CHEM 4812 - Spectroscopy
Course Syllabus - Fall 2011

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Course Description:

    Number and Title:

CHEM 4812(CRN 88748)
Organic Chemistry I

    Credit Hours:

3.0 semester credit hours

    Catalog Description:

Applied spectroscopy theory and application of 1D- NMR, 2D-NMR, mass spectrometry, and infrared spectroscopy in the determination of organic structures.

    Course Prerequisite:

CHEM 2412 and CHEM 2412L 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:

        Biology Outcomes:

Instructor Information:

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

Office hours: 2:50 PM - 4:00 PM 
(by appointment only)

NBS164 or NBS183

  11:00 AM - 4:00 PM  W


  12:45 PM - 3:25 PM T


  2:45 PM - 3:25 PM Th


  11:05 AM - 12:00 PM
(by appointment only)
T, Th


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

Class Meetings:

Days Times Room
T,Th 9:50 AM - 11:05 AM LAB 107

Textbook Information:


Copyright 2005 
Edition 7 
ISBN 0-471-39362-2

Text Coverage:

Chapters 1  - 8


Your evaluation in CHEM4812 will be based upon the following components:  

component points
Classroom Assessments (3) @ 100 points


Comprehensive Final Exam




Mid-term Progress Report

The mid-term grade in this course which will be issued on October 5th, reflects approximately 16% of the entire course grade.  Based on this grade, students may choose to withdraw from the course and receive a grade of "W."  Students pursuing this option must fill out an official withdrawal form, available in the Office of the Registrar, by mid-term, which occurs on October 7th.


The grade you receive in Chemistry 2411 will be based upon the following distribution:

letter grade

percentage range


90% or greater


80% - 89%


70% - 79%


60% - 69%


< 60%

Tentative Course Schedule*:


Organic Chemistry (Wade) Lecture Topic
Aug. 16 - Aug. 23 Chapter 1 Mass Spectroscopy
Aug. 25 - Sept. 3 Chapter 2 Infrared Spectroscopy
Sept 6 No class  
Sept 8 - Sept 24 Chapter 3  Proton Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
Sept. 27 Exam I**  
Sept. 29 -Oct. 11 Chapter 4  Carbon-13 NMR Spectroscopy
Oct. 13 - Oct. 29 Chapter 5 Correlation NMR, 2-D NMR
Nov. 1 Exam II**  
Nov. 3 - Nov. 15 Chapter 6 NMR Spectroscopy Of Other Important Spin 1/2 Nuclei
Nov. 17 - Nov. 22 Chapter 7 and Chapter 8 Solved Problems/Assigned Problems
Nov. 29 Exam III**   
Dec. 1 Chapter 8 continued  
Dec. 6th
10:15am - 12:15pm
Final Exam Comprehensive Exam

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

**Exams will be announced in class as least one week before each assessment.

Important Dates  
Last day to withdraw without academic penalty October 7th

Course Policies:


This course demands and expects approximately two hours of work per night. Reading assignments are tentatively made on this syllabus. The student is expected to complete all chapter problems upon completion of each topic in class. However, these will not be collected or graded. Completion of homework is your responsibility. Supplementary problems will also be assigned.


Class roll will be taken, however, attendance is not required except for classroom assessments. You are responsible for all attendance requirements for external programs (i.e. financial aid). It is your responsibility to sign the roll sheet at every class meeting you attend. This roll sheet is the instructor's official record. You will be held responsible for all announcements and material covered in lecture in addition to text, references, hand-outs and study guides.  Note: Lectures will contain valuable explanations of content and thought processes which are difficult for most students to extract from the text book on their own. Therefore, regular attendance is strongly encouraged.

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:

Operation Study:

At Clayton State University, we expect and support high motivation and academic achievement. Look for Operation Study activities and programs this semester that are designed to enhance your academic success such as study sessions, study breaks, workshops, and opportunities to earn Study Bucks (for use in the University Bookstore) and other items.



There will be three classroom assessments and one 2-hour final (comprehensive). The assessments will be announced approximately one week in advance whenever possible and attendance is mandatory.  If a student has an excused absence on an exam day, the student's final exam percentage score will be used in place of the missed exam score.  No make-up exams will be given.

Grades will not be communicated via email or telephone. Exams will be handed back in the next lecture period after an exam. If absent, a student must come by during office hours to retrieve their exam. Final exam papers may be viewed the following semester during office hours.

Other Class Policies:

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

Last update: August 16, 2011