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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Inorganic & Physical Chemistry Lab
Module Code CS260
School School of Chemical Sciences
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Tia Keyes
Semester 2: John Gallagher
Autumn: Tia Keyes
Module TeachersRobert Forster
Tia Keyes
John Gallagher
Mercedes Vazques
Andrew Kellett
Silvia Giordani
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
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The purpose of this module is the development of observational and manipulative skills through experimental laboratory procedures and problem solving that combine a wide range of analytical, classical, spectroscopic and synthetic techniques and knowledge of various aspects of the 2nd year lecture courses in physical and inorganic chemistry. The purpose of this module is the development of manipulative and observational skills through experimental procedures where the emphasis is on the accurate determination of physical parameters and on research and report writing. An appreciation of the limitations of the methods employed will be developed by the continual use of error analysis. An understanding of the fundamental principles in physical chemistry through experiment.

Learning Outcomes

1. Perform basic synthetic chemical and analytical laboratory experiments.
2. Use a range of chemistry and analytical laboratory instrumentation.
3. Write a comprehensive laboratory report discussing the importance of the experimental results.
4. Illustrate and comprehend the inorganic chemical reactions taking place in each experiment.
5. Perform basic physical chemistry laboratory experiments. Conduct experiments to develop knowledge of Spectroscopy, Kinetics, Electrochemistry and Thermodynamics.
6. Record and analyse experimental data in order to make conclusions. For example considering experimental data obtained, to conclude on a first order reaction or a second order reaction.
7. Develop and improve report writing skills by presenting weekly reports based on each experiment conducted.
8. Complete an problem sheet on Inorganic Chemistry
9. Complete a problem sheet on Physical Chemistry

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Laboratory18Inorganic Laboratory experiments as detailed in the laboratory manual
Laboratory18Physical Laboratory experiments as detailed in the laboratory manual
Independent Study60Preparation for laboratory sessions and report writing post laboratory session.
Assignment Completion29Completing a problem sheet provided in Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Inorganic and Physical Experiments
As detailed in the laboratory manuals.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentInorganic Chemistry experiments50%As required
AssignmentPhysical Chemistry experiments50%As required
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 2
Indicative Reading List

  • Vincent Hooper: 0, Inorganic and Physical Laboratory experiments,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
ASBSc in Analytical Science
Date of Last Revision30-MAY-11

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