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Unit information: Brainstorming in 2021/22

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




School/department School of Chemistry
Faculty Faculty of Science


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.

Intended learning outcomes

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

Teaching details

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

Assessment Details

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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