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Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Chemistry Program Outcomes
Track A: Chem 1A, 1B, 12A, 12B
Chemistry and Biology majors, pre-med, pre-pharmacy, etc.

1. Apply mathematics to solve quantitative chemical problems
2. Conceptualize, model, and explain chemical processes qualitatively at the molecular level
3. Maintain a laboratory notebook according to standard scientific guidelines
4. Extract appropriate information, analyze and synthesize experimental results to reach correct conclusions
5. Write clear, well-documented lab reports using the language of science
6. Perform laboratory techniques safely and accurately
7. Apply principles of scientific ethics and academic integrity

Chemistry Program Outcomes
Track B: Chem 30A, 30B
Nursing, dental hygiene, allied health majors

1. Apply mathematics to solve quantitative chemical problems
2. Conceptualize, model, and explain chemical processes qualitatively at the molecular level
3. Extract appropriate information, analyze and synthesize experimental results to reach correct conclusions
4. Perform laboratory techniques safely and accurately
5. Apply principles of scientific ethics and academic integrity

Chemistry 1A/1B Student Learning Outcomes

1. Solve quantitative chemistry problems and demonstrate reasoning clearly and completely. Integrate multiple ideas in the problem solving process. Check results to make sure they are physically reasonable.
2. Clearly explain qualitative chemical concepts and trends.
3. Describe, explain, and model chemical and physical processes at the molecular level in order to explain macroscopic properties.
4. Perform laboratory techniques correctly using appropriate safety procedures.
5. Analyze the results of laboratory experiments, evaluate sources of error, synthesize this information, and express it clearly in written laboratory reports.
6. Maintain a laboratory notebook according to standard scientific guidelines.
7. Design, construct, and interpret graphs accurately.

Chem 30A Student Learning Outcomes

1. Use dimensional analysis to solve quantitative problems and evaluate the results of calculations to make sure they are physically reasonable.
2. Clearly explain qualitative chemical concepts and trends.
3. Describe, explain, and model chemical and physical processes at the molecular level in order to explain macroscopic properties.
4. Perform laboratory techniques correctly using appropriate safety procedures.
5. Calculate experimental values from laboratory data and interpret the results.

Chemistry 30B Student Learning Outcomes

1. Apply IUPAC naming rules to organic compounds.
2. Predict the structures of the products of organic reactions.
3. Predict and explain trends in boiling point and solubility of organic compounds using concepts of intermolecular forces.
4. Perform lab techniques correctly using appropriate safety procedures.
5. Correctly analyze and interpret the results of laboratory experiments.
6. Draw structures of and apply organic chemistry concepts to biological molecules.

Chem 12A Student Learning Outcomes

1. Nomenclature – Apply naming rules (nomenclature) to name or draw the structures for organic molecules and, where appropriate, indicate stereochemistry.
2. Bonding – Describe the overall structure and properties of organic molecules using the principles of chemical bonding, atomic hybridization, and orbital theory.
3. Mechanisms – Apply thermodynamic and kinetic principles to characterize organic chemical reactions and mechanisms.
4. Spectroscopy – Use common spectroscopic techniques (NMR, IR, UV/Vis, MS) to determine the molecular structure of organic compounds and also to correlate with chemical reactivity.
5. Lab Safety – Operate in the laboratory using routine acceptable safe laboratory practices to handle chemicals, glassware, and common laboratory equipment.  (Apply the precautionary principle when handling hazardous materials, especially those of unknown toxicity.)
6. Notebook – Record laboratory results and data correctly in a scientific notebook and report and interpret results using appropriate notational and descriptive content in standard scientific format.

Chem 12B Student Learning Outcomes (all of the above, plus)

7. Synthesis – Devise synthetic approaches to relatively simple organic compounds using the concepts of multi-step synthesis, which includes retro-synthetic analysis.