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Module Code: CHE203
Module Title: Keys Skills in Chemistry
Module Level: Level 2
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2017/18
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Chemistry
Pre-requisites: N/A
The aim of this module is: (i) to further develop the quantitative skills of a student, through more advanced skills in the application of mathematics, physics and information technology applicable to level 2 of an undergraduate degree in chemistry. (50% of module) (ii) to further broaden a student's perspective on chemistry and to develop general transferable skills in studying, accessing information, oral and written communication, presentation, team working and employability. (50 % of module).
Learning outcomes 
The overarching learning outcome is for students to have the necessary key skills to perform well in their chemistry degree programmes. The learning outcomes can be divided into two areas:
Quantitative and General Key Skills.

1.Quantitative key skills: By the end of the module a successful student should have improved their ability to:

- (a) perform basic calculus (integral and differential) as applied to kinetics, thermodynamics and quantum mechanics,

(b) apply geometry and trigonometry as required to understand molecular shape,

(c) apply algebraic manipulation in kinetics, thermodynamics and quantum mechanics,

(d) represent data via graphs,

(e) be able to linearise and manipulate data in spreadsheet programs for data analysis (revision) and

(f) solve more advanced problems relating to logarithmic, trigonometric and exponential functions.

2. General key skills: By the end of this module, a successful student will be able to:

(g) prepare a short scientific manuscript,

(h) write an informative essay on a chemical theme based on published research,

(i) critically summarise a scientific lecture,

(j) review a small group of research papers of a similar theme,

(k) prepare and deliver a PowerPoint presentation,

(l) talk authoritatively to an audience of peers,

(m) work in a team In addition they will have developed their: - investigative, writing and presentation skills. - understanding of plagiarism and collusion. - employability skills.
Method of teaching and learning 
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 realise 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.

Lectures (General Skills):
1. An introduction to learning and teaching on this module
2. A series of lectures on the main areas of research in the department, which might include some of :
- synthetic, biological, materials, surface and interface, theoretical/computational chemistry
- how to use powepoint 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.
- 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
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26   26        96  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Coursework Assignments 50.00
2 Quantitative Skills 50.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 10/22/2017 9:31:21 PM