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CHY2001 : Professional Development and Employability Skills

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Julian Knight
  • Lecturer: Dr James Knight, Dr Cristina Navarro Reguero, Dr Zuleykha McMillan, Dr John Errington, Dr Hanno Kossen, Dr Agnieszka Bronowska, Dr Johan Eriksson
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To consider issues of effective communication to independent learners including scope and style of material and style of presentation; to develop a range of transferable skills; to introduce aspects of employability; to consolidate and extend knowledge of a fundamental aspect of chemistry.

Outline Of Syllabus

Sessions will include seminars/workshops on:

• Use of the library and electronic databases
• Preparation and evaluation of CV’s
• Teamwork
• Meetings skills
• Presentation skills
• Spectroscopic analysis
• Professional Awareness Day

Much of the timetabled work will involve group activities which will be supported and assessed by group tutors.

Further information about the timetabling of student activities and on the assessment scheme may be found on the Blackboard website (URL below) which is accessed from the main university home page

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00Workload time for group assignment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops151:0015:00Teamwork, team roles, peer assessment, cv writing, Info literacy, oral presentation & data analysis
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity140:0040:00Group meetings
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study15:005:00Writing of CV
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00Preparation of written materials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00Literature research and abstraction
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Much of the timetabled work involves group activities which will be supported and assessed by group tutors. The high level of private study reflects the emphasis on teamwork and independent time management within the overall set of deadlines.

Seminars cover most of the key skills which this module aims to develop: teamwork, meetings skills, literature searching, presentation skills, and spectroscopic problem solving.

The Professional Awareness Event offers the opportunity for students to discuss employment, applications, and career paths with a range of potential employers.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt2M100N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The staff member who has worked with the group makes the overall assessment of the team performance, according to a set of pre-defined criteria. The group 'deliverables' (preliminary report,summary, MCQ, presentation, problem solving, group portfolio, company profile) are assessed by staff and the marks form the basis for the overall group mark.

Since much of the work performed by the group takes place in the absence of the group tutor, the peer assessment and self-assessment is performed by the students within the group and forms the basis for modulation of the staff group mark to give individual student marks

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