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Specific Course Information
Course Area and Number
CHEM 4310
Harding University
Searcy, AR/USA
Inorganic Chemistry (7th Edition), Weller, Overton, Rourke, & Armstrong, Oxford
Course Meetings and Time
Number of meetings per week
3 meetings / week
Time per meeting (minutes)
50 min / meeting
Number of weeks
15 weeks
Lab Associated
Yes, required, concurrently
Average Class Size
5 to 15
Typical Student Population
This course is only required by chemistry majors, but we usually have a few biochemistry students that take it for upper level chem credit.

CHEM 4310 is an in-depth review of modern inorganic chemistry. Topics will include symmetry, acids and bases, reduction-oxidation reactions, periodic trends, coordination chemistry, organometallic chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, and material chemistry. The course will meet for three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. This class may make use of the testing center and/or may give exams outside of regularly schedule class hours.

Learning Goals

These learning goals are linked to program-level objectives and may not address specific learning objectives for inorganic chemistry concepts.

  • Apply the general principles, laws, and theories of chemistry and place these in their proper historical context.
  • Predict the bonding patterns, chemical properties and reactivity of an element based on its electronic structure.
  • Predict and explain the molecular structures, shapes, and symmetry of molecules.
  • Given appropriate constants and/or other relevant information, calculate and interpret the energetics, kinetics, equilibria, and electrochemistry of chemical reactions.
  • Identify uses of coordination chemistry in the fields of material science, green chemistry, and bioinorganic chemistry.
  • Design and conduct an experiment to achieve a predetermined goal.
  • Perform laboratory experiments demonstrating safe and proper use of standard chemistry glassware, equipment, and chemicals.
  • Record, graph, chart and conceptually and mathematically interpret data obtained from experimentation.
  • Use critical thinking and logic in the solution of new problems.
  • Develop an appreciation of the value of chemistry by identifying ways in which chemistry impacts our daily lives.
  • Demonstrate an understanding for the intricate design contained in matter, citing examples from chemistry that could be used to indicate the hand of God in the design of matter.
How the course is taught
Primarily lecture and group work. The laboratory is imbedded in the course framework. With small classes, the whole class works as a unit in laboratory. In larger classes, there may be two groups.
Grading Scheme
3 Unit Exams 30%
Final Exam (ACS Standarized) 20%
Laboratory 25%
Quizzes and Reviews 10%
Special Project Presentation 5%
Problem Sets 10%
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