2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
CHEM1200 The Extraordinary Chemistry of Everyday Life
10 creditsClass Size: 180
Module manager: Dr Martin McPhillie
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
This module is approved as a discovery module
Module summaryChemistry impacts every aspect of modern life, from the food we eat to the clothes we wear, the way we communicate and work, the way we keep ourselves healthy and how we diagnose and treat those who aren't. This module aims to showcase the role of chemistry in seven distinct areas, around chemistry's role in our everyday life and how chemistry will impact on people's lives in the future. The importance of clearly communicating the benefits (and risks) of new technologies will be highlighted. Students experience science journalism and scientific writing and will use a variety of assessment tools to reflect on their learning and experience. Content material will be delivered via the online course platform FutureLearn. Students enrolled on this module will be given email links to join FutureLearn by the Digital Education Service.
Objectivesi) To introduce students to a breadth of ways in which chemistry impacts our lives, and to understand the chemical principles that underpin these products, processes and phenomena.
ii) To develop students’ independent written communication skills in researching and presenting a chemical product, process or phenomenon to a public audience.
iii) To develop students’ verbal and visual communication skills in the group-based development of a YouTube-style video or podcast (published to Video Leeds) presenting a chemical product, process or phenomenon to and audience of non specialists.
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- discuss examples of the historical and modern-day context of the contributions chemistry has made to seven distinct topics which impact on everyday life, and the chemical principles underpinning these.
- demonstrate their ability to communicate an example of the role chemistry has played in addressing a topic of general interest to a public audience in written form.
- communicate the context and chemical basis of an example of chemistry in addressing a given problem to an audience of non specialists.
Based around the key topics highlighted students will be introduced to multidisciplinary approaches to applying chemistry in everyday life.
The module consists of online (web based) material; written and filmed case studies, audio clips and internet tools to highlight the diverse contributions that chemistry makes to modern life.
Topic 1: Science Writing
Topic 2: Medicinal Chemistry
Topic 3: Global Challenges
Topic 4: Atmospheric Changes
Topic 5: Product Development
Each topic looks historical perspectives, science in action today and future perspectives.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Office Hour Discussions||1||1.00||1.00|
|Independent online learning hours||15.00|
|Private study hours||63.00|
|Total Contact hours||22.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private studyIndependent online learning will be the delivery for all learning material. Students will explore the range of topics available and complete two individual pieces of coursework and a group assessment: an individual reflective journal (3 x 150 words), an individual report (500 words) written in a "popular science article" style and a group exercise (creation of a YouTube style video examining one of the topics in more depth). The private study and independent learning will involve researching the topic (building directly on the lecture material in the case of the video) and preparing the assessed material.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudents will receive feedback on their written work (weekly journal activities), through discussion boards and an outline of the group project.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Group Project||Group Video||40.00|
|Assignment||Short Journal Article||10.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThere is no reading list for this module
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