Univerity of Leicester
Curriculum (Chemistry): Problem-based learning
What: First year students take part in various problem-based learning activities working in groups
throughout the module. This is supported by sessions from CDS on career exploration, team-working
skills and reflection on the skills developed through the module.
Students read through a brief which focusses on a marine mercury leak.
Students work in groups to reach a decision what course of action they will recommend,
choosing between two options.
Students produce a one-page executive summary of the science behind their chosen approach ,
justifying their decision.
Students deliver a press-conference style presentation to explain their decision.
Why: This module encourages students to engage more deeply with the subject, enables students to
apply chemical concepts to real-world situations and embeds development of transferable skills into the
Impact: Students find the material more interesting and relevant, and become more comfortable
communicating about science over the course of the module.
Curriculum (Maths): Business applications of maths
What: Second year students’ work in groups on real business problems, provided by a range of
employers and organisations. They must decide as a group on recommendations of solutions to these
problems, often thinking outside the box to help the company solve real issues. The module is
supported by guest lectures from employers and CDS about skill development, writing applications and