Organic Chemistry 1 Lab

General Course Information

Course Lecturer Name(s):  Richard Jacques

Course Director Name:    Richard Jacques

Course Lecturer(s) Contact Information:  473 456 8736

Course Lecturer(s) Office Hours:  N/A 

Course Lecturer(s) Office Location:  N/A

Course Support:   Anna Neckles-Thomas,, Ext. 3435Akima Ventour,, Ext. 3402

Course Management tool: To learn to use Sakai, the Course management tool, access the link


Course Curriculum Information

Course Description: 

This course consists of practical sessions designed to supplement CHEM 222.A maximum of seven labs would be done.   

Course Objectives: 

This course is designed to complement CHEM 222 so as to build students’ understanding of theoretical concepts

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students should be able to apply the scientific process towards testing hypotheses, and interpreting  data/results obtained.
  • Students should also demonstrate effective written communication skills when submitting their lab reports.
  • Students should demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking skills

Program Outcomes Met By This Course:

This course gives students experience in doing lab work in Organic Chemistry. It prepares students for laboratory sessions in Organic Chemistry 2 and Biochemistry.

SAS Grading Scale: Grades will be assigned as follows:

A  = 89.5% or better

B+ = 84.5 - 89.4%

B  = 79.5 - 84.4%

C+ = 74.5 - 79.4%

C = 69.5 - 74.4%

D = 64.5 - 69.4%

F = 64.4% or less 

Course Materials:

Text: The relevant handout for a Lab exercise would be posted in the Resources tool in Sakai for the course (CHEM 223) by the Monday before the session. The videos previously recorded for the labs would be available on Panopto before the on-campus students actually do the live session. Online students get two opportunities to observe the experiments – live & recorded.

Course Requirements:

Each lab report counts towards the final grade.  Each lab carries a different “weight” towards the final overall grade.

Course Schedule

Lab 1 - Molecular Models 

Lab 2 - Classification of Functional Groups

Lab 3 - Alkane Lab: hexane/cyclohexane – reactions 

Lab 4- Alkyl halide – Iodoethane

Lab 5 - Reactions of alcohols

Lab 6 - Qualitative analysis –enthalpy of combustion / two alcohols

Lab 7 –Ester Synthesis 

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Academic Integrity

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Plagiarism is regarded as a cardinal offense in academia because it constitutes theft of the work of someone else, which is then purported as the original work of the plagiarist. Plagiarism draws into disrepute the credibility of the Institution, its faculty, and students; therefore, it is not tolerated” (p. 48).

Plagiarism also includes the unintentional copying or false accreditation of work, so double check your assignments BEFORE you hand them in.

Be sure to do good, honest work, credit your sources and reference accordingly and adhere to the University’s Honor Code. Plagiarism and cheating will be dealt with very seriously following the university’s policies on Plagiarism as outlined in the Student Manual.

Your work may be subject to submission to plagiarism detection software, submission to this system means that your work automatically becomes part of that database and can be compared with the work of your classmates.

Attendance Requirement

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Students are expected to attend all classes and or clinical rotations for which they have registered. Although attendance may not be recorded at every academic activity, attendance may be taken randomly. Students’ absence may adversely affect their academic status as specified in the grading policy. If absence from individual classes, examinations, and activities, or from the University itself is anticipated, or occurs spontaneously due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, proper notification procedures must be followed. A particular course may define additional policies regarding specific attendance or participation” (p. 9).

Examination Attendance

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

All matriculated students are expected to attend all assigned academic activities for each course currently registered. Medical excuses will be based on self-reporting by students. Students who feel they are too sick to take an examination or other required activity on a specific day must submit the online SAS medical excuse, which is available on Carenage. Students are only allowed two such excuses a year. Upon consultation with the Director of University Health Service, the third excuse will result in a mandatory medical leave of absence. The policies regarding make-up examinations are at the option of the Course Director” (p.46).

For additional specific examination policies and procedures, refer to the St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020), pages 31 through 37.

Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services Policy

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

A student with a disability or disabling condition that affects one or more major life activities, who would like to request an accommodation, must submit a completed application form and supporting documentation to the Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services (SAAS) located in the Dean of Students Office. It is highly recommended that students applying for accommodations do so at least one month before classes begin to allow for a more efficient and timely consideration of the request. If a fully completed application is not submitted in a timely fashion, an eligibility determination may not be made, and accommodations, where applicable, may not be granted prior to the commencement of classes and/or examinations” (p. 8).


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