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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - CHM6235
Tracking Number - 4842

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2014-11-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Approved 5/2/14. to SCNS; Approved eff 11/1/14

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2013-11-06
  2. Department: Chemistry
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 121300
  5. Contact Person: Kirpal Bisht
  6. Phone: 9740350
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: CHM
  9. Number: 6235
  10. Full Title: Spectroscopic Analysis of Organic Compounds
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?: N
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Spect. Anal. of Organic Compds
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: CHM 2211 (Organic II)
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: This course provides the student with a thorough understanding of the theory and use of spectroscopic techniques (MS, IR, UV-vis, and NMR,) and their use in identification of organic compounds from the spectroscopic data from techniques discussed.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? No other course teaches Spectroscopic Analysis of Organic Compounds, which is a necessary skill for Chemistry Graduate Students.

    The course has been taught as a special topic course (CHM 6938) for many numbers of years, as it teaches required skills for Chemistry Graduate Students. With this course proposal, we are now requesting a specific course number. Since similar course already exist in the SUS system [Advanced Organic Spectroscopy (offered as 6235 at FIU, 5235 at UF and UCF] we are seeking to teach is as CHM 6235.

  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 3 or more times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) A Doctorate degree in Chemistry
  29. Objectives: The students learn structural formulas of organic compounds during the introductory level organic courses (CHM2210 and CHM 2211), often with very little supporting evidence. These chemical structures are in fact based upon sound experimental evidence, which comes from spectroscopic experiments. This course enables the students to use the spectroscopic techniques covered in the course (below) to understand and determine the chemical structure of the molecules.

    The specific course objectives are:

    (1) to provide the student with a thorough understanding of the theory and use of spectroscopic techniques (MS, IR, UV-vis, and NMR,) used to identify organic compounds

    (2) to identify organic compounds by interpretation of spectroscopic data from techniques discussed in the lecture portion of the class.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this class, students will be able to:

    • understand the theory and use of spectroscopic techniques (MS, IR, UV-vis, and NMR,) used to identify organic compounds

    • identify organic compounds by interpretation of spectroscopic data from techniques discussed in the lecture portion of the class.

  31. Major Topics: The major course topics are:

    • Mass Spectrometry: The mass to charge ratio of ions, generated upon ionization by high energy electrons or other techniques, is measured by electrostatic acceleration and magnetic field perturbation to determine a precise molecular weight. Ion fragmentation patterns can be used to elucidate the structure of the molecular ion.

    • Ultraviolet-Visible Spectroscopy: Absorption of light causes electronic excitation. Absorption in the wavelengths of 200 to 800 nm region is observed only if conjugated pi-electron systems are present. Woodward –Fieser rules can be used for identifying the chromophore present in certain organic molecules.

    • Infrared Spectroscopy: Absorption of the IR radiation causes vibrational and rotational excitation within the molecule. The characteristic absorptions is used for identification of functional groups within the molecules.

    • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy: Absorption of radio-frequency causes excitation of nuclear spin states and the chemical environment of a nuclei affect its ‘chemical shift’. Spectral editing and 2D NMR techniques can be used to determine the chemical structure of the molecule.

  32. Textbooks: Spectroscopic Identification of Organic Compounds, Silverstein, Webster, and Kiemle, 7th edition.

    Optional Text: Organic Structural Spectroscopy, Lambert, Shurvell, Lightner, and Cooks.

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: The text book and selected reading topics from relevant scientific journals will be assigned. No lab supplies or instruments are needed.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: There is a heavy emphasis placed on problem solving in this course. Twenty percent of the final grade will be from homework problem sets. Students are expected to work meticulously through these problems on your own in preparing for upcoming lectures and examinations. Assignments handed in late will lose 20% of its graded value for each day it is late.

    Students are expected to maintain a highly interactive class atmosphere that is conducive to effective problem solving. Thus, attendance and active participation of all students will be mandatory. Student will be responsible for all material presented in both the lectures and problem sets.

    Grading Policy: In accordance with university policy, final course letter grades will be assigned as follows.

    A+ 95-100%; A 90-94%; A- 85-89%; B+ 80-84%; B 75-79%; B- 70-74%; C+ 65-69%; C 60-64%; C- 55-59%; D 45-54%; F below 45 %

    The course grade will be based on the combined performance on the examination and problem sets, in the following manner:

    Homework Assignments 20%

    Midterm exam 30%

    Final exam 50%

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: 2 exams (1 midterm, 1 final exam), 4 homework assignments and an oral presentation (equivalent to one HW problem set) in the final week of classes.
  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: If a student intends to be absent from a class or announced examination/quiz for the approved reason as noted in the graduate Catalog- the student must notify the instructor at the beginning of the academic term to qualify and make request for a makeup exam/quiz (NO EXCEPTIONS). All excused absences require timely notification and proper documentation, such as a properly dated/timed doctor’s note of the emergency visit. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the instructor ASAP of the emergency conflict on the schedule exam day and discuss the option/consequence of such an absence and request a make-up exam/quiz. I will determine the validity of the documentation provided in support of the excused absence.
  38. Program This Course Supports: Chemistry
  39. Course Concurrence Information: The course has been taught every year as a dual listed special topics course (CHM6938) and the enrollments in the course are around 25 students. Students from Chemical engineering, CCMB, public health, and chemistry enroll in the course.

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