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Unit information: Introductory Practical Chemistry in 2019/20

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Unit name Introductory Practical Chemistry
Unit code CHEM10004
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Chris Adams
Open unit status Not open

A-Level Chemistry or its equivalent; A-Level Mathematics or its equivalent



School/department School of Chemistry
Faculty Faculty of Science


This unit introduces safe and organised working practices within a laboratory environment and also some basic laboratory techniques.

Units aims:

To develop in students the first fundamental practical skills.

Intended learning outcomes

To introduce safe and organised working practice within a laboratory environment and also the application of some basic laboratory techniques. At the end of this course, students should be able to practice:

  • Laboratory safety – appropriate dress, safe handling and disposal of chemicals
  • Organised working – punctuality, time management and working to a tight 3-hour deadline
  • Keeping an up-to-date and accurate laboratory notebook
  • Correct technique in performing basic operations such as weighing out materials , preparing solutions of accurately known concentration, and the correct use of simple laboratory apparatus
  • Simple error (experimental uncertainty) treatments
  • Basic practical techniques such as recrystallization, vacuum filtration, reflux and melting point determination
  • Analytical techniques such as UV-vis and IR spectroscopy
  • Practical techniques such as distillation, and separation and extraction

Analytical techniques such as GCMS, NMR and TLC

Teaching details

Laboratory sessions and independent study. The Dynamic Laboratory Manual provides important e-learning resource in advance of (and during) the laboratory sessions.

Assessment Details

Students will be continuously assessed in laboratory work (summative and formative - 100%)

Reading and References