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Chemistry: essential concepts

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  • Points: 60
  • Code: S215
  • Level: 2
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An excellent course, but really hard going. I loved this course, but it is not for the faint of heart. Of course one expects a level two science course to be challenging, but this was by far the most challenging course I had ever done (and I've previously done an undergraduate degree and a masters).

This course gives an excellent and thorough overview of Chemistry at degree level. While it does attempt to ease students into at least the earlier sections, be advised that this course will be an uphill struggle to anyone without the pre-requisite studies (check their 'are you ready for S215' pamphlet to see).

Most courses have recommended hours of study time, usually ranging from 8 to 16 hours a week. And in most cases, you can take this under advisement and do the work in considerably less time. This is not the case with S215. To do well you will need to use all that allotted time and probably more. This is not a course which can be skim read. The workload is incredibly heavy and the speed of progression is intense. If you fall behind it will be incredibly hard to catch up, I recommend trying to get ahead as much as possible.

S215 has a massive selection of topics, and the course team are to be commended for their efforts to support student's learning and revision. Each block has a block quiz, and there is a revision quiz, along with practice questions and a SEP. The course team bent over backwards to support students and let us know roughly where to focus our revision (vitally important with a course of such scope).

In conclusion, I loved this course, but it is very hard going, both in terms of workload and general difficulty. If you take this course, be aware your free time will vanish rapidly, but you will be compensated for that with an excellent knowledge of the subject.

Course starting: October 2014

Review posted: March 2016

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