CHEM 341L 02: Organic Chemistry I Laboratory

CHEM 341L - Organic Chemistry I Laboratory

2023 Spring Syllabus, Section 02, CRN 6669

Course Information

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Times and Location

W 9:05am-11:55am in UND Abbott Hall, Rm 349
W 9:05am-11:55am in UND Abbott Hall, Rm 347

MWF 8:00 AM – 8:50 AM,   Abbott Hall, Room 101

Instructor Information

Guodong Du


Office: AH 224C

Office Phone: 72241

Instructor 1134155

Eugene Oga

Chiranthi Mahadurage

Course Description

Laboratory to accompany Chem 341. Required for chemistry majors.

Related Sections

  • CHEM 341 01 - Organic Chemistry I: MWF 2:30pm-3:20pm, Guodong Du

Designed for science and pre-professional students, CHEM 341 is the prerequisite for CHEM 342. CHEM 341 covers basics of structure & bonding, nomenclature, stereochemistry, acid & base chemistry, functional groups, and basic reaction mechanisms pertaining to common functional group transformations. 

Learning Outcomes

The main goal is to learn the principles of organic chemistry. This includes, but is not limited to,

(1) the physical & chemical properties of organic compounds,

(2) the relationship between structure & bonding (and how that translates into reactivity),

(3) basic organic reaction mechanisms, and

(4) the preparation & characterization of organic compounds.

Course Materials

Required Textbooks:

Organic Chemistry, 8th Edition, by Brown, Iverson, Anslyn, and Foote, Cengage Learning, 2018. Please bring the textbook to each lecture. Earlier editions can be used but note some details will differ.

Student Study Guide and Solutions Manual for Organic Chemistry, 8th ed., Brown, Iverson, Anslyn, and Foote, Cengage Learning, 2018.

Required Accessibility:

BlackBoard® ( Syllabus, grades, announcements, online quizzes/surveys, and other information will be provided through the UND BlackBoard® (Bb) website.

OWL Homework System: This comes with the Cengage textbook bundle that includes an access code for the OWL online learning system; otherwise, you will need to purchase a code separately. Please access the OWL homework system through the link in the BlackBoard.

Tophat. We will be using the Top Hat ( classroom response system in class. You will be able to submit answers to in-class questions using Apple or Android smartphones and tablets, laptops, or through text message. Our course join code is #####.

Recommended Materials:

Preparing for Your ACS Examination in Organic Chemistry: The Official Guide. available at 0-9708042-1-0.

Organic Chemistry as a Second Language, First Semester Topics. 4th ed., Klein, Wiley, 2017. ISBN: 978-1119110668.

Molecular modeling kit (Duluth Labs, MM-005)

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Course Logistics

Access and Log in Information

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Course Requirements/Expectations


Chem 122 and Chem 122L with a grade of C or better


Chem 341L. It means that (i) both courses must be taken together; if you are not registered for Chem 341L, you will be dropped from Chem 341, unless you can show documentation of a previous letter grade in an equivalent organic laboratory course; and (ii) you cannot withdraw from Chem 341 without dropping the lab.



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Course Etiquette

When participating in class (online or in person) it is important to interact with your peers in an appropriate manner. Always use professional language (no netspeak) in your postings and emails. Please be respectful of your classmates at all times even if you disagree with their ideas.


Exam (71%)

Midterm 150

Midterm 2100

Midterm 3100

Midterm 4100

Final Exam150

Quiz (21%)

OWLv2 Assignments & Quizzes150

Participation (7%)

In-Class Activities & Quizzes50

Assessment Summary

Exams (Tentative)

The first midterm, a 25-minute mini-exam on Chapter 1 and some Chapter 2 material, will be given on {Aug. 31, 2023}. Three 50-minute midterm examinations will be given on {Sept. 28, Oct. 26, and Nov. 30}. These are in Thursday evenings starting at 7:00 PM. More Details will follow.

The final exam is on {Dec. 13, 8:00-10:00 AM}. This exam will cover the entire material of the course – from the first lecture through the last lecture. Tentatively, it will be the standardized ACS format with multiple-choice questions, and this may change depending on the COVID situation.

Final Grade Scale

A = 87.0% and above

B = 76.0% to 86.9%

C = 65.0% to 75.9%

D = 54.0% to 64.9%

F = 53.9% and below

Schedule of Topics and Assignments

Week of Reading(s): Agenda/Topic: Due:
1/11 Ch. 1 - Covalent Bonding & Shapes of Molecules Introduction to course
1/18 Ch. 2 - Alkanes & Cycloalkanes (Selected Topics) Exam #1: Chapter 1-2(part)
1/25 Ch. 3 - Stereoisomerism & Chirality
2/1 Ch. 4 - Acids & Bases
2/8 Ch. 5 - Alkenes: Bonding, Nomenclature & Properties
2/15 Ch. 6 - Reactions of Alkenes - Addition Reactions
Ch. 6 - Other Reactions of Alkenes
Midterm Exam #2: Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (first part)
2/22 Ch. 7 - Alkynes
3/1 Ch. 8 - Haloalkanes & Radical Reactions
3/8 Ch. 12 - Infrared Spectroscopy
Ch. 14 - Mass Spectrometry
3/15 No Class
3/22 Midterm Exam #3: Chapters 6, 7, 8, 12, 14
3/29 Ch. 9 - Nucleophilic Substitution & Beta Elimination
4/5 CH. 10 - Alcohols & Thiols
4/19 Ch. 11 - Ethers, Epoxides, & Sulfides
Ch. 13 - Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
4/26 Midterm Exam #4: Chapters 9, 10, 11, 13
5/3 Reading & Review
5/10 Final Exam


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Course Policies

Attendance is expected for all lectures in accordance with university policy. However, there is no makeup for missed in-class assignments and quizzes, and no makeup exam will be given. Missing a midterm will be allowed only under special circumstances (such as serious medical illness or a legitimate emergency). A signed, written explanation of the circumstances leading to your absence must be presented (a doctor's note is also acceptable). Furthermore, the students who were absent from a lecture are responsible for learning the discussed material and discovering if any announcements were made during the lecture.

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University of North Dakota Policies & Resources

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a serious matter, and any deviations from appropriate behavior will be dealt with strongly. At the discretion of the professor, situations of concern may be dealt with as a scholastic matter or a disciplinary matter.

As a scholastic matter, the professor has the discretion to determine appropriate penalties for the student’s workload or grade, but the situation may be resolved without involving many individuals. An alternative is to treat the situation as a disciplinary matter, which can result in suspension from the University, or have lesser penalties. Be aware that I view this as a very serious matter and will have little tolerance and/or sympathy for questionable practices. A student who attempts to obtain credit for work that is not their own (whether that be on a paper, quiz, homework assignment, exam, etc.) will likely receive a failing grade for that item of work, and at the professor’s discretion, may also receive a failing grade in the course. For more information read the Code of Student Life.

Access and Opportunity, Disability Support, & Medical Services

The University of North Dakota is committed to providing equal access to students with documented disabilities. To ensure access to this class and your program, please contact Disability Services for Students (DSS) to engage in a confidential discussion about accommodations for the classroom and clinical settings. Accommodations are not provided retroactively. Students are encouraged to register with DSS at the start of their program. More information can be obtained by email or by phone at 701.777.2664.


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Pregnancy Accommodations

Students who need assistance with academic adjustments related to pregnancy or childbirth may contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office or Academic Affairs to learn about your options. Additional information and services may be found at Pregnancy Resources.

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