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 Christopher Morley
Semester Double Semester
Academic Year 2013/4

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. appreciate the points required for successful job applications and interviews.

How the module will be delivered

11 2-hour lecture/workshops

Skills that will be practised and developed

Intellectual skills

The student will be able to analyse a topic, either in order to prepare for a talk or other presentation, or to write an extended essay.

Chemistry-specific skills

The student will be able to:

  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

The student will be able to:

  1. search electronic sources for technical information;
  2. produce a presentation;
  3. present a short talk;
  4. prepare and present a group poster;
  5. write an extended essay on a given topic;
  6. manage time efficiently and work in groups to accomplish tasks;
  7. produce a CV suitable for a defined occasion;
  8. understand the principles of risk assessment.

How the module will be assessed

This module is assessed via variety of tasks to be completed throughout the year.  There is no examination for this module.

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs)
Written Assessment 30 Extended Essay N/A
Presentation 25 Poster Presentation N/A
Presentation 25 Oral Presentation N/A
Written Assessment 5 Web Of Science Assignment N/A
Written Assessment 15 Careers Assignment N/A

Syllabus content

Web of Science and data-base searches.

Chemistry resources on the Internet.

Use of a reference manager program such as Endnote.

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 and management.*

CV writing 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.


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