Module Catalogue 2022/23

CHY2510 : Chemical Laboratory Skills 2

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Johan Eriksson
  • Lecturer: Dr Hanno Kossen, Dr Cristina Navarro Reguero, Dr Zuleykha McMillan
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
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The aim of this module is for:

• Students to learn to construct hypotheses, design experiments, evaluate data and report results.
They will learn to structure their work and reporting according to good practice and professional
• Build on the proficiency developed during Stage 1 Chemistry Laboratory Skills, introduce skills
with additional, more sophisticated techniques of chemical analysis and train students in the
appropriate handling of scientific data.
• Teach students to plan experimental controls in response to safety information drawn from
multiple sources.
• Build on the proficiency developed during Stage 1 Chemistry Laboratory Skills, and to teach
students to perform experimental procedures that required more advanced manipulative skills.
• Provide a “hands-on”, contextualised, tangible perspective on chemical concepts taught elsewhere
in the curriculum.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module trains chemical laboratory skills that are important in the chemical industry and in many other sectors of employment. The key skills taught span the sub-disciplines of physical, organic, inorganic and medicinal chemistry. The module provides a tangible, “hands-on” contextualisation of topics encountered elsewhere in Newcastle chemistry degrees. This module presents students with greater challenges than the Stage 1 Chemical Laboratory Skills module while offering training with more advanced apparatus and instrumentation.

Students learn to structure results and analysis within scientific reports. They learn techniques that allow anhydrous experiments to be performed. Students develop strong familiarity with apparatus including flasks, pipettes, balances and burettes. They frequently use common analytical techniques (spectroscopy, chromatography, melting point) and become familiar with their advantages and limitations. The experiments that students undertake may vary from year-to-year while providing contextualisation of material taught within the Stage 2 Organic, Inorganic, and Physical Chemistry modules.

The syllabus includes;
• laboratory and safety awareness
• anhydrous and non-anhydrous experimental techniques
• multi-step experiments that require chemical separations, purifications or syntheses
to be repeated.
• a wide variety of chemical analysis techniques where multiple data sources may be available
to test hypotheses.
• interpretation of infrared, UV-Visible and fluorescence spectra that may involve graphical
or numerical analysis.
• spectroscopic and electrochemical probes of chemical reactions.
• calibration and data handling.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

At the end of this module students will understand the:

• Principles of scientific inquiry: Know how to structure the reporting of experiments,
observations and analysis within a scientific report.
• Build on the knowledge acquired during Stage 1 Chemical Laboratory skills; enhance
knowledge of chemical analysis techniques.
• Build on the knowledge acquired during Stage 1 Chemical Laboratory skills; know how
techniques of chemical separation, purification and synthesis can be effectively combined
to perform more complex, multi-step procedures.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Key skills, able to:
• plan and organise course and laboratory work effectively.
• observe, summarise and report the results of laboratory experiments.
• collaborate effectively to complete practical tasks and investigations.

Subject specific or professional skills:
• be able to use safety information sources and decide on appropriate control
measures when performing laboratory experiments.
• building on skills acquired during Stage 1 Chemical Laboratory skills, be able to perform
more complex, multi-step procedures effectively.
• building on skills acquired during Stage 1 Chemical Laboratory skills, develop more advanced
manipulate skills with chemical apparatus, to include the operation of Schlenk lines for
anhydrous chemical syntheses.
• be able to evaluate multiple sources of chemical analysis data to inform interpretation
of experimental results.
• take accurate notes while performing laboratory experiments to a standard consistent
with the professional workplace encountered by students taking an industrial placement year.
• building on skills acquired during Stage 1 Chemical Laboratory skills, perform calculations
to evaluate experimental results and determine experimental uncertainties.
• Be able to evaluate and refine aspects of the method while performing an experiment.

Cognitive or intellectual skills, able to:
• develop models and hypotheses based on experimental observations
• Solve problems in chemical analysis from information provided as analytical data.
• Solve problems of synthesis and mechanism

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture40:302:00Laboratory introduction
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Background reading
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion102:0020:00Reports covering all practical sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical140:0040:00Practical sessions for Structural Chemistry
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical159:00135:005 x 9h practical sessions for each of Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Practicals are designed to introduce the students to the theory behind the experimental protocol, to discuss and analyse the data collected during the experiments and the techniques and skills used. Practicals will reinforce elements of the lectures and extend the practical techniques and experience that the students gained in Stage 1.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M25single online assessment after 1st block of laboratory work
Practical/lab report1M25single online assessment after 2nd block of laboratory work
Practical/lab report2M25single online assessment after 3rd block of laboratory work
Practical/lab report2M25single online assessment after 4th block of laboratory work
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Practical/lab reportMSkills assessment of laboratory
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assessment of laboratory practicals will be summatively assessed through the completion of practical reports. These are designed to examine the student’s ability to present scientific information and data in a concise way while following a specific presentation format. Students will be expected to present notes of their practical work in their laboratory notebooks and use these notes to complete the summative and formative exercises.

The practical reports will assess the students’ ability to plan and carry out experimental work within the laboratory setting, and accurately record, analyse and report scientific data. In producing the report, students will need to demonstrate their use of taught practical skills, and appropriate reporting and interpretation of data.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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