. Topics include alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, substitution and elimination reactions, aromaticity and spectroscopic techniques. Students majoring in Chemistry must earn a grade of C or higher. Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in CHEM 112.


Grade of C or higher in CHEM 112.


Organic Chemistry 2nd edition
Author: Klein (Wiley)
ISBN: 9781118452288

Course Objectives

· To learn the special nature of carbon chemistry.
· To describe characteristics of alkanes, cycloalkanes, alkenes, alkynes and alkyl halides.
· To learn and apply naming rules for organic compounds.
· To write and utilize reactions for preparation of organic compounds.
· To learn different types of chemical reactions of organic compounds.
· To identify and characterize different types of isomers.
· To apply mass spectrometry, infrared spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic spectroscopy and ultraviolet spectroscopy to determining chemical structures.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

· Use reaction mechanisms to describe the process of individual chemical reactions.
· Present an appropriate series of reactions that can be used to synthesize a complicated target structure from simple starting compounds.
· Relate differences in covalent bonding to the polarity and solubility of a molecule.
· Describe the forces that govern interaction between molecules.
· Draw Lewis structures of atoms and molecules.
· Apply molecular orbital description of bonding and hybridization.
· Provide conformational analysis, structural isomerism and nomenclature, and identification of alkyl groups in alkanes.
· Explain the structure, bonding, and nomenclature of alkenes and alkynes; relate presence of double and triple bonds to relative stabilities, cyclization.
· Analyze aspects of molecular steriochistry; determine the chirality of a molecule.
· Recognize/draw different types of isomers, including structural isomers, geometric isomers, enantiomers, and diastereomers; use R-S notation to describe steriosomers.
· Explain the concept of strain in ring systems; perform conformational analysis of cyclohexane, its substituted derivatives, bicyclic and polycyclic compounds.
· Explain the concepts behind nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, Infrared (IR) spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and ultraviolet spectroscopy.
· Analyze experimental spectra to determine molecular structure.

Special Course Requirements

Other Required Materials:

  • A simple scientific calculator

 Recommended Supplements:

    These items will be available on reserve for in-library use only

  • Model Kit, suitable for Organic Chemistry - STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.
  • Solutions Manual 
  • Organic Chemistry  as a Second Language, David R. Klein

Instructional Methods

Reading Text: Chapter(s) to be covered in lecture MUST be read PRIOR to class meeting.
Problem-Solving Skills: Suggested homework problems are provided on the companion D2L website for each chapter. The homework will not be graded. To successfully complete the course you will have to practice the material. Work problems as soon as possible after the corresponding topics are covered in class to reinforce the concept(s).

Out of Class Activities

Organic Chemistry is Labor INTENSIVE!
This course covers the same amount of material as a 16-week course.
Some memorization is required; however, the major emphasis is on detecting and recognizing patterns of mechanisms and appropriately applying these patterns. Hence, practice of homework problems is essential for mastering the course material. 

Organic Chemistry is a new language and as with any new language, practice is fundamental to reaching fluency. Chemistry must be studied and practiced outside of the classroom!  As a general rule for science courses, a student must study a minimum of three to four hours outside of class for every one hour spent in the classroom EVERY WEEK!  

Before Class: Read the sections of the book which will be covered in lecture. The lecture will be based on the assumption that all students have read the text. Doing the appropriate in-chapter problems during this reading is encouraged.

After Class: As soon as possible, do the assigned problems from the end of the chapter to help review and solidify your understanding of the material.

Daily: Do additional problems, re-read previous sections, study your notes, review previous homework problems. Specific advice will be given in lecture to help your studying.

For this course, 18 to 24 hours per week spent studying and practicing is required. Use the available solutions manual sparingly as one may convince his/herself that the material is understood after viewing the solution only to be surprised at the time of the exam.

Graded Activities

Biweekly Quizzes100 Points33.33% of grade
Description -

Online quizzes, administered through D2L site for the course, will be due before 11:59 PM every Sunday, except for the Sunday of Week Seven. The lowest online quiz score will be dropped from your final grade.

Exams 1 & 2 @100 points each200 Points66.67% of grade
Description -

Wednesday of Week 4EXAM 1
Wednesday of Week 8: EXAM 2
Exams, consisting of varied question types covering material presented in lecture, text reading, assignments, suggested problems, chapter vocabulary and problem-solving skills. Material from any of these sources is fair game for test questions.
These exams, as with all exams in chemistry, are cumulative. Material learned in previous chemistry courses and this course will be used throughout the student's chemistry career.


Grading Scale

90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
0-59 F

Additional Information / Instructions

Course Grades: Letter grades for this course are assigned using the grading scale provided on the syllabus. The overall points for the course will not be weighted in any particular proportion. All points are accumulated based on exams and quizzes. Suggested homework problems from the text are listed for additional practice with content and concepts. These problems will not be collected and graded. These problems are fair game for exam questions.

Office Hours/Instructor Availability:  Contact will be made via CougarMail. I check my CougarMail at least once an day and will try to respond to incoming e-mail message within 24 hours of receipt (a weekend counts as one 24 hour period). Appointments are available upon request and with sufficient advanced notice.
Free Chemistry Tutoring: is available through the Seabrook Writing Center. A link to the website is available on the D2L site.


Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Week 1 - 5/22 and 5/24
Structures and Properties of Organic Molecules, Curved-Arrow Notation, Acids and Bases

    Chapter 1: Introduction and Review - briefly covered in class 
    Chapter 2: Drawing Structures and Introduction to Curved Arrows

    Chapter 2: Curved Arrows and Resonance Structures
    Chapter 3: Acids and Bases

DUE Sunday of Week 2 by 11:59 PM:
    Quiz 1 submitted through D2L


    Chapter 1
    Chapter 2: 2.1 - 8

    Chapter 2: 2.8 - 12
    Chapter 3: 3.1-3.4

Week 2 - 5/31 and 6/2
Alkanes, Conformational Analysis, Nomenclature

NOTE CLASS DATES: Class will not meet 5/29, but WILL MEET 6/2
    Chapter 3: Acids and Bases
    Chapter 4: Alkanes, Nomenclature
    Chapter 4: Conformational Analysis and Cycloalkanes

DUE Sunday of Week 3 by 11:59 PM:
Quiz 2 submitted through D2L


    Chapter 3: 3.5 - 9
    Chapter 4: 4.1 - 5

    Chapter 4: 4.6-15

Week 3 - 6/5 and 6/7
Stereoisomers and Reaction Mechanisms

    Chapter 5: Stereoisomers

    Chapter 6: Reaction Mechanisms
    Chapter 7: Substitution Reactions

DUE Sunday of Week 4 by 11:59 PM: 
    Quiz 3 submitted through D2L


    Chapter 5: 5.1 - 5.8

    Chapter 6: 6.1, 6 - 11
    Chapter 7: 7.1 - 7.7

Week 4 - 6/12 and 6/14
Substitution Reactions, Alkenes, Elimination Reactions

    Chapter 7: Substitution Reactions
    Chapter 8: Alkene Nomenclature and Elimination Reactions
    Exam 1


    Chapter 7: 7.8 - 9
    Chapter 8: 8.1 - 8.11

Week 5 - 6/19 and 6/21
Elimination and Addition Reactions

    Chapter 8: Elimination Reactions
    Chapter 9: Addition Reactions of Alkenes
    Chapter 9: Addition Reactions of Alkenes
    Chapter 10: Alkyne Nomenclature and Addition Reactions
DUE Sunday of Week 6 by 11:59 PM: 
    Quiz 4 submitted through D2L


    Chapter 8: 8.12 - 14
    Chapter 9: 9.1 - 9.7

    Chapter 9: 9.8 - 9.13|
    Chapter 10: 10.1 - 11

Week 6 - 6/26 and 6/28
Radical Reactions and Multistep Synthesis

    Chapter 11: Radical Reactions
    Chapter 12: Multistep Synthesis Strategies
DUE Sunday of Week 7 by 11:59 PM: 
    Quiz 5 submitted through D2L


    Chapter 11: 11.1 - 13

    Chapter 12: 12.1 - 6

Week 7 - 7/3 and 7/5
Conjugated Alkenes, Pericyclic Reactions, Spectroscopy

    Chapter 17: Conjugated Dienes, MO Theory, Reactions of Dienes
    Chapter 15: IR Spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry
DUE Sunday of Week 8 by 11:59 PM: 
    Quiz 6 submitted through D2L


    Chapter 17: 17.1 - 17.8

    Chapter 15: 15.1 - 15.16

Week 8 - 7/10 and 7/12
NMR Spectroscopy, Exam 2

    Chapter 16: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
    Exam 2 


    Chapter 16: 16.1 - 16.12


Library Resources

Columbia College Resources - Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Course Policies and Procedures


Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students are expected to attend all classes and laboratory periods for which they are enrolled.  Students are directly responsible to instructors for class attendance and work missed during an absence for any cause.  If absences jeopardize progress in a course, an instructor may withdraw a student from the course with a grade of "F" or "W" at the discretion of the instructor.  For additional information, see the Columbia College policy on Student Attendance.

Academic Integrity

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students must fulfill their academic obligations through honest, independent effort.  Dishonesty is considered a serious offense subject to strong disciplinary actions.  Activities which constitute academic dishonesty include plagiarism, unauthorized joint effort on exams or assignments, falsification of forms or records, providing false or misleading information, or aiding another in an act of academic dishonesty.  For more information, see the Columbia College Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures.

Class Conduct and Personal Conduct

Columbia College Policy - Students must conduct themselves so others will not be distracted from the pursuit of learning.  Students may be disciplined for any conduct which constitutes a hazard to the health, safety, or well-being of members of the College community or which is deemed detrimental to the College's interests. Discourteous or unseemly conduct may result in a student being asked to leave the classroom.  For more information, see the Columbia College Student Code of Conduct and Student Behavioral Misconduct Policy and Procedures.

Cancelled Class Make-Up

Columbia College Policy - Classes cancelled because of inclement weather or other reasons must be rescheduled.  For more information, see the Columbia College Inclement Weather Policy.

Make-Up Examinations

Columbia College Policy - Make-up examinations may be authorized for students who miss regularly scheduled examinations due to circumstances beyond their control.  Make-up examinations must be administered as soon as possible after the regularly scheduled examination period and must be administered in a controlled environment.

Campus Policy - Make up examinations are scheduled on designated Saturday mornings 9am in 103 Buchanan. Students must present a picture I.D. in order to be admitted to the testing session. Students must arrange with the instructor to take the exam before or after it is given in class and permission to take a makeup examination (or any graded activity) is granted at the discretion of the instructor.

Adding, Dropping, or Withdrawing from a Course

Columbia College Policy - Students may add a course through Wednesday of the first week of the session and drop a course without academic or financial liability through close of business on Monday of the second week of the session.  Once enrolled, a student is considered a member of that class until he or she officially drops or withdraws in accordance with College policy.  An official drop/withdrawal takes place only when a student has submitted a Drop/Add/Withdrawal form.  A failure to attend class, or advising a fellow student, staff or adjunct faculty member of an intent to withdraw from a class does not constitute official drop/withdrawal.  The drop/add/withdrawal periods begin the same day/date the session starts, not the first day a particular class begins. If a student stops attending a class but does not submit the required Drop/Withdrawal form a grade of "F" will be awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Registration Policy and Procedures.

Withdrawal Excused

Columbia College Policy - A student may request an excused withdrawal (WE) under extraordinary circumstances by submitting a Drop/Withdrawal form accompanied by a complete explanation of the circumstances and supporting documentation to the location director.  The WE request must include all classes in which the student is currently enrolled.  The Vice President for Adult Higher Education is the approving authority for all WE requests.  A student who receives approval of their WE request may still be required to return some or all of the federal financial assistance received for the session.  For more information, see the Columbia College Withdrawal Policy.


Columbia College Policy - A student may request that the instructor award a grade of "I" due to extraordinary circumstances (unforeseen or unexpected circumstances beyond the student's control) that prevent a student from completing the requirements of a course by the end of a session.  An "I" will not be given because a student is failing, negligent or not meeting requirements.  If the instructor believes an "I" is appropriate, the instructor will specify the work needed to complete the course and the time allowed to complete the work.  Work missed must be made up within two subsequent sessions unless the instructor specifies an earlier date.  Extensions beyond two sessions must be approved by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  If the work is completed during the specified time period, the instructor will change the "I" to the grade earned.  If the work is not completed during the specified time, the instructor may allow the incomplete to remain on the student's permanent record or change it to any other letter grade.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.

Grade Appeal

Columbia College Policy - A student may appeal any grade given if it is believed to be in error or in conflict with Columbia College policy and procedures.  The student must state in writing to the location director why the grade awarded is believed to be in error and request a desired remedy.  The faculty member who awarded the grade will be given the opportunity to comment on all student allegations.  If the issue cannot be resolved at the location the appeal will be transmitted through the location director to the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  A grade appeal must be received for review by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education prior to the end of 60 days from the date the grade was awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.


Columbia College Policy - Course prerequisites are established to ensure that a student has adequate academic preparation to succeed in a particular course.  Staff members will attempt to ensure that students meet prerequisite requirements.  However, it is the student's responsibility to closely examine the course descriptions to determine if prerequisites exist and to enroll in courses in the proper sequence.  In some exceptional cases it may be apparent that the student possesses the required skills and knowledge to succeed in a particular course, even though they have not taken the prerequisite course.  In this case the prerequisite course may be waived by the location director.  Waiver of a course as a prerequisite does not remove the requirement to complete the course if it is a requirement for the student's degree program.


Columbia College Policy - The College provides all students access to CougarMail (the official means of e-mail communication for the College), online resources from the Stafford Library, and their Columbia College records (transcripts, grades, student schedules, etc.) through CougarTrack.


Columbia College Policy - The official student email address (also known as CougarMail) will be used for all official correspondence from faculty and staff.  Students are responsible for the information received and are required to monitor their CougarMail account on a regular basis.  Students may forward their CougarMail to another email account but will be held responsible for the information sent over CougarMail, even if there is a problem with the alternate mail service.

Cell Phones

Columbia College Policy - Cell phones can be a distraction to the learning process.  Location directors or course instructors may require that cell phones be turned off or set to vibrate during class periods.  Students requiring special arrangements to receive a cell phone call during class should make prior arrangements with their location director or course instructor.

Bookstore Information

Columbia College Policy - As part of Truition, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below. 

eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address.  Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional loose-leaf print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the VitalSource Bookshelf at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Returns:  Students who drop a course with physical course materials will be responsible for returning those items to Ed Map within 30 days of receipt of the order.  More specific information on how to do so will be included in the package received from Ed Map.  See here for Ed Map's return policy.  Failure to return physical items from a dropped course will result in a charge to the student account for all unreturned items.

Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials.  Visit for details.


Columbia College Policy - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.  For more information, see the Columbia College Family Education Rights and Privacy Policy.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College Policy - Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources.  Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted.  If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible.  The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible.  Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626.  For more information, see the Columbia College ADA and Section 504 Policy for Students.

Alcohol and Other Drugs: Columbia College Policies & Resources

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College recognizes the negative health effects associated with the use, possession, and distribution of controlled and/or illicit substances, and their detrimental impact on the quality of the educational environment.  Therefore, all members of the College community share in the responsibility of protecting the campus environment by exemplifying high standards of professional and personal conduct.  For more information and resources, see the Columbia College Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy.

Tobacco-Free Policy

Columbia College Policy - The following policy goes into effect on August 21, 2017.  Columbia College values and is concerned for the health and well-being of its students, employees and visitors. The College is committed to providing a healthful and productive educational and employment environment for members of the College community. Consistent with this commitment and in the interest of the general health and welfare of the College community, the College prohibits the use of all tobacco products and related devices on all College property and premises.  For more information, see the Columbia College Tobacco-Free Policy.


Columbia College Policy - Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of protected status (see Notice of Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity for a definition of "protected status") are strictly prohibited. Persons who engage in such conduct are subject to discipline up to and including termination or dismissal.  For more information, see the Columbia College Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy and Complaint Resolution Procedure.

Columbia College Policy Library

Columbia College Policy - The policies set forth in the Online Policy Library are the current official versions of College policies and supersede and replace any other existing or conflicting policies covering the same subject matter.  The Online Policy Library is currently under construction with new policies being added on a frequent basis and the policies currently listed are not comprehensive of every College policy.  Questions regarding the Online Policy Library should be directed to the Office of the General Counsel.  For more information on policies applicable to students, see Student Policies.  For more information on policies applicable to the entire Columbia College community, see College-Wide Policies.

Technical Support

Columbia College Policy - If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance.  If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource.  Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

        - Columbia College Technology Solutions Center:, 1-800-231-2391 ext. 4357

        - D2L Helpdesk:, 1-877-325-7778

        - VitalSource:, 1-855-200-4146


Course Evaluations - All students are encouraged to complete the online course evaluations. Students are notified by way of CougarMail when the evaluations are available. The evaluations are used to help instructors improve their teaching techniques. They are reviewed carefully by the Evening Campus Director, Assistant Director, and several AHE Administrators. Student should know that all responses are completely confidential, instructors only view results after grades are posted. Your input is valued and appreciated.

Late graded assignment/activity policy - All graded assignments or activities are due when stated in the syllabus or by the instructor. Graded assignments or activities submitted after the stated due date/time will not receive any credit unless the instructor has specifically stated that full or partial credit may be awarded to late submissions.


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