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LLLC0184 Industrial Chemistry in the 21st Century

10 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Linda Forbes

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

In this module you will learn how chemistry is applied on industrial scales to create medicines and designer materials for use in the 21st Century. The module will look at how we design reactions to perform on large-scales and what data we can collect to identify compounds, monitor reactions and assess purity.


To become familiar with the scope of chemical principles involved in chemical process on an industrial scale and to apply this knowledge to new scenarios.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
1. Identify and describe issues in performing large-scale reactions
2. Suggest advantages and drawbacks of specific choices of reagents and catalysts used in industry
3. Interpret spectral data to identify unknown compounds, constants and other chemical data
4. Collect spectral, kinetic and purity data in a laboratory
5. Apply subject specific knowledge towards a student's progression pathway aligned to a STEM or Healthcare undergraduate degree programme


The content will cover areas such as:
1. Common analytical techniques
2. Principles of catalysis
3. Polymers
4. Introductory thermodynamics
5. Process methodology
6. Dealing with hazardous waste

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours10.00
Private study hours64.00
Total Contact hours26.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Independent on-line learning:
Using VLE resources - 10
Private study:
Reading - 20
Working problem sets - 12
Preparing coursework - 12
Revision - 12
Preparation for practical sessions - 8

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

In the first semester coursework will be predominately summative to encourage student engagement with the academic content and with the practice of independent study. In the second semester this scaffolding is removed and the focus shifts to more formative assessment to further develop the appropriate skills as independent learners to support undergraduate study.
General feedback on assignment performance will be posted on Minerva, while individual feedback will also be provided upon marking of assignments. Students will also participate in self and peer review across the foundation year.
The lectures on this module will be interrogative. Students will have chance to discuss ideas in the lecture to attain formative feedback, as well as complete worksheets with worked answers to test their knowledge.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Group ProjectApplied problem solving tasks15.00
PracticalData collection and interpretation task15.00
Written WorkProblem set15.00
In-course AssessmentOpen book problem solving exam55.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Due to the developmental and pedagogical nature of some assessments and timings, there is not a viable opportunity to provide a resit for the following: laboratory sessions provided by external departments, or after a coursework deadline has passed and the model answers have been shared. If a student fails the module coursework the resit opportunity will be an equivalent problem based learning assessment in July. Students who miss any of these learning opportunities can apply for mitigating circumstances and potentially could be given consideration at the exam board. Attendance is required for coursework elements which are linked to an assessment available only at that specific time, such as the in-course assessment, lab data and interpretation task and group-problem solving task. Students must attend at least 2 laboratory sessions in order to complete the appropriate work. The module requires students to pass the laboratory component and the coursework components to pass the module.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:23:10


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