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CHY3012 : Chemical Skills and Employ-Ability (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Lee Higham
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aim of this module is to prepare students for independent study leading to their project module, ensuring awareness of time management, and giving techniques on how to plan time and break work up into manageable portions.

Safety will be further developed in this module, ensuring students can collect safety material from the web and show that they can complete a COSHH form using the template provided.

This module offers students the opportunity to undertake a 'Dragons Den' approach to Industrial case studies in a professional environment. The ability of students to critically reflect on their personal skills development will be enhanced.

Outline Of Syllabus

Taught sessions include workshop and lectures on the following list of topics. The sessions will include training and expertise provided by various NU services as well as external suppliers.

•       Project and Time Management
•       COSHH forms
•       Professionalism and Presentations
•       Working with the Scientific Literature and Patents

Time Planning
In order to prepare for the project work, students need to be aware of time-management and how to prepare for independent study and analysis of data. This will closely align with the work they are asked to do for the stage 3 projects.
Breaking up the work into manageable chunks
Planning your time: Gantt Charts

2) Health and Safety III
At this stage, students should have encountered COSHH forms for the laboratory classes and should be able to collect material safety data from the web. In preparation for their individual projects, students will need to complete their own COSHH forms following the template provided by Chemistry at NU.

3) Professionalism
Connected Chemistry - LinkedIn

Further Experimental Design (Costing)
Students will be given a real time problem set by a global organisation and working within a team, develop, plan and present a business solution to a well known employer from industry.

Literature searching for your project
At Stage 3 students will attend 3 workshops to consolidate their expertise with the core databases and their skills in finding, evaluating and managing information, preparing them for their final year projects, further research or industry beyond University.
Workshop 1: Demonstrating your digital and information literacy skills.
Workshop 2: SciFinder.
Workshop 3. Reaxys

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture81:008:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion22:004:00Preparation and completion of COSHH
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion43:0012:00Preparation and completion of project plan
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion44:0016:00Preparation and completion of presentation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops21:002:00Presentations and professionalism
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops32:006:00Literature and patent sessions, including external supplier training
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops21:002:00Feedback sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision20:301:00Supervisor meetings (2 sessions per student, 30 mins max)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision10:300:30Supervisor read through of draft research paper (strictly one read through per student)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study148:3048:30Independent study and background reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module will use a variety of teaching methods.

Lectures will provide the basis for enhancing employability and developing career management skills.

Practical Sessions will allow students to experiment and practise with the software and communicate with others.

The individual presentation will develop skills such as resilience, using your initiative, confidence building; all which are key skills to highlight to an employer.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation101A5010 min oral presentation on allocated research topic
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M10COSHH form
Written exercise1M30Project plan (1 page)
Prof skill assessmnt1M5Careers workshop record form
Written exercise1M5Reflective report
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Careers workshops record of attendance form - Students need to attend three 'Careers Service' workshops of their choice and submit the form confirming their attendance at these workshops.

The oral presentation requires students to briefly summarise a research topic that will be allocated to them at the start of the module. This will allow students to demonstrate learning and development goals learnt throughout the skills modules.

Reflective Report provides an opportunity for the student to reflect on their professional development. It requires critical reflection on personal and professional development in relation to the Graduate Skills Framework and employability.

Reading Lists