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MChem Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Advanced Practical Training

Unit code CHEM30620
Credit rating 40
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Department of Chemistry
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

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.  

The unit provides training for employability in industry and research.

Semester 1 provides a common training ground of experiments across the broad spectrum of chemistry topics and acts as a stepping stone from first and second year laboratories. Semester 1 experiments are generally split into two parts; the first part will enable a practice of fundamental skills with the second part being open-ended and an opportunity to develop planning, creativity and critical analysis.

Semester 2 will provide time for group research projects, focussing on a key area of chemistry as chosen by the research group. Research groups will work with a member of academic staff to develop project aims and deliver against these aims.

The CHEM30620 course will develop skills in employability including communication skills, reporting to a professional standard, research skills, creativity, planning work with milestones, budgeting, risk assessment, allocating work amongst team members and working as a team to achieve shared objectives.

 

Pre/co-requisites

Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Practical Chemistry CHEM10600 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Practical Chemistry CHEM22600 Pre-Requisite Compulsory

Aims

After completing this unit you will be an independently functioning researcher: able to make critical judgements regarding experimental techniques, to select appropriate techniques for a given process based on analysis of the system or compound, to report your findings to a professional standard, evidencing integrity and consistency, to work as part of a team to develop aims, plan activities and deliver against shared objectives.

 

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students should be able to:

After completing this unit you will be an independently functioning researcher: able to make critical judgements regarding experimental techniques, to select appropriate techniques for a given process based on analysis of the system or compound, to report your findings to a professional standard, evidencing integrity and consistency, to work as part of a team to develop aims, plan activities and deliver against shared objectives.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

The CHEM30620 course will develop skills in employability including communication skills, reporting to a professional standard, research skills, creativity, planning work with milestones, budgeting, risk assessment, allocating work amongst team members and working as a team to achieve shared objectives.

 

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 25%
Report 70%
Practical skills assessment 5%

Feedback methods

Feedback is provided in the following ways:

Weekly, formative feedback discussions will take place during laboratory activities and supervisor meetings.

Monthly written feedback commentaries will be provided on written submitted work.

Online formative feedback and marks will be provided for the individual project execution mark at least twice during semester 2.

 

Recommended reading

Individual experiments and research projects will prescribe specific reading from the relevant literature which will include journal articles, textbooks and patents.

In addition, general information can be found in texts such as:

Vogel, A.I., Tatchell, A.R., Furnis, B.S., Hannaford, A.J. and Smith, P.W.G., 1989. Vogel’s textbook of practical organic chemistry. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, pp.1023-1024.

Pass, G., 2013. Practical inorganic chemistry: preparations, reactions and instrumental methods. Springer Science & Business Media.

Lewars, E., 2003. Computational chemistry. Introduction to the theory and applications of molecular and quantum mechanics, p.318.

Harris D.C., 2016. Quantitative Chemical Analysis, 9th Ed., W.H. Freeman, pp. 667-712

Miller J.H., Miller J.C., Miller R.D., 2018. Statistics and Chemometrics for Analytical Chemistry, 7th Ed., Pearson Education

 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Practical classes & workshops 240
Independent study hours
Independent study 160

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Philip Riby Unit coordinator
Jennifer Slaughter Unit coordinator

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