CHEM 690, Applied Topics in the Chemistry Profession

Syllabus for the course 

Fall 2011

Instructor in Charge: Dr. P. Vansek; 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.







26 Aug. 2011

Techniques for effective teaching

Prof. Ballantine

2 Sept. 2011

Fire extinguisher training

Mr. A. Small

9 Sept. 2011

No Class


16 Sept. 2011

First aid

NIU Environmental Health & Safety

Ms. Michelle Crase

23 Sept. 2011

Library instructions

Only first year students, in room LaT 300

Others are excused

Meredith Ayers

30 Sept. 2011

The little details that matter

 Prof. Vanysek

7 Oct. 2011

to be announced


14 Oct. 2011



Room reserved for the Alumni meeting

21 Oct. 2011

CPR training

Michelle Crase

28 Oct. 2011

Safety training


4 Nov. 2011


3rd semester reviews

11 Nov. 2011


3rd semester reviews

18 Nov. 2011



25 Nov. 2011

Thanksgiving break


2 Dec. 2011