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 Course Title:   Organic Chem Lab I

 Title Abbreviation:   ORGANIC CHEM LAB I

 Department:    CHEM&

 Course #:    251

 Credits:    2

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    4.5

 CIP:    400504

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

Techniques of organic chemistry, including reactions, separations, syntheses, and spectroscopy.


Prerequisite: Completed ENGL& 101 with a grade of 2.0 or higher. CHEM& 242 with a 2.0 or higher or concurrent enrollment in CHEM& 242.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 0

Lab: 66

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Natural Sciences  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
CWU CHEM 361LAB This is just the lab equivalent.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Perform microscale and semi-microscale organic laboratory techniques, including crystallization, extraction, chromatography, and distillation.
  2. Perform green chemistry laboratory techniques, including solvent-free syntheses, the reuse of reagents, and catalysis.
  3. Complete lab experiments in organic chemistry, including aldol, halogenation, elimination, addition, and substitution reactions.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.

9. Scientific Literacy

Definition: Understanding scientific principles, and analyzing and applying scientific information in a variety of contexts.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
9.1 Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental scientific concepts.
9.2 Demonstrate their understanding of the principles of scientific methods, analysis, and reasoning.
9.3 Analyze, apply, and communicate scientific concepts and principles in context (for example, in technological, personal, and/or professional situations).

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.3 Use technology appropriate to the context and task to effectively retrieve and manage information, solve problems, and facilitate communication.

Course Contents

  1. Crystallization
  2. Extraction
  3. Column, thin-layer, and gas chromatography
  4. Simple and fractional distillation
  5. Solvent-free aldol condensation
  6. Halogenation of alkenes
  7. Single-step and multi-step syntheses
  8. Dehydration of alcohols
  9. Oxidation of alkenes
  10. Electrophilic aromatic substitution
  11. Coordination chemistry