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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. Quantitative – Solve quantitative chemistry problems and evaluate the results of calculations to make sure they are physically reasonable.
  2. Qualitative – Clearly explain qualitative chemical concepts and trends at the molecular level.
  3. Safety – Perform laboratory techniques correctly using appropriate safety procedures.
  4. Lab Reports – Produce laboratory reports that analyze experimental results and evaluate sources of error.
  5. Lab Notebooks – Maintain a laboratory notebook according to standard scientific guidelines.
  6. Graphing – Design, construct, and interpret graphs accurately.

Chem 30A Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Dimensional – Use dimensional analysis to solve quantitative problems and evaluate the results of calculations to make sure they are physically reasonable.
  2. Qualitative – Clearly explain qualitative chemical concepts and trends at the molecular level.
  3. Safety – Perform laboratory techniques correctly using appropriate safety procedures.
  4. Data – Calculate experimental values from laboratory data and interpret the results.

Chemistry 30B Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Evaluate Structures – Evaluate the structures of organic and biomolecules, categorize structures by functional group, and construct systematic names for organic molecules.
  2. Predict Products – Predict the products of organic and metabolic reactions.
  3. IMFs – Use inter/intramolecular forces to predict trends in physical properties of organic compounds and explain the structures of biomolecules.
  4. Biochemical Pathways – Describe biochemical processes such as DNA replication, transcription, translation, and metabolic pathways, and evaluate the interconnections between biochemical pathways.
  5. Laboratory – Perform laboratory work using standard safety procedures and interpret the results of experiments.

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.