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Chemistry (B.A.)

Learning Outcomes

 
 

Academic Learning Compact

Consistent with its mission and guiding principles, Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to academic excellence and continuous quality improvement, as supported by a sound teaching-learning process. Within this process, students and instructors share responsibility for learning that is a movement from the simple to the complex, the concrete to the abstract, and the dependent to the independent. The Academic Learning Compact (ALC) initiative supports the teaching-learning process by clearly identifying expected core student learning outcomes in the areas of content/discipline knowledge and skills, communication skills, and critical thinking skills; aligning curricula with expectations; and using assessment to guide continuous improvement.
Content/Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Comprehend the fundamental principles underlying all chemical processes.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of chemical reactivity and the ability to predict products from common reactions.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of chemical structure and properties.
  4. Explain the principles of operation for common chemistry laboratory instrumentation, using knowledge of chemical structure and properties and instrument design.
  5. Design experiments and collect information related to chemical phenomena.

Content/Discipline Knowledge and Skills are assessed through laboratory reports, scientific papers, exams, standardized and otherwise, poster presentations and other projects completed in CHM 4140 Senior Research Project; CHM 4141 Senior Research Presentation, as well as other upper division courses required for the major.

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Interpret and evaluate information obtained in experiments in terms of current chemical theory and concepts.
  2. Communicate orally and in writing specific information obtained in experiments and the interpretation of experimental results.
  3. Analyze and critic specific information in the chemical literature.

Communication Skills are assessed through scientific papers, poster presentations and other completed projects in CHM 4140 Senior Research Project; CHM 4141 Senior Research Presentation, as well as other upper division courses required for the major.

Critical Thinking Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply the board and rapidly expanding body of chemical knowledge.
  2. Analyze and critic specific information in the chemical literature.
  3. Interpret whether data from chemistry laboratory experiments are accurate and statistically valid, by understanding the errors and limitations inherent in laboratory techniques and instruments.
  4. Analyze and critic specific information in the chemical literature

Critical thinking skills are assessed at the college and departmental levels through laboratory reports, scientific papers, exams, standardized and otherwise, poster presentations and other projects completed in CHM 4140 Senior Research Project; CHM 4141 Senior Research Presentation, as well as other upper division courses required for the major.