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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CHEM3423 Laboratory Work for BSc Chemistry Students

10 creditsClass Size: 80

Module manager: Dr. Stephen Gorman

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

Level 2 in Chemistry or equivalent

This module is mutually exclusive with

CHEM3415Laboratory Work 3X
CHEM3417Advanced Lab Work for MChem
CHEM3418Lab work with integrated project for Natural Sciences and Jo
CHEM3420Laboratory Work 2M
CHEM3422Laboratory Work for BSc Medicinal Chemistry Students
CHEM3455Advanced Lab Work for MChem (Medicinal)
CHEM3650Laboratory-based Project Work 2M
CHEM3651Extended Project Work for Joint Honours students
CHEM3654Laboratory-based Project Work for Natural Sciences
CHEM3720Laboratory Work 2M

Module replaces

CHEM3416 Lab Work with Integrated BSc Project

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module students will have:
- undertaken advanced experimental work, with due attention to safety, in the chemical laboratory;
- manipulated advanced apparatus and record data for subsequent analysis;
- synthesized molecules of some structural complexity;
- competently handled air-sensitive materials and used them safely in synthetic methods;
- determined structure using spectroscopic data;

Learning outcomes
The practical component of the core experiments incorporates the following themes, and students completing the module will be able to demonstrate:

(a) confidence in safely handling reagents/solvents, including those that are air-sensitive and/or pose significant hazards;
(b) ability to undertake advanced experimental work, with due attention to safety;
(c) ability to manipulate advanced laboratory apparatus and record data for subsequent analysis;
(d) ability to synthesize molecules of some structural complexity;
(e) determine structure using spectroscopic data;
(f) an understanding of the most common practical techniques and their proper application in the laboratory situation;
(h) a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the major areas of synthetic chemistry.
(i) a knowledge of current techniques and methodologies appropriate to synthetic chemistry, with hands on practical experience of some of these

Skills outcomes
Practical laboratory skills at advanced level


Students will undertake a selection of experiments in the areas of inorganic, organic and/or physical chemistry, appropriate to the level 3 theory modules and designed for the general development of investigative laboratory techniques.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours56.00
Total Contact hours44.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Preparation for experiments, completing reports post-experiment, reviewing feedback to achieve learning outcomes.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Experimental laboratory reports marked at regular intervals throughout semesters 1

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PracticalAssessment of lab reports and skills plus online exercises100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 07/08/2020 18:22:57


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