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CHEM-255 - Organic Chemistry I - Patricia Foley

Course:Organic Chemistry I
Professor:Patricia Foley
  • OnlineLive
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


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Welcome to Organic Chemistry at College of the Canyons! I’m excited for the upcoming semester and hope to help the students in the class gain a deeper understanding of chemistry in the next 16 weeks. I care deeply about my students’ learning and will do my very best to create a great learning environment for you. In this letter, I’ve included important details about the class structure, learning outcomes, necessary materials, and class expectations. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to email me. (I typically respond to emails within 24 hrs).

I look forward to meeting you soon!

Course Description

First semester of a twosemester sequence in organic chemistry for science majors focusing on nomenclature, molecular structure, chemical and physical properties, reaction mechanisms, and synthesis of organic compounds. Laboratory experiments involve using appropriate methods, techniques, and instrumentation for the synthesis, purification, and identification of organic compounds.

What to Expect in this Course

This course is a hybrid course, with a synchronous distance education component and an in-person component. The online component uses a flipped-classroom approach. Students will complete work that is organized into 15 weekly modules independently. Each module contains a lecture unit (consisting of several short readings, short videos, and formative Canvas quizzes). We will meet twice a week over Zoom to discuss content and complete problem sets together. 

In addition, we will meet in-person twice a week to complete laboratory activities. Typically, one day will be devoted to discussion of laboratory concepts and completion of pre-lab activities. The other day will be devoted to completing the laboratory experiment and report.

This is a 5-credit class, so you should plan to spend at least 15 hours per week working on class-related work.

Types of Assessments

In this course, learning will be assessed through exams (30%), lecture modules (16%), laboratory notebook, discussions, and reports (35%), writing activities (4%), and in-class activities/online homework (15%). Examinations will be administered through Canvas and/or WileyPLUS. Exams will be open note and will be timed, but will not be remotely proctored.

Textbook Information

These are the materials you'll need for the course:

1. Textbook: Organic Chemistry, 4th Ed., by Klein (ISBN-13: 978-1118875766 ISBN-10: 1118875761). <-- We'll talk about the different options for this text in class, so please hold do not purchase the text until we meet.

2. Lab Text: Organic Chemistry Laboratory Techniques, 2nd Ed., by Nichols (2017). This text is an open education resource (OER), and is available for download from the course’s Canvas page. It is also found at the Chemistry LibreTexts site.

3. Laboratory Notebook: Wire-O Lab Notebook, 100 scientific ruled pages (ISBN- 2818440049132). This item is available in the bookstore. Students will be required to keep a laboratory notebook in this course. Lab exercises are downloadable from the course’s Canvas page. Students must bring hard copies of the appropriate lab and/or worksheet to each lab section.

4. Eye Protection: For labs, students are required to wear personal protection equipment including safety goggles during the laboratory. These goggles may be purchased from the COC bookstore. Safety glasses will not be permitted.

5. Beyond Labz and Microsoft Excel: To complete the course, students must have access to Beyond Labz (a virtual laboratory program) and a spreadsheet program capable of linear regression. Students will be provided with an access code for Beyond Labz during the first laboratory meeting. The Microsoft Office Suite is freely available for download to all COC students through

6. Access to a Computer. Students will be expected to use a laptop or desktop computer to access the course, participate in Zoom conferences, and complete laboratory work. (You cannot complete all of the work in this course using only a smart phone or tablet.) If you do not have ready access to a computer, you can apply for a COVID-19 related grant to purchase one. See instructor for more details.

Other Relevant Course Information

Mandatory Attendance on the First Day

Attendance at the first class meeting is mandatory, and students that do not attend will be dropped from the roster. Waitlisted students that attend will be added in the order they appear on the waitlist if space becomes available. A Zoom meeting link and semester specific information will be sent to all enrolled and waitlisted students 2-3 days before the first day of class.



COVID-19 Protocols

Our class will follow the campus COVID-19 response and containment plan. Currently that plan does not require students to be vaccinated, but it does require that all students and faculty self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, and that face coverings are worn inside all buildings on campus. Non-compliance with any part the plan may result in dismissal from the classroom. For frequently asked questions, resources, and updates to COC’s COVID-19 plan, please visit




Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 08/12/2021 Sub#: 509