Organic Chemistry II  | Lecture | Laboratory 

Organic Chemistry II
Laboratory Assignments/Grading

The laboratory will contribute 25% to your overall grade in Organic Chemistry II.  A passing grade in both the laboratory and the lecture is required to pass the course (>60).  Students will receive a grade for each experiment that will be determined based on the pre-lab quiz (25%), and post-lab assignment (75%).  Notebooks and technique will be assessed weekly and weaknesses in these areas will be deducted (up to 15 points) from the post-lab grade for each experiment.  Grades for lab assignments will be posted on Blackboard. The overall Organic Chemistry II laboratory grade will be determined based on student's average of all experiment grades.

Pre-lab quiz
There will be an on-line (Blackboard) pre-lab quiz given for each experiment.  The quiz will be given at the beginning of each  lab period.  The pre-lab quiz will focus on both procedural and theoretical aspects of the experiment to be conducted.  The quiz will consist  multiple choice questions.  Students will  log onto to BB to take the quiz and will be given ten minutes to complete the quiz.  Students who miss or are late to a regularly scheduled lab period will not be given extra time to complete the quiz or be allowed to make up the quiz. 
Weekly Experiments, Technique and Notebook 
Students will work individually or in pairs to conduct scheduled experiments. Students will be required to keep a laboratory notebook for all experiments.  Notebooks will be reviewed weekly throughout the semester by lab instructors.  Students are expected to keep a notebook as part of good lab technique and storing lab data and information.  The format for keeping a laboratory notebook must be followed.   See the notebook page for the proper format. (See notebook rubric).  For all experiments, students must include a data table, reaction scheme and reaction mechanism in the introduction section of the noteboook that must be completed before coming to lab. Student technique will be evaluated based on the student's ability to independently carry out experiments, preparedness for lab, adherence to safety and neatness, effort, and successful completion of experiments.  (See technique rubric).  See the page on laboratory safety for guidelines
Post Lab Assignments
You will be required to complete one post lab assignment for each experiment.   The post lab assignment  will be either a worksheet, a data sheet, an abstract (See abstract rubric) or a formal report.  Worksheet or datasheet post lab assignments are provided in pdf format on the webpage for each experiment. Abstracts and formal reports should be prepared in MS Word or equivalent word processing program.  Required post-lab assignments are due at the beginning of the lab period one week after the exerpiment is completed.  Assignments that are handed in up to one week after the due date will be marked late and 15 points will be deducted from the post lab grade for that experiment.  Assignments handed  in past the due date by more than one week will not be accepted and a grade of zero will be assigned .

Academic Honesty in the Laboratory
The Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Student Academic Integrity Policy applies to all assignments associated with the lab.  Students are expected to complete all lab assignments independently.  Students may not share calculators or any other electronic devices during an exam or quiz.  Cell phones and other small portable electronic devices (ipods etc..) are not allowed in the laboratory.  Laptop computers are allowed in the lab only (not lecture).  Students who utilize work or assignments from other students (past or current), or plagarize or take assignments from the internet to complete post lab assignments are violating the Academic Integrity Policy and will be charged with a violation.  All accusations of academic integrity violations will be reviewed and appropriate sanctions imposed according to the guidelines outlined in the Academic Integrity Policy, available in the College and Student Handbooks.  Consequences of a violation may include failing the specific assignment or the course.