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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2007 - 2008

Module Title Chemistry Laboratory
Module Code CS151
School School of Chemical Sciences

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Peter KennyOffice NumberX120
Level 1 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims
  • To give students an opportunity to develop manipulative and technical skills in the laboratory.
  • To develop a positive and careful approach to experimental work.
  • To develop sound practical skills.
  • To provide, as appropriate, some support to the theoretical work.

Learning Outcomes

Students Should:

  • acquire a range of fundamental laboratory skills related to experimental work in chemistry.
  • be able to demonstrate an ability to apply a broad range of investigative techniques and analytical procedures appropriately in chemical laboratories.
  • develope safe working practices.

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 0
Tutorials 0
Laboratories 72
Seminars 0
Independent Learning Time 3

Total 75
Assume that a 5 credit module load represents approximately 75 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus

Analytical/Inorganic Chemistry:

  • Preparation of a primary standard, 0.05 M sodium carbonate.
  • Standardisation of hydrochloric acid using a primary standard.
  • Analysis of a sodium carbonate/sodium hydroxide mixture by titration with hydrochloric acid.
  • Determination of water of hydration in oxalic acid by potassium permanganate titration.
  • Determination of copper by sodium thiosulphate titration.
  • Analysis of a halide mixture by silver nitrate titration using the method of Mohr.
  • Hardness of water determination of EDTA titration.
  • Successive determination of bismuth and lead by EDTA titration.
  • Gravimetric determination of nickel in a salt.

Qualitative Inorganic Analysis:

  • identification of cations and anions and the analysis of an unknown mixture.

Physical Chemistry:

  • The kinetics of the alkaline hydrolysis of ethyl benzoate.
  • Calorimetric measurement of an enthalpy of neutralisation.
  • Electromotive force measurement of galvanic cells.
  • Equilibrium in organic liquids.
  • Determination of he distribution ratio of butanedioic acid between water and diethyl ether.
  • Determination of the stoichiometry of the Ni(II)-EDTA complex.
  • The electric properties of molecules.

Organic Chemistry:

  • Recrystallisation and melting points.
  • Separations, including: Liquid-liquid extraction - separation of an organic acid from an organic base;Solid-liquid extraction - isolation of trimyristin from nutmeg.
  • Functional group reactions, including: Hydrolysis of trimyristin; Dehydration of 4-methylpentan-2-ol; Preparation of aspirin;
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Indicative Reading List
  • Laboratory Manual
Programme or List of Programmes
ACBSc in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sc.
ASBSc in Analytical Science
BTBSc in Biotechnology
CESBSc Common Entry into Science
ESHBSc Environmental Science & Health
GCBBSc in Genetics & Cell Biology
SCIBSc Science International