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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: CHEM 312L
Course Title: Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
Number of:
Credit Hours 2
Lecture Hours 0
Lab Hours 3
Catalog Description:

Laboratory experiences to complement CHEM 312 focusing on synthetic methods. Students majoring in Chemistry must earn a grade of C or higher. $30 lab fee. Prerequisites: CHEM 312 or concurrent enrollment; CHEM 310L with a grade of C or higher.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

CHEM 312 or concurrent enrollment; CHEM 310L with a grade of C or higher.

Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Microscale and Miniscale Organic Chemistry Laboratory Experiment
By Schoffstall, Gaddis, Druelinger (McGraw-Hill)
Small Scale Syntheses: A Laboratory Textbook of Organic Chemistry
By Zanger and McKee (McGraw-Hill)
Experiments and Techniques in Organic Chemistry
By Pasto, Johnson, and Miller (Prentice Hall)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate laboratory safety.
  2. Characterize organic compounds using instrumentation and techniques of organic chemistry
  3. Separate and purify compounds using the techniques of organic chemistry
  4. Use laboratory techniques to perform organic synthesis
  5. Effectively communicate the purpose, results and significance of laboratory experiments
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Safety Rules
  • Acid/Base extraction of a mixture
  • Syntheses (Grignard reaction, electrophilic substitution, esterification
  • Characterization of compounds by instrumental methods (MS, NMR and IR).
  • Characterization of compounds by physical properties
  • Separation and characterization of a mixture of compounds by MS, NMR and IR
Culminating Experience Statement:

Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


Recommended maximum class size for this course: 22

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Alan James Date: September 3, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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