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CHEM 000: Laboratory Teaching Methods
Syllabus for Spring 2007
Instructor: Holly D. Bendorf
Office: 209 Heim
Phone: 321-4365, home phone 998-8647 (no calls after 11 pm, please)
Meeting Time: Mondays 3:15 – 4:05 in room 215, plus 3 - 5 hours of practical experience per week.
Office Hours: By appointment or drop-by.
Course Description: This course provides students with practical experience in laboratory teaching. Students in this course are paired with a faculty mentor and help supervise labs, deliver prelab lectures, assist in ordering chemicals and help prepare laboratory experiments. Students will complete a project that integrates the chemical education literature, classroom instruction materials, laboratory safety and chemical procurement, storage and disposal.
Text: There is not a formal textbook for this course. Rather, we will make use of the chemical education literature, most notably the Journal of Chemical Education.
Laboratory Instruction Project 30%
Prelab lecture* 20%
Lab Preparation Quiz 20%
Evaluation of work as a teaching assistant* 20%
* Grades assigned in consultation with the laboratory instructor.
Learning Goals: At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
- Use the chemical education literature to find laboratory experiments for use in class
- Adapt experiments from the literature for use in class
- Prepare prelab lectures and other materials needed for laboratory instruction
- Identify and order equipment and chemicals needed for experiments
- Prepare solutions and reagents for use in class
- Determine the appropriate methods of chemical storage and disposal
- Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of laboratory safety.
Laboratory Instruction Project: This project is intended to guide you through the planning and preparation that is done when introducing a new lab experiment to the curriculum. Drafts of each section will be submitted during the semester. A final draft of the entire project is due at the last class meeting.
Prelab Lecture: Each student will deliver at least one prelab lecture during the semester. The date of the lecture will be chosen in consultation with the lab instructor.
Lab Preparation Quiz: This quiz will cover solution preparation, mole calculations and other relevant quantitative skills.
Evaluation of work as a teaching assistant: Each student will be evaluated in his/her performance as a teaching assistant. A list of guidelines that will serve as a basis for evaluation will be provided.
Attendance: Attendance at all lab periods is mandatory. Arriving late or missing a lab meeting will result in a significant deduction from the attendance grade.
Academic Dishonesty: Be aware that in accordance with the College's policy on academic honesty, any work you submit must be your own. Any instances of plagiarism will be severely penalized.
1/8 1 Course Overview, discussion of TA responsibilities
1/15 2 Prelab lectures Meet with lab instructor to choose
1/22 3 Prelab lecture practice Due: prelab lecture outline and copy of lab
1/29 4 Searching the Chemical Education Literature
2/5 5 Lab preparation, preparation of solutions Review concentration units and calculations
Due: Copy of article to be used for project
2/12 6 Ordering chemicals and equipment Due: learning goals of experiment
2/19 7 Lab preparation quiz
3/5 8 make-up class (if needed)
3/12 9 Preparing class materials Due: chemical and equipment order
3/19 10 Safety Due: draft of written course materials
3/26 11 Chemical storage Due: list of safety considerations for the lab
4/2 12 Chemical disposal Due: statement addressing chemical storage issues related to the experiment
4/9 13 Course wrap-up Due: statement addressing chemical disposal issues related to the experiment4/16 14 Laboratory Instruction Project Due
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