CH2CC2-Chemical Concepts and Skills 2

Module Provider: Chemistry
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:5
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Prof Matthew Almond

Email: m.j.almond@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

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.


Aims:
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:

Autumn Term

Titan Project: A team based exercise developing skills in information analysis, and team presentation skills. Students will work in teams to manage the development of a fictitious chemical industry company following a takeover. Students will decide within their teams who plays particular roles. At the end of the exercise the teams will present a written report and oral presentation of their plans.

Careers Seminars: A series of careers seminars and workshops introducing the skills required for personal development, career planning, job applications and interviews.



Spring Term

Undergraduate Conference: An introduction to how best to communicate scientific information and an opportunity to put individual communication skills into practice. Students will research a topic from the primary chemical research literature and give a short presentation on the area that they have researched.

Project Showcase – Applying for Final-Year Projects. An overview of research in the Department and opportunities for project work (lab based, non lab based and school based). As part of the project showcase there will be an introduction to research Skills in which an introduction to the research skills required for reviewing scientific literature and preparing for project work will be given.


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 6 1
Practicals classes and workshops 7 13
Guided independent study: 37 36
       
Total hours by term 50 50 0
       
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 25
Oral assessment and presentation 75

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

This module is continually assessed.

Students attend all workshops on the material covered in this module. Attendance is compulsory.



Titan project:

Oral presentation (group work): 25%

Written report (group work): 25%



Undergraduate conference:

Presentation: 50%


Formative assessment methods:

Students will be given formative feedback on aspects of the careers seminars.


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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    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:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Reassessment will comprise of a written report based on the Titan exercise (50%) and a presentation on a directed piece of reading (50%). 


    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 29 May 2019

    THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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