Chemistry with a Year in Industry BSc (Hons)

Key information


  • Course length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: F111
  • Year of entry: 2020
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : D*DD
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Module details

Programme Year One

In the first year, you will take modules that cover the fundamentals of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, plus necessary key skills. Four chemistry modules combine theoretical and practical aspects and one chemistry module develops quantitative and general key skills. You will spend three to six hours per week in the laboratory and so will receive a comprehensive training in practical aspects of the subject. In addition, you will have a choice of 30 credits of subsidiary modules from other Departments including Environmental Sciences, Life Sciences (Anatomy, Molecular biology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology or Physiology), Mathematics, Physics and Archaeology. There are also optional courses within chemistry covering, for example the chemistry-biology interface, and in the second semester you can opt to take a research inspired course Innovative chemistry for energy and materials delivered by staff in the Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy.

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Chem111 Introductory Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM111)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting65:35
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to give students an understanding of the underlying principles of the chemistry of the main group elements and to give them an appreciation of the importance of this chemistry in everyday life.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Understanding of the periodic table as an underlying framework for understanding the chemistry of the main group elements

    (LO2) Understanding of the crystal structures of metals and simple ionic solids

    (LO3) Understanding of Lewis acid-Lewis base interactions

    (LO4) Understanding of systematic chemistry of halides and hydrides of the main group elements

    (LO5) Understanding of systematic chemistry of halides and hydrides of the main group elements

    (LO6) Understanding of the basic techniques required for the preparation and analysis of simple inorganic compounds

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Planning and time-management associated with practical work

    (S3) Report writing

  • Chem130 Introductory Organic Chemistry (CHEM130)
    Level1
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting75:25
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to ensure that students are aware of fundamental principles of organic chemistry, including nomenclature, structure and bonding, and the basic principles of static and dynamic stereochemistry. The major reactions associated with the common functional groups will be covered with emphasis on reaction mechanisms. In addition, this module will provide an introduction to the basic techniques associated with practical synthetic chemistry.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of this module students will know:
    * Structures and shapes of major classes of organic compounds;
    * Principles of bonding in major classes of organic compounds;
    * Basic principles of stereochemistry;
    * Important reactions of a range of functional groups;
    * An understanding of the major classes of reaction mechanisms;
    * The basic techniques of synthetic chemistry (isolation, purification, identification, and design and work-up of reactions)
    and they will have experience of characterisation using spectroscopic techniques and chemical methods.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Organisational skills

  • Chem152 Introductory Physical Chemistry (CHEM152)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    The main aim of this module is to equip students with an understanding of basic kinetics and thermodynamics as they relate to chemical reactions.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of the module students should be familiar with, and be able to make appropriate use of basic ideas of energy changes in chemical reactions

    (LO2) By the end of the module students should be familiar with, and be able to make appropriate use of ideas relating to the rates of chemical reactions

    (LO3) By the end of the module students should have developed basic laboratory skills and be able to write simple experimental reports which include data and error analysis.

    (S1) By the end of the module students will have developed their problem solving skills

    (S2) By the end of the module students will have developed their organisational skills

  • Introductory Spectroscopy (CHEM170)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to introduce modern spectroscopic methods in chemistry.

    Students will understand and be able to apply:
    o the importance of quantum mechanics in understanding atomic structure
    o the interaction of light with matter
    o atomic and molecular spectroscopy
    o information obtained from different spectroscopic techniques
    o the interpretation of spectroscopic data for deduction of molecular structure

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of this module, students should be able to demonstrate:
    * an understanding of atomic structure.
    * an understanding of the fundamental principles behind rotational, vibrational, electronic spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
    * an understanding of the application of spectroscopic techniques to elucidate molecular structure.
    * the ability to apply this knowledge to real spectroscopic problems.

  • Key Skills for Chemists 1 (CHEM180)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting20:80
    Aims

    The aim of this module is:
    (i) to equip students with the basic quantitative transferable skills required for the first year of a Chemistry degree programme. (60% of module)
    (ii) to broaden a student's perspective of chemistry whilst developing their general transferable skills with a focus on communication and employability. (40% of module)

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Quantitative key skills: By the end of this module a successful student should be able to handle:
    * simple volumetric calculations as required for titrations in analytical chemistry
    * Basic algebraic manipulation and functions needed for kinetics, thermodynamics and quantum mechanics
    * Elementary geometry required for the understanding of molecular shapes and solid state chemistry
    * The representation of data via graphs, particularly straight line graphs, and the manipulation of data in spreadsheet programs for data analysis
    * The basic idea of a derivative and an integral for use in physical chemistry
    * The physical concepts of energy, momentum and angular momentum

    (LO2) General key skills:  By the end of this module a successful student will understand:
    * basic aspects of working safely in a chemistry laboratory
    * aspects of chemical research
    * the importance of chemistry in the development of our society
    * chemical databases
    * the need for academic integrity
    * how chemistry can contribute to their transferable skills

    (S1) successful students will have developed their:
    * investigative, critical, writing and presentation skills
    * chemical database skills
    * employability skills

Year One Optional Modules

  • Climate, Atmosphere and Oceans (ENVS111)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    Introduce the climate system, the atmosphere and ocean:

    Address how the climate system varies and how climate is controlled by radiative forcing;

    How the structure of the atmosphere is determined and how the atmosphere circulates;

    How the structure of the ocean is determined and how the ocean circulates;

    How the atmosphere and ocean vary together;

    How the past state of the climate system is affected by the ocean circulation.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) 1. Knowledge and Understanding   a. Understand how physical processes operate within the climate system, the atmosphere and the ocean. b. Appreciate the complexity of the climate system, the effect of radiative forcing, the concept of feedbacks, how rotation affects the circulation; the differences between currents and waves. c. Gain awareness of the similarities and differences between the atmosphere and ocean.

    (LO2) 2. Intellectual Abilities a. To be able to evaluate the relative importance of different physical processes in the climate systemb. To develop critical skills in transferring insight gained from one problem to another problem, such as how the atmosphere circulates from one planet to another planet.

    (LO3) 3. Subject Based Practical Skills   a. Perform simple order of magnitude calculations and make inferences from the results. b. Understand the use of dimensions.

    (LO4) 4. General Transferable Skills   a. Application of numbers, involving order of magnitudes and dimensions. b. Time management. c. Problem solving.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

  • Foundations of Medicinal Chemistry (CHEM141)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of:
    1. The key components of cells that act as the building blocks for the key macromolecular structures that are essential in medicinal chemistry.
    2. How macromolecules interact with each other to allow for natural cellular processes (such as gene expression) that can be exploited by medicinal chemists.
    3. The key drug targets in medicinal chemistry.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Upon successful completion of this module, a student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the chemical components of cells.

    (LO2) Upon successful completion of this module, a student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the structure, chemical bonding and interactions of a range of cellular macromolecules that allow natural cellular processes to occur

    (LO3) Upon successful completion of this module, a student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the key drug targets in medicinal chemistry, including enzymes, receptors and nucleic acids

    (S1) Problem solving skills

  • Innovative Chemistry for Energy and Materials (CHEM184)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to give students an understanding of:
    1. The underlying principles of the chemistry of electrochemical storage devices (batteries, supercapacitors) and energy conversion devices (fuel cells).
    2. The fundamentals of solar energy conversion including photovoltaics and artificial solar synthesis.
    3. How chemistry impacts strongly on everyday devices - using the "smart phone" as an illustrative example to introduce concepts of modern displays (liquid crystal, organic LED), coating technology and transistors.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of this module a student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of:
    * simple chemical and electrochemical reactions
    * the relationship between fundamental materials properties and technological applications
    * the role of chemistry in complex multidisciplinary technologies
    * basic principles of battery/supercapacitor electrochemistry - such as the electric double layer
    * calculation of theoretical specific energies and energy densities
    * challenges and goals of research in energy storage/conversion devices
    * intercalation of ions into host structures
    * the basic principle of operation of a fuel cell
    * basic theory of semiconductors
    * different classes of photovoltaic devices
    * basic principles of an artificial leaf
    * the chemical technologies involved in the realisation of the "smart phone"
    * liquid crystalline state and optical anisotropy
    * the origin of electrical conductivity

    (S1) A student will be able to demonstrate the following skills:
    * self-study - via independent reading of suggested review articles
    * critical thinking - for example there are many different energy storage devices with adventagous and disadventagous propeties and scientific challenges to overcome - and the students ability to evaluate material presented to them can be assessed by short essay question in the examination

  • Introduction to Physiology and Pharmacology (LIFE106)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    This module aims to:

    Provide students with a grounding in the concepts and principles that underlie human systems biology;

    Introduce the concepts of interactions of drugs and other exogenous chemicals on biological processes;

    Develop concepts of drug absorption and the relationship between chemical structure and drug action;

    Develop knowledge and understanding in physiology and pharmacology, and ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems in these disciplines.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On successful completion of this module, the students will be able to:
    Describe homeostasis and its maintenance;

    (LO2) Define osmosis and hydrostatic pressure;

    (LO3) Outline the fundamentals of membrane potentials and how they are influenced;

    (LO4) Explain the roles played in various body systems in organism maintenance.

    (LO5) Distinguish how body systems interact in response to external stressors

    (LO6) Define the way in which pharmacology is studied and drugs are developed

    (LO7) Describe the properties of receptors

    (LO8) Identify the chemical interactions between drugs and receptors

    (LO9) Define and use the terms absorption, distribution and metabolism of drugs

    (S1) Lifelong learning skills

  • Mathematics for Physicists I (PHYS107)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To provide a foundation for the mathematics required by physical scientists. To assist students in acquiring the skills necessary to use the mathematics developed in the module.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) A good working knowledge of differential and integral calculus

    (LO2) Familiarity with some of the elementary functions common in applied mathematics and science

    (LO3) An introductory knowledge of functions of several variables

    (LO4) Manipulation of complex numbers and use them to solve simple problems involving fractional powers

    (LO5) An introductory knowledge of series

    (LO6) A good rudimentary knowledge of simple problems involving statistics: binomial and Poisson distributions, mean, standard deviation, standard error of mean

    (S1) Problem solving skills

  • Principles of Archaeology (ALGY101)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    To introduce students to the various theoretical tools, field methods and laboratory techniques that archaeologists use to study and interpret the past; To acquaint students with the types of data archaeologists collect, and how they analyse and interpret these data in order to reconstruct and understand past societies; To develop the student's intellectual skills in terms of knowledge acquisition, research, written and visual communication as well as group work and reflexive evaluation (both self and peer evaluation).

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Acquire essential subject-based knowledge.

    (LO2) Become familiar with scientific equipment, techniques and materials that are used and analysed by applied archaeological science.

    (LO3) Become aware of the relevance of the materials, methods and arguments presented in the module for the study of the past in diverse archaeological contexts.

    (LO4) Become familiar with the main schools of thought and intellectual debates involved in the study, and the critical analysis of specific archaeological subjects, research questions and case-studies.

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Following instructions/protocols/procedures

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S5) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

    (S6) Working in groups and teams - Time management

    (S7) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation

    (S8) Research skills - All Information skills

Programme Year Two

You will learn more advanced topics within all the main branches of chemistry and continue to develop your quantitative and key skills. Practical skills will be developed through stand-alone practical modules and you will have the opportunity to spend between six and nine hours per week in the laboratory.

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • Coordination and Organometallic Chemistry of the D-block Metals (CHEM214)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    The aims of the module are:
    • To outline how bonding theories (crystal field, ligand field) have been developed by chemists to rationalise important properties of the d–block elements and to introduce the theory underlying the use of appropriate physical and spectroscopic techniques for characterising d–block complexes, and examples of their application.
    • To illustrate the chemistry of the transition elements by a detailed study of three d-block triads and introduce the chemistry, and some applications, of complexes in low oxidation states.
    • To explain the mechanisms by which transition metal complexes exchange ligands.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of the module students should be able to:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of transition-metal chemistry
    • Show an understanding of the concepts, applications and limitations of the different bonding theories relevant to transition-metal complex chemistry, and be aware of their relative relevance in different chemical contexts.
    • Be able to identify key elements of the structures of transition-metal complexes, and apply their knowledge of spectroscopic and physical techniques to work out the correct structure for a complex, given relevant chemical and spectroscopic information.
    • Be able to describe the social, economic and technological importance of selected transition elements.
    • Understand and be able to describe the significance of the syntheses, characterisation and chemistry of 3d metal complexes
    • Understand the origin of the 18-electron rule, its application and the sort of complexes to which it applies.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of ligand field and other factors in determining how metal complexes undergo ligand exchange.
    • Appreciate the bonding of different organic fragments to transition metals and how a variety of physical measurements can be used to substantiate these ideas.

  • Chem231 - Organic Chemistry II (CHEM231)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to introduce important carbon-carbon bond forming reactions within a mechanistic and synthetic framework, together with exposure to a selection of stereochemical issues.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to solve problems featuring:
    * Scope and mechanisms of basic reactions (nucleophilic and electrophilic substitutions, addition and elimination reactions).
    * Basic carbonyl chemistry (alkylation, acylation, aldol, conjugate additions).
    * Structure, reactivity and synthesis of simple heterocycles (including pyridines, pyrroles, furans).
    * Functional group interconversions and stereochemistry.

  • Preparative Chemistry: Synthesis and Characterisation (CHEM245)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The module aims to present a unified approach to the synthesis and characterisation of organic and inorganic compounds and will build on techniques introduced in the first year laboratory courses.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will complete a number of different experiments and synthetic techniques across synthetic, organic and inorganic chemistry.

    (LO2) Students will appreciate how spectroscopic techniques can be used in the characterisation of organic and inorganic compounds and will be able to use analytical and spectroscopic methods to characterise their synthesised compounds.

    (LO3) Students will make use of scientific databases during some assignments and an electronic report.

    (LO4) Students will assess the risks involved in chemical lab work and handle chemical materials in a safe manner.

    (LO5) Students should be able to organise and plan their time effectively

    (LO6) Students will experience working collaboratively with others in multiple learning environments

    (S1) Organisational skills

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Teamwork

  • Chem246 - Measurements in Chemistry (CHEM246)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to instruct students in the practice of taking physical measurements, the critical analysis and evaluation of experimental data, the application of measurements to the study of chemical phenomena and the dissemination of results.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of the module, students should be able to
    1. Take physical measurements of varying complexity using a wide range of experimental techniques;
    2. Assess the risks involved in chemical lab work and handle chemical materials in a safe manner;
    3. Choose appropriate methods for the analysis of data;
    4. Analyse experimental data using graphs, spreadsheets and linear regression;
    5. Assess the accuracy and significance of experimental results;
    6. Apply the results of physical measurement to the interpretation of chemical phenomena;
    7. Combine units and perform a dimensional analysis;
    8. Have experience of the application of spectroscopic techniques (UV, IR, NMR and mass spectrometry) in the characterization of organometallic and inorganic compounds;
    9. Organise and plan their time effectively.

  • Physical Chemistry II (CHEM260)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    • To explain the application of the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics to chemical reactions.
    • To reinforce the basic ideas on factors affecting the rates of chemical reactions and quantify the kinetics.
    • To provide an introduction into basic concepts of quantum mechanics.
    • To advance knowledge of quantitative analysis of molecular spectra.
    • To make students familiar with the basic ideas of photochemistry.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Discuss the difference between ideal and real gases.

    (LO2) Discuss the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics in the context of chemical reactions.

    (LO3) Carry out thermochemical calculations involving enthalpy, entropy and Gibbs free energy.

    (LO4) Calculate equilibrium constants from thermodynamic data.

    (LO5) Discuss the concept of the chemical potential and its application under ideal and non-ideal conditions.

    (LO6) Analyse experimental data for the determination of  reaction orders and rate coefficients, using appropriate methods depending on the type of data available.

    (LO7) Derive and apply rate equations and integrated rate equations for 0th, 1st and 2nd order reactions.

    (LO8) Show an understanding of activation barriers and apply the Arrhenius equation.

    (LO9) Describe qualitatively and quantitatively the kinetics of simple parallel, consecutive, and equilibration reactions.

    (LO10) Apply the pre-equilibrium and steady state approximations.

    (LO11) Describe different decay processes of photoexcited states and analyse them quantitatively.

    (LO12) Demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of quantum mechanics, including operators and wavefunctions.

    (LO13) Show an understanding of molecular energy levels and the forms of spectroscopy which involve transitions between them.

    (LO14) Compute basic properties of diatomics, eg bond lengths, from molecular spectra.

    (LO15) Use mathematical procedures and graphs for quantitative data analysis and problem solving.

    (LO16) Present and discuss the solution to problems in a small-group environment.

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification

    (S3) Numeracy/computational skills - Reason with numbers/mathematical concepts

    (S4) Numeracy/computational skills - Confidence/competence in measuring and using numbers

    (S5) Numeracy/computational skills - Problem solving

  • Key Skills for Chemists 2 (CHEM280)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting10:90
    Aims

    1. To further develop the quantitative skills of a student, through more advanced skills in the application of mathematics, physics and information technology applicable to the second year of an undergraduate degree in chemistry.
    2. To introduce students to the use of Molecular Modelling in Chemistry
    3. To further develop a student's general transferable skills in oral and written communication, presentation and team working.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) The overarching learning outcome is that students will gain the necessary key skills to perform well in their chemistry degree programmes.

    (LO2) Quantitative key skills: By the end of the module a successful student will have improved their ability to:
    * perform basic calculus (integral and differential) as applied to kinetics, thermodynamics and quantum mechanics
    * use partial differentiation in general problems and to categorise stationary points in functions of more than one variable
    * apply algebraic manipulation in kinetics, thermodynamics and quantum mechanics
    * apply the algebra of complex numbers in quantum mechanics problems
    * use basic matrix vector algebra
    * solve simple eigenvalue problems and compute determinants of small matrices

    (LO3) Molecular Modelling skills: By the end of this module, a successful student will have gained:
    * a qualitative understanding of ab initio, semi-empirical and empirical models, knowing which model is suitable for a particular type of problem.
    * the ability to predict the ground state energy and structure of isolated molecules (not too complicated) and estimate equilibrium constants (ΔH = ΔE) for simple reactions
    * the ability to rationalise some aspects of reactivity (charge density, frontier orbitals).
    * some experience of modelling intermolecular forces and complexes.

    (LO4) General key skills: By the end of this module, a successful student will have improved their knowledge of methods of presenting chemical research

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

    (S3) Teamwork

    (S4) IT skills

    (S5) Communication skills

    (S6) Students will have further developed their chemistry-related cognitive abilities and skills as highlighted in the QAA Chemistry benchmark statement including (i) the ability to apply such knowledge and understanding to the solution of qualitative and quantitative problems ; (ii) skills in the practical applications of theory using computer software and models; (iii) skills in communicating scientific material and arguments; (iv) information technology and data-processing skills, relating to chemical information and data.

    (S7) Students will have generic skills developed in the context of chemistry that are of a general nature and applicable in many other contexts as highlighted in the QAA Chemistry benchmark statement including (i)communication skills (written and oral); (ii) problem-solving skills, relating to qualitative and quantitative information; (iii) numeracy and mathematical skills; (iv) information retrieval skills; (v) ICT skills; (vi) interpersonal skills, relating to the ability to interact with other people and to engage in team-working; (viii) time management and organisational skills.

Year Two Optional Modules

  • An Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry (CHEM248)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to introduce students to the fundamental principles that underpin modern medicinal chemistry, including an introduction to targets for drug action, methods of administration, qualitative and quantitative SAR, computer aided molecular design, solid phase chemistry /combinatorial chemistry. The course will also introduce approaches to the design of high quality hits using parameters such as Ligand Efficiency, Lipophilic Ligand Efficiency, Property Forecast Indexing and will provide some introductory carbohydrate chemistry.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of this module students are expected to have acquired an understanding of
    * the principle bonding interactions in drug receptor interactions.
    * The basic concepts of structure activity relationships (SAR) and quantitative structure activity relationships (QSAR)
    * the principles behind computer aided molecular design and 3-D QSAR
    * Peptide synthesis, protecting groups and combinatorial chemistry
    * optimal properties of small molecule leads
    * basic carbohydrate chemistry
    and will be able to use these concepts and principles to solve simple problems in medicinal chemistry.

  • Applied Analytical Chemistry (CHEM286)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To provide students with an understanding of the applications of various analytical techniques and their role in modern research. This module will demonstrate the fundamental theoretical principles of selected instrumental analytical techniques (NMR spectroscopy, mass-spectrometry, ICP-OE(MS) spectroscopy, separation and hyphenated techniques) in the context of their roles in industrial and academic research, to include chemical and pharmaceutical analysis.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To be able to recognise the current trends in the application of the instrumental analytical methods

    (LO2) Demonstrate awareness of the theoretical concepts of NMR spectroscopy, Mass-Spectrometry, Chromatography, hyphenated techniques GC/HPLC-MS, and ICP-based methods

    (LO3) To be able to choose an appropriate technique in order to evaluate the structure, properties and potential applications of materials, or a multi-technique approach to find the solution of a selected experimental problem

    (S1) Students will develop their chemistry-related cognitive ability and skills, relating to intellectual tasks, including problem solving as required by the Chemistry subject benchmark statement.

    (S2) Students will improve their confidence in scientific communication and develop presentation skills of analytical data

  • Chem284 - Chemistry for Sustainable Technologies (CHEM284)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    • To explain the concepts and terminology of sustainability and sustainable development.
    • To highlight the role of science and technology in working towards sustainable development.
    • To illustrate the central role of metrics in the critical and comparative assessment of the efficiency and impact of chemical technologies.
    • To exemplify new approaches to chemistry in the development of more sustainable chemical technologies.
    • To provide the student with a fundamental understanding of the principles of Green Chemistry and a fundamental knowledge in new technologies for the generation of renewable energy and chemicals.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students should be able to demonstrate understanding of the basic terminology of sustainable development and 'green' chemistry

    (LO2) Students should be able to demonstrate understanding of the non-rigorous nature of this terminology and its consequences

    (LO3) Students should be able to demonstrate understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of 'green' chemistry

    (LO4) Students should be able to demonstrate understanding of the importance of catalysis in developing sustainable chemical technologies and the challenges associated with their implementation

    (LO5) Students should be able to demonstrate understanding of the basics of new technologies in the generation of renewable energy and chemicals.

  • Functional Organic Materials (CHEM241)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    The aims of this module are to:
    • Provide students with an understanding of how synthetic polymers are synthesised and characterised.
    • Enable students to understand the relationship between the structure and properties of organic materials.
    • Develop knowledge on some important characterisation techniques used for organic materials.
    • Give the students an insight into some of the organic materials research ongoing at the University of Liverpool.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students should be able to; name common monomers and polymers, describe different synthetic routes to produce polymers and discuss basic characterisation of synthetic polymers.

    (LO2) Students will be able to understand how to characterise organic crystalline and porous materials.

    (LO3) Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of how functional organic materials are synthesised, and show an understanding of the relationship between the structure and properties of a material.

    (LO4) Students will be able to outline how to design materials for specific applications.

    (S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S2) Numeracy (application of) manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts (e.g. measuring, weighing, estimating and applying formulae)

    (S3) Learning skills online studying and learning effectively in technology-rich environments, formal and informal

    (S4) Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the essentials facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to functional organic materials

    (S5) The ability to recognise and analyse problems and plan strategies for their solution

  • Inorganic Applications of Group Theory (CHEM316)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    This module aims to demonstrate the underlying importance of symmetry throughout Chemistry, with particular applications to spectroscopic selection rules and bonding.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of the module, students should be able to identify symmetry elements in molecules

    (LO2) By the end of the module, students should be able to assign molecules to their correct point groups

    (LO3) By the end of the module, students should be able to use character tables to solve a variety of problems in spectroscopy and bonding

  • Principles of Pharmacology (LIFE207)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    This module aims to:   Develop an understanding of the quantitative aspects of drug action on cellular receptors; Demonstrate the relationship between drug efficacy and chemical structure; Introduce the basic principles of pharmacokinetics, outline the relationship between drug concentration and response, and include an introduction to the principles of toxicity of drugs and their metabolites; Provide knowledge of the molecular biology of receptors; Develop knowledge and understanding in pharmacology, and the ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve pharmacological problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On successful completion of this module, the students should be able to: Describe quantitative aspects of drug action;

    (LO2) Define the relationship between drug efficacy and chemical structure;

    (LO3) State key pharmacokinetic concepts such as clearance, volume of distribution, half life and steady state and to solve problems involving these parameters;

    (LO4) Demonstrate the role of drug concentrations in determining response to treatment;

    (LO5) Describe early biochemical events after drug administration that are of toxicological and biochemical significance;

    (LO6) Describe the principles of selective toxicity and their application to both self and non-self targets;

    (LO7) Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of pharmacology, and how this knowledge has been applied to solve problems.

    (S1) Students will also develop independent learning and self-evaluation skills.

  • Science Communication (CHEM390)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aims of this module are to:

    • Provide key transferable skills to undergraduates, including: communication, presentation, practical classroom skills and team-working
    • Provide classroom based experience for undergraduates who are considering teaching as a potential career
    • Encourage a new generation of STEM teachers
    • Provide role models for pupils within schools located in areas of high deprivation
    • Increase University of Liverpool widening participation activities within Merseyside

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Have an understanding of the UK educational system and relevant teaching and learning styles

    (LO2) Have an understanding of the widening participation agenda

    (LO3) Ability to apply the relevant protocols and safeguarding practice when delivering sessions

    (LO4) be able to apply practical knowledge of effective delivery styles when engaging with primary or secondary aged pupils

    (LO5) have experience of planning and delivery of a project

    (LO6) How to reflect on and evaluate the effectiveness of the delivery of a project

    (LO7) have experience of science communication in a variety of situations

    (S1) have experience of team working

Year Three Compulsory Modules

  • Chem350 - Year in Industry (BSc) (CHEM350)
    Level2
    Credit level120
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to provide students with experience of working in an industrial environment, to gain new laboratory and soft skills.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) The students will have acquired new practical experiencre as appropriate to the placement

    (LO2) The student will acquire knowledge of new chemistry based on the requirements of the placement

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Following instructions/protocols/procedures

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Report writing

    (S5) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S6) Working in groups and teams - Time management

    (S7) Personal attributes and qualities - Willingness to take responsibility

    (S8) Commercial awareness - Relevant understanding of organisations

Programme Year Four

In your final year you will continue to study the three main branches of chemistry, organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, but the emphasis is on the application of chemistry to the modern world. You will also further develop skills to enhance your employability and general chemistry skills, including a module on Further key skills and Molecular modelling.

Year Four Compulsory Modules

  • Further Organic Chemistry (CHEM333)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    The aim of the module is to extend second year knowledge of synthetic and physical organic chemistry.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of the module, students should be able to show:
    * a good understanding of modern synthetic reactions and their mechanisms.
    * deduce mechanisms on the basis of kinetic and other evidence.

  • Chem313 - Inorganic Materials Chemistry (CHEM313)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    This module aims to
    • Enhance students' understanding of the fundamental nature of ordered crystalline solids
    • Develop the concept that the structure of materials impact on their properties and applications
    • Provide an introduction to the use of diffraction methods to characterise crystal structures
    • Describe characterisation techniques, for both crystalline and amorphous materials.
    • Outline electronic structure in the solid state.
    • Describe a range of materials manufacturing techniques.
    • Explain the origin of magnetism in the solid state.
    • Outline the practical implications of magnetic materials
    • Describe how we make and study magnetic inorganic solids
    • Highlight current research trends in inorganic magneto chemistry

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Understand and describe the characteristics of the crystalline solid state

    (LO2) Be able to perform simple analyses of powder X-ray diffraction data

    (LO3) Describe the factors affecting the crystal structures formed by ionic compounds

    (LO4) Understand that solid structures directly influences the physical and functional properties of materials, and describe examples

    (LO5) Understand the solid-state electronic structure of inorganic materials

    (LO6) Recognise favourable methods for fabrication, characterisation, and functional property optimisation of specific materials.

    (LO7) Appreciate the real-world relevance of materials design.

    (LO8) Understand the microscopic origins of magnetism, and describe the mechanisms which lead to collective magnetic behaviour

    (LO9) Interpret magnetic data and classify types of inorganic magnetic materials.

    (LO10) Recognise the uses of magnetic materials.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

  • Key Skills for Chemists 3 (CHEM385)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module aims to help Chemistry students develop skills needed for further educational opportunities or employment in a wide range of chemical and non-chemical based sectors.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of the employability section of the module, students should be able to demonstrate both a familiarity with, and an understanding of, the importance of transferable skills to the workplace.

    (LO2) By the end of the module, students should be able to use scientific databases effectively for literature and citation searches.

    (LO3) By the end of the module, students should be able to find relevant information from online chemical databases regarding chemical reactions and structures

    (LO4) By the end of the module, students should be able to apply the database skills in writing a report drawing from scientific literature.

    (S1) Teamwork

    (S2) Communication Skills

    (S3) Lifelong learning skills

    (S4) Organisational skills

    (S5) IT skills

    (S6) Commercial awareness

  • Chem352 - Modern Applications of Physical Chemistry (BSc) (CHEM352)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    The aims of the three components are:

    • Physical Chemistry of the Condensed State: this will describe the basic physical chemical concepts of processes in the condensed state,including electrochemical potentials, structure of liquids, conductivity of electrolytes, colloids and micelles. This is also aimed at achieving an understanding of the physical chemistry which underlies a number of important technologies, namely batteries and fuel cells, colloids and surfactants.

    • Protein Structure and Protein Folding: to discuss the application of basic physical chemistry concepts for describing protein structure and folding and to show how advanced physical chemistry methods are used for investigating these important aspects of proteins.

    • Atmospheric Photochemistry: The aim of this section is to give the students a broad view of the chemistry of the Earth''s atmosphere. The course will describe the structure of the Earth''s atmosphere, its categorisation into different layers and the physical processes that generate this structure. It will describe the different (photo)chemical processes that occur in different regions of the atmosphere, concentrating in particular on the photochemistry of the stratosphere. The course will conclude with a brief comparison of Earth''s atmosphere with that of one or more of the other planets or moons to illustrate the unusual nature of the Earth''s atmosphere.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Ability to describe and discuss the physical chemistry underlying electrochemical cells, batteries and fuel cells, and to perform fundamental thermodynamic calculations on electrochemical cells.

    (LO2) Ability to apply the physicochemical knowledge gained in the course, including the relevant equations, to solve problems relating to the physical chemistry of the condensed state.

    (LO3) Ability to describe the physical chemistry of surfactants and colloids.

    (LO4) Ability to describe the experimental methods that are used to study protein structure and folding, to discuss their analysis, and to discuss and apply (quantitatively) the physical chemistry principles underlying these methods.

    (LO5) Ability to discuss the importance of protein structure and dynamics for understanding biological processes. 

    (LO6) Ability to analyse a Protein Databank entry and to create graphical representations of the structure of a protein highlighting different aspects.

    (LO7) Ability to describe the physical structure of the atmosphere.

    (LO8) Ability to discuss the chemistry occurring in different layers of the atmosphere and to relate this to thermodynamics and to the physical and chemical behaviour of different layers.

    (LO9) Ability to compare the physical chemistry of the Earth's atmosphere to extra-terrestrial atmospheres.

  • Practical Chemistry Yr3 (BSc) (CHEM365)
    Level3
    Credit level22.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:99
    Aims

    The general aims of the module are:
    • To give the student practical experience and understanding of advanced practical techniques in three areas from: Organic, Inorganic, Physical and Computational Chemistry.
    • To develop appropriate techniques for each type of experiment
    • To show the use of suitable characterisation and numerical techniques
    • To make valid deductions from acquired data
    • To familiarise the student with the preparation of written reports
    • To introduce structured programming in PYTHON (if computational option chosen)
    • To establish a close link with aspects of the lecture material covered in the Yr2 and Yr3 course

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of the module, students should be able to
    * Carry out advanced practical techniques in three of the areas of Organic, Inorganic, Physical Chemistry and Computational Chemistry
    * Give a reasoned written exposition of experimental or computational work and achievements
    * Make valid deductions from acquired data
    * Give comprehensible written accounts of experimental work
    * Demonstrate an understanding of shortcomings, experimental errors or weaknesses in data
    * Further develop their time management skills via coordination of the synthetic and analytical components of their experiments
    * Develop strategies for structured programming and user-friendly, re-usable code in PYTHON to solve numerically Physical Chemistry models (if computational option chosen)

Year Four Optional Modules

  • Advanced Functional Organic Materials (CHEM342)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
    Aims

    The aims of the module are to:
    • To demonstrate the relationship between structure and properties of organic materials
    • To provide students with an understanding of some of the advanced characterisation techniques used for organic materials.
    • To outline how computation can be used to guide synthesis of functional organic materials.
    • To examine some examples of cutting-edge research organic materials research underway at the Department of Chemistry

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will obtain an understanding of how functional organic materials are synthesised and structure/property relationships.

    (LO2) Students will understand how to select appropriate characterisation techniques for organic materials.

    (LO3) Students will be able to explain how computation can be used to accelerate the development of functional organic materials.

    (LO4) Students will be able outline how to design materials for specific applications.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Commercial awareness

    (S3) Teamwork

    (S4) Communication skills

    (S5) Numeracy (application of) manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts (e.g. measuring, weighing, estimating and applying formulae)

    (S6) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

  • Chem382 - Biological Energy Conversion Processes (CHEM382)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    • To discuss how fundamental energy conversion in nature occurs by storage of energy in the form of concentration gradients across membranes.
    • To introduce chemically pathways for the photosynthesis, respiration, ATP synthesis, the Calvin cycle, the citrate cycle, fermentation
    • To show the mechanisms behind active transport, nerve signalling, the K/Na pump, muscle contraction and molecular motors.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to show a comprehension of energy conversion processes found in nature

    (LO2) Students will be able to describe the important points relating to chemical processes in photosynthesis respiration, ATP synthesis, the Calvin cycle, the citrate cycle and fermentation

    (LO3) Student will be able to describe the significance of concentration gradients across membranes in biological systems.

    (LO4) Students will be able to discuss the mechanisms behind active transport, nerve signalling, the K/Na pump, muscle contraction and molecular motors

  • Chem384 - Biorenewable Chemicals From Biomass (CHEM384)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    • To provide the students with basic knowledge of the chemistry of biomass and its applications.
    • To develop the skills required to evaluate routes to biorenewable chemicals, taking into consideration current economic, technological and sustainability issues.
    • To provide the students with an understanding of the current transformations that the chemical industry is undergoing and to enable them to identify potential business opportunities.
    • To provide the students with updated knowledge and skills in an emerging industrial activity that will widen and enhance career options.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) The students should be able to demonstrate and apply nderstanding of the main biorefinity models

    (LO2) The students should be able to demonstrate and apply knowledge of Biomass composition and its sources

    (LO3) The students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the main systhetic routes to derive chemicals from biomass

    (LO4) The students should be able to demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of the main biorefinity models

    (LO5) The students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the sustainability issues associated with the use of biomass

    (LO6) The students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the main technologies, companies, industries, challenges and trends in the emerging bioeconomy

    (LO7) The students should be able to identify and critically evaluate routes and opportunities to desired chemicals from biomass, taking into account pathways for commercialisation

    (LO8) Students should be able to identify the potential applications of bioderived chemicals

    (S1) skills in the evaluation, interpretation and synthesis of chemical information and data

    (S2) the ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts,concepts, principles and theories relating to renewable chemicals and biomass transformations

    (S3) skills in communicating scientific material and arguments

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis

    (S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S6) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

    (S7) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

    (S8) Skills in using technology - Information accessing

    (S9) Commercial awareness - Relevant understanding of organisations

  • Chem284 - Chemistry for Sustainable Technologies (CHEM284)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    • To explain the concepts and terminology of sustainability and sustainable development.
    • To highlight the role of science and technology in working towards sustainable development.
    • To illustrate the central role of metrics in the critical and comparative assessment of the efficiency and impact of chemical technologies.
    • To exemplify new approaches to chemistry in the development of more sustainable chemical technologies.
    • To provide the student with a fundamental understanding of the principles of Green Chemistry and a fundamental knowledge in new technologies for the generation of renewable energy and chemicals.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students should be able to demonstrate understanding of the basic terminology of sustainable development and 'green' chemistry

    (LO2) Students should be able to demonstrate understanding of the non-rigorous nature of this terminology and its consequences

    (LO3) Students should be able to demonstrate understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of 'green' chemistry

    (LO4) Students should be able to demonstrate understanding of the importance of catalysis in developing sustainable chemical technologies and the challenges associated with their implementation

    (LO5) Students should be able to demonstrate understanding of the basics of new technologies in the generation of renewable energy and chemicals.

  • Heterocyclic Chemistry and Drug Synthesis (CHEM338)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    The aim of the module is to present the synthesis and reactivity of the most important classes of heterocyclic compounds and to present case studies drawn from major drug classes.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of the module students will have achieved a solid foundation in Organic Chemistry. In particular, they will be expected to be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of
    * The structural features and reactivity of heterocyclic compounds, including stereochemistry.
    * Some of the major synthetic pathways in heterocyclic chemistry, involving carbon-carbon and carbon-heteroatom bond formation, functional group interconversions and ring substitution.
    * Awareness of the importance of heterocycles as key components in major drug classes and combinatorial libraries.
    In addition, they will be able to give examples of their use in modern synthetic methodology and have an awareness of the importance of three-dimensional structure in Organic Chemistry.

  • Inorganic Applications of Group Theory (CHEM316)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    This module aims to demonstrate the underlying importance of symmetry throughout Chemistry, with particular applications to spectroscopic selection rules and bonding.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of the module, students should be able to identify symmetry elements in molecules

    (LO2) By the end of the module, students should be able to assign molecules to their correct point groups

    (LO3) By the end of the module, students should be able to use character tables to solve a variety of problems in spectroscopy and bonding

  • Introduction to Chemical Engineering for Chemists (CHEM396)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    Chemical engineering is a branch of engineering that typically deals with the large-scale manufacturing processes for converting raw materials into useful products. The main topics and even the language of chemical engineering are entirely foreign to most chemists. The main aim of this module is to give chemistry students an insight into the world of chemical engineering and to develop an understanding of the main topics of chemical engineering in a practical manner. This module will enable chemistry students to study and to understand interdisciplinary topics at the interface between chemistry and chemical engineering, and it will enable them to engage successfully in dialogue with chemical engineers about chemical problems. The students will also learn extensions of concepts that are familiar to them, typically from thermodynamics and kinetics, but from a very different angle. They will learn about the types of data needed by engineers and why such data are required. This module will certainly help the employability prospects of chemistry students who intend to work in industry after graduation.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of the module students should be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of:
    ·         Mass and energy balances as fundamental operations in a process analysis procedure
    ·         Detailed process flowsheets
    ·         Mass, heat and momentum transfer
    ·         Chemical reaction kinetics and chemical reactor design
    ·         Fluid mechanics and measurement of flow rates
    ·         The calculation of design parameters, such as heat and mass transfer coefficients
    ·         Process control and project economics
    ·         Characteristics of separation processes
    ·         pumps and heat exchangers
    ·         Hazard studies and risk assessments

    (S1) The students will gain the skills required to apply their knowledge to process information, solve problems and evaluate outcomes related to reaction engineering, transport processes and separation process.

  • Science Communication (CHEM390)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aims of this module are to:

    • Provide key transferable skills to undergraduates, including: communication, presentation, practical classroom skills and team-working
    • Provide classroom based experience for undergraduates who are considering teaching as a potential career
    • Encourage a new generation of STEM teachers
    • Provide role models for pupils within schools located in areas of high deprivation
    • Increase University of Liverpool widening participation activities within Merseyside

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Have an understanding of the UK educational system and relevant teaching and learning styles

    (LO2) Have an understanding of the widening participation agenda

    (LO3) Ability to apply the relevant protocols and safeguarding practice when delivering sessions

    (LO4) be able to apply practical knowledge of effective delivery styles when engaging with primary or secondary aged pupils

    (LO5) have experience of planning and delivery of a project

    (LO6) How to reflect on and evaluate the effectiveness of the delivery of a project

    (LO7) have experience of science communication in a variety of situations

    (S1) have experience of team working

  • Chemistry Research Internship (CHEM309)
    Level3
    Credit level22.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module is designed to:
    1. Provide students with an insight into the process of scientific research and debate in a setting different from the University of Liverpool;
    2. Expose students to new research and cultural environments;
    3. Develop the confidence to work independently and in a team, to effectively and efficiently attain a scientific goal;
    4. Develop students’ ability to communicate scientific concepts and findings in a variety of formats;
    Develop students'' employability skills.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To maintain accurate records of experiments, and reliable and comprehensive account of any methodologies used

    (LO2) To prepare and deliver oral presentations to high scientific and professional standards that describes the experiences during the internship, the research objectives and the rationale behind the project design.

    (LO3) To write a report on the research priorities, the internal and external drivers of the research strategy and the potential impact of the research on the local and wider community.

    (LO4) To analyse and critically evaluate data, information and observations and to draw valid conclusions

    (S1) Research Skills

    (S2) Organisational skills

    (S3) Problem solving skills

    (S4) Communication skills

The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.


Teaching and Learning

Laboratory classes in Years One and Two prepare you for independent laboratory work in Years Three and Four. In Year Three you will carry out mini research projects, while in Year Four you will carry out research alongside PhD and postdoctoral researchers on cuttingedge projects, often leading to a first scientific publication. Computational modelling and molecular visualisation are introduced as interactive animated models from Year One, reinforced as a key skill in later years and by Year Four of MChem programmes you will be able to perform your own calculations to underpin final year research projects.


Assessment

You are assessed by examination at the end of each semester (January and May/June) and by continuous assessment of laboratory practicals, class tests, workshops, tutorials and assignments. You have to pass each year of study before you are allowed to progress to the following year. Re-sit opportunities are available in September at the end of Years One and Two. If you take an industrial placement, a minimum standard of academic performance is required before you are allowed to embark on your placements. You are expected to perform at a 2:1 level if you wish to continue on a MChem programme. All years of study (with the exception of Year One) contribute to the final degree classification.