BSc Chemistry Project and Labs
|Unit level:||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s):||Full year|
|Offered by||School of Chemistry|
|Available as a free choice unit?:||N
The course unit aims:
- To introduce more advanced practical procedures and experimental programmes involving the integration of multiple laboratory skills and techniques.
- To encourage greater independence in carrying out practical procedures.
- To develop more extended analysis of experimental results involving the integration of taught theory.
- To develop and practice literature surveying techniques and a critical analysis of the literature.
- To further develop formal scientific report writing.
This course comprises of four 5-week rotations:
- Three 5-week laboratory mini-projects, one in each of the areas of Synthesis, Measurements and Computational Chemistry. Students will write up and submit a project report, as appropriate to the experimental programme performed, at the end of each 5 week rotation.
- One 5-week literature based investigation on some aspect of modern chemical research to be written up in the style of a journal article.
Assessment will be related to each rotation:
- BS1 (Taddol) & BS2 (Photochemistry): Quality of laboratory book (8%), quality of experimental data (21%), and final written report (71%)
- BM1 (Single crystal diffraction): Crystallographic database write-up (25%), experiment (25%), writing Acta Crystallographic C style paper (50%)
- BM2 (Mo and V complexes): Sample preparation (36%), IR spectra (17%), theory and calculations (47%)
- BC1 (Modelling crystal growth): Execution (10%), final writtenm report - including quality of results (90%)
- BC2 (Greenhouse gases): Scientific Review (20%), Derivations (42%), Calculations (38%)
Literature Review :
- Final written report (100%) in style of an RSC paper
Teaching and learning methods
After completing this unit students should be familiar with a wide range of techniques and how they are brought together in modern chemical investigations. They should have a firm foundation for pursuing any future research projects with a good level of autonomy
Transferable skills and personal qualities
Students successfully completing this unit will have developed the ability to:
- Systematically search database facilities to find up to date and relevant information on chemical topics
- Carry out an extended chemical investigation with minimal direction
- Produce an extended scientific report on a chemical study
- Written assignment (inc essay) - 100%
Feedback will be provided in the form of an annotated marking sheet, detailing what was considered good about each mini-project write-up and what could be improved upon. An indicative mark will also be included.
For the literature mini-project, students will meet with their supervisor to discuss the project, and may submit one draft version for feedback before final submission.
- Practical classes & workshops - 150 hours
- Project supervision - 2 hours
- Independent study hours - 248 hours