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SS021 Laboratory Skills for Chemistry

This is the optional short residential school associated with S215. Some subject specific knowledge is required for this module and you should either be currently studying S215 or have previously completed S215 or its predecessor S205.

Information for 2019

Venue: The Open University Campus, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA
Residential school dates:  
Monday 8th April 2019 to Thursday 11th April 2019
Monday 15th April 2019 to Thursday 18th April 2019
Tuition Fee: £275
Registration for SS021 can only be completed by telephone. Call +44 (0) 300 303 5303. Lines are open between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am-5pm Saturdays.
Final enrolment date is 1st Feb 2019.
Travel and accommodation:
You will need to book and pay for your own accommodation, travel and food associated with the residential school. The tuition fee for the course and these additional costs cannot be covered with a part time tuition fee loan.

Kents Hill Park. (a short walk from the Open University campus) offers a discounted rate for OU students on SS021.

  • 3 nights Bed and Breakfast £237*
  • 3 nights Bed, Breakfast and Evening meal £282*

*Price correct as of December 2018, subject to change

IMPORTANT You will need to book with Kents Hill Park direct (Tel no 01908 358040 and quote OU Laboratory Skills for Chemistry,  ref:  123911 for 8th April and ref: 123912 for 15th April to ensure you get the discounted rate). A limited number of rooms have been held until 28th February. Card details will need to be given when making your reservation in order to secure the accommodation, payment will be due on arrival. You can cancel your booking up to 2pm on the day of arrival.

If you book alternative accommodation please be aware of transportation requirements as the campus is several miles from the centre of Milton Keynes.

Experiments and techniques covered in the practical sessions 

Acid-base titration
Techniques - weighing, pipetting, titration, measuring pH

Chemistry of halogens
Techniques - reflux, crystallisation, filtration, melting point determination, qualitative analysis

Extraction and identification of photosynthetic pigments
Techniques - solvent extraction,TLC analysis,UV-VIS analysis

Inorganic synthesis: copper glycinate complexes
Techniques - synthesis, IR spectroscopy, UV-VIS analysis

Azo-dye synthesis and characterisation
Techniques - reflux, filtration, recrystallization, melting point determination, TLC analysis, UV-VIS analysis, IR spectroscopy, NMR spectroscopy


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