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Unit information: Postgraduate Dynamic Laboratory Manual in 2021/22

Unit name Postgraduate Dynamic Laboratory Manual
Unit code CHEMM5003
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Jonathan Clayden
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Chemistry
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

This is a compulsory unit for the CDT students to undertake as part of the 8-month TATE course. This unit will comprise of a novel postgraduate Dynamic Laboratory Manual that will enable students to carry out an interactive, virtual version of an essential, often complex, experimental technique before experiencing it in the laboratory. The simulations, together with online tutorials for self-learning, have built-in responses to common errors of technique, allowing students to learn from mistakes rapidly and effectively. This approach enables the students to gain a much deeper understanding of an experiment before they carry it out for real.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Proficient use of experimental techniques in laboratory.

Teaching Information

Virtual experiments delivered online by pgDLM - each student will have personal laptop provided. Real versions of experiments carried out in staff research laboratories. Students to undertake pgDLM activities at their own convenience and be responsible for management of their own time.

Assessment Information

Students will carry out 4-DLM experiments online and then arrange with a member of staff to carry out the real version in the research laboratory (where relevant). Students will be assessed on a P/F basis on the work carried out online. The assessments and comments will then be available to the Management Team for the 7-month progress assessment.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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