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Module Code: CHE311
Module Title: Practical Chemistry
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2018/19
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Chemistry
Pre-requisites: N/A
In this module, students will carry out advanced experimental work in Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry. The general aims of the module are: (1) To give the student practical experience and understanding of advanced practical techniques for Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry. (2) To develop appropriate techniques for each type of experiment (3) To show the use of appropriate characterisation techniques (4) To familiarise the student with the preparation of written reports
Learning outcomes 
By the end of the module, students should be able to

(a) Carry out advanced practical techniques in the areas of Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry.

(b) Give a reasoned written exposition of experimental work and achievements.

(c) Make valid deductions from acquired data.

(d) Be capable of giving comprehensible written accounts of experimental work.

(e) Demonstrate an understanding of shortcomings, experimental errors or weaknesses in data.

(f) Further develop their time management skills via coordination of the synthetic and analytical components of their experiments.

(g) Show that they understand the wider social or technological relevance of their work.
Method of teaching and learning 
Practical lab
Students carry out the following laboratory practicals:

Organic: Students carry out two organic experiments. The experiments are designed to give them experience of both chromatography and recrystalisation as purification techniques and also the identification of reaction products by NMR, FTIR, melting points and other suitable instrument analysis. They are required to produce a written report for each experiment supplying the compounds they have made, full spectroscopic data and mechanistic details of the chemistry involved. Each practical is accompanied by a series of questions to which the student has to submit answers in their written report.

Inorganic: Students are required to carry out three inorganic experiments. An introductory experiment is designed to give them basic experience in the handling of air-sensitive compounds and the use of inert atmosphere techniques. Subsequently they carry out two typical examples of preparative organometallic chemistry, the preparation of the classic iron sandwich compound, ferrocene, and the oxidative addition of a chloroalkene to a nickel(0) complex prepared in situ by the reduction of hydrated nickel chloride. The students are required to characterise their products using a combination of analytical and spectroscopic techniques. A written report is required for each experiment and this includes both the description of experimental work and interpretation of the results. In addition, each experiment includes several questions, the answers to which are submitted for marking as part of the written report.

Physical: Students carry out one physical chemistry experiment. The experiment involves the use of sophisticated cyclic voltammetry equipment. The students have to produce a full written report on the experiment and be able to answer probing questions on the theoretical basis of the techniques.
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester       96    54  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 6 Experiments 100.00

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