Experimental Chemistry 1 - CHEM3900

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 4 15 (7.5) Alexander Wright checkmark-circle


Chemistry, as one of the physical sciences, is rooted in careful observation of the natural world and experimentation. This module teaches the key skills required to work in a chemical laboratory, analysing unknown systems and synthesising new ones, and learning how to apply the theories and ideas from lecture modules to socially and industrially relevant problems.


Contact hours

Private Study: 78
Contact Hours: 72
Total: 150


Not available as an elective module

Method of assessment

• Opening Assessment (3 hours) – 8.3%
• Laboratory Assessment 1 (3 hours) – 8.3%
• Laboratory Assessment 2 (3 hours) – 8.3%
• Laboratory Assessment 3 (3 hours) – 8.3%
• Laboratory Assessment 4 (3 hours) – 8.3%
• Laboratory Assessment 5 (3 hours) – 8.3%
• Laboratory Assessment 6 (3 hours) – 8.3%
• Laboratory Assessment 7 (3 hours) – 8.3%
• Laboratory Assessment 8 (3 hours) – 8.4%
• Laboratory Assessment 9 (3 hours) – 8.4%
• Laboratory Assessment 10 (3 hours) – 8.4%
• Laboratory Assessment 11 (3 hours) – 8.4%

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

1. Understand core and foundation chemical, physical, and biological concepts, terminology, theory, units, conventions, and laboratory practice and methods in relation to the chemical sciences;
2. Demonstrate elementary knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to chemistry and to apply this knowledge and understanding to the solution of qualitative and quantitative problems;
3. Recognise and analyse fundamental problems and plan strategies for their solution by the evaluation, interpretation and synthesis of scientific information and data;
4. Understand the importance of observational and instrumental monitoring of physiochemical events and changes, and the systematic and reliable documentation of the above;
5. Safely handle chemical materials, taking into account their physical and chemical properties, including any specific hazards associated with their use and to risk assess such hazards;
6. Carry out documented standard laboratory procedures involved in synthetic and analytical work in relation to organic and inorganic systems. Perform observational and instrumental monitoring of physiochemical events and changes. The systematic and reliable documentation of the above. Operate standard chemical laboratory analytical instruments;
7. Collate, interpret and explain to a rudimentary level the significance and underlying theory of experimental data, including an assessment of limits of accuracy and understanding the importance of careful design and execution of experiments.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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