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MChem Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Practical Chemistry

Unit code CHEM10600
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Department of Chemistry
Available as a free choice unit? No


This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 20/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact.  Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates.

This unit provides an introduction to and development of core practical skills in synthesis, basic laboratory safety procedures including COSHH and risk assessment and basic skills for working as a scientist.

Weekly laboratory class take place every Monday of term, from 10am – 4pm. The course runs in the two teaching laboratories on the first and second floors, in the Department of Chemistry.

There are 21 assessed exercises and associated reporting activities.



After completing this course you will be a proficient experimentalist capable of investigation in the laboratory environment.


Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students should:

  • Be proficient in standard practical methods and be able to carry them out with precision and accuracy;
  • Be able to undertake basic safety assessments of experiments and carry out practical work safely and professionally;
  • Be capable of interpreting and manipulating analytical data and using it to draw conclusions;

Be capable of recording and reporting findings from these experimental processes to a basic, scientific standard.




Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Problem-solving skills
  • Communications skills
  • Practical competency
  • Numeracy and mathematical skills
  • Analytical skills
  • ICT skills
  • Time management and organisational skills


Assessment methods

Method Weight
Practical skills assessment 100%

Feedback methods

Regular feedback is available:

i. Through discussions with academic members of staff and GTAs during each laboratory session;

ii. Pre-lab exercises are completed on-line via BlackBoard affording immediate feedback;

iii. In-lab marks and comments on the students’ performance are uploaded to BlackBoard on the day of the experiment and are immediately available to students;

iv. Write-ups are uploaded to BlackBoard and assessed by a marking college. Marks for write ups and written feedback will normally be available, via BlackBoard, 1 working week after the formal submission deadline;

v. Attendance registers are uploaded to BlackBoard on each lab day. Students who are not in attendance will be automatically contacted by the Education Office;

vi. Convenors conduct a census at weeks 6, 12 and 18 of the lab course: those students whose average mark is < 50% will be interviewed by the convenors;

vii. Those students who are in danger of failing the unit will be interviewed by laboratory convenors/ Director of Undergraduate studies as appropriate.


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Practical classes & workshops 130
Independent study hours
Independent study 70

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Jonathan Agger Unit coordinator
Peter Quayle Unit coordinator

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