Chemistry

Student Learning Outcomes

Course Number Course Outcome
CHEM 10Chemistry for Allied Health Majors^ 1) Chem 10 students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of acid-base concepts such as comparing relative acidity of solutions based on pH 2) Chem 10 students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of acid-base concepts such as calculating the concentrations of hydronium ions, hydroxide ions, and pH of acidic and basic solutions ^ Analyze the structure of an atom, and write electron configurations for elements in the Periodic Table. ^ Apply gas laws to describe the behavior of gases. Set up and solve gas law problems. ^ Apply the concepts of reversible reactions to explain chemical equilibrium. ^ Chem 10 student will be successful at defining a chemical reaction and identifying the observations that indicate a chemical reaction. ^ Chem 10 students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of acid-base concepts such as predicting products of neutralization reaction, 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 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. ^ Compare and contrast the structure and properties, apply the IUPAC naming system, identify functional groups, and draw structural formulas for organic compounds. ^ Compare and contrast the three states of matter and forms of energy. Evaluate energy profiles of chemical reactions and calculate the energy for changes of state. ^ Complete and balance various types of chemical equations including oxidation-reduction reactions. Apply the concept of mole to solve for quantities in chemical reactions. ^ Demonstrate proper and safe laboratory techniques, record observations, collect and analyze data, and form conclusion by performing both qualitative and quantitative experiments that support lecture topics. ^ Differentiate types of radioactivity, contrast methods of medical applications, write nuclear equations and solve problems relating to half-lives of radioactive substances. ^ Express measurements using correct significant figures. Perform calculations, set up and solve problems using conversion factors. ^ Identify common characteristics of acids and bases including names, strengths, reactions, ionization in aqueous solution, pH scale, and buffers. Calculate the pH of solutions and evaluate the effects of adding an acid/base to a buffer system. ^ Identify the types of bonds, predict bond polarity, and write the names or formulas for inorganic compounds. ^ Solve various solution problems including solubility, concentration, and dilution. Compare solution properties such as osmosis, dialysis, electrolytes, and non-electrolytes. ^ Students completing relevant assignments in Area B courses will evaluate the impact of science on their daily lives ^ Students completing relevant assignments in Area B courses will evaluate the impact of science on their daily lives. This GEO assessment was based on the topic of Reaction Rates ^ Students enrolling in CHEM 10 are able to perform appropriate algebra skills.
CHEM 50General Chemistry I^ 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 ^ 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 ^ Chem 50 students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of solution chemistry such as calculating molarity, making dilutions, and performing stoichiometric calculations. ^ 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 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. 50 students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of oxidation-reduction (redox) chemistry such as calculating oxidation numbers, identifying a redox reaction, finding oxidizing and reducing agents, and recognizing oxidation and reduction half-reactions of a redox reaction. ^ Students completing relevant assignments in Area B courses will evaluate the impact of science on their daily lives ^ Students completing relevant assignments in Area B courses will evaluate the impact of science on their daily lives. This assessment deals with dilutions.
CHEM 50HGeneral Chemistry I - Honors^ Chem 50H students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of solution chemistry such as calculating molarity, making dilutions, and performing stoichiometric calculations. ^ Chem 50H students will be able to record measurements from common laboratory devices to the proper precision of each device. ^ Chem 50H students will be able to; a. predict a compound?s water solubility, b. predict a compound?s water reaction and electrolyte classification, c. predict single and double replacement reaction products including, neutralization, gas formation and, d. identify the net ionic equation for a reaction ^ Chemistry experiment and laboratory report: Determine the enthaply of 2 different chemical reactions by preparing, experimenting, calculating, and reporting chemical results properly, using critical thinking in offering suggestions on how to improve results in further experimentation.
CHEM 51General Chemistry II^ By using the concept of Le Chateliers Principle, students will be able to a. predict the effect that causes the reaction to shift toward products in a gas phase reaction initially at equilibrium. b. predict the correct effect of different stresses on a gas phase reaction at equilibrium c. predict the correct effect of adding a substance that reacts with a component in the equilibrium system of a slightly soluble salt that was used in the Review of Equilibrium Systems experiment d. predict the correct effect (by color of solution) from adding common ion in the aqueous phase equilibrium system used in the Review of Equilibrium Systems experiment e. predict the correct effect (by color of solution) from adding a substance that reacts with a component in the equilibrium system used in the Review of Equilibrium Systems experiment. The questions focused on determining the direction of shift of a reaction upon adding a variety of stresses to a system at equilibrium. Some of the questions related directly to experiences that they had in several lab experiments. ^ By using the concept of Le Chateliers Principle, students will be able to a. predict the effect that causes the reaction to shift toward products in a gas phase reaction initially at equilibrium. b. predict the correct effect of different stresses on a gas phase reaction at equilibrium c. predict the correct effect of adding a substance that reacts with a component in the equilibrium system of a slightly soluble salt that was used in the Review of Equilibrium Systems experiment d. predict the correct effect (by color of solution) from adding common ion in the aqueous phase equilibrium system used in the Review of Equilibrium Systems experiment e. predict the correct effect (by color of solution) from adding a substance that reacts with a component in the equilibrium system used in the Review of Equilibrium Systems experiment. The questions focused on determining the direction of shift of a reaction upon adding a variety of stresses to a system at equilibrium. Some of the questions related directly to experiences that they had in several lab experiments ^ Chem 51 students will be able to a. determine the equilibrium constant expression (Law of Mass Action) when given a balanced chemical equation b. relate the magnitude of the equilibrium constant to the general position of the equilibrium c. determine the value of the equilibrium constant when given concentrations of reactants and/or products and the equilibrium expression d. apply stoichiometric principles to determine concentrations of reactants and/or products (simple algebraic or quadratic equation method) when given initial conditions, the value of the equilibrium constant, and the equilibrium expression e. apply Le Chatelier's Principle to an equilibrium system to predict the shift in equilibrium position when reaction conditions of concentration, temperature, or volume are changed ^ Chem 51 students will be able to a. examine and predict the effect of common ions on an aqueous equilibrium system b. recognize a buffer solution c. determine pH of a buffer solution d. determine pH of a buffer solution upon addition of a strong acid or base e. determine Kb from a corresponding Ka or vice versa f. determine chemical quantities needed in order to prepare a buffer solution of given pH and acid or base concentration ^ Chem 51 students will be able to a. examine and predict the effect of common ions on an aqueous equilibrium system b. examine and predict the effect of common ions on an aqueous equilibrium system as applied to the Solubility Procudt Constant (Ksp) Experiment c. predicting degree of solubility based on solubility product constants d. calculating the value of the solubility of a solution containing a common ion The questions focused on determination of solubility, understanding the concept of Ksp, and the effects of the common ion effect on solubility. Some of the questions related directly to experiences that they had in several lab experiments. ^ Chem 51 students will be able to determine the order, rate law, and rate constant of a chemical equation based on a. Initial rates vs concentration data and b. Graphical analysis of concentration vs time data ^ Chem 51 students will be able to; a. Examine and predict the common ion effect on an equilibrium b. Recognize buffer a solution c. Determine pH of a buffer solutions d. Determine pH of a buffer solution upon addition of a strong acid or base. e. Determine chemical quantities needed in order to prepare a buffer solution. ^ SLO on Common Ion Effect and Solubility Product Constant (Ksp) focused on the following measureable objectives: 2. Write equilibrium expression for reversible chemical systems. Calculate the equilibrium position, value of the equilibrium constant, and concentrations of all components of the system. 3. Apply Le Chatelier's Principle to systems at equilibrium to predict responses to stresses on the systems. The questions focused on determination of solubility, understanding the concept of Ksp, and the effects of the common ion effect on solubility. Some of the questions related directly to experiences that they had in several lab experiments. ^ Student will be able to understand kinetics ^ Students completing relevant assignments in Area B courses will evaluate the impact of science on their daily lives ^ Students completing relevant assignments in Area B courses will evaluate the impact of science on their daily lives. The Chem 51 GEO assessment question for Fall 2012 dealt with solubility equilibria and Le Chatelier?s Principle
CHEM 40Introduction to General Chemistry^ CHEM 40 students will be able to assign a molecular geometry of linear, bent, trigonal planar, trigonal pyramidal, or tetrahedral to a given molecule. ^ 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. ^ Chemistry 40 students will be able to interpret information and determine the sub-atomic particles and structure of atoms, isotopes and ions. ^ Students completing relevant assignments in Area B courses will evaluate the impact of science on their daily lives ^ Students completing relevant assignments in Area B courses will evaluate the impact of science on their daily lives. This assessment involved using household chemicals to identify counterfeit currency. ^ This GEO assessment was based on the topic of the Household Chemicals experiment and the following questions were selected: In the Household Chemicals experiment, you observed one of the reactions between iodine and starch. The counterfeit banknote detection pen is a device used to by businesses to detect fake bills. The pen uses iodine-based ink to detect authenticity. Keep in mind that all US dollar bills are printed on paper made out of cotton fibers which do not contain starch while counterfeit bills are usually printed on paper containing some starch. In your own words (in five sentences or less) describe what would happen when ink from a counterfeit banknote detection pen writes on real United States bills versus a counterfeit bill. Please describe what kind of observation you would expect to witness. Would you be able to detect a counterfeit banknote?
CHEM 20Introductory Organic and Biochemistry^ 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. ^ 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. ^ Classify organic molecules based on functional groups Differentiate constitutional isomers from cis-trans isomers (stereoisomers) Relate the physical properties of organic molecules to their structure Propose and name the products of organic chemical reactions ^ Classify organic molecules based on functional groups Differentiate constitutional isomers from cis-trans isomers (stereoisomers) Relate the physical properties of organic molecules to their structure Propose and name the products of organic chemical reactions ^ Given a segment of DNA, students will be able to: 1. Identify which strand is used for transcription and draw the primary structure of the mRNA produced in the transcription underneath the strand. 2. Write the sequence of polypeptide that will be produced from the DNA. 3. Clearly describe the effect on the protein chain when a base pair is mutated. ^ Students completing relevant assignments in Area B courses will evaluate the impact of science on their daily lives ^ Students completing relevant assignments in Area B courses will evaluate the impact of science on their daily lives. The topic of this assessment is the application of intermolecular attractions to biological systems. ^ Students will be able to: Describe the fate of proteins that enter the body. Describe what happens to the excess amino acids in the body? Describe the ultimate fate of the nitrogen atoms from excess amino acids? Describe TWO different possible fates of the carbon skeletons from excess amino acids.
CHEM 80Organic Chemistry^ Chem 80 students will be able to analyze 3D, Fischer and Newman projection formula to determine their structural relationships and relative energies. ^ CHEM 80 students will be able to demonstrate the effectiveness of the CTC Lab. These updated tools promote their success in organic chemistry. ^ Chem 80 students will be able to predict products and analyze reaction mechanisms of nucleophilic substitution and elimination reactions and be able to draw all associated intermediate and transition states. ^ Chemistry 80 students should be able to analyze 3-D, Fisher, and Newman projection formulae to determine their structural relationships and relative energies. ^ 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. ^ Provided with a molecular formula and the infrared (IR), 1H-NMR, 13C-NMR spectra for an unknown organic molecule, CHEM 80 students will be able to propose a correct structure for the molecule. The assessment consisted of questions in a multiple-choice standardized-exam format (ACS Standardized National Exam), focusing on IR and NMR. In addition, a student survey was administered to gauge the effectiveness of replacing the old computers with new ones in the CTC Lab. Some of the questions targeted direct experience using the CTC lab.
CHEM 81Organic Chemistry^ 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. ^ students will be able to evaluate a multistep synthesis An exit exam where students will analyze the reaction intermediates and reagents necessary to accomplish the multistep synthesis of a given target molecule. ^ Students will predict the major product of a single-step organic reaction. ^ Students will use spectral data, such as IR, HNMR, CNMR, DEPT and MS, to determine the structure of a simple organic molecule or product of a reaction.
CHEM 99Special Projects in Chemistry^ Actively participation in experimental design, data analysis and construction of conclusion statements. ^ Chem 99 students will build their chemistry knowledge through preview of chemistry concepts essential in the next sequential chemistry course. ^ Chem 99 students will build their confidence to enroll in the next chemistry course through review of chemistry concepts essential for success in the next sequential chemistry course. ^ Document original collected laboratory data, in a laboratory notebook, consistent with established laboratory standards. ^ Present oral seminar style, or by final summary written report the purpose, experimental data, results and the significance of this original work.