Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Marine Science


College of Science

First Advisor

Kevin McWilliams


In this study, the value-added of a new upper-level chemistry course, CHEM 372-Organometallics, was defined using a Student Beliefs Survey that was answered by students in CHEM 372 and by faculty who teach upper-level chemistry courses at Coastal Carolina University. The laboratory portion of CHEM 372 focused on the synthesis of a [2]-catenane, which is a molecularly interlocked molecule (MIM). The intention was to give the CHEM 372 students a goal to work toward over the course of the semester instead of different, unrelated, experiments each week. Using this style of lab teaching, the students were introduced to graduate school-level research and real-world application of laboratory technique. From the survey, the course was found to be 85% valuable, based on the similar responses between the experts and students. This indicates that CHEM 372 is a value-added, studio-based (laboratory-based) course that should be kept in the Coastal Carolina University's Chemistry Department as an upper-level course option for chemistry students.