Gatherings:1:40 - 2:40 pm MW Julian 368
Texts: There is no text for this course. We will work exclusively from the primary literature which you can download. Articles will be announced well in advance.
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. E-mail is always welcome!
Prerequisites: You should have taken Chem 310 or 320.
Grading: We will discuss grading during the first class, but primarily, grades will be calculated based upon your answers to selected questions from the reading guides. Most of the time, I will ask you to answer these in written form, but at times students may be asked to give answers during class discussions. I may choose to incorporate other ways of evaluating you as well; these will be announced in advance. Details about how I grade are available at the Class Policies and Grading page. It is your responsibility to know the policies.
Assignments, Reading and Class Rhythm The basic rhythm or pattern to this class will be as follows:
- The first two class meetings will be used to give an general orientation to the topic of prebiotic chemistry.
- On Wednesdays or Thursdays you will receive a paper to read and prepare to discuss the following Monday and Wednesday. This will be the main activity of the class.
- Usually I will give a reading guide as well, which will be available on Fridays. It is essential that you do the reading and carefully consider the reading guide before coming to class on Monday and Wednesday. Here is the Detailed Daily Schedule
- A portion of each reading guide will include questions for you to answer, usually in written format. These will usually be due on Fridays after our discussion on Monday and Wednesday.
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 Mon. Feb. 5th.
- Progress Reports (aka midterm grades) are due Monday Mar. 12th: 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 Mar. 23rd.
- 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.