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CM1022: ELEMENTS OF CHEMISTRY 1 (2017-2018)

Last modified: 16 Nov 2016 18:26


Course Overview

This course will inspire students to investigate the scope and power of chemistry and to develop the necessary skills for success in undergraduate Chemistry and beyond.

Students will develop an appreciation of the essentially limitless scope of chemistry in understanding and controlling the material world. Students will also become more confident learners - in particular developing competences in literacy and numeracy, communication, data collection, analysis and interpretation, discussion and presentation of complex ideas and laboratory methods.

By getting to know other students studying chemistry and finding out about lecturers’ research interests, students will feel more part of the Chemistry team.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Peter Henderson

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Course Aims

To inspire students to investigate the scope and power of chemistry; to develop the necessary study, communication and practical skills for success in undergraduate Chemistry and beyond.

Main Learning Outcomes

Students will develop an appreciation of the essentially limitless scope of chemistry in understanding and controlling the material world. Students will also be more confident learners - in particular they will develop enhanced competences in:

  • Literacy and numeracy

  • Communication (written and oral)

  • Data collection, analysis and interpretation

  • Discussion and presentation of complex ideas

  • Laboratory methods.

By getting to know other students studying chemistry and finding out about lecturers research interests, students will feel more part of the "Chemistry team".

Course Content

Lectures, workshops and directed reading will introduce and discuss a range of topics that demonstrate the diverse applications of chemistry in other academic disciplines and in technology. Content will include historical background and present day  theories and applications of fundamental topics in Chemistry. Study, numeracy and communication skills will also be discussed in workshops and small group tutorials.  The research activities of the Chemistry Department will be demonstrated in visits to the specialised laboratories (also in small groups) and hands-on lab skills practised in the undergraduate labs.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Chemistry
  • BSc Environmental Chemistry
  • BSc Oil and Gas Chemistry
  • Master of Chemistry
  • Master of Chemistry (Environmental Chemistry)
  • Master of Chemistry in Oil and Gas

Contact Teaching Time

33 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt

100% continuous assessment consisting of: one online test (12.5%) and one written assignment (12.5%) on numeracy and applied maths skills; one assignment on research lab visits/discussion (12.5%) taken from poster presentation, short essay or group presentation; lab skills performance mark, short reports and oral assessment (12.5%); in-class test (10%), and two further assignments on different aspects of the lecture material (2x20%) - the latter two assignments will be of different types taken from poster presentation, short essay, written summary of discussions in group workshop or small group tutorials or online artefact such as a journal, blog, or reflective writing.

Resit

Submission/ resubmission of those component exercises which previously had not been submitted for marking or for which students have been awarded a fail mark, respectively. Note that in some cases this will only be possible if the student has attended the relevant compulsory small group/laboratory/workshop class.

Formative Assessment

Online numeracy test, tutorial assessments, feedback on draft of a piece of written work.

Feedback

Students will receive feedback (formal and informal) on formative exercises. They will also receive feedback on each of their in-course components of summative assessment.

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