Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module focuses on environmental chemistry and placing chemistry within a social, political, and economic context. In the first semester, students will work on key topics in environmental chemistry, before looking at the impact of chemistry on the world in semester two when the focus shifts to sustainable chemistry. Assessments are designed to develop information retrieval and communication skills by asking students to produce work aimed at different audiences and for different purposes.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/che-10065/lists
This module aims:to develop knowledge and understanding of issues in environmental chemistry;to develop a range of team working, research, and written and oral communication skills;to discuss key aspects of sustainability underpinning the role of chemistry in society.
Intended Learning Outcomes
describe, explain and apply principles of environmental chemistry and sustainability to case studies: 1,2,3describe chemical processes and key aspects of global environmental, financial and societal issues surrounding chemistry: 1,2,4describe and explain key aspects of sustainability underpinning the role of chemistry in society: 4plan and write reports for a specified audience on aspects of environmental chemistry and sustainability, demonstrating effective written communication and presentation skills: 1,2,4research aspects of environmental and sustainable chemistry using a variety of sources appropriate to the topic and reference sources appropriately using a consistent Vancouver reference format: 1,2,3,4locate and summarise relevant peer reviewed scientific journals: 3
Scheduled Learning/Teaching:60 hours - lecture/seminar/workshop (2-4 hours per week across semesters 1 and 2)Students should allow 1 - 2 hours a week to complete pre- and post-session tasks such as completing formative work, viewing screencasts, assigned reading in addition to the workshop schedule.Independent Study: 240 hrs
A-level chemistry or equivalent is required for Natural Sciences students.
1: Essay weighted 30%
Description of Module Assessment
Essay - 1000 wordsEssay answering a specific question related to environmental chemistry, marked through tutor assessment against explicit criteria made available in advance. Substantial research using peer-reviewed scientific literature is required to complete this task and distil the results of that research into a concise and accurate 1000 words. A formative short written piece will be submitted for feedback on style, referencing and writing style (equivalent to 500 words).2: Case Study weighted 20%
Case studyCase study - students will produce a written case study addressing a specific prompt. Equivalent to 800 words.3: Portfolio weighted 20%
Reflective PortfolioA series of tasks undertaken in preparation for taught sessions. Students will be required to summarise and reflect on 4 - 6 pre-sessional resources, producing a portfolio equivalent to 1500 words.4: Report weighted 30%
Magazine-style articleProduction of a magazine-style article on a topic in sustainable chemistry. This will be formatted in the style of a magazine article including figures, tables and pictures and references. Substantial research using peer-reviewed scientific literature is required to complete this task and distil the results of that research into a concise and accurate 1000 words appropriate for a specified audience. A formative article plan will be submitted for feedback on topic and structure (equivalent to 500 words) and students will note how they have used their feedback in the finished article.