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2013/14 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CHEM3610 Chemistry: Making a Difference

10 creditsClass Size: 15

Module manager: Dr Patrick McGowan

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2013/14


CHEM2600Chemistry: Idea to Market

This module is mutually exclusive with

CHEM3620Ethical Issues in Chemistry

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The aims of this module are:- To introduce students to the idea of social enterprise, and how chemistry can play an important role- To further develop and strengthen team-working and other important business skills- To enable students to evaluate their own contribution to a team projectNOTE: CHEM2600 (Chemistry: Idea to Market) is a prerequisite for this module.


The module will lead students, working in a team-based environment, through the various stages of setting up a new social enterprise, from the inception and development of the idea itself, through preparation of a business plan to preparing a funding proposal for potential investors/grant awarding body.

The module will build and expand on the ideas and skills developed by the students in CHEM2600 (Chemistry: Idea to Market), strengthening the students’ team-working skills and developing a greater business awareness. The module will also demonstrate how the students’ chemical knowledge can be applied within an ethical and socially responsible framework, without sacrificing commercial success.

Learning outcomes
By the end of this module, students should be able to:
- Understand what is meant by social enterprise, how they differ from other businesses and how they operate and function
- Use their chemistry knowledge to develop an idea for a social enterprise
- Understand the steps involved in setting up a social enterprise
- Construct a business plan for a social enterprise
- Understand funding opportunities for social enterprise
- Prepare a funding proposal for a social enterprise
- Present their social enterprise idea to an investment body


- Introduction to social enterprise and ethical business
- Examples of existing chemistry based social enterprises
- Generating ideas – patents, research papers, journal articles
- Technical feasibility
- Market evaluation
- Financial planning and forecasting
- Production of a business plan for a new social enterprise
- Preparation of funding proposal and presentation to investment body

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group Project22.004.00
Group learning52.0010.00
Independent online learning hours20.00
Private study hours46.00
Total Contact hours34.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Presentations, additional reading materials and links to resources will be made available on the VLE.
The students will be expected to meet in their groups at least five times for a period of two hours during the module.
Independent learning will comprise gathering the necessary information to complete the case study.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Through contribution within seminars and self assessment/reflection exercises.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Group ProjectBusiness plan50.00
PresentationFunding pitch to "potential investors"30.00
Reflective logIndividual log and skills audit20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resits not available

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 07/05/2014


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