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CHEM1051 Introduction to Practical Chemistry I

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Duplicate a range of basic chemical laboratory procedures by following detailed instructions
  • Collect data and compare it with expected properties of molecules or materials
  • Report and explain experimental findings in terms of underlying theory


Lab skills to be developed • Taking responsibility for equipment • Consider quantities in synthesis (including molar equivalents) and scale-appropriate equipment • Make and record accurate measurements • Spectroscopic data collection and recognising a good vs a poor spectrum • Weighing, recrystallization, titration, filtration and making solutions (from instructions) • Understand the basic elements of code (variables, arrays and loops) used to run a piece of equipment e.g. colorimeter • Basic thin layer chromatography Information and data skills • Guided risk assessment from given information • Discuss rationale for conditions used in experiments carried out from a prepared script • Effective lab book use introduced as a structured process from a template • Carry out calculations with guidance from measured data and given formulae • Use estimation to assess whether a result is reasonable • Error estimation and propagation (worst case scenario) • Correct graph plotting and axis labelling • Basic spectral interpretation – Beer-Lambert and IR/NMR vs functional group tables • Retrieve data (e.g. melting points) from provided sources for comparative purposes Personal and written skills • Prepare properly for lab sessions and manage time to complete work during the session – timing guidance will be given on lab scripts • Writing components of a concise lab report • Follow instructions to present data in defined formats with informative labelling e.g. graph axes, table headings etc • Elements of team/group working, e.g. participate in an “ice breaker” exercise, and work as a group to plan and make a set of concentrations for UV/vis, giving a group presentation of analysed data

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Practical sessions, supported by pre-labs and some written assignments. Study skills and team skills delivered in some cases through separate sessions. This module formally carries zero effort since that is attributed to the three accompanying theory modules (3 x 45 h).

Practical classes and workshops85
Preparation for scheduled sessions10
Guided independent study20
Total study time125


Assessment Strategy

Practical work, written reports and presentations. This module formally carries zero CATS as the marks are attributed to the three accompanying theory modules.


MethodPercentage contribution
Laboratory Report 20%
Laboratory work and associated tasks 60%
Oral Assessment 20%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Laboratory Equipment and Materials

Lab coat and safety spectacles. These are provided at the start part 1, but if lost need to be replaced at student's own expense.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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