Session S20 (Monday, 9:30am, Wartik 105)

P140: Statistical analysis of a one-semester general chemistry approach for students entering the pharmacy field

Taylor Owings, Christine Hrycyna, Marc Loudon, Marcy Towns (Purdue University, USA)

In the fall of 2010, incoming students in the College of Pharmacy at Purdue University enrolled in a new one-semester general chemistry course, which was designed to replace the current two-semester general chemistry series.  This course was implemented as part of a broader revision of the pharmacy curriculum, wherein the students completed a one-semester general chemistry course, two semesters of organic chemistry, and one semester of biochemistry in the first two years.  At the end of the semester, performances on the final exam in 2011 and on the ACS 2011 General Chemistry Exam were evaluated statistically.  In addition, students’ final grades were obtained and analyzed from both the one- and two-semester general chemistry courses and the following two-semester organic chemistry sequence taught in the College of Pharmacy.  No significant or practical difference was found between the one- and two-semester general chemistry approaches. Statistical analyses of the one- and two-semester general chemistry courses and the corresponding success in meeting organic chemistry outcomes will be discussed.

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