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Certificate of Achievement

Randal Oulton

has completed the following course:

Exploring Everyday Chemistry

University of York

This course explored chemistry-based topics relating to our everyday lives, with a focus on organic chemistry. Students studied perfumes, antibiotics, brewing and sport, and undertook experiments including extracting a plant fragrance and testing the activity of spices against microbes.

4 weeks, 5 hours per week

Professor Andrew Parsons

The Department of Chemistry

University of York

overall score


Learning outcomes

  • Identify a range of natural and synthetic attractants
  • Discuss current theories that help to explain how chemical structure is related to smell
  • Describe the mode of action of antibiotics and understand bacterial resistance
  • Describe promising new areas of research to design smarter drugs
  • Engage with the process of brewing, and identify key flavouring compounds
  • Discuss the role of modern analytical methods


  • Chemical attraction - perfumes and pheromones
  • The race for new antibiotics
  • Understanding brewing
  • Chemistry in sport - innovations that are changing the game

Issued on 29th December 2021

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Exploring Everyday Chemistry

University of York