Identifying Data 2020/21
Subject (*) Chemistry, Information and Society Code 610G01031
Study programme
Grao en Química
Descriptors Cycle Period Year Type Credits
Graduate 1st four-month period
Second Obligatory 6
Teaching method Hybrid
Department Química
Penedo Blanco, Francisco Jose
Penedo Blanco, Francisco Jose
General description Nesta materia trátanse os principais aspectos relacionados co desenvolvemento da Ciencia, as fontes de información científica e a relación entre a Ciencia, Sociedade e Industria. Os principais obxetivos son o desenrrolo dunha visión crítica e ética do traballo científico, e a comprensión da forte relación entre Ciencia e Sociedade, en calquer tempo.
Contingency plan 1. Modificacións nos contidos
- Non haberá cambios

2. Metodoloxías
*Metodoloxías docentes que se manteñen
- Ningunha

*Metodoloxías docentes que se modifican
- Todas pasarán a modalidade online

3. Mecanismos de atención personalizada ao alumnado
– Correo electrónico: Diariamente. De uso pra facer consultas, solicitar encontros virtuais e para resolver dúbidas.
– Moodle: Segundo a necesidade do alumnado.
– Teams: Sesións adaptadas a cada metodoloxía, no horario fixado no calendario de clases.

4. Modificacións na avaliación
- Non hay variacións

*Observacións de avaliación:
- Mantéñense as mesmas que figuran na guía docente.

5. Modificacións da bibliografía ou webgrafía
- Disporán de todos os materiais de traballo dixitalizados en Moodle.

Study programme competencies
Code Study programme competences
A16 Ability to source, assess and apply technical bibliographical information and data relating to chemistry
A18 Risk management in relation to use of chemical substances and laboratory procedures
A21 Understanding of qualitative and quantitative aspects of chemical problems
A23 Critical standards of excellence in experimental technique and analysis
A24 Ability to explain chemical processes and phenomena clearly and simply
A25 Ability to recognise and analyse link between chemistry and other disciplines, and presence of chemical processes in everyday life
A28 Acquisition, assessment and application of basic principles of industrial activity, organisation and task management
B2 Effective problem solving
B3 Application of logical, critical, creative thinking
B4 Working independently on own initiative
B5 Teamwork and collaboration
B6 Ethical, responsible, civic-minded professionalism
B7 Effective workplace communication
C3 Ability to use basic information and communications technology (ICT) tools for professional purposes and learning throughout life
C4 Self-development as an open, educated, critical, engaged, democratic, socially responsible citizen, equipped to analyse reality, diagnose problems, and formulate and implement informed solutions for the common good
C5 Understanding importance of entrepreneurship, and knowledge of resources available for people with business ideas
C6 Ability to assess critically the knowledge, technology and information available for problem solving
C7 Acceptance as a professional and as a citizen of importance of lifelong learning
C8 Understanding role of research, innovation and technology in socio-economic and cultural development

Learning aims
Learning outcomes Study programme competences
To know the different ways to obtain information and to communicate research results throughout history and today. A16
To know the methods of current and past research, and the social and individual environment influences. A16
To learn the ways to obtain written, audiovisual and online information in Chemistry. A16
To know and understand the pathways leading to the results in the process of chemical research. A16
To know, learn and critically evaluate the research ethics. To know and judge the responsible behaviour. To observe and correct mistakes, bad practices and negligence in daily work. A18
To understand the past and present relationship between Society, Science and Industry, and its strong social influences. A24

Topic Sub-topic
SECTION I: Origin and development of research and theories Topic 1. "This is we are" - An Overview of the History of Science and Chemistry
Topic 2. Scientific vs Chemical Revolutions. Why did they evolve at a different pace?
Topic 3. Methods and Practice in Science

SECTION II: Communication of results Topic 4. Information Sources
Topic 5. Decisions, publication and evaluation of results. Chemical Societies
Topic 6. Responsible Science
Topic 7. Intellectual property and Patents
Topic 8. Science Popularization
SECTION III: Risks and Benefits of Chemistry and Chemical Industry Topic 9. Evolution of Science-Technology interaction.
Topic 10. The Chemical Industry. Will it always be an environmental problem?
Topic 11. Scientists and Military Industry, a controversial marriage.

Methodologies / tests Competencies Ordinary class hours Student’s personal work hours Total hours
Guest lecture / keynote speech A16 A18 A21 A25 B6 C4 C7 C8 30 30 60
Supervised projects A16 A18 A21 A23 A24 A28 B2 B3 B5 B7 C5 C6 10 40 50
ICT practicals A16 B2 B3 B4 C3 C6 4 8 12
Practical test: A16 B2 B3 C3 2 6 8
Mixed objective/subjective test A16 A21 A24 A25 B3 B6 C4 C5 C6 C7 C8 3 15 18
Personalized attention 2 0 2
(*)The information in the planning table is for guidance only and does not take into account the heterogeneity of the students.

Methodologies Description
Guest lecture / keynote speech The teacher presents and explains the fundamental concepts of each topic.
Supervised projects At small group sessions the student will solve the problems proposed by the teacher, who will supervise their work. Case studies linking Chemistry and mass media, health, food, environment, etc., will be discussed. The students must individually submit a final report or perform an oral statement of their work.
ICT practicals At small group sessions in the Computer classroom, the student will practice the search for specific information in Chemistry, using online bibliographic databases.
Practical test: A practical exam of searching online bibliographic databases, to evaluate the knowledge acquired in the ICT practicals
Mixed objective/subjective test A final exam containing multiple choice, short answer and essay questions. Its objective is to assess the knowledge acquired by the students, as well as their critical thinking and their ability to reason, synthetize and create texts.

Personalized attention
Supervised projects
Throughout all sessions of the small group classes, the students' tutoring will be enhanced, helping them to ask and solve doubts.

Mandatory personal attention (2 hours) will be scheduled throughout the classes' period via interactive tests, which intend to assess the student's progress to the learning aims of the subject.

The student can request individual tutoring at the teacher's office, on the schedule published on the Faculty website.

In the specific case of part-time students or exemption of assistance, seminars and supervised work will be led through interactive online support, email or moodle, with a similar schedule to that of small group classes.

Methodologies Competencies Description Qualification
Mixed objective/subjective test A16 A21 A24 A25 B3 B6 C4 C5 C6 C7 C8 This exam includes multiple choice, short answer and essay questions. 33
Supervised projects A16 A18 A21 A23 A24 A28 B2 B3 B5 B7 C5 C6 Evaluation is carried out taking into account the following aspects:
- Active participation and critical thinking showed throughout the debates in the classroom.
- Synthesis and reasoning skills reflected in the works presented.
Practical test: A16 B2 B3 C3 The evaluation will take into account the accuracy and skill in finding information in bibliographic databases, with a series of exercises to be performed in the Computer classroom. 33
Assessment comments

To pass the course there are two basic requirements:

1) Regular attendance to all evaluable activities; the attendance is compulsory, except for students with part-time or waiver of assistance, as indicated below.

2) To achieve a minimum score of 4.5 (out of 10) in every evaluable activities. If this minimum score is not achieved in any of these activities, the final mark will be Fail (4.0). To pass the subject, the overall rating may not be less than 5 (out of 10).

"Not attended" assessment mark will be applied when the conducted activities add up to less than 33% of the total score.

Only the marks obtained in Seminar and Supervised projects may be retained
for the second opportunity, provided they exceed the minimum of 4.5
previously quoted. Marks falling below implies its corresponding assessment must be repeated. The
specific retake schedule of these two tests depends on
the number of students who have to attend them, and will be published at the end of the
first assesment.

The mixed test's mark obtained in the second opportunity will replace the first one's.

Students assessed at the second opportunity may only qualify for Honors mark if
the maximum number of licenses for the course were not exhausted on the
first one.

- No mark will be retained for subsequent courses, i.e. the teaching-learning process
including assessment, will start over, which means that the students must
complete all scheduled activities.

Related to the part-time students:  For all purposes they are considered as students with standard registration, except they requested waiver of assistance as well, in such case the following paragraph shall apply.

Related to the students with exemption from assistance: the attendance to the mixed test is compulsory, but all the other assessed activities can be conducted online, including the practices of databases search, and ranked as if they were in attendance, so the design of a specific protocol it is not necessary.

Sources of information
Basic Patricia Fara (2009). Breve historia de la ciencia . Editorial Ariel, Barcelona
W.H. Brock (1998). Historia de la química, serie: Ciencia y Tecnología . Editorial Alianza Editorial, 1998, Madrid
David C. Lindberg. (2002). Los inicios de la ciencia occidental . Editorial Paidós, Barcelona
Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy (EEUU) (1995). On Being a Scientist. National Academy Press
P. J. Bowler, I.R. Morus (2007). Panorama general de la ciencia moderna. Editorial Crítica, Madrid
Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy (EEUU) (1992). Responsible Science: Ensuring the Integrity of the Research Procces, vol.1.. National Academic Press, Washington
A.F. Chalmers (1993). ¿Qué es cosa llamada ciencia?. Siglo XXI, Madrid

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Subjects that it is recommended to have taken before

Subjects that are recommended to be taken simultaneously

Subjects that continue the syllabus

Other comments


- Writing skills using common computer tools are needed. Additionally, it's very important to have at least an intermediate skill level using a portable slideshow application, such as Microsoft PowerPoint or OpenOffice Impress.

(*)The teaching guide is the document in which the URV publishes the information about all its courses. It is a public document and cannot be modified. Only in exceptional cases can it be revised by the competent agent or duly revised so that it is in line with current legislation.