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CHEM1056 Introduction to Practical Chemistry II

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Duplicate more advanced chemical laboratory procedures by following instructions
  • Use previously learnt techniques to complete procedures with concise instructions
  • Apply theoretical knowledge of basic techniques to choose appropriate conditions or techniques for parts of experiments


Lab skills to be developed • Apply previously learned skills (e.g. standard solutions) without detailed instructions • Select appropriately sized equipment for procedures • Consider the precision at which reagents, solvents etc need to be measured • Make choices around experimental parameters including the scale at which procedures are carried out • Expand range of spectroscopic techniques, with detailed instructions where new • Explain the purpose of spectroscopic techniques that are applied • Antisolvent crystallisation and base extraction • Use of RF to choose solvent mix for TLC to assess purity • Build a colorimeter and modify supplied code to make time dependent measurements Information and data skills • Error estimation and questioning of “reasonableness” with some guidance on when to apply • Analyse data with some guidance and formulae given but without a step-wise breakdown • Plot graphs correctly with errors with minimal instruction • Keep an effective lab book without reference to a template • Save/archive data with informative filenames and titles • Use chemical drawing software • Extract specific information from a provided scientific paper or self-found sources Personal and written skills • Plan timing of experimental work and data analysis based on lab script • Write a concise lab report in a scientific style • Present data in defined formats with informative labelling with minimal instruction • Participate in a team working exercise

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).

Preparation for scheduled sessions10
Practical classes and workshops85
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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