CH306 Chemical Bibliography

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CH 306 Chemical Bibliography


FA 2011 HO


Sanders, Carol


Associate Professor of Biology


B.S.E. University of Central Arkansas
M.S. University of Central Arkansas
Ph.D. University of Mississippi

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Semester Dates

Aug. 15--Dec. 9, 2011

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Class Time

8:45 - 10:00 AM


WCT and 60 credit hours

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Course Description:
CH306 Chemical Bibliography: Access to the chemical literature is surveyed. The use of index journals, primary and secondary sources, the patent literature,the online search, and the literature organization is explained and illustrated. Submission of a written, formal proposal for an original research problem, together with the records of the literature search validating the proposal, is required. This course will satisfy the EN306 requirement for Chemistry majors. Prerequisites: EN105, EN106, passing the WCT and 60 accumulated hours. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. identify the principal types of communications used in the scientific community and popular media;
  2. perform bibliographical searches using several different kinds of indexes and electronically;
  3. locate and evaluate information from the scientific literature;
  4. determine the main idea(s) of a scientific article, and discuss them with peers;
  5. read and critique written scientific literature;
  6. properly cite scientific sources;
  7. prepare and exhibit a poster on a topic of research;
  8. prepare written reports in a format accepted by the Council of Science Editors;
  9. Produce a fully cited review paper on research proposal that could be used to conduct independent research.

Core Assessment:

Scientific research paper dealing with a current topic of importance.

Assignment Issues
1.             Knowledge of types of literature
2.             Be able to do electronic and manual literature searches
3.             Produce an evaluative cohesive work
4.             Recognize and use proper presentation techniques
5.             Application of scientific writing style
6.             Correct usage of grammar

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
Classes will consist primarily of discussions, in and out of class assignments, research at area libraries, paper reviews, grammatical and editorial assignments, poster construction and presentation, and paper development.  Because this course involves a significant amount of independent work, students should expect to spend significant out of class time.  There is also a significant amount of subjective assessment in the course due primarily to the subject matter.


 Assignment  %  pts
 Class Assignments & Homework
 20%  160 pts
 Participation  5%  40 pts
 Articles  10%  80 pts
 Mid-term Exam
 120 pts
 Resume/Cover letter
 80 pts
 Poster & Presentation
 160 pts
 Proposal  20%  160 pts
 TOTAL  100%  800 pts

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignments will NOT be accepted.  Deadlines are FIRM and should an absence occur the work should be turned in prior to the date. Exceptions MAY be made on an individual basis but only with prior notice.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

1.      While computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive as well as a requirement for PowerPoint, students must recognize that technology can also cause problems.  Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash.  Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.  Be sure to back-up copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and/or print out paper copies. “The computer lab is out of paper” is not an excuse. 

2.      I do strive to create an informal and comfortable classroom environment for class discussions. However, this is an educational forum and the students are expected to act accordingly. Students will treat fellow classmates and the instructor with respect. Disruptive or deliberately unhelpful viewpoints will not be tolerated

3.      Cell phones should be turned off prior to class unless special circumstances exist.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Tentative Schedule (Dates not filled in will be used to continue previous activities as well as individual consultations) This schedule is subject to change.

8/16 Introduction & requirements

8/18 Scientific writing—what is it? Literature types & standard formats; plagiarism & internet sources (Check the assignment)

8/23 Science of Scientific writing

8/25 Good Sources??

8/30 Critiques & Reviews


9/6 Faculty presentations

9/8 Faculty presentations

9/13 Faculty presentations

9/15 Faculty presentations

9/20 Library

9/22 Resume

9/27 Mechanics of Writing

9/29 Mechanics of Writing

10/4 Resume followup & interviewing

10/6 Mechanics of Writing

10/11 Fall Break

10/13 Fall Break

10/18 Outline & 5 sources due



10/27  Outline returned




11/10 1st draft of paper; posters need to printed out



11/22 Exam

11/24 Thanksgiving

11/29 Paper Due

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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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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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".
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  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.
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CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Uses more than 10 sources of which  9 are primary literature to produce cohesive analysis of information Uses 10 sources of which 7 are primary literature to produce cohesive analysis of information Uses less than 10 sources with 5 or less primary and doesn't produce a cohesive analysis of information No indication of use of sources to produce a cohesive document 
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Uses information obtained by research and formulates new ideas and cohesive presentation Uses information obtained by research and formulates cohesive presentation Properly uses information from research but does not create cohesive presentation No evidence of analysis of research materials 
2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Provides new insight into information gained by research Effectively presents and understands the value of information obtained by research Presents the material but has serious deficiencies in the understanding Some presentation but does not exhibit understanding 
1,2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
No factual errors 1 to 3 factual errors Presents the material but has serious deficiencies in the understanding Many factual errors 
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Demonstrates mastery of all 6 of the assignment issues Demonstrates mastery of 4 to 6 of the assignment issues Demonstrates mastery of less than 4 of the assignment issues Does not demonstrate mastery of assignment issues 
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Effectively incorporates/applies all of the assignment issues Effectively incorporates or applies 4 to 6 of the assignment issues Effectively incorporates or applies 3 to 4 of the assignment issues Does do apply or incorporate assignment issues 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
1,2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
No errors in writing conventions; Uses 12 or more sources of which  9 are primary literature; 10 pages in length; more than 7 sources are 2000 or later 1 to 3 errors in writing conventions; Uses 10 sources of which 7 are primary literature; 8.5 pages in length; 7 sources are 2000 or later 4 or more errors in writing conventions; Uses less than 10 sources with 5 or less primary; less than 8.5 pages in length; less than 7 sources are 2000 or later Many errors in writing conventions, uses 5 or fewer sources, less than 5 pages in length 
1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Contains no errors in the following paper format items:



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*Works cited

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Contains only 1 to 3 errors in the following paper format items:



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Contains 4 to 9 errors in the following paper format items:



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Contains 10 or more errors in the following paper format items:



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