Experimental Chemistry 1 - CHEM3900

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Autumn Term 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

Total contact hours: 72
Total private study hours: 78
Total module study hours: 150


This is not available as a wild module

Method of assessment

12 Laboratory reports, equally weighted

Indicative reading

Overton, Johnson, and Scott, Study and Communication Skills for the Chemical Sciences, 2019, Oxford University Press
Weller, Overton, Rourke, and Armstrong, Inorganic Chemistry 7th Edition, 2018, Oxford University Press
Clayden, Greeves, and Warren, Organic Chemistry 2nd Edition, 2012, Oxford University Press
Atkins, de Paula, and Keeler, Physical Chemistry 11th Edition, 2017, Oxford University Press
Keeler and Wothers, Structure and Reactivity: An Integrated Approach 2nd Edition, 2013, Oxford University Press

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Understand core and foundation chemical, physical, and biological concepts, terminology, theory, units, conventions, and laboratory practice and methods in relation to the chemical sciences.
Demonstrate 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.
Recognise and analyse problems and plan strategies for their solution by the evaluation, interpretation and synthesis of scientific information and data.
Understand the importance of observational and instrumental monitoring of physiochemical events and changes, and the systematic and reliable documentation of the above.
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.
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.
Collate, interpret and explain 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.
Demonstrate a range of appropriate communication skills.
Demonstrate and use generic skills needed for students to undertake further training of a professional nature.
Solve problems, relating to qualitative and quantitative information, extending to situations where evaluations have to be made on the basis of limited information.
Demonstrate numeracy and computational skills, including such aspects as error analysis, order-of-magnitude estimations, correct use of units, and modes of data presentation.
Make use of information-technology such as word-processing and spreadsheet software, data-logging and storage, internet communication, etc.
Make use of interpersonal skills, relating to the ability to interact with other people and to engage in team working within a professional environment.
Make use of time-management and organisational skills, as evidenced by the ability to plan and implement efficient and effective modes of working. Self-management and organisational skills with the capacity to support life-long learning.


  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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