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CHEM3291 Topics in Interdisciplinary and Applied Chemistry (10cr)

10 creditsClass Size: 120

Module manager: Dr Michaele Hardie

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Level 2 in Chemistry or Level 2 in Joint or Combined Honours (Science) with Chemistry or equivalent.

This module is mutually exclusive with

CHEM3292Topics in Interdisciplinary and Applied Chemistry (20cr)

Module replaces

(in part, CHEM3262 Supramolecular and Macromolecular Chemistry)

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The optional topics will cover a range of interdisciplinary and applied areas in chemistry and will be assessed by examination. Students will be required to answer unseen problems requiring an appropriate level of chemical understanding.


The module comprises a selection of topics in interdisciplinary and applied chemistry (of which students must choose two to be examined).

Students will gain an appreciation of the wide range of scientific studies underpinned by chemistry and fields where the subject is applied in today’s society and industry.

The examined topics will require students to demonstrate higher-level understanding of topics in interdisciplinary and applied chemistry, and solve unseen problems of a level appropriate to level 3.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate higher-level understanding of topics in interdisciplinary and applied chemistry, and solve unseen problems of a level appropriate to level 3.


A representative list of Topics is (choose any 2):
a) Soft matter: Amphiphile self-assembly, mechanisms and thermodynamics of self-assembly, critical micelle concentration, polymer solutions, phase separation;
b) Chromatography: chromatographic theory, GC and GC-MS in practice, different formats of LC, HPLC and LC-MS in practice, sample pre-treatment and preparation;
c) Chemical Biology: Bio-orthogonal chemistry, chemistry of protein modifications, chemical tools to study enzymes and beyond;
d) Supramolecular Chemistry: Fundamental non-covalent interactions, basic thermo-dynamics of association, types of molecular hosts, template-directed synthesis;
e) Colloid Chemistry: Colloidal length and time scales, and Brownian motion. Colloid synthesis methods and characterisation techniques. Colloidal interactions and phase behaviour. Modern research areas as for example, colloids in external fields, anisotropic colloids, or active matter.

The optional topics may change intermittently and be augmented/replaced by alternatives.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours15.00
Private study hours74.00
Total Contact hours11.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

74h private study and 15h independent online learning - quizzes, making notes, additional reading, screencasts (8-10h)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be provided with online quizzes/problem sets to test their understanding, and with problem sets for workshops/examples classes for which worked answers will be provided. The final workshop for each Topic will focus on past (or mock) exam questions and students will have an opportunity to submit written attempts for some questions for written feedback.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Open Book exam1 hr 30 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:52:17


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