Chemistry Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

All Chemistry SLOs can be found in a general format in each course's measurable objectives in Mt. SAC's WebCMS database at:

http://webcms.mtsac.edu/webcms

Click on "Public Access", then select course.


  Chemistry Department 3-Year Timeline for SLO assessments, by course:

Fall 2013 Spring 2014 Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Fall 2015 Spring 2016
Chem 10
Chem 40
Chem 20 Chem 50
Chem 50H
Chem 80 Chem 51 Chem 81

 

SLO Statements, by course:

Chem 10

SLO 1 (Molecular Bonding) - Chem 10 students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of chemical bonding concepts such as writing the electron-dot (Lewis) structure, predicting molecular geometry, and determining whether a given bond is ionic, nonpolar covalent or polar-covalent.

SLO 2 (Acids, Bases and pH) - Chem 10 students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of acid-base concepts such as predicting products of neutralization reactions, comparing relative acidity of solutions based on pH, and calculating the concentrations of hydronium ions, hydroxide ions, and pH of acidic and basic solutions.

Chem 20

SLO 1 (Organic molecules) - Chem 20 students will be able to:

    • Classify organic molecules based on functional groups
    • Differentiate constitutional isomers from cis-trans isomers (stereoisomers)
    • Delate the physical properties of organic molecules to their structure
    • Propose and name the products of organic chemical reactions

SLO 2 (Biomolecules) - Chem 20 students will be able to:

    • Classify biomolecules as lipids, carbohydrates, proteins, or nucleic acids.
    • Identify the function of biomolecules in living systems.
    • Identify the locations, steps, and products involved in metabolic pathways.
    • Identify the locations, steps, and products involved in gene expression.

Chem 40

SLO 1 (Structure of the Atom) - Chemistry 40 students will be able to interpret information and determine the sub-atomic particles and structure of atoms, isotopes and ions.

SLO 2 (Stoichiometry) - Chemistry 40 students will be able to apply the principles of stoichiometry to calculate the quantities of any component in a balanced chemical reaction equation.

Chem 50

SLO 1 (Redox) - Chem 50 students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of oxidation-reduction concepts, such as: 

a. determining oxidation numbers 
b. identifying redox reactions
c. determining the oxidizing and reducing agents in a chemical reaction
d. classifying half-reactions as oxidation or reduction.

SLO 2 (Solution Chemistry) Chem 50 students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of solution chemistry such as: 

a. calculating molarity
b. making dilutions
c. performing stoichiometric calculations.

Chem 50H

SLO 1 (Aqueous Reactions) - Chem 50H students will be able to: 

a. apply solubility rules
b. predict degree of ionization of electrolytes
c. predict single and double replacement reaction products including, neutralization and gas formation,
d. write the net ionic equation for a reaction.

SLO 2 (Recording Lab Measurements) - Chem 50H students will be able to record measurements from common laboratory devices to the proper precision of each device.

Other SLOs developed by Honors Office.

Chem 51

SLO 1 (Kinetics) - Chem 51 students will be able to determine the order, rate law, and rate constant of a chemical equation based on

    • Initial rates vs concentration data and
    • Graphical analysis of concentration vs time data

SLO 2 (Buffers) - Chem 51 students will be able to

    • examine and predict the common ion effect on an equilibrium
    • recognize a buffer solution
    • determine pH of a buffer solution
    • determine pH of a buffer solution upon addition of a strong acid or base.
    • determine chemical quantities needed in order to prepare a buffer solution.

Chem 80

SLO 1 (Nucleophilic Substition and Elimination Reactions) - Chemistry 80 students will be able to predict products and discuss reaction mechanisms of Nucleophilic substitution and elimination reactions and be able to draw all associated intermediate and transition intermediates.

SLO 2 (Structural Projections) - Chemistry 80 students should be able to analyze 3-D, Fisher, and Newman projection formulae to determine their structural relationships and relative energies.

Chem 81

SLO 1 (Spectroscopy) - Provided with a molecular formula and the infrared (IR), 1H-NMR, 13C-NMR spectra for an unknown organic molecule, CHEM 81 students will be able to propose a correct structure for the unknown molecule.

SLO 2 (Mechanisms) - CHEM 81 students will be able to evaluate a mechanism of a multi-step reaction.  

 

 

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