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CM30PS: PROFESSIONAL SKILLS FOR PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY (2022-2023)

Last modified: 20 Oct 2022 16:41


Course Overview

This course will give students opportunities to develop technical and professional skills necessary for success in Honours level Chemistry/Physics and beyond. The course will include working with scientific literature, computer programming and the use of software tools in research and activities to enhance employability. Students will develop an appreciation of the power of state of the art computer programs to assist the user to understand complex data sets. Students will also become more confident in communicating and assessing scientific ideas.

By considering their own skills development, students will feel more able to identify and compete for exciting graduate employment opportunities.

 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Geoffrey M. Dunn
  • Dr Mark M. Law

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

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4
  • Chemistry (CM)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Lectures, workshops, directed reading and self-study projects will introduce a range of computer software important in modern physical sciences research and afford opportunities to develop technical skills in using these programmes and in computer programming. The classes and other activities will also explain issues relevant to reporting, citing and critical assessment of scientific results. Finally, the course will include topics to enhance employability.

Content will include:

  • Hands-on experience with specialised software for data processing and visualisation (two of MatLab, Excel, Mathematica, Discovery Studio Visualiser, electronic structure calculation)
  • Problem solving using a high-level programming language (one of Python, Fortan, MatLab ...)
  • Scientific literature searching and critical appraisal
  • Writing and presentation skills
  • Employability training, including one-to-one discussion with a Careers Adviser and assessing and presenting personal skills set and graduate attributes.

Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Computer Practical during University weeks 9 - 18
  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 8 - 18

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Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Scientific literature library assignment

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 25
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Students will receive feedback (formal and informal) on formative exercises and in literature searching/programming/data analysis practical classes. They will also receive feedback on each of their in-course components of summative assessment.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Reflective Skills Journal

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 15
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Students will receive feedback (formal and informal) on formative exercises and in literature searching/programming/data analysis practical classes. They will also receive feedback on each of their in-course components of summative assessment.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Data Analysis Project Report

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 25
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Students will receive feedback (formal and informal) on formative exercises and in literature searching/programming/data analysis practical classes. They will also receive feedback on each of their in-course components of summative assessment.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Programming Project

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 25
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Students will receive feedback (formal and informal) on formative exercises and in literature searching/programming/data analysis practical classes. They will also receive feedback on each of their in-course components of summative assessment.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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CV and covering letter

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Students will receive feedback (formal and informal) on formative exercises and in literature searching/programming/data analysis practical classes. They will also receive feedback on each of their in-course components of summative assessment.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Resubmission of failed elements

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseStudents will also become more confident in communicating andassessing scientific ideas - in particular developing competences inusing the scientific literature, project planning and presentingresu
FactualUnderstandStudents will develop an appreciation of the power of state of the artcomputer programs to assist the user to understand complex data setsand their interpretation in science.
ReflectionEvaluateBy considering their own skills development and practising describingthose skills and other relevant personal qualities to others, studentswill feel more able to identify and compete for exciting gr
FactualUnderstandStudents will develop enhanced competences in:Computer programming;Using computer software to visualise, analyse and interpret data;Using the scientific literature;Project planning;Discussion and

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