Module code: CHE1045

Module Overview

This module provides the opportunity to enhance transferable skills including skills necessary for employment and further study. Specifically, students will learn about the principles of scientific writing/reporting, how to research using scientific databases and how to reference content appropriately. Students will gain skills in Excel to visualise data, graphing and statistical functionality for chemical problems, and develop individual presentation skills. 

Module provider

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Module Leader

CREAN Carol (Chst Chm Eng)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

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

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 33

Independent Learning Hours: 85

Guided Learning: 10

Captured Content: 22

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Use of technology for self-study and communication

  • Use of technology to develop research skills

  • Understanding objectives and reporting of research by becoming familiar with how to effectively search scientific databases 

  • Scientific writing, word processing and referencing

  • Becoming familiar with the World of Work by preparation of CV and application letter

  • Assessment Centres and Interviews

  • Spreadsheets, plotting data and functions;

  • Data visualisation for chemical problems, PowerPoint applications and presentation skills

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Product task/company report 40
Coursework Product task/company presentation 30
Coursework COURSEWORK CV 15

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate that they have successfully achieved the learning outcomes of the module (see above). 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of coursework: 

• Coursework 1 (40 % of the module): Professional Reporting (LOs 1, 3) 

• Coursework 2 (30 % of the module): Professional Presentation (LOs 1, 2) 

• Coursework 3 (15 % of the module): CV (LO 4) 

• Coursework 4 (15 % of the module): Application letter (LO 5) 


Formative assessment 

  • Formative assessment is provided for outcomes of practice during workshops. 

  • Feedback is provided orally in each workshop 

Module aims

  • enhance study and research skills including effective use of technological aids (relevant databases and word processing)
  • enhance employability (careers in chemistry, Interview practice, CV and application letters)

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Understand the principles of scientific reporting CP
002 Use technology for study and communication PT
003 Write a scientific article KPT
004 Write a CV P
005 Write an application letter 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 provide practical support and enhance study skills and employability. The material is delivered in workshops and via captured content. The workshops are interactive, giving the opportunity to try out new technology and become familiar with its effective use. The learning and teaching methods include: role play, group discussions, IT work etc.

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
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Other information


Students will be supported to develop a unique set of individual, interpersonal and professional skills, which are relevant to chemistry and their career ambitions. These skills will equip students with many of the tools needed to progress, complete their studies and be employment ready.


Within the University’s broader education strategy, this module particularly develops students’ Digital Capabilities. Students will significantly enhance their use of word processing software for report and dissertation writing and the use of scientific databases for research and referencing.  


The requirement of some significant amount of self-study in the first year of the programme also helps develop students’ Resourcefulness & Resilience.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Chemistry with Forensic Investigation BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Chemistry BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Chemistry MChem 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Medicinal Chemistry BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Chemistry with Forensic Investigation MChem 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Medicinal Chemistry MChem 2 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 2023/4 academic year.