Science Prerequisites for Health Professionals

CHEM 1020: Organic Chemistry I

Credits - 3 (lecture) 1 (lab)


This is a one-semester course with an option for a virtual laboratory designed for individuals with a baccalaureate degree who need organic chemistry as a prerequisite to apply for admission to health professional programs. These include, but are not limited to, graduate programs in dietetics, nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant, nurse anesthesia, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, dentistry, and medicine.

Prerequisite(s): At least one semester of college-level general chemistry successfully taken within the last seven years. For general course information, assistance with registration, questions regarding financial aid, please contact an Enrollment Consultant at 1-855-325-0894 or  Students’ questions may also be answered in our FAQs.



  • Organic Chemistry A Short Course 13th edition
    Hart, Hadad, Craine, and Hart
    ISBN  978-1-111-42556-2
  • Study Guide with Solutions Manual for Hart/Craine/Hart/Hadad’s Organic Chemistry: A Short Course, 13th edition
    ISBN  978-1-111-42585-2

Model Kit – Can be used during your proctored exams!

  • Model Kit, Organic Chemistry – SKU: 10-0502-00-01

Directions to order the model kit:

Note: Any standard model kit for chemistry can be used in exams.

HOL Kit dedicated phone line: (720)-360-4034

Mandatory UNE-approved webcam and whiteboard – To be used during proctored exams

Ordering your UNE-authorized whiteboard (optional) – Can be used during your proctored exams!

Dry-Erase Whiteboard with Marker and Eraser (Optional for Proctored Exams) 

This course permits the use of a dry-erase whiteboard for scratch work during one or more of your proctored exams. No scratch paper is permitted. The whiteboard must be purchased from the following seller.

Instructions for ordering Dry-Erase Whiteboard 


  1. Enter Login: C000384 
  1. Enter Password: labpaq 
  1. Review the HOL Return and Refund Policy 

You must show your proctor that your whiteboard is clear at the beginning of your testing session, and you must erase your whiteboard in front of the proctor before disconnecting from your session. If you do not do this, your exam will not be credited.

More on Purchasing Course Materials

Course Materials must be purchased separately; they are not part of your registration fee.

Textbook and solutions manual are available through the UNE bookstore at

E-book, paperback, and rental options for the textbook and study guide on the publisher’s website are available here:

Be very careful about using any other website than the UNE bookstore’s or the publishers’; there are a lot of scams out there, and it’s all too easy to buy the incorrect textbook or study guide, with no refund option!


Note: If you are using a Mac and you have updated to macOS 10.15 Catalina, you will not be able to use the free version of Virtual Chemistry Lab. Follow these directions: 

Go to to download the Beyond Labz product and purchase a license code for $25 that is good for one year. Then, enter that code in the Beyond Labz app (using the Activate tab) and install the lab products needed or requested for your course.

Learning Objectives and Outcomes

Program Outcomes

In lecture courses, students should be able to:

  1. Communicate scientific concepts and information clearly.
  2. Illustrate fundamental laws, theories, and principles of scientific disciplines.
  3. Apply knowledge and critical thinking skills to scientific problems.

In lab courses, students should be able to:

  1. Ask a question or define a problem that can be tested.
  2. Hypothesize possible result(s).
  3. Plan and/or conduct an investigation individually and/or collaboratively to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence.
  4. Analyze data using tools, technologies, and/or models (i.e. computational, mathematical, graphical, etc.) in order to make valid and reliable scientific claims or determine an optimal design solution.
  5. Communicate the results by constructing an explanation based on multiple pieces of valid and reliable evidence obtained from a variety of sources (including students’ own investigations, models, theories, simulations, peer review) and the assumption that theories and laws that describe the natural world operate today as they did in the past and will continue to do so in the future.
  6. Apply scientific ideas, principles, and/or evidence gained from various experiments, as well as other observations and/or research, to provide an explanation of phenomena and solve design problems, taking into account possible unanticipated effects.

Course Objectives

  1. Students will be introduced to the different classes of organic compounds and their chemical nomenclature.
  2. Students will understand how the different classes of organic compounds react to form new compounds.
  3. Students will be introduced to methods for the synthesis of more complex organic compounds from simpler precursor compounds.
  4. Students will gain an appreciation of the extraordinary variety and number of organic compounds and their importance to the maintenance and survival of living organisms as normal constituents of metabolism and also as therapeutic agents.


Lecture section

In the lecture section of the class, there are several kinds of assignments: discussion boards, chapter problems, quizzes, chapter tests, and a final exam.

Discussion Boards

For each discussion board, students will be asked to make a primary post, and respond to two of the primary posts of their classmates. Because students progress through the course at different rates, students may have to check a discussion board at several different times to see if any classmates have posted so that they may fulfill the requirement of responding to at least two primary posts.

It is suggested that you write your posts in your favorite word processor and use its tools to check for the use of standard English. Doing so won’t catch everything, but it will help. The first two response posts a student makes are evaluated for credit. So please be aware of this as you respond to others, particularly with respect to the required length of post and use of standard English.

There is also a Student Lounge discussion board, which is not graded. This is a support board in which students may engage with each other and grapple with course content. Students are free to post questions, seek clarification, and support each other, but should also be mindful of UNE’s Academic Integrity Policy, so should not post anything related to any assessment.

However, if a student is seeking specific and timely answers to questions about content matters or personal grades, the student should contact the instructor via Course Messages. For questions about course materials, program policy, and how to navigate through the course, the student should contact the student support specialists.

Chapter Problems and Quizzes

There are problems within each chapter and at the end of each chapter in the textbook. Solutions to these problems can be found in the textbook or the solutions manual. Problems will be assigned for each week. After students have read the chapter, they should do the assigned problems, and then take the quiz included within the week. The quizzes are not proctored, but it is strongly advised that students take the quizzes under the same conditions that they will take chapter tests and the final; see below.

Chapter Tests and the Final Exam are proctored

You must purchase the Official UNE External Webcam to take your proctored examinations. Remember to order your webcam at least three weeks prior to scheduling your first proctored exam.

For all exams, you must review the Proctored Examinations information and requirements in the Policies section of this syllabus.

Chapter Tests

Every two or three weeks there will be a test on the previous two chapters, which can also include topics from earlier chapters. These tests are proctored and timed.  Students will have one hour to complete chapter tests.  During the tests, students may use a model kit, their UNE-authorized whiteboard with marker and eraser, and a four-function calculator. You may use the Periodic Table PDF by opening it in front of your proctor just before you start your exam. It must be a digital copy; no printed copies are allowed. No internet access to anywhereby any method, except to ProctorU, the Periodic Table, and the exam itself, is permitted. Another electronic device may not be used. The test consists of 25 multiple-choice questions in a format similar to the questions in the quizzes. When students are ready to take a chapter test, they should make an appointment with ProctorU, as described on the class website.

Chapter Test Retakes

For every chapter test, there will be the option of a retake, with different questions, and with the better of the two grades counted. The same test conditions apply as for chapter tests. If students decide to take the retake, they will pay the ProctorU retake fee.

Final Exam

The final exam is in the 15th week. The exam has 50 multiple-choice questions in a format similar to the questions in the quizzes. These questions cover all the material in the class, including chapter 11. Students will have two hours to complete this exam.  During the tests, students may use a model kit, their UNE-authorized whiteboard with marker and eraser,  and a four-function calculator. They may also refer to the electronic version of the Periodic Table available in the course by opening it in front of the proctor just before starting the exam. No internet access to anywhereby any method, except to ProctorU, the Periodic Table,  and the exam itself, is permitted. Another electronic device may not be used. If students have fallen behind, they may use the final 16th week to take the exam, but they should be sure to schedule the exam with ProctorU at least 72 hours ahead of time. There are no retakes of the final exam permitted.

These exams are closed for review. You will not be able to review this exam at any time. Please contact your instructor for specific feedback.

You must show your proctor that your whiteboard is clear at the beginning of your testing session, and you must erase your whiteboard in front of the proctor before disconnecting from your session. If you do not do this, your exam will not be credited.

Lectures and Laboratories

The course contains a lecture section and a laboratory section. The lecture and lab sections of the course are completely independent of each other, with completely independent grades given. Students may register for the lecture section, or the lab section, or both. If students register for just the lecture section, they will receive a grade for just the lecture section.  If students register for just the lab section, they will receive a grade for just the lab section. Students will see assignments for both sections in Blackboard’s “My Grades”; they should simply ignore assignments for sections for which they are not registered.

For students taking the lecture section, most weeks contain a reading assignment, a problem assignment, and an assessment. Students should complete the reading first and then do the problems. When they feel that they understand the material, they should take the assessment. Every two or three weeks, there will be a test covering the previous two chapters.

For students taking the lab section, there are nine laboratory assignments distributed throughout the course schedule. Students must complete the assignment listed in the laboratory section of the course, and then complete the assigned online laboratory assessment or lab report, as noted in the course schedule.

Lab Section

The assignments in the lab consist of eight lab assessments and one lab report.

If all lab assessments have been submitted, the lowest assessment grade will be dropped from the calculation of the lab class final average. If all lab quizzes have not been submitted, zeros will be assigned to the non-submitted quizzes, and the lowest quiz will not be dropped.

For one experiment, students write a formal lab report. For all other experiments, students take a lab assessment. These assessments contain questions pertaining to the laboratory procedure and results (e.g., how long did it take for the reaction to go to completion?) and also more theoretical questions that form the basis of the laboratory (e.g., did this reaction proceed by a Sn2 or Sn1 mechanism?). They are timed, but not proctored.

Benzene Nitration Lab Report

You will be required to write one lab report among the assessments you will be submitting for the rest of your labs in this class. Please see the instructions for writing that lab report, as well as the rubric by which it will be graded, in the course.

Grade Scale

Grade Points Grade Point Average (GPA)
A 94 – 100% 4.00
A- 90 – 93% 3.75
B+ 87 – 89% 3.50
B 84 – 86% 3.00
B- 80 – 83% 2.75
C+ 77 – 79% 2.50
C 74 – 76% 2.00
C- 70 – 73% 1.75
D 64 – 69% 1.00
F 00 – 63% 0.00

Examination and Grading Information

Students will receive a separate letter grade for the course sections for which they are registered: lecture, or lab, or both. These grades will be officially recorded by the Registrar of the University of New England. Grades are determined as follows:

Lecture Grade

2 Discussions 9% of the lecture grade
11 Quizzes 11% of the lecture grade
5 Chapter Tests 60% of the lecture grade
Final Exam 20% of the lecture grade
Total 100% of the lecture grade

Laboratory Grade

Lab Report 20% of the laboratory grade
Laboratory Assessments 80% of the laboratory grade
Total 100% of the laboratory grade

There is no curve or adjustment of grades in either the lecture or lab class.



Course Outline

Corresponding Week Chapter and Topic  Quiz / Test Coverage Lab  Lab Assessments
Week 1 Chapter 1: Bonding  Chapter 1 Quiz    
Week 2 Chapter 2: Alkanes  Chapter 2 Quiz TLC  
Week 3 Chapter 3: Alkenes Part 1  Chapters 1-2 Test    
Week 4 Chapter 3: Alkenes Part II  Chapter 3 Quiz Alkene Hydration Assessment
Week 5 Chapter 4: Aromatics  Chapter 4 Quiz Alkene Halogenation Assessment
Week 6 Chapter 5: Stereoisomerism

Chapter 5 Quiz

Chapter 3-4 Test

Stereoisomerism Assessment
Week 7 Chapter 6: Halogenation  Chapter 6 Quiz Friedel-Crafts Assessment
Week 8 Review   Benzene Nitration Lab Report
Week 9 Chapter 7: Alcohols

Chapter 7 Quiz

Chapter 5-6 Test

Week 10 Chapter 8: Ethers  Chapter 8 Quiz Alcohol Halogenation Assessment
Week 11 Chapter 9: Aldehydes / Ketones

Chapter 9 Quiz

Chapter 7-8 Test

Week 12 Chapter 10: Carboxylic Acids  Chapter 10 Quiz Aldol Reaction Assessment
Week 13 Chapter 11: Amines

Chapter 11 Quiz

Chapter 9-10 Test

Week 14 Review   Fischer Esterification Assessment
Week 15 Final Exam  All-Chapter Final Exam    
Week 16 Completion of any outstanding assignments      


Student Resources

Student Portal: Your Best UNE Resource

We created the UNE Online Student Portal, specifically for you, to be a useful collection of information to support you as you navigate your online course(s).

From the UNE Online Student Portal, you can access:

  • Blackboard
  • Technical Support
  • Library
  • Bookstore
  • UNE Email
  • U-Online

The portal also features:

  • Dates to Remember
  • Support and Services
  • Contact information for your Support Specialist
  • Academic Resources - links to the Academic Calendar, Registrar and Academic Calendar
  • Financial - links to eBilling, Financial Aid and Student Accounts

Instructor and Support Contact Information

Check the course welcome page in Blackboard for specific instructor and support specialist contact information.

Further Assistance

Your student service advisor monitors course progression and provides assistance or guidance when needed. They can assist questions regarding ordering course materials, University policies, billing, navigating the course in Blackboard, and more.

Student Lounge

The Student Lounge Discussion Board is a designated support forum in which students may engage with each other and grapple with course content. Feel free to post questions, seek clarification, and support each other, but be mindful of UNE’s Academic Integrity Policy.

Your instructor will monitor this forum. However, if you are seeking specific and timely answers to questions about course content or your personal grades, please contact your instructor via course messages. For questions about course materials, program policy, and how to navigate and proceed through the course, please contact your Student Service Advisor through the Student Portal.


Any student who would like to request, or ask any questions regarding, academic adjustments or accommodations must contact the Student Access Center at (207) 221-4438 or Student Access Center staff will evaluate the student's documentation and determine eligibility of accommodation(s) through the Student Access Center registration procedure.


Proctored Examinations

The University of New England has contracted with ProctorU to provide students with the most convenient online exam proctoring system. This system provides a simple, no cost to the student, secure, online proctor for exams and allows the student to take all the exams at home and on their own schedule.

Upon enrollment into the course, each student will register with ProctorU and establish a login name and password. This will give the student access to all of ProctorU’s services. When ready, students will schedule each of their proctored exams with ProctorU. Exams must be scheduled at least 72 hours in advance to avoid fees. Prior to taking their exams, students must be sure that they have downloaded the ProctorU Chrome or Firefox extension and are using the most current version of Chrome or Firefox. They must also be sure their testing site’s connection meets the minimum requirements by using ProctorU’s “Test It Out” utility.

Upon the exam day and hour, students will log in to ProctorU and click on “exams”. After following the procedures outlined at ProctorU’s web site, the student will log in to Blackboard and locate their correct exam. The proctor will then allow student access to that exam.

Students must use ProctorU and must follow all proctoring requirements for their exams to be credited.

Proctored exams are not available for review at any time. You will not be able to see the questions, nor the answers you've given, after completing the exams. Please contact your instructor for specific feedback.

Course Discussions

Discussion board assignments cover interesting current events or materials related to this course that contribute to a deeper understanding of key concepts and allow you to interact with your classmates and the instructor. Each assignment may require you to conduct internet research, read additional materials (a short journal or magazine article), visit a specific webpage, AND/OR view a short video prior to writing a response following the specific guidelines in the assignment.

To earn full credit: you will need to post a response to the discussion topic, respond to the original posts of at least two other students, and then contribute meaningfully to an ongoing discussion. You will need to post your initial response before you will see any posts from your classmates. Please keep in mind that only this initial response is included in your assignment grade, so make sure you have followed all of the guidelines and written a complete response prior to submitting the post. For special cases where one or two students are accelerating faster through the course, the instructor will participate in the discussion so that everyone has the opportunity to interact.

Please see Blackboard for a full description, along with specific guidelines, for each assignment. Discussion board assignments should be completed, along with all other assignments in the course, in the order that they appear. Due to the course design, you may be unable to take a proctored exam if you do not complete all assignments that appear prior to that exam.

Please also refer to the Grading Policy/Grade Breakdown section of the syllabus to learn the percentage of your grade that each discussion board assignment is worth.

Technology Requirements

Please review the technical requirements for UNE Online Graduate Programs:

Course Length

A schedule of lectures and assignments is included in this syllabus. This is, however a self-paced course and you can complete the course in less time.

  1. Courses in the SPHP program are equivalent to one-semester courses designed to be completed in 16 weeks
  2. Enrollment in the course begins the day your section opens which is listed in the Academic Calendar found on the Student Success Portal.
  3. Course start and end dates are in respect to Eastern Time.

Withdrawal and Refund Policies

Please visit this page to review the withdrawal and refund policies.

Grade Policy

Students are expected to attempt and complete all graded assignments and proctored exams by the end date of the course. To view the incomplete grade policy, please click here.


Due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, only the student may request official transcripts. This may be done online by going to the University of New England Registrar website and following the directions on the page.

To view your unofficial UNE student transcript:

  1. Log into uonline at
  2. Select Student Services
  3. Select Student Records
  4. Select Academic Transcript

To request your official UNE student transcript:

Please review your Unofficial Transcript prior to requesting an Official Transcript.

  1. Log into uonline at
  2. Select Student Services
  3. Select Student Records
  4. Select Request Printed/Official Transcript
  5. Follow the prompts

After you click Submit Request, your official transcript will be put into the queue to be printed in the Registrar’s Office.

Academic Integrity

The University of New England values academic integrity in all aspects of the educational experience. Academic dishonesty in any form undermines this standard and devalues the original contributions of others. It is the responsibility of all members of the University community to actively uphold the integrity of the academy; failure to act, for any reason, is not acceptable.

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to the following:

  1. Cheating, copying, or the offering or receiving of unauthorized assistance or information.
  2. Fabrication or falsification of data, results, or sources for papers or reports.
  3. Action which destroys or alters the work of another student.
  4. Multiple submission of the same paper or report for assignments in more than one course without permission of each instructor.
  5. Plagiarism, the appropriation of records, research, materials, ideas, or the language of other persons or writers and the submission of them as one's own.

Charges of academic dishonesty will be reviewed by the Program Director. Penalties for students found responsible for violations may depend upon the seriousness and circumstances of the violation, the degree of premeditation involved, and/or the student’s previous record of violations. Appeal of a decision may be made to the Dean whose decision will be final. Student appeals will take place through the grievance process outlined in the student handbook.