Science Prerequisites for Health Professionals

CHEM 1021: Organic Chemistry II

Credits - Lecture - 3; Lab - 1


This is a one-semester course with a laboratory designed for individuals with a baccalaureate degree who need second-semester organic chemistry as a prerequisite to applying for admission to health professions’ programs. These may include graduate programs in medicine, veterinary medicine, dental medicine, nursing, physical therapy, and physician assistant.



Organic Chemistry with a Biological Emphasis Volume I & II, Soderberg, Timothy. 2016 (free online)

Organic Chemistry: A Short Course, e. 13, Hart, Harold. (available through the UNE bookstore)

Harper’s Illustrated Biochemistry, e. 31. Rodwell, Victor. (available free online through the UNE library)

Lab Kit

Hands-On Labs GOB Lab kit 

  • Ordering instructions are available in Blackboard
  • HOL course enrollment link is available in Blackboard

Virtual Chemistry Lab – Free for Windows and macOS 10.14 and below. A $25 purchase fee is required to run VCL on macOS 10.15 and above. Links to download and purchase, if necessary, are available in Blackboard. 

Webcam and Whiteboard

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

Optional Materials

Workbook for Organic Chemistry, Jenkins. 6ed, 2.Vis-Ed Cards: Organic Chemistry Reactions

Molecular stick models: Molecular models are very important in organic chemistry to help visualize 3-D structure and stereochemistry in three dimensions.

Chemsketch: ChemSketch for Academic and Personal Use: ACD/ChemSketch Freeware is a drawing package that allows you to draw chemical structures.

Learning Objectives and Outcomes

  • Apply the theories of various spectroscopic (NMR, IR, and MS) techniques, concepts.
  • Interpret various spectra to identify unknown compounds. 
  • Evaluate separation and purification techniques that are important to the professional world that include distillation, filtration, extractions, chromatography, recrystallization, and sublimation for various organic compounds.


Assigned Homework Problems

Each week contains assigned homework problems taken from the end of the chapter problems. Detailed solutions to all assigned homework problems can be found in the solution manual within each week. The homework problems will not be collected nor graded. It is strongly suggested that you work as many of the assigned problems as necessary for you to have a solid understanding of the concepts presented in the week. The best way to prepare for a quiz or an exam in chemistry is to work and rework end of the chapter problems. You may work more problems than are assigned if you feel you need more work in a specific area.

Weekly Quizzes

All week lecture quizzes are open book and open notes and contain approximately 10 multiple-choice questions.  You have 30 minutes to take the quizzes. Although the quizzes are open book and open notes, you need to study the material and work the problems in order to do well on the quizzes. The quizzes will be taken online through the course Blackboard site. Doing well on the quizzes will help prepare you for the timed-proctored midterm and  final exam. You will have only one attempt at each weekly quiz. The quizzes are not proctored, but they may be accessed only through the Respondus Lockdown Browser. More information about this browser, and directions for downloading it, are available in the Week 1 folder in Blackboard. 

Lab Assignments

Each week (except the first week) includes a graded lab assignment. These 14 labs use either HOL Cloud or the Virtual Chemistry Lab software (available for download in Blackboard)

Lab Reflections

Two written lab reflection assignments are assigned in addition to the lab activities. Full reflection prompts and rubrics are available in Blackboard. 

Lab Report

You will submit one formal written lab report during Week 13. Complete instructions and a rubric are available in Blackboard. 


Discussion Forums are required and graded for both the lecture and lab sections. To earn full credit: you will need to post a response, respond to the original posts of at least two other students, and then contribute to an ongoing discussion. 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.

Midterm and Final Lecture Exams and Final Lab Exam

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.

All course exams are timed, proctored assessments. You will be permitted to use a UNE-authorized whiteboard during all three exams. No other resources are allowed. If using the UNE authorized whiteboard, you must first show your proctor that your whiteboard is clear at the beginning of your testing session. You must also 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. 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.

Grading Policy

Your grade in this course will be determined by the following criteria:

Grade Breakdown

Assignment CategoryGrade
Lecture Total100%
Lab Assignments20%
Lab Report20%
Final Exam50%
Lab Total100%

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



Course Topic


Lab Assignment


Chemical Separations and Purification Techniques Part I

Soderberg, Timothy Chapter 2:  Introduction to organic structure and bonding, part II



Chemical Separations and Purification Techniques Part II

OERS and Supplements Provided



Infrared Spectroscopy

Soderberg, Timothy

Chapter 4: Structure determination part I

Infrared Spectroscopy Dry Lab


Proton NMR Spectroscopy

Soderberg, Timothy Chapter 5: Structure determination part II

H1 NMR Dry Lab


Carbon NMR Spectroscopy

Soderberg, Timothy Chapter 5: Structure determination part II

C13 NMR Dry Lab


Mass Spectrometry

Soderberg, Timothy

Chapter 4: Structure determination part I

Mass Spectra Dry Lab


(Lab Discussion #1)




HOL: The properties of Alcohols



Hart, Harold

Chapter 16: Carbohydrates

HOL: Macromolecules of Life: Monosaccharides and Polysaccharides


(Lab Reflection #1)


Lipids and Their Functions in Biochemical Systems

Hart, Harold

Chapter 15: Lipids and Detergents

HOL: Analysis of Soap


Protein Structure and Function

Hart, Harold

Chapter 17: Amino Acids, Peptides, and Proteins

HOL: Macromolecules of Life: Amino Acids


Formation of Peptide Bonds



Rodwell, Victor

Chapter 7-9

Fatty Acid Hydration


Introduction to Molecular Genetics

Hart, Harold

Chapter 18: Nucleotides and Nucleic Acid 

Isolation of DNA


Carbohydrate Metabolism

Rodwell, Victor

Chapter 14-20

HOL: Hydrolysis of Acetylsalicylic Acid

(Lab Report)


Aerobic Respiration and Energy Production

Rodwell, Victor

Chapter 11-13

HOL: Metabolism of Polysaccharides and Anaerobic Fermentation


(Lab Discussion #2)


Fatty Acid Metabolism

Rodwell, Victor

Chapter 21-26

Esterification of Fatty Acids


(Lab Reflection #2)


Final Exam


Lab Exam

Student Resources

Student Portal: Your Best UNE Resource

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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:

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  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.