CH4SK-Chemistry in Industry and Professional Skills

Module Provider: Chemistry
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites: CH2PH1 Further Physical Chemistry CH2OR1 Further Organic Chemistry and CH2IN1 Further Inorganic Chemistry
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr John McKendrick


Type of module:

Summary module description:

To provide students with an appreciation of some of the ways chemistry is applied in an industrial environment as taught by experience practitioners in their respective fields.


To look at familiar and unfamiliar areas of chemistry as it is practiced in an industrial setting. Lectures cover aspects of oil chemistry including some discussion on the engineering and cost-sensitive nature of this raw material industry; drug discovery from hit to lead and beyond; the chemistry of household products from tea to perfume to washing powder; and the application of chemical modelling to problem solving in industry. Please note, topic coverage may vary year to year due to availability of the experts delivering the material.

Assessable learning outcomes:

Students should be able to appreciate how chemistry can contribute to the understanding, development and improvement of selected industrial processes.

Additional outcomes:

Students will improve their IT skills and communication skills through written assignments, discussions and presentations.

Outline content:

Lecturers on the industrial applications of Chemistry (30)

These lectures will present aspects of the application of Chemistry in modern industry. It will be taught by industrial visitors and will cover various types of chemistry. Topics will include pharmaceutical chemistry, detergents, computer modelling, industrial catalysis and the prevention of pollution.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Twenty-four hours of lectures and associated tutorials in the spring term on aspects of Industrial Chemistry.

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

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Set exercise 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Tutorial questions on industrial lecturers: 100%

Tutorial questions will be distributed during the autumn and spring term as the lecturing schedule permits. Submission is typically two weeks after the date of issue.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (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.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    An overall mark of 50%.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Reassessment will be by re-submission of an extended written assignment on Industrial Chemistry worth 100% in August.


    Final year students are not eligible to re-sit this module unless they have failed their degree programme overall.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    1) Required text books: There are no required textbooks.

    2) Specialist equipment or materials: N/A

    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: N/A

    4) Printing and binding: Notes for the industrial lectures are provided as hard copy with electronic versions available on Blackboard. 

    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: N/A

    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: N/A

    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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