Jul 15, 2024  
2024-2025 Academic Catalog 
2024-2025 Academic Catalog
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CHEM 1407 - Introduction to Forensic Chemistry

4 credit hours. 3 lecture hours. 3 lab hours.

Survey course introducing chemistry. Topics may include inorganic, organic, biochemistry, food/physiological chemistry, and environmental/consumer chemistry. Designed for non-science and allied health students. 

Survey introductory course in chemistry with an emphasis forensic chemistry. Topics include: atoms; atomic structure; bonding; molecular forces; acids and bases; as well as, collection, preservation, and analysis of data; visible and infrared spectral analysis; drugs and brain chemistry; fire, combustion, and explosions;  nuclear medicine, hazards, and risks; biochemistry and DNA analysis; and, carcinogens, herbicides, insecticides, heavy metals and other poisons.
Additional Fees: Lab Fee $24 and Inclusive Access Fee $89.99
Measurable Learning Outcomes:
Temple College Learning Outcomes:

1. Make careful and accurate experimental observations. 
2. Demonstrate proper techniques in handling chemicals and laboratory equipment.
3. Use basic apparatus and apply experimental methodologies in the chemistry laboratory.
4. Interpret laboratory results and experimental data, and reach logical conclusions.

1. Understand and apply the scientific method. 
2. Define the fundamental principles of matter. 
3. Assign proper units of measurement and perform dimensional analysis. 
4. Summarize historical developments in chemistry and their advancement of science and technology. 
5. Determine the basic nuclear and electronic structure of atoms. 
6. Identify trends in chemical and physical properties of the elements using the periodic table. 
7. Describe the bonding in and the shape of simple molecules and ions.
8. Write chemical formulas and balance chemical equations. 
9. Apply the concept of the mole to solve stoichiometric problems. 
10. Explain the significance of intermolecular forces and how it applies to states of matter. 
11. Apply knowledge of the Kinetic-Molecular Theory to solve simple gas laws problems.
12. Classify acids and bases based on their chemical and physical properties. 
13. Describe the chemical structure and function of common polymers.
14. Describe the chemical structure and function of macromolecules. 
15. Discuss the chemical components of food and the chemicals used to produce it. 
16. Understand the role of water and nutrients in maintaining health. 
17. Classify common drugs and their basic mechanisms. 
18. Understand the chemical properties of common household chemicals. 
19. Distinguish between various types of poisons and identify their antidotes. 


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