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NUS Chemistry Module Review: CM1191 Experiments in Chemistry 1

Consisted of weekly lectures and a lab session once every 2 weeks. Apparently the “once every 2 weeks” lab was a new thing due to the lack of laboratory facilities. This also caused the reduction in number of experiments, as well as number of submissions due.

While the lab sessions were allocated 6 hours, which can be daunting for some, most experiments do not take the full 6 hours. If you have to redo long procedures, you might reach the 6 hour mark but most people don’t. After the initial briefing (if there is one for that experiment), you just continue to do your own thing at your own pace. You can go out and eat lunch if you really wanted to do so, they won’t stop you, but you’re responsible for your own time management.

All the techniques taught are basic and fundamental, and if you’re from poly you might have already touched them before. None of the experiments were difficult and the lab manual was given, so you just had to follow the steps. You might find it a bit underwhelming if you’ve already learnt it before, but hey it’s just a year 1 lab mod.

Dr Jeremiah was very keen to share more about the theories and reasoning behind the experiments and procedures, and he prompts you to think further rather than just following the steps blindly.

The module breakdown consisted of 5% pre-lab quizzes, 13% short report (x1) , 30% pro forma (x3), 2% experiment 1 data sheet (giveaway), 30% written exam at the end, and 20% viva voce (oral tests). Percentages were shifted after everything went online, removing the viva voce and evening out the short report and pro forma weightages, since not all students had the opportunity to do all the experiments.

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