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CHEM 690, Applied Topics in the Chemistry Profession

Syllabus for the course 

Fall 2010

Instructor in Charge: Dr. P. Vanýsek; Office Faraday West 418

Credit Hours:          2 (semester 1 and 2), 1 (semester 3 and 4)

Meeting place: LaT 201, but other location will be also used

15:00-16:50 Fridays (but other times/days may be scheduled)

 

Catalog description:

Issues regarding the chemistry profession, teaching methods in chemistry, research tools, information presentation, advanced research, and other subjects not normally considered as part of more traditional chemistry courses. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 semester hours. S/U grading. Prerequisite: Consent of department. Credits: 1-2

         

First year students holding teaching assistantships will register for two credit hours, those without will register for one. Second year students will register for one credit hour. Accordingly, there is additional program for the first year students. This includes for the incoming students taking the background exams, attendance at presentations of faculty who are seeking new graduate students and taking the Sate of Illinois Ethics Test. The first year students with teaching assistantships also attend introductory chemistry courses (CHEM210 or CHEM211), therefore the difference in 2 or 1 credit hours. Note that these activities do not always happen on the Fridays. For the CHEM210/211 attendance you will be given choice to pick the course that best suits your schedule.

 

TEXTBOOK: There is no textbook for the course. Materials, as needed, will be provided.

 

ATTENDANCE:

          The attendance is mandatory for all enrolled students. Note also that for the Safety Component of the course the rest of the student population, not enrolled in the course, will join you, as this training is mandatory for everybody. Everybody also takes the Ethics Test annually.

 

GRADING: The grading is on the S(satisfactory)/U(unsatisfactory) scale. There may be some graded quizzes. The major requirement for obtaining the satisfactory grade is participation in the entire scheduled program and finishing all assigned tasks.

 

Watch the bulletin board outside the mail room as more activities will be posted.

 

 

DATE

dd.mm.yy

TOPIC  

Presenter/Notes

16-19.8.10  

Background exams, orientation

0 week of classes

20.8.10

Safety

 

27.8.10

DeKalb Fire Department

Demonstration of fire extinguisher use.

Mr. Andy Small

The actual activity will take place outside, near the loading dock.

3.9.10

More about safety issues at the Chemistry department

Mr. Andy Small

10.9.10

Luncheon at noon (with the Chemistry Club)

Techniques for effective teaching

 

 

 

Prof. Ballantine

17.9.10 

"Graduate Student Manual" The rules, the forms...

 Prof. Petr Vanýsek

24.9.10

The best library search practices

Meredith Ayers

1.10.10 

What the state mandated Ethics Training does not discuss

 Prof. Gaillard / Prof. Vanýsek

8.10.10

 no class (Prof. Vanýsek at ECS meeting)

 

15.10.10

 Research is expensive

 Prof. Jim Dillon

22.10.10

 no class

 

29.10.10

 Safety Training

 Environmental Safety

5.11.10

3rd semester research reviews

only the 3rd semester students attend

12.11.10

Graphs and references, the forgotten details of scientific writing.

 P. Vanýsek

19.11.10

 

 

26.11.10

Thanksgiving

 

3.12.10

last day of classes

 

10.12.10

week of the finals