P835: Students’ knowledge and ability to transfer organic chemistry concepts to biochemistry


Author: Corina E. Brown, University of Northern Colorado, USA

Co-Author: Richard M. Hyslop and Michael Mosher, University of Northern Colorado, USA

Date: 8/6/14

Time: 3:40 PM4:00 PM

Room: MAK BLL 126

Related Symposium: S53

Organic chemistry is a prerequisite for biochemistry. A prerequisite course is prescribed with the assumption that it will improve the performance of students in the course that required the prerequisite. Students in Principles of Biochemistry (a one-semester survey course for dietetics/nutrition and some biology majors) and General Biochemistry (a two-semester comprehensive course for biochemistry, chemistry, and some biology majors) were presented with several tasks including functional groups, reactions, and acidity pertinent to organic chemistry and their equivalent in biochemistry. The research involved the development of the survey, the statistical analysis of students’ ability to transfer knowledge between the two types of chemistry courses, discussion, and implications of the results.

P474: X-ray of the GOB chemistry course

Author: Corina E. Brown and Richard Hyslop, University of Northern Colorado, USA

Co-Author: Jack Barbera, University of Northern Colorado, USA

Date: 8/5/14

Time: 10:15 AM10:35 AM

Room: LOH 164

Related Symposium: S41

As the General, Organic, and Biological (GOB) chemistry course is designed to serve allied-health majors, the course content must incorporate expectations across disciplines. During the past decade, the School of Nursing at the University of Northern Colorado has requested significant changes to the credit load of the GOB course. Over this time it has been reduced from a two-semester (8-credit hour lecture/2-credit hour lab) course to a one-semester (3-credit hour/1-credit hour lab) course. With this vast reduction in the number of hours for the course, it became vital to carefully consider which topics would be retained and which topics would be removed. The new one-semester course has been designed utilizing the topics considered important or foundational by GOB instructors and nurse educators. This information was gathered through a qualitative study (N =14 ) and evaluated for generalizability by a national survey (N = 280). The results of the national survey and the course outline, with appropriate topics and experiments, will be presented.