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Module FXX-3506:
General Skills

Module Facts

Run by School of Natural Sciences

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Dr Patrick Murphy

Overall aims and purpose

To develop a wide range of academic skills such as problem solving in organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. Also to develop précis writing, team working and presentation skills.

Course content

This module also consists of sessions involving problem solving in organic, physical and inorganic chemistry. There is team working assessment which is a Peerwise Problem Writing and Peer Feedback exercise. The course involves the students in précis writing and presentational skills as part of the assessment of this module.

Course Team: Dr C Gwenin, Dr K Hughes, Dr L Murphy, Dr J. Thomas Prabhaker, Dr P Murphy, Prof B Paiz, Dr M Lahmann. Dr HY Tai, Dr V Fitzsimmons-Thoss

All Academic staff (assessments).

RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS ESSENTIAL READING 1. Organic Chemistry, Clayden, Greeves, Warren and Wothers (OUP) 2. Inorganic Chemistry, C E Housecroft, A G Sharp (Prentice Hall) 3. Physical Chemistry, Atkins (OUP) Most Recent editions of these as they are regularly updated. RECOMMENDED READING none SPECIFIC RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS FOR STUDENTS It is expected that students will purchase or have ready access to the essential text books above

Assessment Criteria


Threshold (40%). Knowledge and understanding of the content covered in the course is basic; Problems of a routine nature are generally adequately solved; Transferable skills are at a basic level.


Good (~60%). Knowledge base covers all essential aspects of subject matter dealt with in the programme and shows good evidence of enquiry beyond this. Conceptual understanding is good. Problems of a familiar and unfamiliar nature are solved in a logical manner; solutions are generally correct and acceptable. Performance in transferable skills is sound and shows no significant deficiencies.


Excellent (>70%). Knowledge base is extensive and extends well beyond the work covered in the programme. Conceptual understanding is outstanding. Problems of a familiar and unfamiliar nature are solved with efficiency and accuracy; problem-solving procedures are adjusted to the nature of the problem. Performance in transferable skills is generally very good.

Learning outcomes

  1. Students will be able to solve problems in organic, inorganic and physical chemistry.

  2. Students will be able to summarise and present chemical knowledge in a concise and accurate manner via an oral presentation.

  3. Students will be able to work in teams to create and provide peer feedback on short questions relating to chemistry topics.

  4. Students will be able to summarise advanced chemistry research as presented within School/RSC colloquia

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Examination 67
Precis Seminars 11
Presentation 11
Peerwise Problem Writing and Peer Feedback 11

Teaching and Learning Strategy


9 x 3 hr workshops

Private study 64

RSC Lecture Series 6 1 hour


3 hr Session each student will give an individual oral presentation (approx 10 minutes) on their 3rd year project.


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
  • Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in

Subject specific skills

  • CC4 The ability to recognise and analyse problems and plan strategies for their solution
  • CC5 Skills in the generation, evaluation, interpretation and synthesis of chemical information and data
  • CC6 Skills in communicating scientific material and arguments
  • CC7 Information technology and data-processing skills, relating to chemical information and data.
  • CC8 The ability to adapt and apply methodology to the solution of unfamiliar problems
  • PS1 Communication skills, covering both written and oral communication with a variety of audiences
  • PS2 Skills in the employment of common conventions and standards in scientific writing, data presentation, and referencing literature
  • PS3 Problem-solving skills, relating to qualitative and quantitative information
  • PS4 Numeracy and mathematical skills, including handling data, algebra, functions, trigonometry, calculus, vectors and complex numbers, alongside error analysis, order-of-magnitude estimations, systematic use of scientific units and different types of data presentation
  • PS5 Information location and retrieval skills, in relation to primary and secondary information sources, and the ability to assess the quality of information accessed
  • PS6 Information technology skills which support the location, management, processing, analysis and presentation of scientific information
  • PS7 Basic interpersonal skills, relating to the ability to interact with other people and to engage in teamworking
  • PS8 Time management and organisational skills, as evidenced by the ability to plan and implement efficient and effective ways of working
  • PS11 Problem-solving skills including the demonstration of self-direction, initiative and originality
  • SK9 Read and engage with scientific literature
  • SK1 Are fully conversant with major aspects of chemical terminology
  • SK2 Demonstrate a systematic understanding of fundamental physicochemical principles with the ability to apply that knowledge to the solution of theoretical and practical problems
  • SK3 Gain knowledge of a range of inorganic and organic materials
  • PS9 skills needed to undertake appropriate further training of a professional nature
  • CC1 the ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts,concepts,principles and theories relating to theSubject areasCovered in theirProgramme
  • CC2 the ability to applysuch knowledge and understanding to thesolution of qualitative and quantitativeProblems that are mostly of a familiar nature

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