CH-252: Organic Chemistry II

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: CH-252 Organic Chemistry II

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 class hours, 1 recitation hour, 4 laboratory hours

Credits: 5

Pre-requisites (if any): CH-251

Course Description in college catalog:

A sequel to CH-251; this course develops the relationship between properties and structure of organic compounds in greater detail. In addition, current syntheses, modern mechanisms of organic reactions, and spectroscopic identification of compounds are discussed. The main families of organic compounds of biochemical interest and their typical reactions are studied. Laboratory work involves the synthesis, purification, and identification of organic compounds, as well as organic qualitative analysis including IR spectroscopy.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.S. Degree Programs in Liberal Arts and Sciences (Science and Mathematics), Dual/Joint A.S. Degree in Science for Forensic Science and B.S. in Forensic Science (John Jay College)Engineering Science, Health SciencesDual/Joint A.S. Degree in Chemistry and B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences (York College), and Environmental Science.

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

  2. Apply information management and digital technology skills useful for academic research and lifelong learning

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

The objective of this course is to introduce students to the logic of organic chemistry by selecting the topics and developing them systematically. To best achieve this objective, is to provide students with a framework that entices them to gather their thoughts to better understand the relationship between structure and function. There is great emphasis of biological applications throughout this course. Use of computer graphics can assist students to visually understand of intricate connection between structure and properties.

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

The general guidelines for assessing grades are as follows:

  • Examinations, Assignments and Classroom Performance 50%
  • Laboratory Work 25%
  • Final Examination 25%

The distribution may be changed at the discretion of the individual instructor. Aside from the above, the student is mandated to take the American Chemical Society (ACS) assessment test which will be administered during the last laboratory period (check-out, week 14). 10% of that grade will be added to the student’s final course grade. The ACS exam can not lower the final course grade.

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the Office of Accessibility Services in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Office of Accessibility Services website.

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