BSc Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Chemists' Toolkit II

Unit code CHEM20500
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Department of Chemistry
Available as a free choice unit? No


This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 21/22 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact. 

  • Information  skills
  • topic searching
  • written literature review and oral presentation
  • analytical science skills
  • calculus, vectors, complex numbers and matrices as applied to chemistry.



First year chemistry units


  • To develop literature, information technology, problem solving and other transferable skills.
  • To develop scientific presentational skills (written and oral).
  • To reinforce and develop mathematical skills.
  • To reinforce analytical science skills.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students should be able to:

  • work comfortably as individuals to solve problems.
  • write, present and review primary chemical literature on a given topic.
  • be able to apply advanced mathematical techniques to chemical problems
  • be able to apply advanced analytical science skills to chemical problems.


Transferable skills and personal qualities

Maths skills, writing skills.


Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 50%
Written assignment (inc essay) 32.5%
Oral assessment/presentation 17.5%

Feedback methods

Written and/ or oral feedback on all the individual coursework from either the academics delivering the material or personal tutors. Self-study feedback for many exercises through comparison of students work and model answers. Sections of course are taught in a workshop or clinic form where students can attempt the exercises and receive immediate feedback. The academics delivering the material are also available to see students and provide feedback on any particular aspects of the course as requested


Recommended reading

  • A. Northedge, A. Lane, A. Peasgood, J. Thomas, 'The Sciences Good Study Guide', Open University, 1997.
  • T. Overton, S. Johnson, J. Scott, Study & Communication Skills for the Chemical Sciences, OUP 2011.
  • P. Monk and L. J. Munro, Maths for Chemistry, 2nd Edition, Oxford University Press, 2010

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 6
Lectures 12
Practical classes & workshops 5
Independent study hours
Independent study 77

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Philip Riby Unit coordinator

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