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Postgraduate Course: Optional Courses in Chemistry PGT (CHEM11081)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Chemistry CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryChemistry is a multidisciplinary subject with applications in a wide range of areas. The course will consist of 8 x 5 lecture standalone courses that cover the breadth of medicinal and biological, analytical and materials chemistry, as well as research methods. Students have the option to attend 5 of 8 lecture courses (note: there are at least 5 relevant courses for each programme). Furthermore, this will bring together students from each of the PGT programmes to work together to solve problems using their individual skill sets. This will engender an understanding of the wider applications of research in analytical, biological, medicinal and materials chemistry at the interfaces of these fields. Each course will be supported by a problem-based tutorial.
Course description 1. Biomaterials (AC/MBC/MC) - an introduction to the chemistry of biomaterials and their structure, properties, analysis and applications.
2. Biosensors (AC/MBC) - the principles of biosensor design from simple molecular recognition to transduction of binding events and be able to apply these in the context of detecting a variety of classes of target molecule.
3. Sustainable Chemistry (AC/MBC/MC) ¿ an introduction to the environmental impact of chemistry and ways to improve the sustainability of chemical processes.
4. Green Chemistry (AC/MBC/MC) - The underlying principles of green chemistry and how to apply these principles to the design of chemical reactions and materials.
5. Critical Metals and Metal recovery (AC/MC)
6. Biomass Feedstocks and Biorefineries (AC/MC/MBC)
7. Principles of sampling and analysis (AC/MBC/MC)
8. Data handling and statistics (AC/MBC/MC)

Note: students will be advised of which topics are most relevant to their programme of study.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 25, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 7.5, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Other Study Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 155 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Other
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 100%
Feedback Each lecture module has an associated small-group tutorial. This will provide students with practice at problem-solving and tackling exam-like questions. It is also an opportunity for students to discuss any issues pertaining to the lecture course.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the multidisciplinary nature of chemistry research in the real world and how some of the most important developments occur at the interfaces of disciplines.
  2. Understand and be able to explain the basic principles behind the design of biological tests and assays, the nature and applications of biomaterials, ionic and electronic materials and their applications in electronic sensors, and the role of critical metals and methods for their recovery.
  3. Appreciate the impact of chemistry on the environment, the principles of green chemistry and the need for ways to improve the sustainability and environmental impact of such processes.
  4. Show an understanding of the theory and application of a number of techniques in chemistry, as well of the general principles of sampling and analysis and of the statistical presentation and testing of data.
  5. Apply a set of numerical skills for solving quantitative chemistry and data analysis problems. Work as part of a multidisciplinary team to solve problems.
Reading List
Reading lists pertaining to each course unit will be given by the lecturers.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. Note-taking skills.
2. Numerical data interpretation and analysis.
3. Unseen problem-solving skills.
4. Teamwork/multidisciplinary skills
Keywordsbiosensors,biomaterials,medicinal chemistry,green/sustainable chemistry,analytical chemistry
Course organiser Course secretaryMs Zoe Burger
Tel: (0131 6)50 7546
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