CHEM 690, Applied Topics in the Chemistry Profession

Syllabus for the course 

Spring 2012

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 a TA will register for one. All second year students will register for one credit hour. 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 a 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.

 Note: An empty wondow does not imply no class. All it means is, nothing has been posted. Unless there is a specific note about no class, assume there is one.





20 Jan. 2012

Watch this space, there will be an activity posted.


27 Jan. 2012

Lab Inspection

Mr. Andy Small

3 Feb. 2012

Responsible research conduct


10 Feb. 2012

Publishing your research


17 Feb. 2012

Watch this space, there will be an activity posted.

 ACS Material

24 Feb. 2012

 Pointers in scientific grammar

 Prof. Jessica Reyman

2 March. 2012

 More grammar

Prof. P. Vanýsek 

9 March 2012

 NO CLASS (In anticipation of the spring break revelry)


16 March 2012



23 March 2012

More on grammar II

Prof. P. Vanýsek 

30 March 2012


 no class

6 April 2012

 Third semester reviews

 Only the involved students, all others excused.

13 April 2012


 no class, Dr. Vanýsek is out of town

20 April 2012

 Federal funding of research

 Prof. G. Blazey
(room to be determined, but not LaT201

27 April 2012