Each and every one of you are taking Organic Chemistry because you have some professional goal. At this level in your education a grade should reflect your knowledge and command of the subject, not the effort with which you pursued it. With that in mind, your grade will be based on your knowledge and command of the subject as demonstrated through problem solving exercises - cooperatives, quizzes, exams, and a cumulative final.
- Homework - All of the in-chapter exercises and end-of-chapter exercises are viewed as essential study guides which will allow you to practice the requisite skills. The answers to these homework problems are in the solutions manual. It is therefore pointless for me to grade homework assignments, thus homework will not be collected. In addition, individual homework assignments will not be handed out, all of the problems in the book are viewed as valuable.
- Cooperatives - My word for group exercise. Coops will be assigned for certian chapters and consist of two or three representative exercises. The purpose of the coops is to encourage study groups. Coops will be distributed via the course website at the close of each chapter and collected at the specified due date. No late work will be accepted. Each coop will count for three points (5 Coops x 6 pts = 30 pts) for a total of 4% of your grade.
- Quizzes - Quizzes will be in class independent timed exercises. The date and content of each quiz is detailed in the schedule. Quizzes will last from 10 to 15 minutes, consist of up to four problems, and count for 20 points. There will be a total of ten quizzes, from which the lowest score will be dropped from the grade total. There will be no make-up quizzes.
- Exams - There will be a total of three 100 point exams this semester. The date and content of each exam is detailed in the schedule. The exams are open note/open book. Should you miss an exam due to an emergency or illness you must contact me at your earliest convenience, preferably prior to the exam. Exam make-ups will only be offered in the event of an emergency.
Table 1. Points and Point Percentages of Assignments Towards Total Grade.
Listed here are some of the common courtesies and conduct expect in my classroom as well as the ramifications for not following them.
Cell phones - Please turn off your cell phone ringer prior to entering the classroom. If you need to be connected to the outside world during lecture (i.e. - ailing relative, child care issues, volunteer fireperson....), leave your ringer on vibrate and sit along the isles such that you can quietly leave the room before answering your phone.
Attendance - I don’t take attendance other than on the first few days of class. My attendance policy is: show up if you want to learn. Once in a while people are late for various reasons. If you come late to class, be respectful of your fellow students. Quizzes and exams start on time at the beginning of the lecture. If you come late to a quiz or an exam you will have only as much time as remains for the class. Missed quizzes may not be made up. If you must miss an exam you must contact me at your earliest convenience, preferably prior to the start of the exam. Exam make-ups are at the discretion of the instructor. Simply forgetting, missing the bus, oversleeping, parking issues, etc. are not valid reasons for requesting a make-up exam.
Grade disputes - I encourage all of my students to regularly attend office hours. The proper place to ask about grading is during office hours. If you feel that your answer is correct and that I have made a mistake in my grading, please take it up with me in office hours. I am more than happy to go over the grading of any work, however before class, during class and immediately after class are too chaotic for me to give you the attention you deserve for a grading issue.
Cheating - Cheating has never been a problem in my class. The only real way to cheat is direct copying of material. Exams and quizzes are open book - open note. The only exception is that you must use your own resources. You may not share texts, notes or model kits during exams. You may not be connected to online materials during the exam. It is your responsibility to not give me cause to think that you are cheating, in other words keep your eyes on your own work. Cheating on an exam or quiz will result in a zero for that assignment.
Disruptions - A disruption is classified as an act that disrupts the normal function of the classroom, be it a distraction to me while lecturing or to your fellow students, that a reasonable person would not engage in. Examples of such disruptions are cell phones ringing after first warning, answering cell phones in class, engaging in disruptive conversations while lecture is proceeding, attempting to sit in the center of the room when coming to class tardy during lecture, quiz or exam (incredibly disruptive to your fellow classmates attempting to concentrate), etc.... The consequences for disruptive behavior are a three strikes policy. First disruptive behavior warrants a verbal warning, second time garners a Disruptive Student Report to the Dean of Student Services, third time you will be excused from the class and dropped from the role.
The District is committed to equal opportunity in educational programs, employment, and all access to institutional programs and activities. The District, and each individual who represents the District, shall provide access to its services, classes, and programs without regard to national origin, religion, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race or ethnicity, color, medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, or military and veteran status, or because he/she is perceived to have one or more of the foregoing characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.
I encourage students with disabilities to explain their needs and appropriate accommodations, as evidenced by a counselor or specialist’s recommendations, to me during office hours. As required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), accommodations are provided to insure equal opportunity for students with verified disabilities. To determine if you qualify, or if you need assistance with an accommodation, please contact the Accessibility Support Center (ASC, formerly DSPS), Room 1073 (upstairs in the Library), (831) 479-6379 or (831) 479-6370.