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Open Learning: Advanced Chemistry - CHE00010M

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  • Department: Chemistry
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Meghan Halse
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module summary

Core module for all Year 4 MChem Chemistry students and NatSci students specialising in Chemistry designed to improve their self-study skills and broaden the knowledge of students in three areas of their choice. The module is based on published papers covering recent research highlights, with video explanations and other support information available online.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2022-23 to Summer Term 2022-23

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. The course consists of themed options, which are underpinned by both video and written material. Students will select and study three options from at least six possible choices. The material will be delivered via the VLE and students are expected to follow the course at their own pace. Interactive guidance will be available at certain times during the year.

Students on named degrees ('Chemistry, Green Principles & Sustainable Processes', 'Chemistry, the Atmosphere and the Environment', and 'Chemistry, Biological & Medicinal Chemistry') must take the option for that area (currently 'Green', 'Atmosphere and Environment', and 'Organic', respectively) including answering the exam question on that topic.

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) Chemistry, Green Principles & Sustainable Processes, (ii) Chemistry, the Atmosphere and the Environment and (iii) Chemistry, Biological & Medicinal Chemistry.
  • 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 exhibit critical thinking skills

Module content

The module consists of options that 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 options of their choice (subject to named degree requirements).

Assessment: 5 hr online exam taken in or about week 5 Term 12. Answer three questions (one from each chosen subject area).


Task Length % of module mark
Online less than 24hrs
Online open book exam : Open Learning: Advanced Chemistry
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Online less than 24hrs
Online open book exam : Open Learning: Advanced Chemistry
N/A 100

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.

Indicative reading

The reading material will vary depending on which courses are followed. This will be recent primary literature, backed up by videos accessible on the VLE.

Examples of books for fundamentals 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.