CHEM 4500 - Senior Chemistry Seminar
Course Syllabus - Fall 2012

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Course Description:

    Number and Title:

CHEM 4500(CRN 88747)
Senior Chemistry Seminar

    Credit Hours:

3.0 semester credit hours

    Catalog Description:

Experts from industry, government, and academia discuss current topics in chemistry and related fields. Students enrolled in the seminar prepare for the talks by conducting electronic literature searches, reviewing the relevant literature, and submitting questions for the speakers. This course gives students the opportunity to meet with and question experts in the field. Examinations and projects are based on seminar topics.

    Course Prerequisite:

CHEM 2412, CHEM 2412L, and CHEM2500 with a grade of C or better.

Notebook 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

In-class Use of Student Notebook Computers:

Student notebook computers will be used on occasion in the classroom in this course. Computers will also be required to access course materials and to communicate with your instructor.

Course Objectives:

Student Learning Outcomes:

        Chemistry Outcomes:

  • Outcome 1: Demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of major fields of chemistry.

  • Outcome 5: Communicate scientific information in a clear and concise manner both orally and in writing.

Instructor Information:

Dr. Susan F. Hornbuckle
Phone: (678) 466-4780
Office: NBS164

Office hours: 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM 
T, Th NBS164 or 183
  11:00 AM - 3:00 PM 
(by appointment only*)
M NBS164 or 183
  12:45 PM - 4:00 PM
(by appointment only*)
T NBS164 or 183
  12:45 PM - 4:00 PM Th NBS164 or 183

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

Class Meetings:





6:30 PM - 8:20 PM

A&S: G127

Textbook Information:

Text:  NA


Your evaluation in CHEM4500 will be tentatively based upon the following components:  



Quizzes (15 points, 25 points, 25 points, 35 points)


Presentations (25 pts, 50 pts, 50pts, & 75 points)


Attendance/Active Participation in class discussions





The grade you receive in CHEM4500 will be based upon the following distribution:




 280 - 400


< 280

Mid-term Progress Report

A mid-term grade  will not be issued for this course.

Tentative Course Schedule*:


Aug. 13

Introduction, 1st Presentation Assigned

Aug. 20

Sample Presentation

Aug. 27

Student Presentations (Communications Articles)

Sept. 3 No Class - Labor Day
Sept 10

Quiz 1, 2nd Presentation Assigned

Sept. 17

Sample Presentation

Sept. 24

Student Presentations (Full Journal Articles)

Oct. 1

Quiz 2, 3rd Presentation Assigned

Oct. 8

Sample Presentation

Oct. 15

Student Presentations (Full Journal Articles)

Oct. 22

Quiz 3, 4th Presentation Assigned

Oct. 29

Sample Presentation

Nov. 5

Student Presentations (Review Articles)

Nov. 12

Quiz 4

Nov. 19

 Make up day

Nov. 26

 Make up day - Last day of class

 *The instructor reserves the right to alter the course schedule at any time during the semester.

Important Dates


Last day to withdraw without academic penalty

October 5th

Course Policies:


Students will present four research articles from the current (published during the last 18 months) literature.  Each student should choose articles from four of the following five areas of chemistry (No more than one article per area.):

1. Organic Chemistry
2. Analytical Chemistry (Spectroscopy included)
3. Inorganic Chemistry
4. Physical Chemistry
5. Biochemistry

Assignment #1 - Present a 10 minute talk on a research communication or research letter from one of the American Chemical Society Journals.

Assignment #2 - Present a 20 minute talk on a full journal article from one of the American Chemical Society Journals.

Assignment #3 - Present a 20 minute talk on a full journal article from one of the American Chemical Society Journals.

Assignment #4 - Present a 30 minute talk on a review article from the "Chemical Reviews" or "Accounts of Chemical Research" journals of the American Chemical Society.

Students are to email the class their chosen article by 48 hours prior to the presentation.  Presentations are to be done using Powerpoint slides.  Students will email the instructor 3, 5, 5, and 7 quiz questions and answers, respectively, for each presentation by midnight of the Friday following the presentation.  These questions and answers will be part of the presentation grade and they will be graded on quality, relevance, and correctness.


Students are expected to attend and be prepared for class.  Roll will be taken and participation grades will be assigned each class meeting.  A student missing 4 class periods during the semester will be withdrawn from the course and assigned a grade of WF.  An absence on the day a student has a presentation due will result in a grade of zero for that presentation unless written documentation for an excused absence is supplied (within one week of the absence).  If the absence is excused, the presentation will be rescheduled for later in the semester. 

Academic Irregularity:

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.

Disruption of the Learning Environment:

Behavior which disrupts the teaching–learning process during class activities will not 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 student who fails to respond to reasonable faculty direction regarding classroom behavior and/or behavior while participating in classroom activities may be dismissed from class.  A student who is dismissed is entitled to due process and will be afforded such rights as soon as possible following dismissal.  If found in violation, a student 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 Class Policies:

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

  • Arrive to class on time.

  • Avoid disruptive behavior in class: talking, snoring, children, etc.

  • Turn off phones, computers and other electronic devices.

  • If you must leave early, leave quietly by a back door if possible.

  • Use the pencil sharpener before class begins.

  • No eating, smoking or drinking in the classrooms.

  • No extra credit work will be assigned.

Last update: September 20, 2011