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Unit information: Brainstorming in 2022/23

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Unit name Brainstorming
Unit code CHEMM5002
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Jonathan Clayden
Open unit status Not open
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School/department School of Chemistry
Faculty Faculty of Science

Unit Information

This is a compulsory unit for the CDT students to undertake as part of the 8-month TATE course. The unit is designed to give students experience of a mechanism for creative thinking and problem solving.

Your learning on this unit

  • Confidence in presenting and articulating ideas in public
  • Introduction to, and understanding of, the PhD project options on offer

How you will learn

  • Facilitated Brainstorming sessions
  • 25 - 30 x 2.5h sessions (90h total)

How you will be assessed

This group activity will be assessed, real time, by the facilitators (Course Manager and academics) who will provide feedback to the Director. Any deficiencies or gaps in cohort's knowledge that are identified in these sessions will then be corrected in following weeks in an active positive feedback loop (e.g. by providing additional staff workshops if required, such as Staff-led Problem Sessions). The Course Manager will be looking for positive attributes in individuals such as leadership, engagement and interaction with group members. Conversely, the performance of individuals who display low levels of engagement will be discussed with the Director. The Course Manager and Director will discuss low engagement with the relevant student(s) if necessary. This is a pass/fail compulsory attendance unit.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.