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Chemistry: further concepts and applications

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  • Points: 60
  • Code: S315
  • Level: 3

Student reviews

This is a fantastic course! It was my last course and at times it was hard to fit everything in. But persevere and you will be rewarded with great satisfaction.

The course title says it all: "Further" - that means it is not a first course in Chemistry. I did S215 before it, and although I had forgotten quite a bit as there was a year gap between the two courses, it soon came back. This was very good preparation.

"Concepts" - in other words, lots of material. The course covers physical chemistry (for me the easiest), organic chemistry (for me the hardest, partly as it is in the last two months), and inorganic chemistry (the most fascinating).

"Applications" - the course revolved around applications - in physical chemistry, the atmosphere and pollution, in organic chemistry metals and their vital functions for our well-being, and in organic chemistry the synthesis of drugs. By the end of the course I realised how central chemistry is as a subject.

This is a 60 credit course at third level, and there is a lot of it. Hardly has one TMA been marked before the next one must be embarked on. It is important to keep up, although the odd break at Christmas and Easter are useful if you have missed a week or two. There is a tutor group project, which at first I was hesitant about, but in the end it was really good to do your own experiment, set and test a hypothesis within the group. This also counts towards the exam, and can give a boost to your mark.

I would recommend making full use of the forums - even if you don't want to post queries there, do read all the messages as they often answer your own questions. There were some students designated as buddies, and at times of near despair their encouragement was always welcome.

The course team are fantastic - seemingly watching the forums 24/7. There are tutorials about once every 2/3 weeks, and these also were excellent. I especially liked those where the material was presented slightly differently from the text (although in complete agreement on notation etc.), since if something seems hard then a worked example or a different perspective can sometimes break the log-jam. All tutorials can be watched separately, but if you can, try to attend them as the chat box is a marvellous way to get immediate responses to your questions.

Yes, there were minor quibbles, but nothing that detracts from enjoying the course. So go for it!

Course starting: October 2017

Review posted: September 2018

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Module satisfaction survey

The figures below are taken from a survey of students who sat the exam/completed the end-of-module assessment for the October 2016 presentation of S315. The survey was carried out in 2017.

19 students (a response rate of 23.5%) responded to the survey covering what they thought of 10 aspects of the module.

Please note that if the percentage of students who responded to this module survey is below 30% and/or the number of responses is below 23 it means that only a small proportion of students provided feedback and their views as shown here may not be fully representative of all students who studied the module.

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% Count
Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of this module 84.2 16
Overall, I am satisfied with my study experience 84.2 16
The module provided good value for money 73.7 14
I was satisfied with the support provided by my tutor/study adviser on this module 89.5 17
Overall, I was satisfied with the teaching materials provided on this module 78.9 15
The learning outcomes of the module were clearly stated 94.7 18
I would recommend this module to other students 78.9 15
The module met my expectations 78.9 15
I enjoyed studying this module 78.9 15
Overall, I was able to keep up with the workload on this module 57.9 11
Faculty comment: "The module team would like to thank respondents for their feedback and comments and are pleased that the majority enjoyed the module; were satisfied with the quality of the teaching materials, tuition support and study experience; and would recommend it to other students. A number of students commented on the value of the assessment materials in helping understanding and others noted that while, being enjoyable, the module was challenging, as would be expected for a 60-credit OU level 3 module. However, workload was highlighted as a concern and changes have been made to alleviate this."
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