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CHEM3650 Laboratory-based Project Work 2M

20 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Prof Patrick McGowan

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Level 2 in Chemistry and Maths, Natural Sciences or equivalent

This module is mutually exclusive with

CHEM3417Advanced Lab Work for MChem
CHEM3421Project Work for BSc Students
CHEM3455Advanced Lab Work for MChem (Medicinal)

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Students acquire, develop and apply research and evaluation skills by undertaking an extended project.


To give experience of the design and implementation of a short programme of investigation into a chemical problem using modern experimental techniques.

To develop an awareness of the nature of investigative chemistry, and the ability to interpret and present the available experimental evidence.

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

(a) a detailed appreciation of a specialist area through research based learning in that area;
(b) the ability to undertake advanced independent experimental work, with due attention to safety
(c) the ability to write clear, scientific reports
(d) the ability to design and implement an investigation into a chemical problem using modern experimental techniques;
(e) an awareness of the nature of investigative chemistry, and the ability to interpret and present experimental evidence;
(f) enhanced practical and problem solving skills.


Students undertake a laboratory-based project. This project will be allocated from a list of available topics, taking into account the preferences of the student, and will be supervised by a member of staff.

Each project will feature the collection and evaluation of relevant experimental data, and the submission of a written dissertation summarising the chemical background to the project and the results obtained.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Supervision Meetings60.503.00
Private study hours129.00
Total Contact hours71.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Conducting literature searches.
Reading and evaluating research papers.
Constructing initial plan for practical project.
Designing experiments, performing COSHH and risk assessments.
Analysing experimental data and results.
Constructing final report for practical project.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The initial practical project plan (purely formative) and the draft section of practical project report (purely formative) provide opportunities for feedback that will guide the student in preparing their final report. Feedback is also delivered by regular discussions with the member of academic staff supervising the project.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Literature ReviewLiterature review is inclusive of a project plan30.00
ReportFinal report40.00
PracticalAssessment by Supervisor30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Dissertation to be completed by the end of semester 2.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:52:17


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