Searching and reading the literature is an important tool in teaching organometallic chemistry. This overall project focuses on the improving students' writing skills and to begin to think critically about articles in the literature through a series of different writing assignments. This project is used in a semester long course on organometallics and reaction mechanisms. The first assignment (this LO) is a summary, the second is related to the NSF highlight, and the third is a literature critique. Each assignment is evenly spaced out through the semester. For VIPEr, This project has been broken down into smaller individual components that can be used piecewise in an inorganic course when discussing organometallics chemistry. All three projects will be linked together.
This LO is the for the first part of the project, the literature summary. The student chooses a journal article from the literature that he/she is interested in reading but relates to a topic discussed in inorganic chemistry. The handout I provide to the students is attached below.
A student should be able to:
properly cite outside literature using the ACS style
convey chemistry topics to different audiences (expert)
relate topics taught in lecture to material presented in the literature
establish what new knowledge has been added to the field
determine a journal's impact factor and understand the concept of impact factor
concisely summarize topics discussed in the literature
One other suggestion that I have thought about is providing a few articles for the students to choose from and then write a summary.
Grading this assignment can be extremely time consuming, especially when you have a large class. I have the students upload their documents as word files and comment/track change to provide feedback as fast as I can.
I have also contemplated making the assignment page length 1 page.