CH440 Organic Synthesis

for FA 2010

Printer Friendly

Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.




FA 2010 HOZ


Howell, Donna Kae


Assistant Professor of Chemistry


Ph.D. Chemistry, Louisiana State University

Office Location

SC 306

Office Hours

MWF 10-11, T 1:30- 4:30,  R 11-12 and 1:25-2:25

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

August 16 - December 10, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

10:10 - 11:25 AM



Credit Hours


Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Goggles, available from CHEM club, $10.00
Laboratory Notebook, available from CHEM club, $10.00
Non-programmable calculator
Molecular Model kit is strongly encouraged, available from CHEM club, $15.00

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information

Course Description:
CH440 Organic Synthesis: In-depth study of various classes of reactions on different classes of organic compounds. Applications of those reactions in synthesis and retrosynthesis of natural products and importance in medicinal chemistry. Lab involves multistep procedures and qualitative analysis of organic compounds based on their chemical properties. Prerequisites: CH318. 3:4:5

Educational Philosophy:

I believe in supporting student learning and maintaining high expectations for student performance.  I will, to the best of my ability, provide an environment conducive to student learning.
I do assign fairly large amounts of homework and several exams.  My thoughts behind this are two-fold.  First, a large points base limits the effect one assignment has on the overall grade.  Second, homework assignments provide feedback on concepts BEFORE the exam.  Misconceptions can be corrected before it becomes a major problem.
I have an open door policy to students.  Please feel free to stop by and ask questions, or just come in for a chat!

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply molecular orbital theory to organic bonding.
  2. Explore bond cleavage, reaction kinetics, activation complexes, Hammond Postulate, and Isotope effects. Recognize the carbon- carbon bond i.e. nucleophilic carbon; electrophilic carbon and how to generate them. Recognize the non-polar Carbon - Carbon Bond - Free radical reactions; Polymerizations; Diels -Alder reactions; HOMO-LUMO interactions; Dipolar additions.
  3. Describe and practice how molecules can be synthesized stereoselectively with absolute configuration.
  4. Evaluate a structure using chromatography, NMR, IR, and MS data.
  5. Plan an Organic Synthesis

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
Exams, quizzes, homework, lab reports and research paper


6-8 Homework assignments      20 points each
6-8 Quizzes                              20 points each
3 Hour Exams                         100 points each
6 Formal Laboratory Reports   20 points each
Two Case Studies                     100 points
Final Exam (Comprehensive)     175 points
Instructions for formal lab reports and case studies will be discussed in class.  Please see the discussion of plagiarism below.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will not be accepted.  Makeup Exams and Quizzes will not be given without a doctor's note or similar documentation. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Respect for each other and the instructor will be expected.  Any disruptive behavior will not be allowed.
Cell phones and pagers must be turned off or put on silent mode prior to entering the classroom.  Text messaging during class will result in immediate dismissal.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 We will cover roughly all chapters in the text.  The schedule for exams will be discussed in lecture, but will be roughly every 3 chapters.
The case studies will be due the class period before fall break and  the final class period.  These must be submitted through the eCompanion dropbox by the 5 p.m. on the assigned date.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
All work (homeworks, quizzes, lab reports and certainly exams and papers) must be your own work!  Even though you may work in groups in the lab, the reports are individual work.  Any written portions must be in your own words and not a collective report.

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93
In recent semesters, I have witnessed LOTS of plagiarism.  I refuse to believe it is intentional in all cases.  To help avoid this problem, please visit the following sites to check your paper for unintentional mistakes.  I will be scanning all papers through a plagiarism checker software, so please read carefully!

Purdue University Online Writing Lab web site:
"Paraphrase: Write it in Your Own Words"
"Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing"

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


This material is protected by copyright
                               and can not be reused without author permission.

Last Updated:8/13/2010 4:35:15 PM