PORTFOLIO

The chemistry department faculty has decided to add a portfolio requirement for chemistry majors.  Below is a Q&A that will provide some basics on the requirement.

Q:    Why is the department adding a portfolio requirement?
A:    The chemistry department is always trying to improve the quality of our instruction.  Student portfolios provide us with evidence of the strengths of our curriculum in important areas, and evidence of things we need to improve.  The portfolio also gives students an opportunity to reflect on the learning and growth they achieve from one year to the next.

Q:    How much work do I need to do?
A:    The portfolio content will come from existing coursework.  There will be no new assignments for the portfolio.  You will only need to collect the designated work from your courses in a binder that you keep until you graduate. 

Q:    What are the portfolio categories and why were they chosen?
A:    The portfolio categories are speaking, writing, computer skills, problem solving, science literacy, and teamwork.  The faculty believes that expertise in these areas is essential to become a successful scientist.  You will not have portfolio items in each category for every course, but before you graduate, you will have several assignments in each category.

Q:    What do I need to keep in my portfolio from each class?
A:    A list of the portfolio content required for most classes is attached.  Your professors will clarify during class what you need to keep.

Q:    Do I need to go back and find portfolio content from classes I took in previous semesters?
A:    No, you will start your portfolio this semester.  But you need to keep content in your portfolio for all chemistry courses you take from this semester until you graduate.

Q:    What should the portfolio look like?
A:    Keep your portfolio content in one three-ring binder large enough to hold all the material.  Divide the content by course.

Q:    When will my portfolio be reviewed?
A:    You will review your portfolio with your adviser during the spring, prior to registration for the following year.  You will also review your portfolio as you get close to graduation with a faculty review committee.

Q:    Is the portfolio graded?
A:    You will not receive a formal grade for your portfolio, but the final portfolio review with the faculty committee will be a graduation requirement.  Your adviser will also expect you to show an up-to-date portfolio during your spring advising session.

Q:    When should I update my portfolio?
A:    Add content to your portfolio as you generate it.  If you wait until the end of the semester or the end of the year, it may be hard to find your work.

Q:    Who should I talk to if I have more questions?
A:    You can talk to Robert Jackson or your adviser.  You can also talk to your professors.




Portfolio content for Chem 115A, General Chemistry, 1st semester

Category

Content

Speaking

[POGIL workshops if you choose to participate]

Writing

Short paper (ex. bonds, heat, reaction types, exp scenario)

Computer skills

Density lab; Beer’s law lab

Problem solving

Post-lab:  vinegar titration;  Pre-lab:  Beer’s Law; Gas lab

Science literacy

[none]

Teamwork

Zinc lab; Group discovery lab description

 

Portfolio content for Chem 115B, General Chemistry, 2nd semester

Category

Content

Speaking

[none]

Writing

Lab report from the free energy lab

Computer skills

Titration curve from the “The acid-base titration curve” lab report

Problem solving

a) Results from ACS general chemistry exam, b) Post-lab: kinetics lab

Science literacy

[none]

Teamwork

[none]

 

Portfolio content for Chem 125A, Honors General Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis

Category

Content

Speaking

Final Presentation

Writing

One of the three lab reports (your choice)

Computer skills

Titration curve and Excel spreadsheets for the buffer lab

Problem solving

One worksheet  (your choice)

Science literacy

[none]

Teamwork

Final presentation group activity 

 

Portfolio content for Chem 255, Quantitative Analysis

Category

Content

Speaking

Presentation on the final project

Writing

a) One of the short form lab reports, b) Formal report for final project

Computer skills

a) Statistics analysis, b) Beer’s law plots, c) Powerpoint presentations

Problem solving

a) Quantitative determination of unknown, b) Final exam

Science literacy

Research for the final project

Teamwork

[none]

 

Portfolio content for Chem 335A, Organic Chemistry Lab, 1st semester

Category

Content

Speaking

[none]

Writing

Lab reports (your choice)

Computer skills

[none]

Problem solving

[none]

Science literacy

[none]

Teamwork

Group project

 

Portfolio content for Chem 335B, Organic Chemistry Lab, 2nd semester

Category

Content

Speaking

[none]

Writing

[none]

Computer skills

[none]

Problem solving

1st exam and final exam

Science literacy

[none]

Teamwork

[none]

 

Portfolio content for Chem 336, Organic Chemistry Lab II

Category

Content

Speaking

[none]

Writing

Lab report for “Multi-Step Synthesis of Substituted Sulfanilamides” lab

Computer skills

[none]

Problem solving

Lab report for “Synthesis of Methyl Orange Diazonium Coupling Reactions” lab

Science literacy

[none]

Teamwork

[none]

 

Portfolio content for Chem 310A Physical Chemistry, 1st semester

Category

Content

Speaking

[none]

Writing

The best HW set by the student’s choice

Computer skills

a) Formula based spreadsheet work, b) Linear and non-linear regressions, c) Graphics, d) Numerical integration

Problem solving

a) First exam, in-class and closed book, b) Final exam, take home.

Science literacy

[none]

Teamwork

[none]

 

Portfolio content for Chem 445, Structural Biochemistry

Category

Content

Speaking

Group presentations

Writing

Short papers- bonds/thermo in biochem

Computer skills

[none]

Problem solving

Exam selection (free response); enzyme group assignment

Science literacy

Pick an experiment paper; Nature PodCast Papers

Teamwork

Multiple group assignments

 
 

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