Surrey University Stag

FOUNDATION YEAR FOR CHEMISTRY - 2023/4

Module code: CHE0002

Module Overview

This module provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and comprehension, practical and core skills and reasoned judgements in familiar and unfamiliar chemistry and chemistry-related contexts. The student will take responsibility for initiating and completing tasks and procedures. The module will use a combination of teaching strategies that encompass cross discipline learning, reflection on outcomes, self-guided research and traditional lecture teaching. There will be synoptic assessment of the assimilation of knowledge and understanding across the main strands of study in the module. The chemistry and related subject strands will be connected by shared topics of importance (i.e. buffers, acids, bases and enzymes, rates of reaction, atomic structure).

Module provider

Chemistry

Module Leader

BINGHAM Nathaniel (Chm Proc Eng)

Number of Credits: 120

ECTS Credits: 60

Framework: FHEQ Level 3

JACs code: F100

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 810

Lecture Hours: 187

Tutorial Hours: 55

Laboratory Hours: 48

Guided Learning: 100

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

Module content

The content for this module will build knowledge and understanding around the following areas in an integrated way:


  • Atomic structure

  • Rate of reactions, rate equations

  • Periodicity and reactivity of the elements

  • Analytical techniques

  • Energetics and equilibria

  • Redox processes

  • Acids and bases

  • Organic chemistry, reactivity of key functional groups

  • Introduction to spectroscopic techniques

  • Selected principles of biology/biochemistry

  • Communication skills

  • Academic skills including writing and numeracy

  • Enquiry based learning

  • Reflective learning

  • Problem solving skills and team working

  • Arithmetic and numerical computation

  • Handling data, tables and graphs

  • Analysing data (statistics)

  • Results interpretation

  • Extended piece of writing


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework CONFERENCE POSTER 3
Practical based assessment PRACTICAL EXPERIMENT REPORT, BASED ON A SEMESTER 1 LABORATORY SESSION 10
Coursework CONFERENCE PAPER 3
Oral exam or presentation CONFERENCE PRESENTATION 2
Coursework CONFERENCE SELF REFLECTION 2
Examination Online MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTION ONLINE OPEN BOOK EXAM (4 HOUR) END OF SEMESTER 1 10
Examination SHORT ANSWER QUESTION CLOSED BOOK EXAM (2 HOUR) END OF SEMESTER 1 10
Oral exam or presentation GROUP PROJECT 10
Practical based assessment PRACTICAL EXPERIMENT REPORT, BASED ON A SEMESTER 2 LABORATORY SESSION 10
Coursework 2000 WORD ESSAY 10
Examination Online MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTION ONLINE OPEN BOOK EXAM (4 HOUR) END OF SEMESTER 2 10
Examination SHORT ANSWER QUESTION CLOSED BOOK EXAM (2 HOUR) END OF SEMESTER 2 20

Alternative Assessment

Alternative assessment: Practical Reports: Where a student has missed one or both of the summative practical sessions, guided reading around relevant theory will be provided along with indicative data for analysis and report 10% per practical report missed.

Assessment Strategy

A range of formative and summative assessments will be set throughout the programme.

The module will be assessed using synoptic methods to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate learning across the subjects taught over the two semesters. 

Thus, the summative assessments for this module consists of:



  • 10%,  Conference project (Poster plan (3%), presentation (2%), self-reflection (2%), and conference paper (3%))  LO 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10


  • 10%,  Practical experiment report based on a Semester 1 laboratory session LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10


  • 10%,  Multiple Choice Question Online Open Book Exam (4 Hour) - End of Semester 1 LO 1, 3, 4


  • 10%,  Short Answer Question Closed Book Exam (2 Hour) - End of Semester 1 LO 1, 3, 4


  • 10%,  Group Project LO 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10


  • 10%,  Practical experiment report based on a Semester 2 laboratory session LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10


  • 10%,  2000 word essay LO 1, 7, 8


  • 10%,  Multiple Choice Question Online Open Book Exam (4 Hour) - End of Semester 2 LO 1, 3, 4


  • 20%,  Short Answer Question Closed Book Exam (2 Hour) - End of Semester 2 LO 1, 3, 4



 

Formative assessment

Opportunities for formative assessments and feedback will be integrated throughout the programme through individual discussion, tutorials to support the development of knowledge and understanding, intellectual and cognitive skills, class tests and practical skills.

 

Feedback

Continuous feedback strategies are built into the module to capture the students experiences and development of their:



  • Peer and tutor facilitated;


  • Ability to articulate reflective practice through their writing;


  • Reflect and discuss learning;


  • Develop their interpersonal skills;


  • Encourage engagement and communication skills.


Module aims

  • Introduce students to a range of chemistry and chemistry-related subjects and core scientific skills to prepare students with appropriate knowledge for access into a chemistry degree programme
  • Develop key and transferable skills that will help in the assimilation of knowledge and develop autonomy in learning
  • Develop cognitive skills that allow for critical thinking, problem solving and analysis of data and information

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Relate principles and concepts to underlying theoretical approaches C
002 Demonstrate appropriate analytical and cognitive skills in solving problems, and practical skills in carrying out more advanced experimental work KCPT
003 Recall and apply the fundamental principles of organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry K
004 Demonstrate an awareness of the subject area, including basic mathematical tools, industrial aspects and current areas of debate in the field K
005 Demonstrate attitudes and behaviours that support lifelong learning T
006 Demonstrate skills in communication, interpersonal skills and reflection T
007 Demonstrate confidence and self-awareness in becoming an independent learner T
008 Demonstrate an ability to assess own capabilities against given criteria T
009 Demonstrate an ability to work with others in joint tasks P
010 Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues in chemistry and related subject areas P

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


  • Enhance the students learning experience

  • Encourage active student engagement

  • Adopt innovative approaches to learning and teaching

  • Offer high quality educational delivery

  • Create the ability to study independently with support



 

During the course a number of learning and teaching methods will be used, including:


  • Lectures and seminars

  • Problem solving classes

  • Laboratory sessions

  • Independent study

  • On-line activities

  • Revision tutorials

  • Face to face formal learning

  • Self directed learning

  • Reflective learning

  • Problem based learning

  • Guided group work

  • Experiential learning

  • Blended online learning


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

https://readinglists.surrey.ac.uk
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Other information

Additional Costs

Description

Laboratory safety pack (Laboratory coat, safety glasses, laboratory notebook, pen & padlock)

Category

 

Amount

£20.00

Included in fees?

No

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Chemistry with Foundation Year BSc (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Core A pass as determined by the relevant criteria is required to pass the module
Chemistry with Forensic Investigation with Foundation Year BSc (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 50% to pass the module
Medicinal Chemistry with Foundation Year BSc (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Core A pass as determined by the relevant criteria 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 2023/4 academic year.