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CHEM1465 Practical Materials Science 1

10 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Dr Thomas Chamberlain

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

None except programme qualifications

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Students will develop practical skills via c 18h work in the teaching labs, undertaking a range of experiments which they then present as scientific reports in different formats. Students will develop related scientific literacy and data analysis and through lectures and workshops.


To introduce students to the chemistry and physics laboratories and equipment, and to develop appropriate data analysis and other transferable skills. On completion of this module students will have
- undertaken a selection of experiments in the chemistry and physics laboratories appropriate to the programme and to the general development of good laboratory technique, and presented their results in the form of scientific reports.

Learning outcomes
Students completing the module will be able to demonstrate:

1) confidence in safely handling reagents/solvents, including those that pose a hazard;
2) the ability to undertake experimental work, use instruments and manipulate apparatus, following instructions and with due attention to safety;
3) the ability to synthesize materials of straightforward structural complexity;
4) the ability to determine properties of materials using appropriate instrumentation;
5) the ability to record data and physical measurements, to interpret their meaning and comment on their precision and accuracy;
6) the ability to use PC-based spreadsheets, graphics and word-processing packages to manipulate and plot data and to prepare reports;


During semester 2 students will undertake a selection of experiments, appropriate to the level 1 materials science programme and designed for the general development of confidence in the most fundamental laboratory techniques. The experiments are designed to cover:
• safety in the laboratory, COSHH regulations and good laboratory practice,
• the preparation and characterisation of synthetic materials, and the use of analytical techniques to investigate them,
• a range of physical measurements and appropriate data analysis;
There will also be a series of lectures and workshops to support and extend those learning and research skills delivered through the laboratory experiments.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours50.00
Private study hours24.00
Total Contact hours26.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Experimental laboratory reports marked at regular intervals throughout semester 2.
Completion of computer-based assignments at intervals.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PracticalAssessment of Lab Reports and Skills.100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2021


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