Run by School of Natural Sciences
10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits
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.
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 M Beckett, Dr P Murphy, Dr RA Davies, Prof B Paiz, Dr LF Jones, 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
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.
Students will be able to solve problems in organic, inorganic and physical chemistry.
Students will be able to summarise and present chemical knowledge in a concise and accurate manner via an oral presentation.
Students will be able to work in teams to create and provide peer feedback on short questions relating to chemistry topics.
Students will be able to summarise advanced chemistry research as presented within School/RSC colloquia
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Teaching and Learning Strategy
9 x 3 hr workshops
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.
- 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 analyseProblems andPlanStrategies for theirSolution
- CC5 Skills in the generation, evaluation, interpretation andSynthesis ofChemical information and data
- CC6 Skills inCommunicatingScientific material and arguments
- CC7 information technology and data-processingSkills, relating toChemical information and data.
- CC8 the ability to adapt and apply methodology to theSolution of unfamiliarProblems
- PS1 CommunicationSkills,Covering both written and oralCommunication with a variety of audiences
- PS2 Skills in the employment ofCommonConventions andStandards inScientific writing, dataPresentation, and referencing literature
- PS3 Problem-solvingSkills, relating to qualitative and quantitative information
- PS4 numeracy and mathematicalSkills, including handling data, algebra, functions, trigonometry,Calculus, vectors andComplex numbers, alongside error analysis, order-of-magnitude estimations,Systematic use ofScientific units and different types of dataPresentation
- PS5 information location and retrievalSkills, in relation toPrimary andSecondary informationSources, and the ability to assess the quality of information accessed
- PS6 information technologySkills whichSupport the location, management,Processing, analysis andPresentation ofScientific information
- PS7 basic interpersonalSkills, relating to the ability to interact with otherPeople and to engage in teamworking
- PS8 time management and organisationalSkills, as evidenced by the ability toPlan and implement efficient and effective ways of working
- PS11 Problem-solvingSkills including the demonstration ofSelf-direction, initiative and originality
- PS16 the ability to work in multi-disciplinary and multi-skilled teams
- SK1 are fullyConversant with major aspects ofChemical terminology
- SK2 demonstrate aSystematic understanding of fundamentalPhysicochemicalPrinciples with the ability to apply that knowledge to theSolution of theoretical andPracticalProblems
- SK9 read and engage withScientific literature
- 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
- PS9 skills needed to undertake appropriate further training of a professional nature
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- F100: BSC Chemistry year 3 (BSC/C)
- F102: Chem with Europ Exper year 4 (BSC/CEE)
- F105: BSc Chemistry with International Experience year 4 (BSC/CHIE)
- F103: BSC Chem with Ind Exper year 4 (BSC/CIE)
- F104: MChem Chemistry year 3 (MCHEM/CH)
- F106: MChem Chemistry with International Experience year 4 (MCHEM/CHIE)
- F101: MChem Chemistry with Industrial Experience year 4 (MCHEM/CIND)