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CH30050: The chemical literature

[Page last updated: 21 April 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/3
Owning Department/School: Department of Chemistry
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: OR 40%, OT 60%
Assessment Detail:
  • Oral (OR 40%)
  • Report (OT 60%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: In taking this module you cannot take CH30144
Learning Outcomes: After studying the Unit, students should be able to:
* Recognise and use appropriate text and electronic sources of chemical information;
* Assemble information from a number of sources into a coherent report;
* Assess the reliability and significance of chemical information according to the topic under study;
* Prepare and deliver an oral presentation using appropriate visual aids.

Aims: To introduce students to the skills required for retrieving information from a variety of sources of Chemical Literature and for reporting the information in written and oral formats.

Skills: Planning and organisation (T, F, A), Study skills (F), Information and communication technology (T, F, A), Written communication (T, F, A), Oral communication (T, F, A).

Content: In conjunction with a supervisor, a topic of recent research or other chemical significance will be selected. Several key references will be identified and the student will use these as a basis to prepare a detailed, critical survey of the area. A tutor will be assigned to each student to monitor progress and give advice (including formative feedback). Students will prepare a written report and also a short oral presentation on the selected topic. Students will attend a presentation by the Chemistry Librarian on the use of appropriate information sources.

Programme availability:

CH30050 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Chemistry

CH30050 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Chemistry
  • USCH-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry (Year 3)
  • USCH-AAB02 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USCH-AFB07 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry for Drug Discovery (Year 3)
  • USCH-AAB08 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry for Drug Discovery with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USCH-AKB08 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry for Drug Discovery with Industrial Placement (Year 4)
  • USCH-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry with Industrial Placement (Year 4)
  • USCH-AFB03 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry with Management (Year 3)
  • USCH-AAB04 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry with Management with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USCH-AKB04 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry with Management with Industrial Placement (Year 4)
  • USCH-AFM07 : MSci(Hons) Chemistry with Management (Year 3)
  • USCH-AKM07 : MSci(Hons) Chemistry with Management with Industrial Placement (Year 4)


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