CHE-20037 - Industrial Chemistry
Coordinator: Katherine J Haxton Room: LJ1.43 Tel: +44 1782 7 34209
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 734921

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2022/23

This module has three key parts. The first focuses on skills for employability including communication, problem solving and group work. Throughout the module, a reflective diary allows students to chart their progress in developing these skills. The second part focuses on the issues surrounding industrial chemistry including economic, international and sustainability aspects. Workshops focus industrial processes, the application of the 12 principles of green chemistry to processes and the chemistry of technology. Thirdly, students have the chance to undertake a group project to propose a solution to an industrial chemistry problem with strong links to sustainability. Workshops on innovation, project planning and finance, marketing and legal aspects support students to complete a group project presentation to pitch their idea before completing their final feasibility study proposal.
This module further develops several aspects of the Graduate Attributes.

to develop and apply knowledge and understanding of industrial chemical processes including their relationship to international, sustainability and financial issues;
to investigate the chemistry of technology and develop knowledge and understanding of the underpinning chemical principles and sustainability implications;
to further develop a range of problem solving, and written and oral communication skills;
to identify and develop skills related to employability and careers.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

describe industrial chemical processes and demonstrate awareness of global, sustainability, environmental and financial issues surrounding industrial chemistry, by describing and critiquing key aspects in various case studies: 3
demonstrate effective written, graphical and oral communication skills, and compliance with appropriate standards of referencing and presentation in chemistry: 1,2,3
describe and explain the chemical principles behind the components of technology: 1
research, plan and write a written report for a specified audience on an aspect of industrial chemistry: 2
deliver effective and professional group presentations for a specified audience: 2
reflect critically on progress developing transferrable skills: 3
deliver effective and professional individual oral and poster presentations aimed a specified audience: 1
develop understanding of the legal, financial, project planning and marketing aspects of innovation in the chemical industry: 2

Study hours

30 hours of workshops (lectures, workshops, skill development sessions, presentation and poster sessions);
30 hours - completing portfolio tasks
30 hours - completing poster and interview
60 hours - research and writing of group project, preparation for group presentation

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Poster Presentation weighted 25%
Poster and Interview
Students will prepare a poster on a specified topic related to the chemistry of technology, and attend a poster interview (15 minutes per student) to present the poster and answer questions on the topic and related background science.

2: Group Project weighted 50%
2000 word report and 20 minute group presentation
In small groups, students will design and plan a chemistry SME focussed on the development of a single product. They will produce a professional report (business plan, 2000 words, 40% of module, tutor and peer assessment) covering the key aspects of this business including the background chemistry, identification of potential customers and consumers, project plan, budget, manufacturing requirements, and legal issues including health and safety and environmental contexts. An initial group presentation to 'pitch' their idea will be included to give feedback on the ideas (10% of module, assessed through tutor and peer assessment)

3: Portfolio weighted 25%
Porfolio of tasks
Students will respond to specific prompts based on workshops and skills sessions to complete a series of reflections on transferrable skills development supported by tasks related to industrial chemistry. The portfolio will be equivalent to 1500 words when completed.