Chem 111
Laboratory Policy & General Information

General Information:

  1. Important General Information ... Watch video prior to September 3  ... Video
  2. Demonstrating the Simulated Lab ... Watch video prior to September 7 ... Video
  3. Fall 2020 Lab Schedule

Lab Sections.

L01 - 99LL Monday Remote Labs
L02 - 99LM
L03 - 99LN Tuesday Remote Labs
L04 - 99LQ
L05 - 99LR
L06 - 99LS
L07 - 99LU Wednesday Remote Labs
L08 - 99LV
L09 - 99MQ Thursday Remote Labs
L10 - 99MS
L11 - 99LW Friday Remote Labs
L12 - 99LX

What Do I Need To Purchase?

  1. A code will have to be purchased from Hayden-McNeil in order to use their simulations.
    Watch the following video first which takes you through the process of setting up your account, obtaining an access code (IMPORTANT:- For UMass it will be purchasing an access code using a credit card at the Hayden-McNeil web site)
    Setting up account and getting an Access Code Video
  2. Once you have watched the video the go to the link below and follow the steps on the video to set up your account and to gain access to the Simulation. 
    Creating your account and thereby accessing the Simulations
    Your Enrollment Key
    is your lab sectionWhen you get to this part of the enrollment there will be a drop down menu listing all the Lab Sections shown above.  So for example a student that Spire shows them enrolled in 99LR-Lab then you choose L05-99LRSuggest you do the 'Introduction to Lab Simulation' This is not a lab that you have to right a report on it is simply some exercises that gives you some practice on many things you will be asked to do in the actual Lab Simulations.

Grading:
 

Important Summary:
  1. In order to receive a grade in the course you must receive a laboratory grade. Fail the laboratory portion and you fail the entire course, regardless of how you do in lecture. In order to obtain a laboratory grade you must complete ALL the laboratories (see frequently asked question) and made a decent attempt at ALL the assigned laboratory OWLS 
     
  2. The laboratory grade constitutes 17-20% of the overall course grade. 
Grading within the Laboratory Program: 
A final laboratory grade will be posted at the end of the semester before your final exam. This grade is based on the following 

Submitting Reports on time.   7%
Laboratory Reports           68%

Laboratory OWL's             25%

Disputes/Concerns: 

  1. Discuss them with your TA. Very often the TA is not immediately aware that their actions are causing you concern and they are more than willing to listen and accommodate your concerns. If you wish to have a mediator present, your supervisor will act as one. The role of the mediator is not to take sides but to make sure that both sides get the opportunity to express their point of view. 
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  3. Still not resolved or the above is not a viable option. Then please see me, Dr. Tom Whelan, director of the laboratory program. I will in strict confidence look into your complaint and resolve it. 


Some Frequently Asked Questions and Solutions?

I missed the Lab Owl deadline by a couple of hours, will I receive credit for that module?

    You will receive full credit for what you completed prior to the deadline and may receive full credit for the module depending on how long after the deadline you completed the module.  While the former is a guarantee the latter is not.  We do however pull the grades for a particular module some hours after the actual deadline.  For your own peace of mind it is best to complete the module on time. Once the official deadline has passed, while you can still work on the module, the grade for the module appearing in your Owl screen will not change.  It does however remember everything that you did prior to and after the deadline, so that if any adjustment to the deadline is made your subsequent work will be recorded.

I completely forgot about the Lab Owl, why should I still complete it since I will receive no credit for it?

    This is probably the most frequently encountered student question.  The fact that the statistics should a dramatic increase in student scores on stoichiometry questions that appear in the exams for those students that complete the assignment, regardless of the deadline should be incentive enough.  Stoichiometry problems will appear in your hour exams.  Again with respect to credit for late assignments, there is no guarantee of receiving any credit for past due assignments.  If you do receive some credit, thatís a bonus and the amount of credit will depend on your record of completing the assignments.  That is the more assignments that you complete on time the greater the likelihood of receiving some partial credit for any that you did not complete on time.

    Bear in mind that the above is solely with respect to Laboratory OWls and is not general OWL policy.