Chemistry – Activities

Course Evaluation & Redesign

PHASE I (2008-2010):
Focused on the evaluation and redesign of the CHEM 123 lab – Physical and Organic Chemistry and CHEM 121 lab - Structural Chemistry, with Application to Chemistry of the Elements.

PHASE II (2013-2015):
Focused on 1) analytical chemistry courses (CHEM 211 and 311), 2) third-year integrated laboratories (CHEM 315/325/335/345), and 3) Global Challenges, a Chemistry Perspective (CHEM 341).

PHASE II (2016-2017):
Will address Chemistry 208 (Coordination Chemistry), 218 (Fundamentals of Reactivity in Inorganic Chemistry), 233 (Organic Chemistry for the Biological Sciences), 300 (Communicating Science), and 327 (Introduction to Materials Chemistry).

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Additional Undergraduate Program Activities

  • We identified interdisciplinary science lab skills that other science streams consider to be important and/or are expecting students to get from 1st year chemistry to inform our curriculum. Additionally, seven interactive online tutorials have been developed and implemented over the past nine years to complement existing CHEM 121 lab experiments as part of an ongoing co-operative between Sophia Nussbaum and the ChemCollective of Carnegie Mellon University. Funding from Skylight was used to develop another interactive tutorial and refine two existing tutorials with Carnegie Mellon. In fall 2014, activities supported by UBC’s Flexible Learning Initiative were implemented in Chemistry 121 and currently work is underway to implement flexible learning activities in Chemistry 123.
  • We surveyed Co-op employers to aid in focusing efforts of optimization and determining impact on upper level laboratory revitalization.
  • The Department modified course curriculum for CHEM 415/425 to expand research opportunities to chemistry majors.
  • In 2015 the Department started rolling out an entirely new curriculum. A new required course for chemistry majors (CHEM 300) “Communicating Chemistry” will be designed with the assistance of CWSEI to best achieve the course goals of improving students’ communication skills and their awareness of the process of science.

TA Development

Anka Lekhi and Sophia Nussbaum have been offering yearly TA training since 2009, with support from the TA Training Program of the Provost and Vice-President Academic Office and the Chemistry Department. This training has emphasized the skills needed for incoming graduate students to teach first-year labs. Elizabeth Gillis has started a TA peer-mentoring program for students working in the third-year labs, which complements a start-of-term workshop.