Module code: CHE1037

Module provider


Module Leader

HOWLIN BJ Dr (Chemistry)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 4

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 115

Lecture Hours: 21

Tutorial Hours: 2

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 67%
Examination EXAM - 1.5 HOURS 33%

Alternative Assessment

No alternative to Examination and coursework

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

To introduce Transferable professional skills in CV writing, presentation, Maths and IT skills.

Module aims

To improve modes of scientific communication, including team working and leadership, journal writing and the professional production of a CV, application letter and interview preparation

To improve the students awareness of self-reflection and personal professional development planning (PPD) focussed on effective study management and preparation for assessments.

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

To develop an understanding of the various computational methods that are available to help solve numerical problems in chemistry.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Understand how to communicate effectively through a journal article, literature review, presentation, CV, covering letter. PT
Understand how to effectively study and prepare for assignments. CPT
Understand the various computational methods that are available to help solve a range of numerical problems in chemistry PT
Evaluate differentials and integrals of elementary functions KC
Understand the use of differentiation and integration in solving chemical problems. KC
Evaluate (total and partial) differentials and integrals of a range of functions. KC
Understand the use of differentiation and integration in solving chemical problems. KC

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Effective personal learning and preparation for assessments. IT and PowerPoint presentations, CV / Applications, Scientific journal / chemical publication précis. Team working/leadership workshop

Use of CHEMDRAW including curly’ arrows, microanalysis, MS calculations, activation curves, orbitals, etc. 2D to 3D using MOE

Mathematics Group A (Fundamental):

Introduction to differentiation; maxima and minima; chain, product and quotient rules; introduction to integration; indefinite and definite integrals.

Mathematics Group B (Advanced):

Advanced differentiation and integration the chain, product and quotient rules; partial differentiation and polar coordinates; first- and second-order differential equations.



Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Give the student sufficient transferable skills to cope with the course and later professional life


The learning and teaching methods include:

A hands on workshop approach will be taken to the IT skills (11 hours).

Group workshops for the Transferable skills (12 hours)

Formal lectures for the Maths (11 hours)

Assessment Strategy

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

Transferable skills, IT skills and mathematical ability


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

CV and Cover letter Coursework, 29% (meets learning outcome 1
IT Coursework, 28% (meets learning outcome 3)
Assessed Maths tutorials , 10% (meets learning outcome 2)
Formal Maths Exam, 1.5 hours, 33% (meets learning outcomes 4 and 5)


Formative assessment

Hands on guidance to the coursework will be given



Individual and in class feedback will be given on the progress in each learning outcome

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.