Note: this syllabus contains policies that will be enforced by the instructor of this course, in compliance with school policies, which may be found at this link: http://www.abac.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/CHEM2040LGnericSyllabus.htm




CRN               Days                Times

20049              Mon                 12:00 pm –2:50 pm

20050              Mon                 3:00 pm –5:50 pm

20813              Thu                  2 :00 pm – 4 :50 pm




Dr. Barry Miburo

Office: Conger Hall 202

Office Phone: 391-5117

Office e-mail: bmiburo@.abac.edu



My detailed work schedule may be found at this link: http://www.abac.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/ScheduleFall151.htm


If you need to have a meeting with me, let me know ahead of time when you plan to come see me. That will increase the chances for us to meet.



You are required to attend all labs. 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 does not show up in a lab cannot be included in the corresponding lab report and therefore receives a grade of zero for that lab. Points will be deducted for tardiness proportionally to the amount of time missed. Showing up after the end of lab manipulations will be equated to an absence.


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.


Regardless of the cause of the absence, 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 issues may be found at the following link:





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.


CHEM 2040L is the laboratory companion of CHEM 2040 lecture. Those two courses must be taken simultaneously. 


The prerequisites for CHEM 2040L are passing CHEM 1212, and CHEM 1212L 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 and take the prerequisites before registering in this 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.


This course is designed to teach students to make correlations between the experiments and the lecture concepts that they illustrate, as well as train students in laboratory techniques and experimental data acquisition, processing and interpretation. Emphasis will be placed on the determination of properties physical and chemical properties of organic compounds, as well as the use of such properties to perform specific operations such as isolation and purification of organic compounds. Additionally, preparation, purification, analysis and identification of organic compounds will be conducted. Safety skills will also be addressed. 




1.      Organic LABORATORY MANUAL from the bookstore;

2.      Molecular models. 

3.      Accelrys Draw molecular structure drawing program. If you have not done so already, you will need to download and install the program on your computer. The instructions to do that can be found on the following website: http://accelrys.com/products/collaborative-science/biovia-draw/draw-no-fee.php




The laboratory work will include pre-labs, lab quizzes, laboratory experiments and reports, a lab mid-term, and final exam. The lab final will be completely comprehensive, covering topics contained in all labs.



They are designed to help students gain familiarity with the concepts underlying the experiments to be conducted as well as the various techniques and procedures involved in those experiments. They will be done online on D2L. You will be allowed to make as many attempts as you want to get as high a grade as you wish before the deadline. Pre-labs are expected to be completed before coming to the laboratory. More attempts may be made after the lab to improve your grade on the prelab. The deadlines of each pre-lab will be the end of the day when the lab is scheduled. You will be required to print your best prelab attempt and bring it to the lab for use during lab operations. Failure to follow that rule will result in points taken off the corresponding lab.


Post-Lab Reports

Each lab performed is the subject of a report. The lab work will be done in teams. However the lab reports will be individual and will be done on D2L. Lab reports will be due two days after the lab was conducted. Late labs will receive a grade of zero.  


TESTS (You buy your own scantrons).

There will be one lab final test. It will cover all the material of the semester.


Students enrolled in classes in the School of Science and Mathematics will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of subject matter requiring higher order processing skills. The tests will seek to assess students’ ability to understand the concepts which govern the experiments run in the lab, as well as the data processing and interpretation, and problem-solving skills gained. Test questions will be a combination of concept understanding and problem-solving questions. Each test will be made of two components: in-lab and online.


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 also include the justification of the statement. 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. Typical essay questions will seek to evaluate the ability of the student to explain, interpret, and/or apply concepts.


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. 


There will be no make-ups will be allowed for the final test. It is scheduled on the last lab day. Students are responsible for scheduling their activities in such a way as to make sure they take their final test on the day it is scheduled. 



The laboratory grade will be determined from the evaluation of pre-labs and quizzes, laboratory reports, and lab final exam. The lab final will be completely comprehensive, covering topics contained in all labs.


The average grade from pre-labs and quizzes will count as one lab test on your final lab grade. The average grade from the lab reports will also have the weight of one lab test. The mid-term and the final exams will be the other major components. 2% of the lab grade will be reserved to the conduct in lab. Students will be evaluated also based on the way they follow the lab rules. 2 points will be deducted from the grade at every violation. 


The lab grade will be made of the following components:

1. Pre-labs & Quizzes = one test

2. Lab Reports: one test.

3. Final test.

Overall: 3 performance items, each carrying 32% of the total lab grade.

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

Total %: 100%


Grading Scale & Percentage/grade conversion

Percentage       Grade

90-100 %         A

80-89               B

70-79               C

60-69               D

0-59                 F



Students with learning disabilities or physical disabilities will be accommodated as best as possible. The learning disability must be properly documented through Student Services. 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.




If a student needs to withdraw from this lab, this should be done before the deadline date of October 5, 2015 in order to avoid grade penalty. If the course is dropped by the deadline, the student will be awarded a grade of W. 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 Chairman of the Science & Math Division, 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/2013/10/FINAL-Final-Copy_2014-15-Catalog-Revision-as-of-January-29-2015.pdf


CHEM 204OL is a co-requisite of CHEM 2040. Dropping one leads to dropping the other.


Even though receiving a W has no negative effect on your grade, be aware that withdrawing from a class may impact negatively such processes as your eligibility for Hope scholarship (which considers attempted instead of completed hours) or insurance (some companies require full time status for coverage).



Academic dishonesty as defined in the Abraham Baldwin Catalog will not be tolerated. Cheating, plagiarism or any other form of dishonesty is strictly prohibited.  Sanctions will be imposed on anybody caught in the act. The source and the beneficiary will be punished equally. Depending on the gravity and / or frequency of misconduct, the punishment could amount to failure in and dismissal from the class.  All infractions will be dealt with according to the procedures outlined in the Catalog. Sanctions may include a zero on the assignment or even failure in the course. Students are recommended to read and review this material.


More information on this and other issues may be found at the following link: http://www.abac.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/FINAL-Final-Copy_2014-15-Catalog-Revision-as-of-January-29-2015.pdf



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.


EYE AND HAND PROTECTION: Students are required to wear eye and hand protection at all times in the laboratory. Students not wearing goggles and gloves in the lab will be asked to leave and no credit will be given for that particular experiment. In requiring that students wear goggles and gloves, the need for safety in the lab outweighs the need for comfort.



1. Be familiar with laboratory procedures and safety precautions to be carried out before coming to lab. If you are at all in doubt as to any procedures or safety measures, consult with your instructor.

2. Be aware of what is happening around you at all times.

3. Use common sense at all times when in the lab.

4. Listen very carefully to any safety procedures and cautionary measures discussed by your instructor. Ask questions if you still are uncertain of any safety procedures and cautionary


5. Wear older, less valuable clothing (preferably cotton or wool) if possible. If you must wear nicer clothing, wear a lab safety coat. Some safety coats will be made available in the lab.

6. Never eat or drink in the lab.

7. Wash your hands immediately after contact with any lab chemicals. Always wash your hands before leaving the lab.

8. Wear closed, leather shoes and long pants or skirts (something to protect your legs).

9. Don't wear eye contacts in lab if at all possible.

10. Tie up long hair behind your neck.

11. Help look after your lab partner and others around you.

12. Exercise special care whenever you are using flammable chemicals.

13. Never perform unauthorized experiments.

14. Learn the location of the eyewash stations and safety shower.




You are expected to conduct all operations cleanly and to clean your work place (including washing stations) before you leave the lab. Points will be taken off for leaving the work place dirty. Remember to clean your hands every time you leave the lab.


MISSED LABS: A missed lab can't be made up after the week when it was on schedule. A valid reason for missing the scheduled lab must be given and accepted before a student can make up a lab in section other than the one in which he/she is registered. If unable to make the lab up and if missed for an acceptable reason, the missed lab will not affect the grade. If missed for an unacceptable reason, the missed parts of the lab will receive a zero.