I was wondering how many folks include basic coordination chemistry in their General Chemistry course? Perhaps I will put together a poll on this topic. I used to teach coordination chemistry in Gen Chem, but it has since been removed in favor of more organic chemistry (eek!) that is more relevant for our contextual themes for the fall semester. Since I teach a 200-level (2nd year) inorganic course, I do not miss it too much in Gen Chem. I know that I will still have a chance to sink early inorganic hooks into our students. But it does mean that some of our students, most notably biology and biochemistry students may not ever see very much about coordination complexes as inorganic is only required for chem majors.
I wonder if there is any correlation between the prevalence of coordination chemistry in Gen Chem and where inorganic chemistry is found in the curriculum at different institutions. I would be curious to hear what other folks have to say. And what if any "contextual hooks" do you use to introduce coordination chemistry in Gen Chem? What is the main theme of the unit?