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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2023-2024

Module CHEM3467: Practical Chemistry 3 - Measurement

Department: Chemistry

CHEM3467: Practical Chemistry 3 - Measurement

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 CHEM2127 Practical Chemistry 2 - Physical


  • CHEM3012 Core Chemistry 3 OR CHEM3411 Chemical Physics 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 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;
  • 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 physical chemistry. They are continuously assessed so that the student can learn from one session to the next.
  • 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 18 18 sessions spread throughout Terms 1 and 2 3 Hours 54
Lectures 2 One per term in Terms 1 and 2 1 hours 2
Preparation and Reading 44
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 be 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