CH3206: Key Skills for Chemists

School Cardiff School of Chemistry
Department Code CHEMY
Module Code CH3206
External Subject Code F100
Number of Credits 10
Level L5
Language of Delivery English
Module Leader PROFESSOR Philip Davies
Semester Double Semester
Academic Year 2020/1

Outline Description of Module

This module builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired by successful completion of the Year 1 module CH3105.  Students will have opportunities to enhance their employability, by increasing their expertise in a variety of areas, such as: data retrieval, analysis and presentation; teamworking; information technology and communication.

On completion of the module a student should be able to

  1. Locate available sources for retrieval of scientific information, and utilise a variety of methods for its extraction and presentation
  2. Effectively explain aspects of chemistry to both expert and non-expert audiences
  3. Prepare effectively for job applications and interviews.

How the module will be delivered

A blend of on-line learning activities with face to face small group learning support and feedback.

11 2-hour lecture/workshops. These will be a mixture of lecture type presentations and workshop events.

Skills that will be practised and developed

Intellectual skills

  1. Ability to analyse a topic, either in order to prepare for a talk or other presentation, or to write an extended essay.

Chemistry-specific skills

  1. Apply risk assessment principles to chemical situations, including the correct location and use of COSHH information;
  2. Use software tools to accomplish tasks in chemistry.

Transferable skills

  1. Search electronic sources for technical information;
  2. Prepare and present an impactful and informative presentation;
  3. Work with a small team to prepare and present a poster;
  4. Write an extended essay on a given topic;
  5. Manage time efficiently and work in groups to accomplish tasks;
  6. Prepare an accurate and comprehensive risk assessment.

How the module will be assessed

The module is summatively assessed via three tasks, an essay, an oral presentation and a group poster. The poster and talk will involve an element of peer assessment. There will also be a series of formative tasks during the module.


There is no examination for this module.

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs)
Presentation 25 Oral Presentation N/A
Presentation 25 Poster Presentation N/A
Written Assessment 50 Extended Essay N/A

Syllabus content

Data-base searching e.g. Scopus, Web of Knowledge, Sci-finder.

Chemistry resources on the Internet.

Use of a reference manager program.

Use of chemical drawing software.

Correct referencing and acknowledgement; avoidance of plagiarism.

Presentation skills, to be used in a short talk and a group poster.

Essay writing skills.

Risk assessment, including COSHH.

Career reflection, management and interview skills (to be taught with assistance from Careers Service).

Essential Reading and Resource List

An indicative reading list will be included in the Course Handbook.

Background Reading and Resource List

An indicative reading list will be included in the Course Handbook.

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