Chemistry 100 Fall 2017
Medicinal Plants for Poets
Purple coneflower or Echinacea. A very popular medicinal plant used to lessen the effect of the common cold.
"Without recognition of the knowledge and accomplishments of humans in the past and in other cultures, Western scientific discovery is often only rediscovery"
With Bitter Herbs They Shall Eat It
Asimina triloba or paw paw is native to Indiana and is a source of anti-cancer compounds.
Course Goals and Hopes: This course lies at the intersection of several disciplines, including chemistry, botany, pharmacology and at least of a bit of ethics, history, anthropology and psychology. As a result, the goals for this course are quite broad. My hope is that you will develop both an appreciation for the big picture, and an understanding of some of the details. Here are some specific goals I hope we can achieve:
- Be able to interpret chemical structures and understand what chemical structure implies about molecular properties and biological behavior.
- Know the major families of chemical compounds found in plants.
- Understand what happens to a drug once it is in your body.
- Understand the principles by which drugs "work".
- Understand the issues around quality control of medicinal plants.
- Understand how traditional and modern cultures discover medicinal plants.
- Appreciate the importance of protecting traditional cultures and biodiversity.
- Grasp what is meant by "the scientific method".
- Know how to locate reliable information on medicinal plants.
- Develop the critical thinking and research skills needed to evaluate claims about medicinal plants.
Achieving the Goals There will be a number of different ways of learning and assessing your learning in this course:
- Most days there will be specific readings or activities assigned for the day. It is essential that you do these tasks before coming to class. Detailed Daily Schedule
- There will be worksheets to help you practice the material, some of which will be done on your own outside of class, and some which will be done in class.
- There will be short writing assignments.
- From time-to-time there will be quizzes on the material we have been learning. These will typically take about half the class time. You will have several days notice.
- In class I will introduce new material, answer your questions, facilitate discussions and/or assist with the worksheets.
- There will be extra-curricular activities: watch a movie, attend a seminar or presentation, blogs to read, wildflower walks, etc. There will be quite a few options; you must complete three of them.
- In the last few weeks of class, students will present case studies on a medicinal plant of their choosing.
Your Responsibilities As part of this course, you are part of a community of learners. Learning involves wrestling with material that at times may be challenging. To get the most out of this class, you need to:
- Attend class.
- Read all assigned materials in advance of class. Write notes in the margins, identify points for further discussion, look up terms you don't know etc.
- Actively participate in class discussions and other activities. Ask questions. Answer questions. Repeat.
- Submit assignments on time, and set your standards high.
- Remember, a basic assumption at DePauw is that you spend 2 hours working on class material outside of class for every hour spent in class.
Gatherings: 1:40 - 2:40 am MWF Julian 368
Texts: There is no text to purchase for this class. Readings will be provided as needed.
Office Info: JSMC 363 e-mail "hanson" Please feel free to drop by, or for more certainty, make an appointment if you have any questions or problems.
Grading: Grades will be calculated based quizzes (30%), case studies (30%), worksheets and short writing assignments (30%) and extra-curriculars (10%). Details about how I grade are available at the Class Policies and Grading page. It is your responsibility to know the policies.
Digital Etiquette: Do not use your phone during class to send or read texts, catch up on e-mail, chat etc. Professors, and everyone around you, find it very distracting when you are using these items. If you cannot keep your eyes off of these devices, please skip class and study elsewhere. Don't kid yourself – you are not getting anything out of the class when you read or send a text every few minutes. The university does use our mobile devices to notify us in an emergency. If that happens, it should be obvious, since they will all buzz within a few seconds.
Other Important Stuff:
- The drop deadline is Wednesday Aug. 30th.
- Progress Reports (aka midterm grades) are due Monday Oct. 9th: you will receive an estimate of your course grade within a day or two via the registrar.
- Last day to withdraw from course with only a W on your transcript is Friday Oct. 27th.
- Do Not make travel plans which require you to miss the class right before a break, the last class of the semester, or which interfere with the final exams!
- It is the policy and practice of DePauw University to provide reasonable accommodations for students with properly documented disabilities. Written notification from Student Disability Services is required. If you are eligible to receive an accommodation and would like to request it for this course, please contact Student Disability Services. Allow one week advance notice to ensure enough time for reasonable accommodations to be made. Otherwise, it is not guaranteed that the accommodation can be provided on a timely basis. Accommodations are not retroactive. Students who have questions about Student Disability Services or who have, or think they may have, a disability (psychiatric, attentional, learning, vision, hearing, physical, medical, etc.) are invited to contact Student Disability Services for a confidential discussion in Union Building Suite 200 or by phone at 658-6267.
- DePauw accommodates students who are adherents of a religious tradition and wish to fulfill obligations of that religious tradition on holy days. Students are expected to notify their instructors of their intent to fulfill the obligations of their religious tradition well in advance of these days. For the sake of this policy, “holy days” are defined as periods of time in which either: activities required by normal class participation are prohibited by a religious tradition, or a special worship obligation is required by a religious tradition. For this class I ask that you notify me by e-mail at least 14 days in advance of when there would be a conflict with an exam or quiz. If the conflict is only with a regular class meeting, you don't need to notify me.