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
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Work independently towards achieving well defined objectives.
- Work effectively as a member of a team, as required.
- Manage personal study time effectively to balance the different needs of practical and other course work.
- Identify key elements of the scientific literature that are relevant to a research area.
- Maintain a record of practical work to a professional standard.
- Communicate the results of an open-ended investigation with clarity, both verbally and in writing, using appropriate scientific terminology.
- Prepare risk assessments, for approval, in advance of any practical work.
- Collate and analyse data from a variety of sources.
The course is comprised of a minimum of 48 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
Synthetic organic chemistry
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Workshops and short lectures will be used to present key knowledge, concepts and a general framework for the conduct of independent research.
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||30|
|Practical classes and workshops||48|
|Completion of assessment task||45|
|Wider reading or practice||8|
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
Kirsty MacDonald. Key Skills for Scientists. RSC Publishing.
Howard M. Kanare. Writing the Laboratory Notebook. American Chemical Society.
Students repeating externally should ensure that they are able to elevate their marks sufficiently to pass the module without repeating practical sessions and without access to supervisory support.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: Internal & External