CHEM 1151L – Survey of Chemistry II Laboratory
Course Syllabus - Spring 2010

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Course Description:

Number and Title:

CHEM 1151L (CRN 24358)
Survey of Chemistry I Laboratory

Credit Hours:

Chemistry 1151L is a one hour credit science laboratory course associated with Chemistry 1151, for Area D1 of the Core Curriculum of Clayton Sate University.

Catalog Description:

Laboratory accompanying CHEM 1151.

Course Prerequisites and Co-requisites:

CHEM 1151  (multiple Courses available)

Note: Due to the co-requisite nature of CHEM 1151 and CHEM 1151L, students dropping one of the two courses must also drop the other.

Computer Requirement:

Each CSU student is required to have ready access throughout the semester to a notebook computer that meets faculty-approved hardware and software requirements for the student's academic program. Students will sign a statement attesting to such access.  For further information on CSU's Official Notebook Computer Policy, please go to    

The course web page offers you many instructional aides:  safety rules, waiver of liability, data sheets, report sheets,  etc.  It is your responsibility to become familiar with these materials.   

Computer Skill Prerequisites:

Your instructor may have access to more font sets than your computer currently holds.  Therefore, there may be some differences in the appearance of symbols when viewing old exams and exercise sheets.  If this is a problem, consult the instructor.  

In-class Use of Student Notebook Computers:

Student notebook computers will be used for two laboratory assignments in the course as well as needed weekly for data sheets and laboratory reports. Computers will be required to access course materials and to communicate with your instructor.

Course Learning Outcomes:

After completing the course, students will

Program Learning Outcomes:

General education outcomes:

The following links provide tabular descriptions of the communications outcome and the critical thinking outcome components  (see CHEM 1151L in the tables):

Term:  Spring 2010

Instructor Information:


Dr. Susan F. Hornbuckle
Phone: (678) 466-4780
office: Faculty Hall ADM-11

Office hours: 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM M, W Faculty Hall A-11
BHS: C-50
  10:30 AM - 11:30 PM T Faculty Hall A-11
  2:10 PM - 4:10 PM T Faculty Hall A-11
  10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
*by appointment only
Th BHS: C-54
  4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
*by appointment only
Th BHS: C-54
  other times by appointment*    

*You may email or talk to me in person to make an appointment during these times.

Class Meetings:

Classroom and Class Times:

Day Times Room
M 6:30 p.m. - 8:20 p.m. Business & Health Science C-48

Textbook & Supplies Information:

Text:  Chemistry 1151 Laboratory Manual
            Safety Glasses
            Scientific Calculator
            Access to a computer


You are required to supply your own safety glasses for the laboratory.  These are available in the campus book store but may be purchased elsewhere.  Safety glasses MUST be worn in the laboratory at all times.  If necessary, the instructor will deduct points from lab reports for not wearing safety glasses while in the laboratory.


You must complete the laboratory data sheet and report sheet for each experiment by accessing these forms from the course web page.  You may complete the forms directly on the web and print them, or you may download them to your computer and complete them using  WordTM on your laptop computer, print them, and submit to your instructor.  Each report is worth 100 points with the grade distribution described elsewhere in this syllabus.  The report will include the data sheet along with the report sheet.  There will be a penalty for late lab reports of 10% per day of the week.  Reports may not be submitted by e-mail.  


Laboratory Reports  10  @  100 pts each 1000
TOTAL 1000


A 90 - 100%
B 80 - 89%
C 70 - 79%
D 60 - 69%
F Below 60%

Mid-term Progress Report

Due to the relatively small number of laboratory reports that will have been returned by mid-term, a mid-term grade may not be reported for this course.

Helpful Information:

Homework:  The lab meets in the designated room at the designated time.  You are to complete the assigned laboratory exercise at that time.  The instructor cannot guarantee the possibility of a make-up lab.  Your laboratory experiments should be prepared.  This includes pre-lab reading and preparation, performing the experiment , collection and proper recording of data and observations, conclusions, answers to all questions and clean-up as well as the experiment write-up.  Points will be lost for late work received at the rate of 10% per day of the week.

Reports:  Reports are due at the beginning of the next laboratory period, unless announced differently by the instructor in class or through e-mail.  The report should include the data sheet and the laboratory report sheet with all questions answered.  These sheets are supplied as a computer "form" accessible from the course web page.  The forms should be typed and printed and submitted on time.  Reports will not be accepted via e-mail.  The student is expected to spend time outside of the laboratory on the report sheet.  Proper writing skills are expected.  Points will be lost for poor grammar, spelling, writing, etc.  and/or the instructor may request that the report be redone.  Points will be lost for late reports at the rate of 10% per day of the week.  Reports are considered late if not handed in at the beginning of the next laboratory period.

Group Work:  We will normally work in small groups in the laboratory.  It is each individual's responsibility to insure that everyone in the group participates in all aspects of the experiment.  You are responsible for cleaning all equipment used and keeping the lab neat and clean.  Points may be deducted for failure to wear safety glasses while physically in the laboratory, for messy labs, late reports, horseplay in lab, etc., at the discretion of the instructor.
Even though we may perform the experiment in groups, and even though we encourage an exchange of ideas for comprehension of the laboratory exercise, all reports must be of an individual nature.  Written work must be original and must be the individual's expression of the results and understanding of the laboratory concepts.  Work that has been copied from another individual will result in the lowering of both scores.  You must attend all parts of the laboratory session to receive points for that laboratory assignment.

Risk:  Participation in laboratory activities involves an inherent risk of injury.  In the event of injury, the student should immediately inform the instructor who will contact the Campus Public Safety Officer.  The officer will file an accident report and administer first aid or contact appropriate medical help.

Note:  The instructor reserves the right to alter the laboratory schedule as she sees fit.  Students must participate in the laboratory in order to successfully complete the course.

Course Schedule:

Tentative Topic Schedule  

Date Topic
Jan 11th AND Jan 18th No labs meet
Jan 25th Introduction
Feb 1st Computer Lab Microsoft Word
Feb 8th Computer Lab Microsoft Excel
Feb 15th Measurement Lab
Feb 22nd Empirical Formula of Zinc Chloride
March 1st Flame Test Lab
March 15th Blue Bottle Experiment
March 22nd Reaction of Copper Part I
March 29th Reactions of Copper Part II
April 5th Determination of Atmospheric Pressure
April 12th Spectrophotometric Determination of Chromium Part I
April 19th Spectrophotometric Determination of Chromium Part II
April 26th Antacids
May 3rd No Lab


They may not appear sequentially in the lab manual!!!


Course Policies:

General Policy:
Students must abide by policies in the
Clayton State University Student Handbook, and the Basic Undergraduate Student Responsibilities.

University Attendance Policy:
Students are expected to attend and participate in every class meeting. Instructors establish specific policies relating to absences in their courses and communicate these policies to the students through the course syllabi. Individual instructors, based upon the nature of the course, determine what effect excused and unexcused absences have in determining grades and upon students' ability to remain enrolled in their courses. The university reserve the right to determine that excessive absences, whether justified or not, are sufficient cause for institutional withdrawals or failing grades.

Course Attendance Policy:
Attendance is required in lab until you have completed the experimental portion of this course. You will be institutionally withdrawn from the laboratory course if you have a total of FOUR excused or unexcused laboratory absences.  Unexcused absences will result in a grade of zero for the missed experiment.

Academic Dishonesty: 
Any type of activity that is considered dishonest by reasonable standards may constitute academic misconduct.  The most common forms of academic misconduct are cheating and plagiarism. Cheating in any form will not be tolerated.  Consequences may include a zero grade on the assessment instrument, or possible action by the College Judicial Board of Review.   
Judicial procedures are described at

If you are absent from a lab session, you are not allowed to turn in a laboratory report for the work you were not physically present to complete, doing so is cheating.

Disruption of the learning Environment:
Behavior which disrupts the teaching-learning process during class activities will not be tolerated. While a variety of behaviors can be disruptive in a classroom setting, more serious examples include belligerent, abusive, profane and or threatening behavior. A students who fails to respond to reasonable faculty direction regarding classroom behavior while participating in classroom activities may be dismissed from class. A student who is dismissed is entitled to due process and will afforded such rights as soon as possible following dismissal. If found in violation , a students may be administratively withdrawn and may receive a grade of WF.

A more detailed description of examples of disruptive behavior and appeal procedures is provided at:

Other Policies:

Participation in laboratory activities involves an inherent risk of injury. In the event of injury, the student should immediately inform the instructor or laboratory technician who will file an accident report. The injured party will be given first aid through the Campus Public Safety Officer and be referred to the appropriate medical facility for follow-up.

Safety glasses must be worn at all times in the laboratory.

No extra credit work will be assigned

It is the students responsibility to complete the Student Survey and Course/Instructor Evaluation for each course and each instructor every semester. If this is not done during the allotted time period, the student will be restricted from seeing their final course grade until approximately one week after final exams have ended. Instructors are not allowed to give course grades to those who did not complete these evaluations. Also, I am not allowed to give out grades over the telephone or via email due to federal privacy laws.

Reports are due at the START of lab on the week following the completion of the experiment. There is a 10% per working day penalty for late labs. Under no circumstances will reports will be accepted after the last day of classes as printed in the College schedule.

Electronic calculators will be needed for laboratory calculations.   The battery and working of your calculator will be your responsibility.  You will find it useful to have your calculator in the laboratory.

As a courtesy to your classmates:

  1. Arrive to lab on time, and stay until the exercise is complete.
  2. No children or visitors are allowed in the laboratory.
  3. Turn off phones, radios and other electronic devices. 
  4. Replace all chemicals to the shelves with lids firmly attached.
  5. Clean all spills that occur on and around the balances.
  6. Be sure all glassware is cleaned with soap, rinsed and hung to dry;  return all equipment to its proper place.  No glassware should be left in the sink.
  7. Be very careful with thermometers.--Expensive!!
  8. No smoking, eating or drinking is permitted at any time in the classroom.
  9. Be aware of all safety rules, policies and procedures.   Abide by the safety rules while in the laboratory.
  10. Wear your safety glasses (This is a must)  at all times in the laboratory.  If necessary, the instructor will deduct points from lab reports for not wearing safety glasses while in the laboratory.

The instructor reserves the right to take any steps she deems necessary in order to produce satisfactory results in the laboratory.

Last update: January 10, 2010