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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2023-2024 (archived)


Department: Chemistry


Type Open Level 2 Credits 10 Availability Available in 2023/24 Module Cap Location Durham


  • Practical Chemistry 1A (CHEM1087) AND EITHER Mathematical and Experimental Tools required in Chemistry (CHEM1111) OR [Single Mathematics A (MATH1561) AND Single Mathematics B (MATH1571)] OR [Calculus I (MATH1061) AND Linear Algebra I (MATH1071)].


  • Core Chemistry 2 (CHEM2012) AND Properties of Molecules (CHEM2097).

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


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


  • Practical work.

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 more complex experiments in physical chemistry.
Key Skills:
  • Group working, encouraged and developed through practical work in pairs.
  • Written communication, advanced through the use of laboratory reports.
  • Numerical skills applied through calculations required in practical experiments and in the analysis of data collected in laboratory assignments.
  • IT skills, improved through the handling of laboratory data.

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, with feedback provided at the end of each term's sessions.
  • 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.
  • The first experiment is assessed formatively. Subsequent experiments are assessed summatively with students given formative feedback on their pre-lab work and laboratory reports.
  • Students will complete five 6-hour practicals, one per week. Each 6-hour practical runs as two 3-hour sessions and a one-hour computer session. Report writing, preparation and background reading is in addition to this.
  • Timetabling of this module is interleaved with other level 2 practical chemistry modules.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Practicals 10 2 per week 3 hours 30
Computer Practical 5 1 per week 1 hour 5
Introductory lecture 1 At start of module 1 hour 1
Preparation and Reading 64
Total 100

Summative Assessment

Component: Laboratory Work Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
reports of laboratory work 100% Six-hour practical examination

Formative Assessment:

The first experiment that students perform is formatively assessed and a feedback lecture is given. Subsequent reports are summatively assessed and students will be given formative feedback.

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