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Unit information: Advanced Practical Chemistry (Teaching Laboratory) in 2021/22

Unit name Advanced Practical Chemistry (Teaching Laboratory)
Unit code CHEM30005
Credit points 40
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Charmant
Open unit status Not open

CHEM20170, CHEM20180, CHEM20190, CHEM20480 or CHEM20220


CHEM30019 (or CHEM30016) Advanced Inorganic & Materials Chemistry CHEM30011

Advanced Organic & Biological Chemistry CHEM30006 Advanced Physical &

Theoretical Chemistry, CHEM30018 (or CHEM30017) Advanced Computational &

Interdisciplinary Chemistry.

School/department School of Chemistry
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

This unit further develops the practical chemistry skills introduced in CHEM20480 or CHEM20220 expanding those fundamentals of practical chemistry into this more advanced level of study. The unit contains experiments based on all areas of chemistry.

Aims: The unit provides training in practical chemistry and literature research in preparation for a research project, a career as a professional chemist, or in an area of employment requiring the skills of scientific reasoning, critical evaluation and numeracy. This course aims to provide an advanced understanding and knowledge of the main areas of practical chemistry, reinforcing and building on year 2 material and laying the foundations for independent laboratory work in later years. Students face challenging experiments, learn to research and choose appropriate techniques for a given problem and work independently, managing their own time.

The unit:

  • provides open-ended activities
  • requires students to manage their own learning
  • requires students to apply information that they have learned earlier in the programme to consolidate and extend their knowledge and understanding of chemistry.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On passing this unit, students will be able to:

  • Manage and structure their own laboratory time
  • Take responsibility for their own safety in the laboratory
  • Competently plan advanced laboratory experiments and investigations
  • Successfully carry out complex practical operations and techniques
  • Critically interpret data (which may be incomplete)
  • Identify solutions to experimental problems
  • Correctly report experimental procedures and results in an appropriate format
  • Evaluate results and hypotheses against the chemical literature
  • Write coherent, well-structures reports that place their results within the wider Chemistry context and which critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, concepts and data
  • Discuss investigations with academic members of staff and demonstrators

Teaching Information

Supervised practical classes and independent study. The Dynamic Laboratory Manual provides important e-learning resources in advance of practical sessions. Students who either begin or continue their studies in an online mode should note that it is likely they may be required to complete practical work or alternative activities in person, either during the academic year 2020/21 or subsequently, in order to meet the intended learning outcomes for the unit, prepare them for subsequent units or to satisfy any accreditation requirements.

Assessment Information

Students will be assessed by continuous summative assessment of coursework of three kinds:

  • Data summaries, designed to show that an experiment has been successfully carried out and that the student understands the results
  • Full reports, designed to show the marker that the experiment has been successfully carried out and that the student understands it, can place it within the wider Chemistry context and can critically evaluate the results
  • A longer project report, designed to allow the student to design experiments to investigate a genuine research problem.

To receive credit for this unit, students must make a reasonable attempt at every aspect of the teaching and assessment, including pre- and post-laboratory work, practical experiments, formal reports and presentations, group-working and any workshop activities. Failure to do so may result in credit being withheld, even if the overall mark is above the pass mark for the unit. Supplementary or resit assessment of this unit is only possible through engagement in the following academic year.


If this unit has a Resource List, you will normally find a link to it in the Blackboard area for the unit. Sometimes there will be a separate link for each weekly topic.

If you are unable to access a list through Blackboard, you can also find it via the Resource Lists homepage. Search for the list by the unit name or code (e.g. CHEM30005).

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.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.