Specialist Topics in Chemical Sciences

Module titleSpecialist Topics in Chemical Sciences
Module codeBIO3073
Academic year2020/1
Credits15
Module staff

Dr Stephen Green (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

11

Number students taking module (anticipated)

45

Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module provides you with small-group teaching of advanced topics in chemistry at the research level. The material on offer reflects the interests of the staff involved and is at the cutting edge of their research fields. The syllabus consists of six 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 the prerequisite modules specific to each short course, these being listed within the Syllabus Plan below.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The aim of this module is to present chemistry at the research level in the form of three short courses, chosen from a set of six, each self-contained and lasting eight hours. This will enable you to tailor the module to your particular interests.

The skills you gain from lectures and seminars 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)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Critically evaluate and analyse the material within your chosen short courses and integrate and assimilate this with material from earlier years where appropriate
  • 2. Recognise the connection between taught materials and dissertation and/or project material
  • 3. Select material for personal development and future educational requirements in addition to material primarily for assessment purposes

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Evaluate in detail approaches to the development of chemistry through research and the application of research advances (for example in the pharmaceutical industry) with reference to primary literature, reviews and research articles
  • 5. Analyse in detail essential facts and theory in specialised research areas of chemistry
  • 6. Analyse and evaluate independently a range of research-informed literature in chemistry and synthesise research-informed examples from the literature into written work
  • 7. With limited guidance, deploy established techniques of analysis and enquiry used in chemistry research

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 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

Syllabus plan

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.

  • Radicals in Organic Synthesis
    • Pre-requisites: Either of the first year modules BIO1345 Structure and Reactivity of Organic Compounds I, or NSC1003 Foundations in Natural Science
    • BIO2085 (which has BIO1345 or NSC1003 Foundations in Natural Science a prerequisite anyway)
    • Ideally BIO3089 Organic Synthesis and Drug Design
  • Physical Organic Chemistry and the Determination of Organic Reaction Mechanisms
    • Pre-requisites: Either of the first year modules BIO1345 Structure and Reactivity of Organic Compounds I or NSC1003 Foundations in Natural Science
    • BIO2085 Structure and Reactivity of Organic Compounds II (which has BIO1345 Structure and Reactivity of Organic Compounds I or NSC1003 Foundations in Natural Science as a prerequisite anyway)
    • Ideally BIO3089 Organic Synthesis and Drug Design
  • Applications of Organotransition Metal Chemistry to Organic Synthesis
    • Pre-requisites: Either of the first year modules BIO1345 Structure and Reactivity of Organic Compounds I or NSC1003 Foundations in Natural Science
    • BIO2085 (which has BIO1345 Structure and Reactivity of Organic Compounds I or NSC1003 as a prerequisite anyway)
    • Ideally BIO3089 Organic Synthesis and Drug Design
  • Inorganic Biochemistry
    • Pre-requisites: Either BIO1343 Fundamental Inorganic and Physical Chemistry or NSC1003 Foundations in Natural Science
  • Molecular Transport across Biological Membranes
    • Pre-requisites: Either BIO1343 Fundamental Inorganic and Physical Chemistry or NSC1003 Foundations in Natural Science
  • Electrochemistry
    • Pre-requisites: Either BIO1343 Fundamental Inorganic and Physical Chemistry or NSC1003 Foundations in Natural Science

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 minimum)
Guided Independent Study126Independent study

Assessment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Non-assessed problem and summary materials provided for self-checking purposesOngoingAllOral

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

Re-assessment

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 40%) 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 40%.

Resources

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • An indicative reading list will be specified at the start of each short course.

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Variable syllabus, chemical literature, chemistry

Credit value15
Module ECTS

7.5

Module pre-requisites

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

Module co-requisites

None

NQF level (module)

6

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

01/12/2011

Last revision date

09/03/2018