As a course with a focus on obtaining and using chemical information this course will involve a discussion of ethical issues pertaining to obtaining, creating, and disseminating chemical information. An overview of parameters involved in ethical decision-making will be introduced, with presentations of case studies. Students will be introduced to the use of chemical literature and techniques of technical writing. The course is designed to expose students to the various resources used by chemists to research a chemical topic. During the first part of the semester, students will learn about techniques for searching for chemical information and about available resources for accessing chemical information. A field trip to Linda Hall Library will expose students to this premiere science and technology library in Kansas City. The course culminates in a final oral research report presented in a technical report format about a chemical compound family. As a rule, one-hour lecture periods are scheduled; however, the field trip to Linda Hall Library will require a two to three-hour session.
- Teacher: Lori Wetmore