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CHEM 20481: Basic Organic Chemistry
Fall 2021

 

Remote

Because this class is being offered in a remote format and because different instructors design their remote sections in so many different ways, I want to go over how I have set this course up and what you can expect. The syllabus for this course is posted on the course website and outlines the requirements and expectations for this class.

Most of the information I will be providing for this course is located on the course website. A link to this website is posted on Instructure Canvas.

 

Textbook

Your textbook will be the primary source of information for this class. However, I will be posting additional content, including recorded lectures, on this website. Organic chemistry is a subject where seeing the steps required to work out problems is very beneficial, so the video lectures are likely to be necessary for most students. While you will be able to view these lectures at any time (you do not need to view these during the normal class periods), it will be necessary to not fall behind.

 

Live Sessions

My current plan is to have live video sessions using Microsoft Teams during regularly scheduled class periods (MTWR: 2:30-3:20pm). These video sessions are optional and will typically be recorded and saved, so you are not required to attend. Our first session will be held on Thursday, August 26.

 

Office Hours

Do to COVID-19 restrictions, I will not be holding physical office hours this semester. In most cases, it will probably be most convenient to ask questions of me via email. In general, I will try to respond to your email within 24 hours during the week. (I will typically be a bit slower to respond on Saturdays, and do not expect any response to email on Sundays). Attaching photos of your work may be beneficial for this. Alternatively, video conferences can also be arranged. This is far from ideal, and I am open to suggestions.

 

Homework

We will not be using a commercial homework system, so you are not required to purchase any software or access codes. Instead, all of the homework and quiz assignments are located on the course website.

Many of the online homework assignments will require drawing somewhat complicated structures and/or determining the product of multi-step reactions. You are encouraged to use paper-and-pencil, a calculator, and any other tools you need to complete these problems.

Homework assignments do not need to be completed all at one time and you have an unlimited number of attempts to complete each problem in each of the homework assignments. Each time you submit a homework set the computer will grade this attempt and you will be assigned points for each correct answer. Your best score for each question will be used. After submitting an assignment, you should be taken to a summary page that indicates which questions you have answered correctly and which problems still need to be completed.

When you go back to a homework assignment, questions that have already been answered correctly will be indicated and (in some cases) the correct answer from your previous attempt(s) will be inserted. Even if the correct answer does not appear, you do NOT need to repeat problems for which you have already received full credit.

 

Quizzes

There are a number of online quizzes that will need to be completed on the course website. While a calculator and/or paper-and-pencil may be necessary for some questions, the questions on these quizzes should not require lengthy calculations.

To pass a quiz, you must correctly answer a certain number of questions in a row without missing any. If you answer a question incorrectly, your 'streak' is set to zero and you must start over. Partial credit is available if you are 'close' (for example, if you need to answer six questions in a row but only get five correct before missing a question).

As with the homework, you have an unlimited number of attempts to complete each quiz.

 

Exams

All of the exams, including the final exam, will be taken online. Dates for these exams are listed in the syllabus and on the course website. Unless other arrangements are made, it is expected that these exams will be completed during the regularly scheduled class periods. Details about the format of these exams will be shared shortly before the first exam.

 

Course Website

The course website is a work in progress, and it is likely that there will be a few changes and (hopefully very few) problems. If you have difficulty locating any information or run into any problems, please let me know. Because I am running and maintaining this site, Network Services will not be able to help if you run into problems.

Accounts have NOT yet been created on this website for all students enrolled in this course. I anticipate that accounts will be created about one day before the start of the semester.

Because the website we will be using is relatively new, I encourage you to contact me about any questions, comments, suggestions, or anything else you want to share about this class.

 

Website Organization

All of the material for this course has been broken down into modules or sections that roughly correspond to a chapter in the textbook. For each module, a separate page has been created that will generally contain:

Deadlines for the homework are meant to help you keep up with your studying and prepare for the exams. While you can do homework after the deadlines, you will not receive full credit for late submissions.

After you have logged into the course website, a box should appear containing a number of links. Included on this should be a list of the next five homework and quiz assignments.

In addition, the course calendar contains a list of all assignments. The red buttons near the top of the calendar page can be used to move forward or backward by one month. For homework and quizzes, a check should appear in front of all assignments that have been completed.