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College of Science, Engineering and Technology

NSU - Norfolk State University
CHM 321 : Syllabus


  • Organic Chemistry (4th Ed.), W. H. Brown & C. S. Foote and Brent & Shelia Iverson, 2005 - Required
  • *Organic Chemistry Schawm's Outline, 3rd Edition, Hill, Meislich, Nechamkin, Scharefken and Hademenes (McGraw Hill) - Optional.
  • *Organic Chemistry Schawm's Easy Outline, Hill, Meislich, Nechamkin, and Scharefken (McGraw Hill)- Optional.
*These publications are very valuable study guides/course supplements.

Credit: 3 Hours

Additional Material(s) Needed: None.

Course Description: Introduction to the chemistry of carbon-containing compounds, with emphasis on the relationship between the structure of organic molecules and their chemical reactions. Designed for science majors, including pre-medicine. Must be taken in sequence.

Lab Description: CHM 321L: Organic Chemistry Laboratory I is a separate course and must be taken as a corequisite to CHM 321. A laboratory course designed to teach modern laboratory procedures and techniques and to illustrate the reactions and theoretical material presented in CHM 321. Must be taken in sequence.

Prerequisites:The pre-requisite for the course is the successful completion of CHM 221 or CHM 223A, CHM 221L, CHM 222 or CHM 224A, and CHM 222L

Evaluation: Grades Assigned:
 Subjective: Instructor Discretion  
A : 90 and above
  Quizzes/Homework Assignments 25%
A-: 89 - 87
  Tests   50%
B+: 86 - 84
  Final Exam   25%
B : 83 - 80
B-: 79 - 77
C+: 76 - 74
C : 73 - 70
C-: 69 - 67
D+: 66 - 64
D : 63 - 60
D-: 59 - 56
F : 55 and below

Attendance Policy:The University expects students to attend all classes. While unnecessary absences are discouraged, the University recognizes that on occasion, students may have legitimate reasons for be absent from class such as representing the University in activities, illnesses, or personal emergencies. If the student is absent when a quiz or test is given, you must see the instructor and make arrangements before the next class meeting. Make-up quizzes are not given because of the exam / quiz replacement grade policy.

Requirements for the Student:

  1. The student should pre-study (read) all new topics before they are presented in class. You are expected to complete daily homework assignments by the time class meets the first time following discussion of lesson material in the classroom. The instructor will ascertain the daily progress in accomplishing homework exercises and will devote a portion of classroom activities to the solution of any "troublesome exercises".
  2. Separate notebooks should be maintained for classroom discussion notes and homework exercises.
  3. All homework should be carefully completed. A minimum of two hours outside the class preparing for each hour of class is necessary for learning and proper understanding of the material.
  4. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in classroom discussions.
  5. Tests will be administered during the course; also the student can expect random quizzes; a departmental final examination will also be given.
  6. All cell phones, pages, etc. must be turned off before entering the classroom.

Course Aids:The Tutoring Center and weekly evening tutorial/study sessions are available and provide various study aids (including old exams) and computer-assisted learning.

Academic Honesty:Norfolk State University seeks to prepare its students to be knowledgeable, forthright, and honest. It expects and requires academic honesty from all members of the University community. “Academic or academically related misconduct includes, but is not limited to, unauthorized collaboration or use of external information during examination, plagiarizing or representing another’s ideas as one’s own, furnishing false academic information to the University, falsely obtaining, distributing, using, or receiving test materials; obtaining or gaining unauthorized access to examinations or academic research materials, soliciting or offering unauthorized academic information or materials, improperly altering or inducing another to alter improperly any academic record, or engaging in any conduct which is intended or reasonable likely to confer upon one’s self or another an unfair advantage or unfair benefit respecting an academic matter.” (From the NSU 2004-2005 Catalog page 32). Academic dishonesty or cheating will result in either an “F” in the course or an “F” for the assignment or exam during which the cheating occurred, at the discretion of the instructor and disciplinary probation for the first offence; and suspension or dismissal from the University for repeat a offense. (See page 32 of the Norfolk State University Student Handbook 2002-2003)

Please consult the NSU Student Handbook on matters regarding student conduct such as attendance, illness, off-campus trips, and grade appeals, etc.

The College of Science, Engineering and Technology provides tutoring services through the STARS Tutoring Center for those NSU students who may be experiencing difficulties in Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Nursing, Technology and Physics courses. The STARS office is located in RTC, Suite 100. This service is free of charge and provided to NSU students only. Visit the site at

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans With Disabilites Act (ADA) of 1990, if you have a disability or think you have a disability, we ask that you please contact the Supporting Students through Disability Services (SSDS) office.
LOCATION: Student Services Center Room 110D
CONTACT PERSON: Marian E. Shepherd - Disability Services Coordinator SSDS
TELEPHONE: (757) 823-2014

As part of NSU's commitment to provide the environment and resources needed for success, students may be required to participate in a number of university-wide assessment activities. The activities may include tests, surveys, focus groups and interviews, and portfolio reviews. The primary purpose of the assessment activities is to determine the extent to which the university's programs and services maintain a high level of quality and meet the needs of students. Students will not be identified in the analysis of results. Unless indicated otherwise, by the instructor, results from University assessment activities will not be computed in student grades.

Class Attendance Policy
  • A student is expected to attend all classes. The student assumes all responsibility for work missed due to an absence. Make-up work may be permitted at the discretion of the instructor. Refer to the NSU Student Handbook ( for further details.

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