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Open Learning: Advanced Chemistry - CHE00010M

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  • Department: Chemistry
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Martin Bates
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

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 2020-21 to Summer Term 2020-21

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 long distance learning packages (LDLP), which are underpinned by both video and written material. Students will select and study three distance learning packages from at least five 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 (Management and Industry, Biological and Medicinal Chemistry and Resources and the Environment) must take the LDLP for that area.

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 exhibit critical thinking skills

Module content

Long 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).

Assessment: 2 hr written exam taken in or about week 7 Term 12. Answer three questions (one from each chosen subject area).

 

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Open Examination
Open Learning: Advanced Chemistry
N/A 100

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Open Examination
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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to courses

The 2020/21 academic year will start in September. We aim to deliver as much face-to-face teaching as we can, supported by high quality online alternatives where we must.

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