Module code: CHE1031

Module provider


Module Leader

RIDGE K Dr (Chemistry)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 4

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 10

Independent Study Hours: 115

Lecture Hours: 25

Tutorial Hours: 2

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAM - 1.5 HOURS 33%

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

This module is designed to provide the transferable and quantitative skills required for a successful transition to HE-level learning of Chemistry. It includes discussions on aspects of scientific communication, problem-solving and team building, quantitative skills including IT and mathematics.

Module aims

To improve modes of scientific communication, including oral and written presentations, the use of information retrieval systems and technology, use of chemical journals, basic study skills, practical report writing, team working

To improve the students awareness of self-reflection and personal professional development planning (PPD);

To improve the students awareness of quantitative methods of analysis, including fundamental mathematical calculations applied to chemistry;

To develop an understanding of the various ways that computers can be used in chemistry; and

To become proficient in problem-solving in chemistry through the use of computers and team working

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Have knowledge and understanding of basic scientific research and communication methods including searching for relevant literature, evaluating and comparing literature sources, coherent scientific writing and the construction and formatting of scientific reports
Develop an understanding of Personal Professional Development and an awareness of available study methods and study management
Evaluate your own strengths and weaknesses and form strategies to improve on the weaknesses identified
Experience problem solving as a team including the formation of logical arguments, negotiation and leadership
Gain knowledge of the use of EXCEL for chemical calculations
Maths A (Fundamental)gain knowledge of basic mathematical concepts required to successfully complete a chemistry degree program and gain experience in evaluation and implementation of different methods to solve a range of mathematical problems and correctly present the results.
Maths B (Advanced) build on basic mathematical knowledge gained in previous qualifications and obtain an understanding of advanced mathematical concepts beneficial to the successful completion of a chemistry degree program. Gain experience of the implementation and evaluation of a range of mathematical problems and correctly present the results

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Field trip group oral presentation to report data from field trip

Production of a report on Industry Day.

PPD, Reflection and study management (using the VLE)

Scientific document retrieval. Library, Science Direct, WoK, EndNote Web, CWYW, Google Scholar, Athens etc. Produce a review of two different journal styles and two different book styles

Scientific document writing (dissertations and reports use of tables, figures, schematics, equations etc and plagiarism)

Effective team player exercise Lego and orienteering

Popular software applications, document processing, spreadsheets and databases, chemical examples; e.g. solving the particle in a box equation using EXCEL.


Mathematics Group A (Fundamental):

Numbers, scientific notation and significant figures; aspects of algebra: simplification, rearranging equations, factorising; graphs: pictorial representation of functions, straight lines, plotting non-linear functions; powers, exponentials and logarithms: non-linear functions; simple matrix algebra involving addition, subtraction and multiplication of matrices. The matrix inverse and determinants. Use of matrix algebra in solving sets of linear equations; simple trigonometry, the sine and cosine rule, application to molecular geometry; introduction to vectors and vector operations.


Mathematics Group B (Advanced):

Non-linear equations and their methods of solution; interpolation of 1st and higher order functions using difference formulae; understand the nature of matrices and simple matrix algebra and use matrices and determinants in solving sets of linear simultaneous equations using a range of methods pathological systems; application to sets of non-linear equations; vector algebra addition and subtraction of vectors, scalar (dot) product and vector (cross) product vector derivatives; introduction to complex numbers; Maclaurin and Taylor series expansions.



Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Introduce the students to a range of transferable and quantitative skills through the use of workshop-style discussion and activity sessions, IT skills sessions, and more formal lectures and tutorials in mathematics.

The learning and teaching methods include:

23 hours of formal lectures

10 hours of IT workshops

2 hours of tutorials

Lectures will include discussion and interaction where appropriate.  Course material will be provided on SurreyLearn, including calculational tools.


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

transferable and quantitative skills (coursework)
understanding (tutorials)
understanding, analysis and recall (unseen examination)


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Written unseen examination (1.5 hours) 33%
A range of coursework assignments (67% total), including, 2x ‘transferable skills’ assignments, 2x mathematics tutorials, 1x IT Skills coursework.


Formative assessment and feedback

Formative assessment and feedback are provided throughout the module in the form of in-class exercises, examples and worked problems. Feedback is instant as model answers (full worked solutions) are given in class. Formative assessment is also evident through the provision of ‘checklists’ at the end of each section of the module that detail the areas covered in that part of the course.

Detailed and individualised feedback is given on the marked assignments within the time allowed for marking coursework.

The first piece of coursework submitted during the IT Skills sessions is marked formatively and will be returned before the deadline for summative work to be submitted.

Reading list


Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.