Module code: CHE3068

Module Overview

Enhancing personal, professional and research skills with an aim to enhance professional employability. This module will enable students to evidence and evaluate their placement experiences and transfer that learning to other situations through written and presentation skills.

Module provider

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Module Leader

CREAN Carol (Chst Chm Eng)

Number of Credits: 75

ECTS Credits: 37.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 745

Captured Content: 5

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes: Developing and enhancing career development skills, in particular laboratory research skills, transferable skills including critical evaluation of results and advanced technical report writing, course specific or technical skills through experiential learning. 

Projects will normally be laboratory–based (including a computer laboratory). Students will be expected to ensure understanding of the aims and objectives of the project and the wider context of the research. Students will be expected to achieve or at least work towards the objectives of the project. In general the work proposed for the project may involve elements of derivative work, and/or also elements that are new. Students are required to prepare and submit a dissertation covering, typically, the background/context of the project, the specific aims and objectives, the reporting of the results, analysis of results, interpretation of results and their implication within the wider context of the research.

Poster and oral presentation as specified by the Department to staff and industrialists at start of final year.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation VIVA VOCE 25
Oral exam or presentation PRESENTATION 7
Practical based assessment SITE VISIT 1 7
Practical based assessment SITE VISIT 2 7
Practical based assessment SITE VISIT 3 7
Coursework Written Report 40

Alternative Assessment


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:

  • Viva Voce examination 25% [LOs assessed 1, 4]

  • Oral Presentation 7% [LOs assessed 5]

  • Poster Presentation 7% [LOs assessed 5]

  • Site visit 1 7%

  • Site visit 2 7%

  • Site visit 3 7%

  • Written dissertation, 40% [LOs assessed 1-3]

Formative assessment:



Feedback will be provided on the students performance and progress in the form of meetings with their visiting tutor.

Module aims

  • to gain an understanding and widen the knowledge base through obtaining `real workplace´ experience in an industrial or other suitable organisation;
  • to enhance the level of personal and professional development, with specific relevance to transferable skills and competencies;
  • to provide the opportunity to undertake an industrial research project(s).

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Have carried out a piece of laboratory work and acquired materials or data that can be critically analysed and written up in a coherent, well-structured report, and discussed at viva KCPT
002 Show evidence of some critical analysis of the background literature by composing a succinct review of the important relevant background literature KCP
003 Report all relevant results obtained in a style that is clear and succinct; interpret and critically analyse specific results sensibly CPT
004 Defend the work at viva KC
005 Design and present a poster; Carry out an oral presentation in a clear, coherent and concise manner PT
006 Organise and participate in 3 day-long site visits (or equivalent virtual meeting) from an academic tutor KPT

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:

• Develop the research skills of the students to allow them to become independent researchers in an industrial or different academic environment.

• Networking in an academic or industrial setting.

The learning and teaching methods include:

• Workplace-based learning, involving day to day practical work and one or more work programmes for which student has a greater degree of personal responsibility.

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 all 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 also helps develop students’ Resourcefulness & Resilience.

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 2025/6 academic year.