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Session: 2021/22

Last modified: 24/07/2021 17:45:19

Title of Module: Chemical Laboratory Techniques

Code: CHEM08013 SCQF Level: 8
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Mohammed  Yaseen

Summary of Module

Chemistry based laboratory techniques are vital in areas such as forensic science, food production, the environmental science and medical research. A wide variety of core chemical techniques are commonly used in all these areas. This module aims to give students experience of a selection of these methods and also to develop transferable skills.

The module is mainly laboratory based and will initially involve carrying out a selection of laboratory exercises aimed to give experience of the fundamental lab techniques of titration, synthesis, recrystallisation, chromatography, solvent extraction, distillation and spectroscopy. Students will also use specialist chemistry software and Excel to analyse and present data. The latter part of the module will involve an open ended group project which will feature an exercise relevant to either forensic science or chemistry.

PDP activities are incorporated into this module by way of the group laboratory investigation. Students will have to research the project, plan and execute the piece of lab work, produce a written report and make a short presentation.

This module will develop the following UWS graduate attributes: critical thinking, team work, numeracy, practical skills, analysis and application.


Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully Online
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Face-To-Face
Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Blended
A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations


Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Demonstrate the ability to carry out a range of chemical laboratory techniques.

L2. Demonstrate the ability to accurately report and discuss the results of practical laboratory work in the appropriate format

L3. As part of a group be able to plan, execute and report on a laboratory investigation.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 8.

Knowledge of the principal methods of laboratory analysis important to sectros such as the food and drug industry.
Knowledge of the capability and limitations of laboratory analysis.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 8.

Learn a selection of the core techniques used in the laboratory to prepare, purify and analyse food,drugs and other chemicals.
Be able to interpret and explain the results of laboratory work with food and drugs.
Understanding of the operation of health and safety procedures in the laboratory.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 8.

Planning of practical laboratory work.
Keeping contemporaneous laboratory records.
Analysis of results of laboratory work.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 8.

Use of Excel to present experimental data.
Use of Wordprocessing to prepare reports.
Use of chemical structure drawing software.
Deliver a powerpoint presentation on project work and answer questions from audience.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 8.

Prepare for practical lab work with individual and group library research work.
Successfully plan and carry out practical work as part of a group.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
CHEM07003
Module Title:
Structure of Chemistry
Other:or equivalent
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The module is mainly laboratory based and will initially involve carrying out a selection of laboratory exercises aimed to give experience of the fundamental lab techniques of titration, synthesis, recrystallisation, chromatography, solvent extraction, distillation and spectroscopy. Students will also use specialist chemistry software and Excel to analyse and present data. The latter part of the module will involve an open ended group project which will feature an exercise relevant to either forensic science or chemistry.

PDP activities are incorporated into this module by way of the group laboratory investigation where students will have to research the project, plan and execute the piece of lab work, produce a written report and make a short presentation.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery6
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop40
Independent Study154
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

D D Ebbing and S D Gammon, General Chemistry, Houghton Miffin, , 9th Edition, 2009

Hart, Craine, Hart, Hadad, Organic Chemistry - A Short Course, Houghton Miffin, 12th Edition, 2007

Module Handbook and Workshop Manual, provided in house

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on Moodle, and complete assessments and submit these on time.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardPhysical Sciences
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelPhysical Sciences
ModeratorDr Jorge Chacon
External ExaminerM Symes
Accreditation DetailsThis module is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) as part of the BSc (Hons) Chemistry Programme.
Version Number

3.04

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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Laboratory Reports 70%
Written Assignment 20%
Presentation 5%
PDP related activities 5%
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Dissertation/ Project report/ Thesischeck markcheck markcheck mark204
Laboratory/ Clinical/ Field notebookcheck markcheck markcheck mark7032
Portfolio of written work  check mark53
Presentationcheck markcheck markcheck mark51
Combined Total For All Components100% 40 hours

Footnotes
A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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Note(s):
  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
This module is suitable for any student with appropriate chemistry background, however it should be noted that in order for you to complete this module the laboratory element of coursework will require to be undertaken, disability support can be provided where necessary, consequently, if disability support is needed to complete this part of the module, then the University’s Health and Safety Officer should be consulted to make sure that safety in the laboratory is not compromised.

Current University policy on Equality and Diversity applies.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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