Schedule                     CRN

MWF 10:00 am         10053



Instructor: Dr. Barry Miburo

Office: Conger Hall 202

Phone: 391-5117

E-mail: bmiburo@abac.edu




Office: 8:00 am - 8:50 am


            Office: 8 am – 10 am, 2 pm – 3 pm

AAC: 10 am – 12 pm, 3 pm – 5 pm


Office: 8:00 am - 8:50 am, 2:00 am – 2:50 pm


Office/AAC: 9:30 am – 11:00 am


Office: 8:00 am - 8:50 am


The complete schedule may be found at this link: http://www.abac.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/ScheduleSp14.htm



You are required to attend all lectures. By school regulation, instructors will keep accurate attendance records and must report the number of absences for each student when midterm and final grades are turned in. Two tardiness instances will be equated to one absence. 2% of the class grade will be attributed to attendance. Points will be deducted from the attendance grade proportionally to the number of documented unjustified days of absence. Unjustified absence for a time equivalent to two or more weeks of class will result in forfeiture of the attendance grade. To avoid penalty, any absence will have to be justified beforehand or immediately after it has happened.


A student who serves as an official representative of the college will not be penalized with unexcused absences when the absences result from regularly scheduled activities in which he/she represents the college. However, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the instructor prior to the absence and to make arrangements to make up any work that will be missed, in a manner acceptable to the instructor.


More information on this and other policies can be found a this link: http://www.abac.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/catalog_2013_14.pdf




Prerequisite: Mastery of a certain body of knowledge is necessary if students are to be successful in the target course. Most commonly, such knowledge is measured by successful completion (C or better) of the prerequisite course listed in the class schedule.

Co-requisite: Concurrent (simultaneous) enrollment in or prior successful completion of a companion course is required. The information presented or the practice gained in the co-requisite course is considered necessary for success in the target course.

Students are responsible for meeting the prerequisite and/or co-requisite requirements for any course in which they intend to enroll.


Chemistry 2041 is the second of a two-semester sequence. Any student taking CHEM 2041 must also be registered in the corresponding lab: CHEM 2041L. Departure from this rule must be allowed by the appropriate authority of the school.


The prerequisites for CHEM 2041 are passing CHEM 2040, and CHEM 2040L with a grade of C or better. The student must show proof of satisfaction of that requirement in order to be allowed to stay in the course. Upon request, you must show proof that you fulfill the pre-requisites to be in this class. In order to do that, turn in a printout of your transcript highlighting the part that shows that you satisfy the conditions to be in the class.

If any prerequisites have not been successfully completed by the start of the course, the student is required to drop the course.

Students choosing to withdraw from a co-requisite course are required to also withdraw from the target course.

Any student not meeting prerequisite and/or co-requisite requirements and who does not voluntarily withdraw is subject to withdrawal from the target course by the appropriate administrative authority at any time during the semester.

On recommendation of the instructor, the department chair may waive prerequisite requirements. This waiver must be in writing.

Successful completion of the co-requisite course is required before the student can take classes beyond the target course. Co-requisite courses should be considered pre-requisites for higher level courses.

Chemistry 2041 (3 credit hours) Chemistry 1211 (3 credit hours) will have four 1 h 15 minute lectures per week and will be accompanied by two 3 h laboratory sessions (1 credit hour) per week. In this course, emphasis will be placed on the structure, reactions, and properties of alcohols, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, phenols, amines and their derivatives. IR, MS, and NMR spectroscopies will be utilized in determining the structure of organic compounds. 


CHEM 2041 and CHEM 2041L are designed to satisfy the requirements of area F (Major-Specific Courses) of the core curriculum. The majors requiring CHEM 2041/L include but are not limited to Chemistry, Pharmacy, Biology, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and Dentistry.


CHEM 2041 seeks to reach a variety of objectives. An obvious goal is to obtain a basic knowledge of those chemistry topics just mentioned.


More specific objectives include mastery of nomenclature rules, spectroscopic structural identification methods, properties and chemical reactions (including mechanisms) leading to and involving the organic compounds covered.


However, the goals for CHEM 2041 go far beyond an understanding of the chemistry of organic compounds. Your instructor and all other people and organizations involved in your education hope that you will realize that chemistry is not just a subject that is to be studied, but is rather a subject that may be used to explain, interpret, and predict much of what goes on around you. We hope that students learn to see chemistry as a subject of fundamental importance to your everyday life.


Another goal is to master the problem solving strategies used by chemists to the point that the student realizes that it is useful to non-chemistry related subjects and endeavors. Additional goals include the realization that chemistry is an ever changing body of knowledge.


As a final goal, we hope that you will learn to continually ask questions as an aid in your pursuit of knowledge, and that you will use the gained knowledge to bec0ome a better person, better for yourself and your community.



·        iClicker. It is a device used to achieve two objectives:

Ø  Sign in for attendance in class;

Ø  Participate more actively in the classroom activities. Students use the devices to enter answers multiple choice questions asked by the instructor during lectures.

iClickers are to be purchased at the bookstore. Each student is responsible for having and registering his/ her personal iclicker. No student is allowed to use any other student’s iclicker. As you register your iclicker, make sure you use the same name as  the one recorded in Banner web. Otherwise your iclicker grade will be zero. At the end of the semester, the iclicker grade will be incorporated into the quiz grade.


·        Sapling Learning Online Homework Platform: it is an online computer program carrying problems to solve interactively by students. Homework will be assigned using Sapling Learning . Every student is required to buy his/her own Sapling Learning online access code from the bookstore. As soon as you purchase your Sapling Learning , you need to register it. Make sure you use the correct course and section numbers.  Homework assignments will start promptly after lectures start.


Additional material:




Quizzes & Homework will be regularly given on topics covered in class.

Quizzes are designed to assess the extent to which students understand and apply the concepts covered in class. Furthermore, this is true especially for online quizzes, they impel each student to get fully engaged in the calculations conducted in class, which is a crucial step in the acquisition of problem-solving skills.  


In-class quizzes will be given throughout the lectures, notably using i-clickers. Those quizzes will include review quizzes on the material covered in the previous class session and comprehension quizzes designed to empower students to understand the material as we cover it in class.


Besides in-class quizzes, a number of quizzes will be given online on Desire2learn (D2L). Those quizzes will be chapter portion review quizzes. Each one will cover the part of a chapter covered in a given class and will have to be completed by the end of the next class day. Those completing the quizzes by the next class time will receive extra credit. Chapter portion review quizzes are designed to help students cover small amounts of material at a time and keep up with the material as it is covered in class.  


Questions on those online quizzes will include mostly fill-in-the-blank and calculation types. In the first type, you will need to fill blanks with words from lecture notes. Online calculation questions will use randomized numbers, so that no student will work with the same numbers as another. 


In order to empower students to review and practice more often the concepts and processes covered in class, the online quizzes will be open on a continuous basis up to the deadlines of the quizzes. You are encouraged to take the quizzes as many times as possible to get as high a grade as you want. Resist the temptation to put off the work until you are close to the deadlines of the quizzes. That will bring you only low grades, not just on the quizzes, but also on tests. Take a minimum 3 attempts on each assignment. The first attempt produces acquaintance with the material. The second attempt produces familiarity, and the third attempt produces proficiency, which leads to mastery of the material, which in turn leads to success on tests. At the end, only the highest grade is recorded. The number of times you take the quiz with improving grade may be used to give you extra credit applicable to test grades.


Homework will be given to enable students to solve problems in relation with concepts covered throughout each chapter. It will be done on a computer software called Sapling Learning which is accessible online using an access code available for the students to buy at the bookstore. Homework using Sapling Learning is done at your own pace and in an interactive environment that allows you do the assignments as many times as you wish to as high a grade as you want. Sapling Learning is much more advantageous than the traditional homework assignments out of the textbook. 


You are responsible for registering correctly on Sapling Learning website, using this course and this section numbers. Any other course or section number is incorrect. The instructor will not do any extra work to transfer grades from an incorrect section to the correct one, or to process separately cases of students who failed to register correctly. 


In order to insure that the learning objectives are individually reached in each chapter and to allow students to connect what they study in class to various aspects of their daily lives, personalized chapter assignments will be given at the beginning of each chapter and will be turned in at the end of the chapter. The chapter assignments are designed to incite students to get personally involved in the learning process while solving problems. Grades of chapter assignments will be incorporated into test grades.


Group homework may also be assigned in the form of projects. The projects will deal with selected topics covered in class. The goal of the projects is to give the students the opportunity to solve problems in teams and apply the concepts covered in class to outside-class situations. Grades of projects will be incorporated into test grades


No make-ups will be allowed after a corrected quiz/homework has been returned to the students.



Lecture tests will include four unit tests and one final test.  The material for each unit test will be announced in due time. The goal of each test will be to assess the ability of students to demonstrate concept understanding, critical thinking and problem-solving. Test questions will be a combination of multiple choice and essay types.


Instead of a mere statement of facts, a typical multiple choice question will be a statement of fact and its justification. This not only better demonstrates knowledge of the material, but it also limits to a minimum the probability of obtaining a high grade through picking the correct answer by mere luck.


Even though they take a considerable amount of time to grade, essay questions provide better insight into student knowledge and thinking process, which allows for better intervention to improve student knowledge quality and level when such intervention is warranted. Rather than rote memorization, the correct answers to the questions will combine knowledge and explanation of concepts, and /or ability to rationalize phenomena and procedures, which are better tools to assess mastery of concepts and problem solving procedures. 


Each unit test (except for the first one) will carry a number of questions from previous test(s), to insure permanent contact with the most important aspects of the material covered previously and to provide better preparation for the final test.


A compelling and verifiable reason will be required for make-up tests and only one make-up test will be allowed per student. The make-up test will be done at the time of the final examination, only if it was pre-approved at the time the corresponding regular test was missed.

The final test will cover all the material of the semester. No make-ups will be allowed for the final test.



The course grade will be based upon student performance detailed as follows:

1. Four unit tests

2. One final test = one unit test

3. Quizzes and homework = one unit test

Overall: 6 performance items, each carrying 16% of the total lab grade.

4. Attendance and Conduct: 4% of total lab grade

Total %: 100%


Percentage/grade conversion

Percentage       Grade

90-100 %         A

80-89               B

70-79               C

60-69               D

0-59                 F



In order to insure better grade and competency correlation, the lowest test grade will be dropped at the discretion of the instructor, if the conduct of the students warrants it and if that would result in a better letter grade. The test to be dropped must have been actually taken. Skipped tests do not apply.



Special accommodations will be provided for students with learning disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Any student who fulfills learning disabilities conditions must get in touch with the teacher in order to insure his/her case will be dealt with properly and in a timely manner.




·                     Attend all classes

·                     Pay attention in class

·                     Participate in classroom activities

·                     Participate in group quiz activities

·                     Ask questions to clarify unclear material.

·                     Review the material covered in class:

            *          The very day it is covered

            *          Two or more times before quizzes and tests.

·         Work out the examples

            *          given in class

            *          that are similar to the examples solved in class

·         Do and turn in all assignments

·         Take all quizzes and tests

·         Display appropriate behavior in class.

·         Follow the rules on work ethics.


 It may be possible to memorize material by “cramming” a day or two before an exam, but the benefits of this method of studying are uncertain at best. However, progressive review and practice, by working gradually on the material as it is covered, leads to understanding, remembering, and being able to interpret and apply it are far superior and more productive study methods. Working in small groups has been proven an excellent way to study. If you can explain some concept or problem to another student, you are certainly well on your way to understanding it yourself. It also helps to see questions other students have, as you may at some point have those same questions yourself.


Some other tips to help you succeed include:

           study 2 to 3 hours outside of class for each hour in class

           pay close attention to diagrams, models, analogies, and charts and determine their significance, implications, and connections to the concepts under study.

·               try to understand the physical basis of mathematical formulae

           work problems in a test-like mode (this means with no notes, no text, and in a limited amount of time)

           use all the help resources available to you, including instructor office hours, other students, and the academic assistance center

           get a good night’s sleep before exams

·                     Analyze the questions you missed in a quiz or test and identify the activity you need to conduct and the habits and skills you need to acquire in order to perform better next time.

           make up and answer alternative questions for every question asked in lectures, quizzes, homework, and review sessions. This helps reinforce your knowledge and test taking skills.



In order to enhance successful learning, lectures must take place free from distraction. As a result:

·         Food and drink are strictly prohibited in class.

·         You are allowed to talk in class only as instructed by the teacher or when asking questions to the teacher.

·         Cellular phones are allowed in class, but they must be turned off during lecture time. Instances of class disruption by cell phone call will result in additional assignments due the next time the class meets.

·         2% of the lecture grade will be reserved for classroom conduct. Following the 1st two warnings, five classroom conduct citations (by the teacher) will result in forfeiture of the classroom conduct grade.

Cheating, plagiarism or any other form of dishonesty is strictly prohibited.  Sanctions will be imposed on anybody caught in the act. Depending on the gravity and / or frequency of misconduct, the punishment could amount to failure in and dismissal from the class. More information on this and other policies can be found a this link: http://www.abac.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/catalog_2013_14.pdf




No caps/hats will be allowed on examination days and when/if quizzes are given. Furthermore, the use of any device which can deliver and/or receive electronic messages will be strictly prohibited. The source and the destination of the messages will be sanctioned equally.


Withdrawal from the course

If a student needs to withdraw from this course, the course should be dropped before the deadline date of March 3, 20134. Before that deadline, a student who withdraws from the class will receive a “W” grade.  After the deadline, withdrawing from the class will result in a “WF” grade. Departure from this policy will have to be justified before and approved by the Dean of the School of Science & Math, following the procedure as described in the ABAC Catalog. More information on this and other issues may be found at the following link: http://www.abac.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/catalog_2013_14.pdf


CHEM 2041L is a co-requisite of CHEM 2041. Dropping one leads to dropping the other.


It is important to notice that even when it is done by the deadline, dropping classes may have negative effects on such processes as Hope scholarship (which considers attempted instead of completed hours) or insurance (some companies require full time status for coverage).





As we cover the chapters scheduled for this course, you will be empowered to achieve the following learning outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to apply and interpret the concepts related to the techniques of mass spectrometry (MS), infrared (IR) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy to identify the structure or structural characteristics of organic compounds.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to apply and interpret the concepts related to addition reactions on carbon-carbon double bonds
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to apply and interpret the concepts related to aldehydes and ketones.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to apply and interpret the concepts related to amines.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to apply and interpret the concepts related to carboxylic acids and their derivatives.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to apply and interpret the concepts related to alpha substitution and condensation and conjugate addition reactions of enols and enolates


Tentative instructional Schedule

Textbook: Organic Chemistry, 8th edition. Author: L. G. Wade, Jr. Publisher: Prentice Hall.


Week               Objective         Contents to be covered                                  


I & II               1                      Mass Spectrometry &                                    

                                                Infrared Spectroscopy                                   


III                    1                      Nuclear Magnetic Resonance                        


                                                Test I  


III & IV          2                      Addition reactions on carbon-carbon

double bonds                                                 


V                     3                      Aromatic Electrophilic Substitution Reactions          


                                                Test II


VI & VII         4                      Aldehydes and Ketones                                


VIII                 4                      Nucleophilic addition reactions on

carbonyl groups                                              


                                                Test III


IX - XII          5                      Amines                                                                       


XIII & XIV    6                      Carboxylic Acids and Derivatives     


XV                  7                      Alpha Substitution, Condensation and

Conjugate additions of Enols and Enolates    


                                    Test IV


XVI                                         Final Test