CHEM 690, Applied Topics in the Chemistry Profession

Syllabus for the course 

Spring 2011

Instructor in Charge: Dr. P. Vanýsek; Office La Tourette Hall 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.



          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.








Techniques for effective teaching

Prof. Ballantine


Writing the dissertation/thesis

 Carolyn Law and Diane Johns Dissertation and Thesis Advisers


Safety issues Mr. A. Small


Not everybody gets a trophy: Awards, scholarships and honorable mentions

Prof. P. Vanysek


No class



CV and Resume Prof. P. Vanýsek


How to get a trophy Prof. P. Vanýsek


Friday before the spring break probably not highly popular time slot.  


Spring break  


Proofreading a statement of purpose: In-class activityBring red pens

Prof. P. Vanýsek


3rd semester reviews

No class for other 690 students



How to bring a laboratory in compliance with safety requirements. Mr. Andy Small