Natural Sciences

Advanced Topics in Natural Sciences Chemistry I (2020/1)

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Module TitleAdvanced Topics in Natural Sciences Chemistry I Credit Value15
Module CodeNSCM006 Module ConvenorDr Stephen Green
Duration: Term 1 2 3
No. of weeks 11
Number students taking module (anticipated) 45
Module description

This module provides you with small-group teaching across a selection of advanced topics in Natural Sciences Chemistry, reflecting the research interests of the staff involved. The syllabus consists of four short courses, each taught as a self-contained set of eight lectures (or the workshop/tutorial equivalent). You should choose three of these courses, enabling you to tailor the module to your specific interests and your intended future career.

In order to take this module you must ensure that you have completed any prerequisite modules specific to each short course, these being listed within the Syllabus Plan below.

Module aims

Our aim in providing this module is to give you the flexibility to tailor your studies to your particular interests and career goals. In three self-contained courses of eight hours each, you will work with research-level material, combining your study and communication skills with your core knowledge to understand complex systems and solve challenging problems.

The skills you gain from lectures and other teaching formats will develop or enhance your employability. Transferable skills to other sectors include:

  • problem solving (linking theory to practice, responding to novel and unfamiliar problems, data handling),
  • time management (managing time effectively individually and within a group), and
  • self and peer review (taking responsibility for own learning, using feedback from multiple sources).
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

  • 1. Critically evaluate and analyse the module content within the context of wider reading and also material from earlier years, to develop an overarching view of the interconnectedness of the subject and its interdisciplinary nature
  • 2. Recognise and exploit any connections between taught materials and project material
  • 3. Engage in targeted research and reading for personal development and future educational requirements, in addition to reading material primarily for assessment purposes

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

  • 4. With reference to primary literature, evaluate how research developments in your chosen topics drive the subject forward and, where appropriate, the social, technological and commercial impacts this has
  • 5. Analyse in detail essential facts and theory in advanced areas of Natural Sciences Chemistry
  • 6. Analyse and evaluate independently a range of research-informed literature and synthesise research-informed examples from the literature into written work
  • 7. With limited guidance, deploy established techniques of analysis and enquiry used in your chosen topics at the research level

Personal and Key Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge:

  • 8. Communicate effectively arguments, evidence and conclusions using written means in a manner appropriate to the intended audience
  • 9. Devise and sustain, with little guidance, a logical and reasoned argument with sound, convincing conclusions
  • 10. Analyse and evaluate appropriate data with very limited guidance

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

Each of the following topics is a self-contained short course lasting eight hours, with its own specific syllabus available in separate documentation on the associated ELE page for this module. You should select three short courses from this list. There will be a minimum student number required for a given short course to run. Module pre-requisites are listed. There are no module co-requisites.

Analytical Biotechnology

Pre-requisite:

  • NSC1003 Foundations in Natural Science or BIO1332 Biochemistry and BIO1346 Biophysical Chemistry

Crystallography and Diffraction Theory 

Pre-requisites:

  • NSC1003 Foundations in Natural Science¬†

Electron Transfer in Biological Systems

Pre-requisites:

  • NSC1003 Foundations in Natural Science or BIO1332 Biochemistry
  • Ideally, BIO2091 Bioinorganic Chemistry

Microfluidics and Lab-On-A-Chip Technologies

Pre-requisite:

  • NSC1003 Foundations in Natural Science or BIO1346 Biophysical Chemistry
LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
241260
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching24Lectures and workshops or tutorials (24 x 1 hour)
Guided Independent Study126Independent study
ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Non-assessed problem and summary materials provided for self-checking purposesOngoingOngoingOral
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
01000
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Examination (problem and essay-based questions)1002 hoursAllWritten
0
0
0
0
0
DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Examination (problem and essay-based questions)Examination (problem and essay-based questions)AllAugust Ref/Def
RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 50%) you will be required to sit a further examination. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of referral will count for 100% of the final mark and will be capped at 50%.

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Reading list for this module:

  • An indicative reading list will be specified at the start of each short course.
Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Web based and electronic resources
Other resources

 

CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE

7.5

PRE-REQUISITE MODULES

Pre-requisite modules are specific to each short course and are listed within the Syllabus Plan above

CO-REQUISITE MODULES

None

NQF LEVEL (FHEQ)

7

AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING?

No

ORIGIN DATE

02/11/2017

LAST REVISION DATE

02/03/2020

KEY WORDS SEARCH

Variable syllabus, chemical literature, chemistry