An integrated professional and transferable skills course for undergraduate chemistry students

Ashraf, S. S. and Marzouk, S. A. M. and Shehadi, I. A. and Brian, M. Murphy (2011) An integrated professional and transferable skills course for undergraduate chemistry students. pp. 44-48. ISSN 00219584 (ISSN)

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Upon graduation, chemistry majors often find themselves inadequately prepared for the real world that awaits them when they join the workplace. Some employers find chemistry graduates lacking written-and oral-communication skills, critical-thinking skills, group-work skills, as well as the ability to efficiently analyze data and retrieve chemical information. To address these deficiencies, we developed an undergraduate chemistry course that focuses on professional and transferable skills and have incorporated it into the chemistry curriculum. Two specific hands-on examples to effectively teach students data acquisition and manipulation from a chemistry perspective are described. This course received positive feedback from students and gave them skills that helped them not only during their chemistry education, but also when they entered the workforce. Universities that do not have a similar course should consider adopting and incorporating it in their curricula. Copyright © 2010 The American Chemical Society and Division of Chemical Education, Inc.

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Additional Information: Cited By :10; Export Date: 23 February 2015; CODEN: JCEDA; Correspondence Address: Ashraf, S. S.; Department of Chemistry, UAE University, P.O. Box 17551, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates; email:; References: Kerr, S., Runquist, O., (2005) J. Chem. Educ., 82, pp. 231-233; Kerr, W.J., Murray, R.E.G., Moore, B.D., Nonhebel, D.C., (2000) J. Chem. Educ., 77, pp. 191-194; Bailey, P.D., (1997) Univ. Chem. Educ., 1, pp. 31-36; Kalivas, J.H., (2005) J. Chem. Educ., 82, pp. 895-897; Roecker, L., (2007) J. Chem. Educ., 84, pp. 1380-1384; Walczak, M.M., Jackson, P.T., (2007) J. Chem. Educ., 84, pp. 1385-1389; (2008) Undergraduate Professional Education in Chemistry: Guidelines and Evaluation Procedures, , American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training American Chemical Society: Washington, DC; Bieron, J.F., McCarthy, P.J., Kermis, T.W., (1996) J. Chem. Educ., 73, pp. 1021-1022; Barlag, R., Nyasulu, F., (2010) J. Chem. Educ., 87, pp. 78-80; Meyer, G.M., (2003) J. Chem. Educ., 80, pp. 1174-1177; Renaud, J., Squier, C., Larsen, S.C., (2006) J. Chem. Educ., 83, pp. 1029-1031; Beall, H., Trimbur, J., (2000) A Short Guide to Writing about Chemistry, , 2nd ed.; Longman: London; Billo, E.J., (2001) Excel for Chemists: A Comprehensive Guide, , 2nd ed.; Wiley-VCH: New York
Uncontrolled Keywords: CLIC; Communication/Writing; Computer-Based Learning; Curriculum; Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary; Professional Development; Second-Year Undergraduate; Student/Career Counseling
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