How are students assessed?

An assessment of students? practical and theoretical chemistry uses a mixture of continuous and end-of-semester examinations in June and November. The continuous assessment serves to keep the students up to date with the course work and to give them practice doing exam-type questions. There are four methods of assessment used on this course:

  • Weekly laboratory reports
  • End of term practical test. This is an open book test. Students can bring books, laboratory manuals and previous laboratory reports into the test. They are also give a week in which to prepare fro this practical test.
  • Six, one hour long tests, three per semester.
  • One, three hour long end of semester test in June
  • One, three hour long end of semester examination in November 

What skills should students have at the end of the course?

On completion of the course students should be able to:

  • understand some of the general principles of chemistry through independent and cooperative learning
  • translate between chemical concepts and their representations by drawing diagrams, plotting graphs, writing equations and making models
  • read, listen to and follow instructions carefully and correctly
  • know what a variety of pieces of chemical apparatus are used for and be able to use them safely and correctly when carrying out a laboratory experiment
  • select and use gravimetric and volumetric laboratory apparatus correctly and safely
  • make correct and careful experimental observations and measurements
  • report and interpret upon experimental data in written and oral form

* have a sense of order of magnitude, significant figures and units when estimating, measuring and calculating in chemistry

* perform numerical calculations in chemistry and present the reasoning behind their answer in a clear and accurate way

* decide whether an experimental or calculated result is meaningful or not.

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