CH2CC2-Chemical Concepts and Skills 2

Module Provider: Chemistry
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites: CH1IN1 Fundamentals of Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table CH1OR1 Shape, Structure and Reactivity in Organic Chemistry CH1PH1 Physical Processes and Molecular Organisation CH1CC2 Chemical Concepts and Skills 1
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: CH2PRAC Extended Laboratory Skills for Chemists
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Prof Matthew Almond


Summary module description:

This module builds on a first year module (Chemical Concepts and skills CH1CC2) and will provide an opportunity for students to develop a range of generic skills (research skills, problem solving skills, writing skills and oral communication skills) relevant to the workplace. In addition students will be encouraged to plan a career path, and learn how to best present themselves both in print and verbally.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students should be able to:
• Appraise information and identify the most important points;
• Approach unseen problems and develop a strategy for problem solving;
• Work effectively as a team member to solve a problem;
• Work independently;
• Research scientific literature;
• Write clearly and concisely;
• Speak confidently in a clear and concise fashion.

Additional outcomes:
The students should improve their team-working skills through the prepared activities, improve their numeracy skills through problem solving, and develop good oral, written and self presentation skills through discussion groups and delivering presentations.

Outline content:
Practical chemistry: planning, recording and reporting data. Preparing for laboratory work; Best practise in note taking, writing reports and summarising laboratory results.

Autumn Term
COSHH Workshop – F.J. Davis (1 hour workshop).
Organic chemistry report writing workshop - A.T Russell (1 hour workshop)
Spectroscopy workshop - A.T. Russell and J.E. McKendrick (2 hours workshop)
Physical chemistry report writing workshop - D. Nutt (1 hour workshop)

Titan Project: A team based exercise developing skills in information analysis, video recording and team presentation skills - E.M. Page and M.J.Almond (4 hours)
Careers Workshop: An introduction to the skills required for personal development, career planning, job applications and interviews - J.M. Elliott (2 hours workshop)

Spring Term
Inorganic chemistry report writing workshop – P. Vaqueiro (1 hour workshop)

Analytical chemistry report writing workshop - G.D. Brown (1 hour workshop)

Undergraduate Conference: An introduction to how best to communicate scientific information (posters, talks and networking) and an opportunity to put individual communication skills into practice – P. Cranwell, M.J.Almond, M. Spillman plus all staff (7 hours)

Project Showcase: An overview of research in the Department and opportunities for project work (lab based, non lab based and school based). Project Showcase – Applying for Project Work – R. Bennett and A.M.Squires and All staff (2 hours)

Research Skills: An introduction to the research skills required for reviewing scientific literature and preparing for project work – R.Bennett and A.M.Squires (3 hours)

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures/meetings and plenary sessions supported by workshops in the summer and following autumn terms.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 15 7
Seminars 6
Guided independent study 35 37
Total hours by term 50.00 50.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Oral assessment and presentation 50

Other information on summative assessment:

This module is continually assessed. Students attend all workshops on the material covered in this module. Attendance is compulsory. Relative percentage of coursework: 100% Titan project: Oral presentation (group work): 25% Written report (group work): 25% Undergraduate conference: Presentation: 50%

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment will comprise of a written report worth 50% based on the Titan exercise, and a poster submission worth 50%.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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