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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 - Physical (CHEM2127).


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

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • To expand and promote the knowledge and understanding of physical chemistry through practical work.


  • Practical work in advanced physical 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;
  • Use spreadsheets to analyse data in a competent manner;
  • Understand the importance of advanced experimental design and safety;
  • Perform advanced experimental manipulation;
  • Evaluate results in terms of the theory underlying the experiment;
  • Write coherent scientific reports on obtained data.
Key Skills:
  • Problem solving;
  • information retrieval and scientific writing, exercised through accounts of laboratory work.

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 physical chemistry. They are continuously assessed so that the student can learn from one session to the next.
  • In Michaelmas Term students will complete 3 weeks of allocated experiments.
  • In Epiphany term students will complete one experiment, and following a planning week, including meeting a senior demonstrator, will conduct an open-ended project-type experiment.
  • 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 3 or 4 per week in Term 1 or 2 3 Hours 60
Project planning tutorial 1 In term 2 3 hours 3
Preparation and Reading 37
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