Module code: CHE3040

Module Overview

Development of personal and professional skills within a placement experience of the world of work. Learning good time management and organisation of skills to undertake specifically-designed activities that relate to the workplace and future research environment. The final activities are to enhance reflection of the workplace experience and to help develop a knowledge of potential career possibilities.

Module provider


Module Leader

WARD Neil (Chemistry)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: X210

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content :

This module is undertaken by MChem degree students throughout their Industrial Research Year.

Access to the material for this module is via the module Handbook (a hard copy of which is

provided to every student and academic supervisor) and SurreyLearn.

Each student is expected to complete:

(1) a SWOT analysis before the placement begins which is zero weighted in terms of

assessment (as a pre- Industrial Research Year marker for the final unit of assessment); then

(2) three activities that will be assessed during placement visits.

There are five activities distributed in three periods over the twelve months of the Industrial

Research Year. The student will have to choose one activity for placement visits from 1 and 2.

Only one activity is available for placement visit 3 as this has been designed for all students to

complete being a key skill in PPD in terms of future employability.

(3) a final Reflective Essay (2000 words) and post-placement SWOT analysis is completed at the end of the Industrial Research Year.

The four units of assessment are:

Unit 1: either Activity I. World of Work; or Activity II. Health and Safety;  

Unit 2: either Activity III. Chemical Publication; or Activity IV. Presentation of Scientific Data;

Unit 3: Activity V. Future Employability – CV, Application Letter and Interview; and

Unit 4: Reflective Essay and Updated SWOT Analysis.


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 100

Alternative Assessment

Normal retrieval processes will apply.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate sufficient skills of the above.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • coursework based on 4 Activities @25% each=100%

  • The submission deadline for CHE3040 is 1 week before the date of the Academic Tutor’s visit for the corresponding activity (must do three for this module and in accordance with the selection criteria of the three visit periods).


Formative assessment - none



Throughout placement visits (by the Industrial and Academic placement tutors) and via SurreyLearn (Module Coordinator).


Module aims

  • Develop skills and/or competencies for a career;
  • Develop a better understanding of the world of work
  • Inhance the learning experience in a real world environment from both a personal and professional perspective;
  • Gain confidence on your decision making;
  • Provide an individualistic viewpoint to your workplace experience
  • Improve your self-reflective practice.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Organise and present scientific data for dissertations and publications, and be able to organise meetings as requested by placement institution. CPT
002 Think reflectively about what you do and how to improve it CP
003 Develop initiative, conceptual understanding and be creative so as to provide new perspectives within the place of employment PT
004 Integrate experiences in the world of work to enhance future employability P
005 Be creative, reflective and critically evaluate problems in the workplace CPT
006 Develop further specific analytical skills so as to become more proficient in the use of IT. PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 150

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to build on skills gained in FHEQ 4/5 (CHE1031, 1037 and 2030):

  • develop the necessary skills for professional employment;

  • develop a professional approach to report writing;

  • increase communication within teams in an industrial environment; and

  • enhance the application of good time management skills.


The learning and teaching methods:

This module will be delivered using the CHE3040 Handbook on Professional and Industrial Skills for Career Development and SurreyLearn.


Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Chemistry MChem(YEAR LONG) Year-long Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Chemistry with Forensic Investigation MChem(YEAR LONG) Year-long Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Medicinal Chemistry MChem(YEAR LONG) Year-long Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.