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Postgraduate Course: Laboratory Techniques 1 Chemistry PGT (CHEM11082)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Chemistry CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will provide practical training in key aspects of chemistry and chemical laboratory skills. The course forms a part of the curriculum for any student enrolled on the PGT MSc degree course in Analytical Chemistry, Medicinal and Biological Chemistry and Materials Chemistry.
Course description The course consists of 14 laboratory practical experiments (each experiment comprises of: 1 hour prelab research, 4 hour laboratory work, 3 hours write-up). Each practical experiment has been chosen to teach and reinforce basic laboratory techniques and best practice. Best practice in experimental write-up will be discussed and key concepts of data analysis and interpretation will be introduced.

The course contains two parts - Part 1 (S1, W1-6) and Part 2 (S1, W7-10) as outlined below.

PART 1. Principles and Techniques in Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis (S1 W1-6; 8 Labs x 4h).

PART 2. Course-specific Experiments (6 Labs x 4h). In S1 W7-10, students will perform 6 lab experiments tailored to their individual PGTM course.

In addition, laboratory techniques videos will be made available for the students and workshops on literature searching and scientific writing will be provided. Finally, students will work in groups to produce a scientific poster based on one of the practical experiments in Part 1 of the course. The posters will be assessed in a mid-semester Group poster presentation workshop.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 2, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 56, Online Activities 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 60, Other Study Hours 14, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 52 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Prelab reading, one per experiment
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Continual Assessment 100%
Assessment by lab reports for each experiment (90%), and group poster presentation (10%).
Feedback Direct and written feedback from laboratory demonstrators.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Foundational Practical Skills in a modern chemical laboratory including hands on experience obtaining measurements using a range of modern analytical techniques.
  2. Sample preparation, data collection, and data interpretation of X-ray powder diffraction patterns, single crystal diffraction patterns, Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), UV-vis spectroscopy, NMR spectra, HPLC, GC, and Mass Spectrometry.
Reading List
Course Laboratory Manual.

Analytical Chemistry: A Practical Approach. E. Evans and M. Foulkes, Oxford.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. Fundamental chemical laboratory skills.

2. Numerical data interpretation and analysis.

3. Laboratory notebook keeping and experimental write up skills.
KeywordsAnalytical Chemistry,Materials Chemistry,Medicinal and Biological Chemistry
Course organiser Course secretaryMs Zoe Burger
Tel: (0131 6)50 7546
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