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CH30055: Industrial studies

[Page last updated: 21 April 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/3
Owning Department/School: Department of Chemistry
Credits: 48 [equivalent to 96 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 960
Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Academic Year
Assessment Summary: OT 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Placement (OT 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Reassessment not allowed
Requisites: While taking this module you must take CH30217
In taking this module you cannot take CH30060 . This unit is only available to students on M.Chem. with Industrial Training degree programmes. Students must achieve a minimum pass of 55% as a stage 2 average in order to take this unit.
Learning Outcomes: During the placement, students will be expected to:
* Apply knowledge and skills gained at University to real applications of Chemistry and related areas
* Demonstrate a range of "key skills" such as team work, time and project management, oral and written communication
* Participate in an extended programme of experimental work and develop practical skills appropriate to the area of work
* Participate in discussions concerning their work and contribute ideas as appropriate
* Prepare an oral presentation, a poster at appropriate times during the placement
* Keep accurate records of experimental procedures
* Search relevant primary sources for background literature
* Analyse experimental data in the light of literature precedent
* Report experimental procedures in a succinct and accurate manner
* Critically evaluate results in the context of previous work
* Prepare an in depth scientific report conforming to established standards with respect to layout and referencing style.
* Describe the environmental aspects of the work of their company
* Describe the company's procedures policies on training and intellectual property rights.

* To provide students with an opportunity to gain a years experience of working in a chemical company or related organisation.
* To give students the skills and awareness to be able to present a scientific report commensurate with journal style for specialist readership.
* To introduce students to a number of factors affecting the professional practice of Chemistry in the workplace. Consideration will be given to a range of situations encountered in modern chemical practice at the company on which they are on placement.

Skills: Practical chemistry skills (F), Scientific writing (F, A), Independent working (F).

Content: A programme of investigative work/research project in a company or organisation approved by the Department of Chemistry. The content will depend on the precise requirements of the placement provider. The unit will require the student to prepare a scientific report based on an original work in the style of international chemistry journal. To do this will require accurate record keeping of experimental procedures relating to the IS project; research of chemical journals to contextualise the experimental work, evaluation of data, presentation of data using appropriate Tables and Figures and referencing of related work in a formal style. Students will be expected to produce a 1 page lay report of research undertaken at the industrial partner and five pages of an overview of the company to include its history, core business, competitors, and discussion of where the research project fits within the company business plan.
Formative feedback will be obtained from the industrial supervisor, with whom the student will have regular contact, and the Unit Coordinator.

Programme availability:

CH30055 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Chemistry
  • USCH-AKM03 : MChem(Hons) Chemistry for Drug Discovery with Industrial Placement (Year 3)
  • USCH-AKM02 : MChem(Hons) Chemistry with Industrial Placement (Year 3)


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