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Department of Chemistry TA Orientation By: The Chemistry TA Network Heather Cuthbert, Amanda Donovan, Christa Homenick, Anika Louie.

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1 Department of Chemistry TA Orientation By: The Chemistry TA Network Heather Cuthbert, Amanda Donovan, Christa Homenick, Anika Louie

2 TA Network Heather Cuthbert ABB 443 x27396 Christa Homenick ABB A402A x27678 Anika Louie ABB 466 x27128 Amanda Donovan ABB 466 x27128

3 Chemistry Personnel Jeff Landry 1 st Year Coordinator Heather Pettit Brad Sheeller 2 nd Year Coordinator Angela Vanderlaan Karen Newmann and Leah Allen Upper Year Coordinators Faculty: Patricia Martin Janet Welsh Undergraduate Technicians Course Coordinators Nicki Robinson

4 Undergraduate Chemistry Courses First Year 1AO3/1AA3 – Introductory Chemistry I/II 1EO3 – General Chemistry of Engineers I 1RO3 – General Chemistry (for students without High School chemistry)

5 Second Year 2AO3 – Analytical Chemistry I (Engineers) 2EO3 – Introductory Organic (Engineers) 2BA3/2BB3 – Organic Chemistry A/B 2OA3/2OB3 – Organic Chemistry I/II (Biology/Health Science) 2IO3 – Structure and Reactions of the Main Group Elements 2NO3 – Analytical Chemistry (Biology) 2PA3 – Thermodynamics & Phase Equilibria 2PB3 – Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics 2RO3 – General Physical Chemistry (Biology) 2WW2 – Inorganic Chemistry for Materials Engineers Undergraduate Chemistry Courses

6 Third Year 3AO3 – Analytical Chemistry II 3BA3 – Quantum Mechanics & Spectroscopy I 3DO3 – Organic Chemistry 3FO3 – Bio-Organic Chemistry (Biology) 3LI3 – Chemistry Laboratory Inquiry 3PO3 – Transition Metal Chemistry Undergraduate Chemistry Courses

7 Possible TA Duties Lab Demonstrator Responsible for overseeing students in lab, demonstrating techniques, safety, marking labs, etc. Tutorial Leader Responsible for leading tutorials for students, answering student questions, help centre Marker Responsible for marking assignments, tests, exams, etc. Invigilator Responsible for monitoring students writing tests or exams, watching for and reporting cheating Others?? Note: Your assigned TA unit (1 unit = 65 hours) may be a combination of one or more of the above duties (ie. Tutorial Leader and Invigilator)

8 Preparation is Key Read Lab Manual Prior to Lab Available On-line – Be sure and print out a copy! Don’t forget to read over instructions for any specific techniques! Questions? Ask Lab Coordinator for that course Proper Attire – Set a Good Example No shorts/sandals Hair tied back Safety goggles Lab coat Lab Demonstrator – The Basics

9 Timeline (1AO3/1EO3, 2OA3) Prelab Meeting (15 min.) Extra information for TAs for the lab that week Video introductions for each lab (1 st, 2 nd Year) Remember to turn the TV on! Take attendance Experiment Time Students will complete reports in lab and hand them in immediately TA marks student reports with given a marking scheme in ~ 1 week time TA records marks and enters them on-line or gives them to the Lab Coordinator

10 Lab Demonstrator – First Lab Introduce yourself Write your name on the board how you would like it spelled! Your contact info (optional) Your Time Outline expectations/standards Penalties for not meeting these standards Encouragement/Reassurances Lab Tips & Tricks for Success

11 Lab Demonstrator – Tips & Advice 15 min Meeting Take notes Ask questions Experiment time Circulate & observe Ask Questions, don’t just give answers Time management – Keep students moving! Safety

12 Tutorial Leader – The Basics Preparation is Key Read over tutorial/answers Work out problems yourself, ask questions Awareness (Deadlines, quizzes, lectures, etc.) What to Expect Tutorial = Open Format Lecture style – helpful for clarification of a difficult concept Question & Answer – be careful not to answer assignment questions! Student directed – i.e. “What tutorial problems were the hardest? Let’s go over them.” Small group discussion – Circulate and monitor group problem solving Help Centre = Chaos Students will ask anything and everything Be well prepared! Be aware of tutorial/assignment problems, lecture material

13 Marker – The Basics Consistency Follow the marking scheme Report errors in marking scheme Communication – to other TAs and professor Efficiency Mark all the same question at the same time Be aware of cheating!

14 Invigilator – The Basics Know your surroundings Washroom locations, etc. Bring a watch (not all rooms have clocks) Cheating = Large problem Circulate and observe Report suspicious behavior to co-invigilators/ faculty Clarify questions but don’t give answers or hints

15 B108 Wentworth House Phone ext Resources Dr. Peter Kruse ABB 263 x23480 Chemistry TA CoordinatorSenior Teaching Assistants 1AO3/1AA3: Volodia Svitlyk Greg Smith Carlos Cruz Dave Brock (Tutuorials) 2OA3/2OB3: Lawrence Huck Farah Lollmahomed Tomoko Aharen Teri Gallon Dave Thompson (Tutuorials) Graduate Student Contact List: 2N03/2A03: Linda Davis Bonnie Leung Richard Lee Your Union Steward: Greg Smith

16 TA Network – Mac Chem TA Our Mission Helping you be a happy, effective TA in the Chemistry Department How to Accomplish This? Workshops (i.e. Marking), Discussion Groups, etc. offered throughout the year Development of TA resources for Chemistry Ask us your Questions, tell us your Problems/ FRUSTRATIONS!!! Contact us at:


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