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Advanced Practical Research Training - CHE00005H

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  • Department: Chemistry
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Isabel Saez
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19 to Summer Term 2018-19

Module aims

In Autumn Term, Year 3 MChem is split into three college-based groups, A-C, each spending three 2-day (Thursday/Friday) weeks in the laboratory carrying out a separate advanced experiment in each week. In Spring Term, group miniprojects are tackled on the same lines, with each group spending three 2-day weeks in the laboratory.

Module learning outcomes

  • Students will develop their practical skills in advanced MChem experiments
  • Students will further develop practical skills through the group miniprojects, with an increasing emphasis both on independence and team working skills. The nature of these practical components is far less structured than the students will have been used to and serves to develop their powers of analysis and problem solving.

Module content







MChem Adv Pract Training


3 x Adv. Expt. (6 Autumn lab days);

Group miniproject (6 Spring lab days)

3 x Adv. Expt. reports 37.5%; miniproject report 62.5%


Task Length % of module mark
Advanced Practical reports
N/A 37.5
Mini-Project Reports
N/A 62.5

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Mini-Project Reports
N/A 62.5

Module feedback

Feedback on practical write ups is provided weekly through both annotation of scripts by markers and debrief sessions run by demonstrators. Students receive their marks (grade) for practical and integrated spectroscopy write-ups on a weekly basis and collectively (mark and grade) via supervisors at end-of-term meetings. Miniproject supervisors provide regular feedback on progress with experimental work as well as during the writing up period.

Indicative reading

Increasingly, specialised texts and the research literature will be used to support the course (and individual lecturers will give you lists of recommended literature), the Department continues to recommend the following core textbooks for Year 3:

  • P. Atkins, T. Overton, J. Rourke, M. Weller, F. Armstrong, “Shriver and Atkin’s Inorganic Chemistry”, Oxford University Press, 2010. Available from University library.
  • J. Clayden, N. Greeves, S. Warren, P. Wothers, “Organic Chemistry”, Oxford University Press, 2001. Available from University library. There is also an updated 2012 edition of this book.
  • “Atkins' Physical Chemistry”, Oxford University Press, 2010. Available from University library.
  • D. A. Skoog, D. M. West, F. J. Holler, S. R. Crouch, “Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry”, Thomson/Brooks/Cole, 2004. Available from University library. There is also an updated 2012 edition of this book.

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