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Open Learning: Advanced Chemistry (Industry / Abroad) - CHE00010M

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  • Department: Chemistry
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Martin Bates
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20 to Summer Term 2019-20

Module aims

This module gives you an opportunity to undertake additional advanced study in areas of chemistry of interest to you at your own pace. Part 1 consists of distance learning packages, which are underpinned by lecturer written material. Part 2 consists of coursework based on literature in a current topic at the frontier of the subject.

In part 1 (Long Distance Learning Packages), students will select and study three distance learning packages from five possible choices. The material will be delivered via the VLE, both through written notes and "bite-size" videos.

In part 2 (Hot Topics), students will complete one piece of coursework. Specific titles will be available on the VLE in October.

Students on named degrees (Management and Industry, Biological and Medicinal Chemistry and Resources and the Environment) must take the LDLP for that area and also complete the Hot Topics coursework in a relevant topic. Full details are on the VLE.

Module learning outcomes

  • Students will obtain a good understanding of some key areas of chemistry at the cutting edge. Some of these areas will be relevant to specific degree titles – (i) Management and Industry, (ii) Biological and Medicinal Chemistry and (iii) Resources and the Environment.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to learn independently
  • Students will develop self-reliance and motivational skills
  • Students will be required to use time management skills
  • Students will further develop their scientific writing skills
  • Students will develop skills in writing for a lay audience
  • Students will exhibit critical thinking skills
  • Students will demonstrate their ability to project their scientific knowledge/understanding into the future.

Module content

Part 1 - Distance learning packages
These are self-study courses. Students will be presented with a detailed collection of material and literature, including study questions, via the VLE. It is expected that students will work through the material at their own pace. Students will answer exam questions on three subject areas of their choice (subject to named degree requirements).

Part 2 - Coursework
The coursework will be based on a topic of current research at the frontiers of chemistry, chosen from a list of suitable topics for one subject area. Key references for starting to search the literature will be given. Students on named degrees must choose a topic in a suitable area.

Assessment: Part 1: Assessment will be by 2 hr written exam taken in week 7 Term 12. Answer three questions from five (one from each subject area).

Part 2: Assessment is by one piece of coursework. Deadline: week 5, Spring Term.

Part 1 counts 50% (10 credits) and Part 2 counts 50% (10 credits).


Task Length % of module mark
Critical Review
N/A 50
Online Exam
Open Learning: Advanced Chemistry (Industry / Abroad)
N/A 50

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Critical Review
N/A 50
Online Exam
Open Learning: Advanced Chemistry (Industry / Abroad)
N/A 50

Module feedback

The closed examinations are marked typically within 10 days with mark slips (with per-question break-down) being returned to students via supervisors. Outline answers are made available via the Chemistry web pages when the students receive their marks, so that they can assess their own detailed progress/achievement. The examiners reports for each question are made available to the students via the Chemistry web pages.

Coursework is marked and feedback emailed to the students within four weeks.

Indicative reading

The reading material will vary depending on which courses are followed for the long distance learning part, and the reading for the hot topics project will be unique to each student.

Much of the reading material will be recent primary literature, with links to the key papers given on the VLE.


Examples of books that may be of use:

P. Atkins, T. Overton, J. Rourke, M. Weller, F. Armstrong, “Shriver and Atkin’s Inorganic Chemistry”, Oxford University Press, 2010. Available from University library.

J. Clayden, N. Greeves, S. Warren, P. Wothers, “Organic Chemistry”, Oxford University Press, 2001. Available from University library

P. Atkins, J. de Paula, “Atkins' Physical Chemistry”, Oxford University Press, 2010. Available from University library.

D. A. Skoog, D. M. West, F. J. Holler, S. R. Crouch, “Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry”, Thomson/Brooks/Cole, 2012. Available from University library.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.