CH3105: Techniques and Methods in Chemistry
School | Cardiff School of Chemistry |
Department Code | CHEMY |
Module Code | CH3105 |
External Subject Code | F100 |
Number of Credits | 10 |
Level | L4 |
Language of Delivery | English |
Module Leader | Professor Christopher Morley |
Semester | Double Semester |
Academic Year | 2018/9 |
Outline Description of Module
The module develops a range of skills essential for the chemistry undergraduate. General laboratory methods, fundamental methods of calculation in chemistry and mathematical methods are covered in lectures. There are also sessions covering issues related to careers.
On completion of the module a student should be able to
Knowing (these are things that all students will need to be able to do to pass the module):
- The fundamental safety requirements for laboratory work.
- How to carry out calculations used in general laboratory work.
- How to perform basic laboratory procedures.
- The principles and applications of mathematics in chemistry.
- CV writing.
- Skills for presentations.
Acting (Performance in this area will enable students to achieve more than a basic pass):
- Balance chemical equations.
- Calculate errors and their propagation.
- Measure distances and angles using vectors.
- Perform algebra with complex numbers and use Argand diagrams.
- Find and characterize turning points in one and two dimensions.
- Apply integration by parts and by substitution.
- Solve first- and second-order differential equations.
- Apply probability distributions, sampling and hypothesis testing.
- Write a CV targeted to a specific job description.
- Make a 5 minute presentation on a scientific topic.
Being (Performance in this area will enable students to achieve more than a basic pass):
- Apply the knowledge from this course to real situations encountered in all areas of a chemistry degree, including the laboratory.
How the module will be delivered
The module will consist of 40 lectures across both semesters plus 2 tutorials, a workshop on presentation skills and 2 presentation sessions. Many of the lectures will include periods during which the students work on exercises set during the lecture.
Skills that will be practised and developed
The students will develop and practice skills fundamental to the rest of their chemistry degrees. These skills will allow them to make all the required calculations related to carrying out laboratory work as well as allowing them to understand the mathematical content of other modules.
How the module will be assessed
Formative Assessment: There will be weekly exercises set on line related to the lecture content from that week in addition to the exercises carried out in the lectures. There will also be a tutorial on a careers exercise and a presentation.
Summative Assessment: There will be two assessments linked to the lectures: an on-line test in the autumn semester and a written class test in the spring semester. There will also be a tutorial on a careers exercises and a presentation. An assessment of the student’s laboratory notebooks will also contribute to this module.
THE OPPORTUNITY FOR REASSESSMENT IN THIS MODULE:
There will be a written assessment to be completed in the student’s own time covering the areas of the module in which the student achieved low marks.
Assessment Breakdown
Type | % | Title | Duration(hrs) |
---|---|---|---|
Written Assessment | 100 | Workshops And Tutorials | N/A |
Syllabus content
General Laboratory Methods
Use of general laboratory equipment and safety considerations.
COSHH and risk assessment forms.
Units and dimensions.
Terminology of methods and techniques in quantitative manipulations.
The mole and stoichiometry.
Preparation of solutions of a given concentration.
Balancing unseen half equations and redox equations.
Titration techniques and purpose of analysis.
The nature and use of buffer solutions and indicators.
Precision and accuracy.
Significant figures, errors and their propagation.
Mathematical Methods
Geometry: Measuring distances and angles from vectors.
Matrices for vector transformations: Illustrated with crystal structure data and molecular structures.
Complex number algebra and argand diagrams: Illustrated with wavefunctions.
Differentiation of common functions and their products.
Maxima and minima of functions: Illustrated with atomic orbital functions.
Integration of common functions, use of limits.
First order differential equations: Illustrated with rate equations.
Second order differential equations, solution by trial function and use of boundary conditions.
Statistics: probability and the random walk; probability distributions; sampling and hypotheses.
Communication and Study Skills
CV writing
Preparation of laboratory reports
Information retrieval
Use of scientific software (inc. drawing packages)
Oral presentation techniques
Essential Reading and Resource List
G. Doggett & M. Cockett, Maths for Chemists, 2nd Edition, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2012, ISBN 978-1-84973-359-5.
Background Reading and Resource List
There is no specific background reading and resource list for this module.