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CHEM3046 Advanced Practical Chemistry (Year 3)

Module Overview

This module represents an advanced practical course designed to extend the practical skills developed in years 1 and 2 of the Chemistry degree programmes and extend them through the completion of a series of advanced/open ended experiments which enable students to develop and demonstrate their ability to conduct an independent investigation.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

(1) To allow students to apply previously learned practical skills in a more open ended context. (2) To develop students abilities to manage their own learning. (3) To apply core chemistry knowledge in advanced problem solving. (4) To develop students abilities to present their work in written format. (5) To develop students written and oral presentation skills through the use of various assessment formats

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Communicate the results of an open ended investigation with clarity, both verbally and in writing, using appropriate scientific terminology.
  • Manage personal study time effectively to balance the different needs of practical and other course work.
  • Prepare risk assessments, for approval, in advance of any practical work.
  • Maintain a record of practical work to a professional standard.
  • Collate and analyse data from a variety of sources.
  • Work effectively as a member of a team as required.
  • Work independently towards achieving well defined objectives.
  • Identify key elements of the scientific literature that are relevant to a research area.

Syllabus

The course is comprised of a minimum of 150 hours of laboratory time, in which the students will - Complete of a series of open-ended laboratory and/or computational based experiments either independently or in groups. - Submission of reports in a variety of formats, which may include formal written reports, posters, and oral presentations. The topics covered by the practical sessions will vary from year-to-year, but may include Chemical biology Chemical simulations Computational chemistry Electrochemisry Mass spectrometry Materials chemistry NMR Organometallic chemistry Supramolecular chemistry Synthetic organic chemistry X-ray crystallography

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Practical sessions Workshops and short lectures will be used to present key knowledge, concepts and a general framework of for the conduct of independent research.

TypeHours
Wider reading or practice15
Follow-up work15
Preparation for scheduled sessions45
Completion of assessment task100
Lecture5
Practical classes and workshops120
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

Kirsty MacDonald. Key Skills for Scientists. 

Howard M. Kanare. Writing the Laboratory Notebook. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Laboratory notebooks 20%
Practical write-ups 80%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Laboratory notebooks 20%
Practical write-ups 80%
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