Organic Chemistry

What is the difference between “natural” and “non-natural” medicine, supplements, or products? Based on what we’re learning this semester, how rigorous is that distinction? Especially in our consumer age when the “organic” label comes with commercial overtones, it’s important to think about what’s behind the label.

Using examples, and incorporating information from class, answer one of the following questions:

Make an argument for or against the use of “natural” or “organic” products in a particular area of life (e.g. health, medicine, cleaning, clothing, etc.)
Make an argument for how to define a product as being “natural” or “organic”.

Content: You should be sure to address the concepts necessary for understanding the explanation to your answer, explain the concepts, lay out your answer to the question, and illustrate your answer with informative examples (plural). You may draw your examples from any field of chemistry or medicine you like, and it is recommended that you use this project to highlight the relevance of chemistry to your chosen field of study and/or professional discipline of interest.

Format: You should prepare a multimedia presentation (be creative!) to explain the ideas in your presentation (powerpoint, video, skit, song, etc).

FAQ:

May I work alone? While it is not recommended, with instructor permission you may be approved to submit an individual project.

How will this project be graded? Your grade will be based on your content, your creativity, and your examples. Greatest weight will be given to the thoroughness of your explanations and examples.

Rubric
Project Rubric
Project Rubric
Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeContent-Theme
25.0 to >22.0 pts
Excellent
Examples tie clearly to a theme that is well-articulated, providing a clear explanation and demonstration of a key concept
22.0 to >18.0 pts
Good
Theme is present but not clearly articulated, examples may be presented without explanation or articulation of their connection to the theme/concept
18.0 to >12.0 pts
Average
Examples are unrelated to each other, do not demonstrate a purpose or coherence
12.0 to >7.0 pts
Below Average
Project is unclear, examples are haphazard
7.0 to >0 pts
Unacceptable
Project is off topic, does not answer the question
25.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeContent-Examples
25.0 to >22.0 pts
Excellent
Examples are clear, well-explained, accurate, and insightful
22.0 to >18.0 pts
Good
Examples are good, but may have a few errors or inconsistencies; examples may be presented without full explanation
18.0 to >12.0 pts
Average
Examples have scientific errors, are presented without explanation or connection to the topic
12.0 to >7.0 pts
Below Average
Examples are unrelated to the topic/question, do not support the project.
7.0 to >0 pts
Unacceptable
No examples are provided in support of the project
25.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCreativity
25.0 to >22.0 pts
Excellent
Illustrations and/or other creative media enhance the presentation and facilitate understanding
22.0 to >18.0 pts
Good
Good illustrations or creative media supplement but do not enhance the presentation
18.0 to >12.0 pts
Average
Few illustrations present and/or illustrations do not enhance presentation
12.0 to >7.0 pts
Below Average
Project shows little or no effort at creativity
7.0 to >0 pts
Unacceptable
Project format is unacceptable
25.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCompletion
25.0 to >22.0 pts
Excellent
Two strong examples
22.0 to >18.0 pts
Good
Two examples
18.0 to >12.0 pts
Average
One strong example or a list of examples
12.0 to >7.0 pts
Below Average
One example
7.0 to >0 pts
Unacceptable
No examples
25.0 pts
Total Points: 100.0