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Undergraduate Course: Chemistry 3P Practical and Transferable Skills (CHEM09007)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Chemistry CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryWhen taken in combination with Chemistry 3A and Chemistry 3B, this course forms part of the prescribed third year curriculum for students on degrees in Chemistry, Chemistry with Environmental & Sustainable Chemistry, Chemistry with Materials Chemistry, and Medicinal and Biological Chemistry (including the With Industrial Experience, With Year Abroad, and With Management variants of these programmes).
Course description The course consists of practicals in advanced inorganic, organic and physical chemistry and training in transferable skills such as: abstracting, oral presentations, writing reports, poster presentations and computing skills.

The overall aim of the Chemistry 3 courses (Chemistry 3A, 3B and 3P) is to provide chemical education and training to a level which will enable students to progress to Honours degree programmes within the School of Chemistry. In addition, the broad coverage of chemistry will contribute to students' long-term prospects for employment and research in chemical sciences.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Chemistry 2 (CHEM08019) OR Chemistry for Chemical Physics 2 (CHPH08002)
Co-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students also take Chemistry 3A (CHEM09005) AND Chemistry 3B (CHEM09006)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking CP3 Physical Chemistry Laboratory (CHPH09005)
Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 4, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 252, Online Activities 14, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 119 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 28 %, Practical Exam 72 %
Feedback Students will be provided with feedback through assessment of the following activities:
Lab reports.
Oral presentation.
Abstracting exercise.
Poster presentation.
Problem-based learning exercise.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a firm understanding of how to safely execute basic experimental techniques used in physical, organic and inorganic chemistry, both singly and as part of a team.
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with all, and experience of some, of the more complex techniques used in a synthetic laboratory, for example: synthesis under inert atmospheres; Schlenk vacuum line and glove-box techniques; syringe techniques; use of a liquefied gas; isolation by constant extraction; purification by sublimation.
  3. Use computers for the handling of quantitative experimental data (collection, analysis, processing and presentation), for a range of molecular modeling techniques, and to locate specific information in the scientific literature.
  4. Demonstrate competence at spectral interpretation (IR, UV-vis, NMR, mass spectra), both for confirming the nature of expected reaction products and for identifying unknown materials, and analytical methods such as gas chromatography, high performance liquid chromatography, electroanalysis, radiotracers and magnetic susceptibility balances.
  5. Effectively communicate, to a range of audiences, the principles and outcomes of chemistry research using modern IT applications. This will include the presentation of academic posters, oral presentations, writing concise scientific reports and article abstracts.
Reading List
Inorganic Chemistry 6th Edition, Weller, Overton, Rourke, and Armstrong, ISBN 978-0-19-964182-6
Atkins' Physical Chemistry 10th Edition, Atkins and De Paula, ISBN 978-0199543373
Organic Chemistry, Clayden, Greeves, Warren, ISBN 978-0198503460
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Good Laboratory Practice (GLP).
Advanced laboratory techniques.
Multiple presentation skills (ICT, written, oral, group-based).
Problem solving skills.
Independent planning and learning.
Time management.
Job/placement application preparation and interview skills (for those students planning an industrial placement)
Additional Class Delivery Information Laboratories:
Four three-hour laboratory sessions each week.

Transferable Skills:
Oral presentation.
Abstracting exercise.
Poster presentation.
Problem-based learning exercise.
Course organiserDr Stephen Thomas
Course secretaryMiss Jenna Owen
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