B CUSP 241
Introduction to organic laboratory techniques. Preparation of representative compounds. Designed to be taken with B CUSP 238. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 1.7 in B CUSP 237; B CUSP 238, which may be taken concurrently.
This competency-based course is the first of a two-course sequence that will introduce students to the practical principles and techniques that are employed in the isolation, separation, purification, and identification of organic compounds and products from reactions. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of 1.7 in B CUSP 237. Can either be taken concurrently with or after the sucessful completion of B CUSP 238. A LAB COAT AND LAB GOGGLES ARE MANDATORY AND REQUIRED DURING ALL LAB PERIODS.
Student learning goals
Understand and learn the theoretical principles that lie behind the experimental techniques or procedures. Answer all theoretical and practical questions and solve numerical/mathematical problems that highlight the understanding of the experimental concepts and principles.
Make connection between the objective/purpose of an experiment and the experimental technique that is being illustrated. Based upon the conceptual knowledge and understanding be able to predict the outcome of an experimental step.
Come prepared to the lab period to set up the experimental apparatus and/or equipment, follow the procedures, and run the appropriate instruments, that would lead to the safe execution of all the experimental steps. By working either collaboratively or independently/individually develop practical skills and confidence to carry out any modifications to an experimental procedure/technique as and when required. Maintain a clean and a safe lab bench and working environment.
During and while performing the experiments, meticulously record data along with detailed observations in the lab notebook. Maintain the lab notebook by developing good writing habits and constantly tabulizing the procured data and observations in a manner that would lead to an easy replication of the experimental procedures.
Effectively communicate the experimental data, observations, and results to colleagues and peers either orally or through the generation of experimental reports and final results datasheets.
Critically evaluate the performance of the experiment by writing conclusions that point out whether the experimental objectives or goals were met or not. Confidently answer conceptual questions and solve mathematical/numerical problems either during the lab period or on written pre-lab/post-lab exercises that would further contribute towards a complete understanding of the experimental principles and techniques.
General method of instruction
Performance of all the course experiments by the students in a lab setting. Attendance at all lab lectures where the procedures and techniques are demonstrated and discussed along with the presentation of the pertinent theory of the experiment or technique.
Completion of B CUSP 237 with a grade of 1.7 and better. Ability to think and work collaboratively and/or independently during the lab period, and to record and present results clearly. Should be taken either concurrently with or after the successful completion of B CUSP 238.
Class assignments and grading
Lab work that involves a safe execution of the experimental techniques and procedures. Written pre-lab exercises, detailed recording of in-lab data and observations during the lab period along with the maintenance of the lab notebook, and the generation of post-lab reports that would include written conclusions, and answers to numerical and non-numerical questions.
Student evaluation will be based upon 1) the safe performance of the actual experiment during the lab period. 2) quality of the data and results obtained from the experiment. 3) written reports either in the lab notebook or otherwise. 4) a practical lab exam involving individual performance of an experiment. 5) written exams over the practical and theoretical aspects of the course.