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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2023-2024

Module CHEM3447: Practical Chemistry 3 - Synthetic

Department: Chemistry

CHEM3447: Practical Chemistry 3 - Synthetic

Type Tied Level 3 Credits 10 Availability Available in 2023/24 Module Cap None. Location Durham
Tied to CFG0
Tied to CFG1
Tied to CFG2
Tied to FGC0
Tied to FGC1


  • CHEM2012 Core Chemistry 2 AND CHEM2117 Practical Chemistry 2 - Organic OR CHEM 2107 Practical Chemistry 2 - Inorganic


  • CHEM3012 Core Chemistry 3 OR CHEM3211 Bioactive Chemistry 3

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • CHEM3451 Practical Chemistry 3 - Integrated, CHEM3107 Practical Chemistry 3 - Inorganic, CHEM3127 Practical Chemistry 3 - Organic, CHEM3147 Practical Chemistry 3 - Physical


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


  • Practical work in advanced synthetic 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:
  • Prepare, purify and identify a range of compounds;
  • 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;
  • Demonstrate time management skills and an ability to plan experimental work;
  • Interpret spectroscopic data (NMR, IR, Mass spectrometry).
Key Skills:
  • Problem solving;
  • Verbal and written communication;
  • 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 synthetic chemistry.
  • At the start of the module, an introductory lecture includes a health and safety briefing. A second lecture takes place in Term 2 to introduce the investigation.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Practicals 20 20 sessions spread throughout Terms 1 and 2 3 hours 60
Lectures 2 One per term in Terms 1 and 2 1 hour 2
Preparation and Reading 38
Total 100

Summative Assessment

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

Formative Assessment:

Formative assessment occurs continuously by means of feedback for pre-lab activities, verbal and written feedback in practical activity sessions, and via written feedback on assessed work.

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