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CHY1010 : Chemical Skills and Professionalism

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Andrew Pike
  • Lecturer: Dr Hanno Kossen, Mrs Julia Robinson
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module aims to enhance student employability by developing key attributes and allowing students to see the link between the skills they develop for their employability and those for successful career planning and management.

This module will cover employability skills; including, but not limited to, computer skills (including ChemDraw and Microsoft Excel), communication, team working, project management and resilience. Students get the opportunity to enhance their employability, with a focus upon both soft, transferable skills and enterprise skills, with students identifying their skills gaps and developing strategies to enhance the skills needed by employers.

Students will also develop skills behind experimental design required within the laboratory; and introduce students to the importance to comply with safety instructions.

Potential Breakdown: progression through the stages of the degree programme

1) Digital and information literacy - use of scientific software packages of relevance to graduate
level jobs, for instance Scifinder and ChemDraw.

2) Health and Safety - awareness/consciousness covering small scale laboratory experiments,
record keeping and PPE hazards

3) Professionalism - ability to deliver professional reports. Awareness of chemistry in action in
industry. Global challenges

4) Industry Interactions - ability to understand how the fundamentals of theoretical chemistry are
used everyday in commercial environments.

Outline Of Syllabus

1) Digital and Information Literacy I

Students are introduced to the Graduate Framework and to the Library’s digital and information literacies development outline so they can self-assess their current skills and start planning for their progression and career development.
Workshop 1: ChemDraw
Workshop 2: Chemical Databases

2) Health and Safety I

Experimental Design
In stage 1, students should start to develop an appreciation for the reason behind experimental design that is presented to them in the laboratory work. To do this, they will be able to assign different steps in a reaction to the different stages of experimental design. This draws on the session(s) on finding experimental procedures in the scientific literature.

Safety I / COSHH
Introduction to the importance to comply with safety in the laboratory and what this means. Students will appreciate the standard mechanisms for assessing risks, especially chemical safety, e.g. they will recognise the GHS labels on chemical bottles so that laboratory work can be carried out in stage 1.
PPE workwear, reporting incidents, and safety apps on campus.

3) Professionalism I

Students will learn the principles of effective professional communication including writing emails and using online platforms and social media to engage in professional dialogue. Aspects of how to communicate in a professional setting to a member of academic staff will be covered. Students will get guidance on how to present data and concepts in the format of a poster. Aspects of how to work in a team will be included, related to the preparation of assessment. Students are introduced to the framework of attributes for graduate in order to start planning their career development plan.

4) Industrial Interactions I

Students will participate in an industrial visit to a company selected from a range of SMEs and multi-nationals across the chemical sector. During this visit students will learn about how a company functions by interacting with a range of relevant staff across different areas of the business, encouraging students to participate by asking informed questions about how the company uses the chemical sciences in order to operate a profitable business.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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