Practical Chemistry

Unit code: CHEM10600
Credit Rating: 20
Unit level: Level 1
Teaching period(s): Full year
Offered by School of Chemistry
Available as a free choice unit?: N




After completing this course you will be a proficient experimentalist capable of investigation in the laboratory environment.



An introduction to and development of core practical skills in synthesis, basic laboratory safety procedures including COSHH and risk assessment and basic skills for working as a scientist.

Weekly laboratory class take place every Monday of term, from 10am – 4pm. The course runs in the two teaching laboratories on the first and second floors, in the School of Chemistry. 

There are 22 assessed experiments and associated reporting activities.

Teaching and learning methods

22 weeks of 6-hour practical sessions; 11 sessions in each semester

Learning outcomes

After completing this unit you will:

  • Be proficient in standard methods and be able to carry them out with precision and accuracy;
  • Be able to undertake basic safety assessments of experiments and carry out practical work safely and professionally;
  • Be capable of interpreting and manipulating analytical data and using it to draw conclusions;
  • Be capable of recording and reporting findings from these experimental processes to a basic, scientific standard.

Assessment methods

  • Practical skills assessment - 100%

Feedback methods

Feedback: Weekly in the lab, through discussions with staff and via written comments.

Monitoring & Progress: Your marks, attendance and feedback will be available each week via Blackboard.

Continuous assessment occurs every week. Assessment occurs:

  • Before the lab, via online pre-lab tests, which test your preparedness in terms of knowledge & risk awareness
  • In the lab, focusing on your lab book, good lab practice and technique,
  • After the lab, through activities such as data analysis & written work.

Attendance at lab sessions is compulsory.  Students are expected to attend all lab sessions. There is a minimum pass mark of 40% for the practical unit; this cannot be compensated or retaken for the second year assessment.

If attendance falls below expected requirements, or you do not achieve the pass mark of 40%, you will be unable to progress to your second year.

Study hours

  • Practical classes & workshops - 130 hours
  • Independent study hours - 70 hours

Teaching staff

Jonathan Agger - Unit coordinator

Peter Quayle - Unit coordinator

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