The Course and its Content The specific learning objectives for my Introduction to Organic Chemistry course at The Westminster Schools, can be read at here. The course is not designed to prepare students for any organic chemistry examination other than the internally assessed one.
Textbook and Other Resources Hart, Hadad, Craine & Hart, Organic Chemistry – a short course, 13th Edition
The Course Notes The notes amplify the content of the whole course. They are vitally important to students as they form a permanent, hard copy record that summarizes all of the knowledge and understanding that students require in order to perform well in the final examination. Each set of notes should be used and annotated however the student sees fit. They must be used as the basis for study.
My website All the materials for the course can be downloaded from my website. It is the student’s responsibility to visit the site to get materials as and when they are needed. In addition to the course material you will find a very large amount of other helpful information there. You are required to visit regularly; almost certainly, that will mean daily!
The Expectations In order for us all to have a successful year we have to work together. There are two sides to this partnership;
(i) Student obligations. I hope it goes without saying that attendance, punctuality, courtesy and good behavior of the highest levels are expected at all times. On the occasions when it is unavoidable that a class is missed, it remains the responsibility of the student to catch up with any material missed. Laboratory safety is always of paramount importance. Exemplary behavior and observance of safety procedures is required at all times. The very nature of the Introduction to Organic Chemistry course, requires students to learn and apply advanced learning skills. More specifically taking the initiative for one’s own learning and being prepared to think around problems to find solutions. Please seek help and use office hours if you are having difficulties.
(ii) My commitment. I will always grade and return work to you as soon as possible and will be happy to review any problems that arise from it. I am always happy to speak to students and parents outside of class time, as and when time permits.
The Assessment The course will be assessed in four areas.
(i) Testing. Students will be tested at the end of each unit. The tests will make up 40% of the final semester grade.
(ii) Homework. Homework will be set on a regular basis and deadlines must be met. The homework will make up 40% of the final semester grade.
(iii) Quizzes. Each quiz, although taken under test conditions, only counts as the equivalent of a homework grade.
(iv) Examination. All work covered in a complete semester will be covered in a written examination. The exam will make up 20% of the final semester grade.