Organic Chemistry

Chem 203-01

Fall 2007


Instructor:       Dr. Joe Falcone

Office:             Capwell 305



Phone: 570-945-8413


Office Hours:

Meeting:         Mon, Fri,   11:00-12:15 am in Capwell 116  Lab C 301


Text:                Organic Chemistry, Joseph Hornback,  Second Edition, Thomson pub.  (required)


Methods of instruction:  The material will be presented in a lecture-type format, along with collaborative learning, laboratory based learning and individual participation.  You are encouraged to become an active learner by participating in each and every class.  The best way to learn the material is by taking an active role in the process.  There may be an on-line component to the course utilizing Blackboard. Students will be required to participate in on-line student directed learning and assessment.   

Class Attendance:  Because of the highly sequential nature of this course, good attendance is expected.  If you must miss class, it is your responsibility to get the notes and assignments from a fellow classmate.  If a quiz was given while you missed class, you will not be allowed to make up the quiz.  A grade of zero will be recorded.  Missing class may therefore cause your grade to be lowered.  Absences of any kind may be reported to a counselor, academic advisor, or Dean of the College.  If you must miss class due to a sports event, field trip, or any other college-related activity, you should inform your professor ahead of time and make arrangements for any missed work.

Class assignments:  You are expected to do the assigned odd-numbered problems from each section of your textbook relating to the material covered in class that day.  Answers to these problems can be found in the back of your book.  One of the best ways to become a successful student is to review your notes and do homework on a daily basis.  Each day’s work requires information that was taught the previous day.  Therefore, it is important to keep up with your work and not fall behind.  It is also recommended that you read the summary and try the review exercise and practice test found in the Blackboard module.  These will give you an overview of what was covered for that chapter.  Special assignments may be given throughout the semester and will be turned in for a grade.  These assignments will NOT be accepted late.  If you fail to turn in an assignment on time, a grade of zero will be recorded.

Assessment:   Tests, worth 100 points each, will be given throughout the semester.  All test grades will count.  None will be dropped.  If you miss a test because you were not prepared, you will receive a zero for that test.  Tests can only be made up if they were missed due to extenuating circumstances. The student must provide a verifiable, legitimate excuse for missing an exam.  Feel free to look up the word extenuating.  Tests which are allowed to be taken late due to extenuating circumstances will receive no partial credit,  nor a chance at any bonus work.  If a student is caught cheating, it will be reported to a counselor, your academic advisor, and the dean of the college; and a grade of zero will be recorded for that assignment or exam.  There will be four comprehensive exams (12% ea.) and one comprehensive final exam. The cumulative average of lab grades is equivalent to one in class test, worth 12% of your grade.  Homework assignments, including projects and/or computer assignments will constitute 10% of your grade.    The final is heavily weighted (30%) to favor those students who take the time to master the material and learn from their mistakes. PLEASE study and correct your past exams!  Should a quiz be administered, quiz scores will be added as extra credit to the exam score covering the corresponding material. There are no make-ups administered for quizzes.   Please note that all exams count toward your final grade. Laboratory attendance, participation and written reports are required for laboratory credit. A lab report will be graded only if you attended and participated in the lab exercise. You cannot make up lab exercises, so please do not be absent.  There will be homework assigned in this class.  The homework may be problem sets from the text and/ or on-line assignments using Blackboard.   The professor reserves the right to make syllabus changes as needed and will notify students of any changes. If you are absent when a syllabus correction is announced the onus is on you to find out how this will affect you. If you have a disability that may require special assistance please notify your professor as soon as possible so that accommodations can be made. 




Course Outline




Chemical bonds


Organic compounds


 Orbitals and Bonding


Acids and Bases


Functional Groups






Nucleophilic Substitution


Elimination Reactions


Applications of Substitution and Elimination


Additions to Alkenes and Alkynes


Functional Groups and Nomenclature


Introduction to Spectroscopy





Calculation of Grades

Final numerical grade = (0.12 x Exam1) +( 0.12 x Exam 2) +( 0.12 x Exam 3) + (0.12 x Exam 4) + (0.12 x Lab Avg. ) + (0.10 x Homework) + 0.30 x Final Exam)
Letter grades translate as follows:
A 95-100%, A- 90-94.9% B+ 86-89.9%, B 80-85.9%
B- 77-79.9% C+ 75-76.9% C 68-74.9% C- 64-67.9%
D 60-63.9% F <60% or as a consequence of academic dishonesty.
I in extreme circumstances and with permission of professor.


Keystone College does not discriminate in any of its programs on the basis of disability.


While there is not a deadline for the disclosure of a disability by a student, in order to facilitate the documentation and accommodation processes, students are encouraged to voluntarily and confidentially disclose any disability requiring an accommodation prior to the beginning of class.  This disclosure should be made to Robert Iannuzzo, Vice President of Enrollment, Keystone’s Section 504/ADA Coordinator.  Students who disclose a disability, and who are seeking an accommodation, ultimately will be expected to provide documentation verifying the disability