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Module Code: CHE203
Module Title: Further Key Skills in Chemistry
Module Level: Level 2
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Chemistry
Pre-requisites: N/A
The aim of this module is to further develop students’ quantitative and transferable skills, such as communication skills for Chemists, and basic mathematical skills.
Learning outcomes 
Quantitative Skills

A.perform advanced mathematical manipulations for physical and inorganic chemistry

General key skills

B.effectively investigate, write and present topics in chemistry

Method of teaching and learning 
Lectures, seminars and tutorials

General Key Skills

This section of the module will consist of :

(i) A series of presentations, given by members of staff, on different areas of research within the Department of Chemistry to encourage students to realize the opportunities for, and impact of, research. To reinforce this awareness, students will be required to write short reviews of these lectures.

(ii) A series of tutorials, given by teaching staff in the Chemistry Department. The tutorial exercises will involve tasks based on either the research areas presented in the lectures or chemistry studied elsewhere by the students within their programme. Tasks will involve individual and team exercises with a variety of written and oral components. To provide support for the tasks, the tutorial sessions will discuss and develop the skills required for the set tasks.

Quantitative skills:

• Revision of basic calculus

• Rules of differentiation, chain rule etc.

• Partial differentiation

• Calculus used in kinetics

• Thermodynamics and quantum mechanics

• Vectors and matrices

• Eigenvalues and eigenfunctions as used in quantum mechanics

• Basic quantum calculations

• More analysis with spreadsheet programs

• The interactions between molecules: molecular force fields, ranges and relative strengths of intermolecular forces

General key skills:

• A series of lectures on the main areas of research in the department, which might include some of the areas of synthetic and biological chemistry, materials, surface and interface, theoretical/computational chemistry

• How to use PowerPoint effectively

• Tutorials (General skills)

§ Students will be expected to complete six main assessed tasks as part of their tutorials

§ Review a series of scientific papers and write a summary for different audiences

§ Find and review material on an area of chemical research (eg conducting polymers)

§ Take part in a team exercise to develop a piece of work under time pressure e.g. a press release

§ Produce and give a short PowerPoint presentation on a chosen area of research in the department

§ Give a short talk without the use of visual aids

§ Write an essay discussing the research in the Chemistry Department

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26   13  13      98  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Coursework 1 50.00
2 Coursework 2 50.00

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