We hope you are staying safe and well during these unprecedented times.
We appreciate you have many questions about what will happen in the next academic year; whether you will be returning to campus and the kind of educational experience you might expect.
Our Chemistry degree programmes have their own, tailored set of distinctive learning outcomes, and this won’t change, no matter what your location or mode of delivery.
All the tailored elements of delivering your individual course, whether that’s lectures involving large numbers of students, small group teaching sessions (tutorials and workshops), or practical-based sessions, will give you the best opportunity to build your knowledge, gain the right skills, and make the most of your experience with York.
Our plans in the Department of Chemistry are taking into account a range of potential scenarios including the various Government restrictions that may be in place, as outlined in our 2020 Chemistry Undergraduate Teaching Flyer (PDF , 725kb). This means that we’re working hard to design your courses to be flexible, and focused on these distinctive learning outcomes.
We are preparing to teach cohorts of students located both on and off-campus (if some of our international students are unable to join us at the start of term). We are working on different ways for students to interact, to engage with each other and with staff, wherever they are located.
As we prepare for the new academic year, our vision for our Chemistry students also remains the same; you are part of a community of learning and inquiry where you will continue to pursue your academic interests and develop as an individual, ready to make a difference to society and the world.
We very much look forward to welcoming you to the Department of Chemistry in September and hope the flyer helps to reassure you about our plans to ensure you get the very best experience studying Chemistry at York. Student satisfaction is at the heart of all that we do and we are proud of our results - scoring 91% for 'overall satisfaction' in the 2020 National Student Survey.
If you have questions, or you would like to chat to us, please don’t hesitate to contact Professor Andrew Parsons or Katrina Sayer firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you will find the following information useful, prior to starting your Chemistry course.
For the latest assessment and examination periods.
|Day (week 1)||Activity||Time|
|Wednesday||Introductory meeting with Head of Department (followed by a meeting with your supervisor)||10.00 - 12.00|
|Thursday||Safety Briefing I||10.00 - 11.00|
|Thursday||General Introduction (careers, library, etc.)||11.00 - 12.00|
|Thursday||Introduction to Chemistry||12.00-13.00|
Collecting Lab Kit
Group X (Avogadro, Hodgkin, Mendeleev, Pauling and Woodward Chemistry Teaching Colleges)
Collecting Lab KitGroup Y (Curie, Dalton and Faraday Chemistry Teaching Colleges)
Safety Briefing II
13.00 - 14.00
Introduction Skills for Chemists
14.00 - 15.00
Lectures are normally scheduled on the hour. The lecturer will begin at 5 minutes past the hour and finish no later than 5 minutes before the subsequent hour. (You have a 10-minute break between lectures.)
Stepping up to Chemistry
This new site is an online resource aimed at pre-university students, the summer before coming to university.
It has been designed to provide you with a comprehensive online resource for background reading prior to starting your Chemistry studies.
The recommended textbook for our first year chemistry course is:
Chemistry3; 3rd edition, A. Burrows, J. Holman, A. Parsons, G. Pilling and G. Price; Oxford University Press; 3rd edition (ISBN 978-0-19-87380-5) - you will be provided with a free copy of this.
If you would like to read through Chapter 1 before collecting your free copy, we have included this on our VLE site, 'Preparing to Study Chemistry'. This chapter reviews key concepts that you are likely to have encountered in your pre-university course. There is also an online resource centre that supports this textbook, which includes over 90 Chemistry videos.
Maths for Chemists, Martin Cockett and Graham Doggett; 2nd edition (ISBN 978-1-84973-359-5)
The revised and extended edition of the hugely successful Maths for Chemists texts provides an accessible and useful resource for all undergraduate chemistry students. The book adopts a user-friendly approach, leading the reader through the underlying mathematical principles before capitalising on confidence gained by developing those concepts in the chemical context. The broad spread of material ranging from elementary essentials to more advanced topics should appeal to readers of wide-ranging mathematical confidence.
Scott, S.K.; Beginning mathematics for chemistry; OUP; 1995; 1st edition (ISBN-13:9780198559306).
There is also some material on physics topics of relevance to Chemistry and a self-teach tutorial on data analysis (using Excel) on our VLE site.
You will need to bring your own calculator for University examinations. The following models are acceptable: Casio FX-83GTX and Casio FX-85GTX
The following models are discontinued but still allowed: Casio FX-85GT Plus, Casio FX-85ES and Casio FX-85GT
We provide a Teaching Package free of charge to all students starting on one of our Chemistry courses. The pack contains:
If you are bringing your own computer, the following software will be useful: a word-processing package, typically Microsoft Office (look out for educational discounts), internet access software, and a chemical drawing package.
ChemSketch is free to download from the internet. Probably the most useful tool for producing chemical drawings is ChemDraw for which the Department has a subscription. ChemDraw Std is installed on pcs in computer classrooms and is also available to download for personal use.
IT Services has further information for new students.
For teaching purposes, each Chemistry student is assigned a chemistry teaching college with typically 25 first year students in each college. Our teaching colleges are: