CHE-10061 - Practical and Professional Chemistry Skills
Coordinator: Chloe Howe Room: LJ1.60B Tel: +44 1782 7 33584
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 30
Study Hours: 300
School Office: 01782 734921

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2022/23

This module is designed to provide rigorous training in practical and professional chemistry skills that are necessary for laboratory classes throughout the course. The range of learning activities and assessments are designed to initiate progress towards the development of Keele's Graduate Attributes with emphasis on communication (oral and written), information literacy, professionalism, problem solving and collaborative work.

To develop essential preparative and analytical laboratory skills.
To equip students with the ability to communicate experimental procedures, findings, data and conclusions through appropriate scientific media.
To equip students with experience in data analysis and problem solving.
To develop awareness of safety and sustainability implications in the chemistry laboratory.
To develop team working skills and the ability to recognise the roles necessary for successful team work.
To initiate progress towards the development of Keele¿s Graduate Attributes with a particular emphasis on high standards of record keeping, communication (oral and written), information literacy and presentation.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Identify, assemble and select appropriate standard chemical apparatus for chemical procedures: 3
Demonstrate competence in the use of standard chemical apparatus, procedures and instrumentation: 3
Analyse and interpret 1H and 13C NMR, IR and UV-vis spectra to evaluate the outcome of experimental investigations: 1,2
Perform COSHH risk assessments for chemical procedures with reference to chemical safety databases, including the documentation for all hazards and chemical disposal procedures: 1
Record accurately and appropriately the purpose, methodology, safety practices, information sources, results and data analysis relating to experimental investigations in a systematically maintained laboratory diary: 1
Extract and interpret relevant information from scientific literature: 1,2,4
Manipulate and analyse experimental data, using spreadsheets, to create appropriate graphs and extract scientific parameters: 1,2,3,4
Communicate the outcomes of an experimental investigation via a laboratory report that observes professional practice and conventions in chemistry: 1,2
Reflect and act on feedback from a variety of sources: 2
Communicate the purpose, methodology and results of an experimental investigation, and the interpretation of findings via academic presentation:

Study hours

Scheduled Learning/Teaching:
Practical Classes: 63 hr
Assessment introductions + feedback + data analysis sessions: 16 hr

Independent Study:
Pre-laboratory preparation: 30 hr
Practical exam: 2 hr
Independent Study: 189 hr

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Laboratory Book weighted 40%
Lab diary
Students will write up each experiment in their lab diaries, of which a selection will be marked. This will also include COSHH (health & safety) assessments and pre-lab work. This assessment will be equivalent to 4000 words, and lab diaries will be submitted at the end of each semester.

2: Report weighted 30%
Lab report
Students will produce Word-processed lab report sections and a full lab report based on lab practicals, equivalent to 3000 words.

3: Practical Exam weighted 20%
Practical exam
In-lab assessment (~1.5 hours) of practical skills

4: Presentation weighted 10%
Students will give a 5-7 minute oral account of a lab practical.