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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2022-2023 (archived)


Department: Chemistry


Type Open Level 3 Credits 10 Availability Available in 2022/23 Module Cap Location Durham


  • Core Chemistry 2 (CHEM2012) AND Practical Chemistry 2 - Inorganic (CHEM2107).


  • Core Chemistry 3 (CHEM3012) OR Chemical Physics 3 (CHEM3411)

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To apply chemical principles in the discipline of inorganic chemistry to practical work


  • Synthetic Practical Inorganic Chemistry

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the advanced chemical principles illustrated by the practical work carried out.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Perform and discuss advanced laboratory experiments.
  • Understand the importance of advanced experimental design and safety;
  • Perform advanced experimental manipulation;
  • Evaluate results in terms of the theory underlying the experiment;
  • Extract meaningful scientific conclusions from experimental data;
  • Write coherent scientific reports on obtained data;
  • Interpret spectroscopic data (NMR, IR, UV-Vis, Mass spectrometry)
Key Skills:
  • Problem solving.
  • Scientific writing, advanced through production of laboratory reports.
  • Information retrieval, exercised through accounts of laboratory work.
  • Numerical skills, applied through calculations required in practical experiments and in the analysis of data collected in laboratory assignments.
  • Communication skills, advanced through the writing of laboratory reports, and discussion of chemistry during interviews.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Laboratory classes teach students techniques in various aspects of inorganic chemistry. They are continuously assessed so that the student can learn from one session to the next.
  • Summative assessment will include assessment of pre-laboratory reports, laboratory work, laboratory reports and interviews. Reports will be marked in sequence and formative feedback will be given.
  • The module begins with an introductory lecture that includes a health and safety briefing, and so attendance at this, or an alternative briefing, is compulsory. This may be timetabled at the end of the previous academic year.
  • Timetabling of this module is interleaved with other level 3 practical chemistry modules.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Practicals 20 4 per week in Term 1 3 Hours 60
Introductory lecture 1 At start of module 1 hour 1
Preparation and Reading 39
Total 100

Summative Assessment

Component: Practical Work Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Results of laboratory work 100%

Formative Assessment:

Students will be given formative feedback on their laboratory reports

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University