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Tuesday, 12 August 2008

S205: Starting - Oh no!!

So with the end in sight for my current courses, and the exams to prepare for, thoughts turn to next years study. For the first time, the S205 chemistry starts in September and runs to June, rather than the more normal Jan to Sept. So I've been thinking about this for a while, my chemistry is weak, and it would be nice to get more familiar with this stuff so I can understand molecular biology better, so after some vacillation, I decide to sign up. I expect the books will arrive some time in Sept, and hopefully the first TMA will be after my exams.

So I sign up on a Thursday, and come the following Monday morning there is a large box on my front door step! Already? - You haven't given me time to hide!!

Unpacking the box is a mixture of excitement and fear. There seems an awful lot in this first package, have I really done the right thing? Lets see - what do you get?

  • A DVD called Molecular Science - Physical Methods
  • A DVD called Molecular Science - Periodic Table
  • A DVD called The molecular World - Pack 1
  • A set of bookmarks for the first 3 books
  • Book 1-2 (both in the same volume), A prologue to the course, and Introducing the Molecular World
  • Book 3 - The Molecular World - The Third Dimension
  • Book 4 - Metals and Chemical Groups
  • A calendar for the course
  • A course guide
  • A course index
  • A course glossary
  • A data book full of weights, measures and so on
  • A leaflet about transferable skills
  • A molecular model kit (looks like fun!)
  • A document describing how to make molecular models
  • A document describing how organic chemicals are named
  • A royal society of chemistry guide to Getting the message across
  • A ring binder (with no pocket for insert!)
  • A ring binder insert?
  • A set of 4 TMA submission forms
  • A guide to the videos
  • An online applications CD-ROM
Wow! That does look a little on the scary side! The good news is the first TMA is in November, so I will have time to do my exams first before tackling that, so that's good. Well it will have to stay mostly on ice for now, as I have to finish these current courses (well OK I might have a little peek and really scare myself).

1 comment:

robbo said...

I really enjoy reading your blog.I am aiming to do do s205 either this october or next october.Do you know where i can find pdfs for the books.