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ERIC Number: EJ820739
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
A "Classic Papers" Approach to Teaching Undergraduate Organometallic Chemistry
Duncan, Andrew P.; Johnson, Adam R.
Journal of Chemical Education, v84 n3 p443-446 Mar 2007
We have structured an upper-level undergraduate course in organometallic chemistry on a selection of "classic" publications in the field. This approach offers students a richly contextual introduction to many of the fundamental tenets of the discipline. After a brief introduction to the field led by the faculty, the students themselves are responsible for researching and presenting selected papers to their classmates for analysis and discussion. Beyond mastery of basic organometallic principles, course goals for the students include improved proficiency in using the primary chemical literature and increased experience and confidence in researching, preparing, and delivering an informative oral presentation in individual and collaborative settings. Student performance is assessed based on performance on open-ended, take-home exams, quality of presentations, and contribution to in-class discussions. Student end-of-term survey responses indicate that this class model is successful as an introduction to organometallic chemistry. (Contains 2 tables and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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