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A composite of the key areas we'll cover@ antibiotics, brewing, attraction and sport

Welcome to Exploring Everyday Chemistry

How this all works

Each week will have a set of key themes and topics tied to the overall course learning outcomes, and we’ll learn together through videos, articles, discussion points… and activities for you to undertake at home. There will also be additional optional tasks and materials you can work through if you want to enhance your learning even further. Each week should take you roughly three to four hours to complete if you undertake all the tasks, and there is a short test at the end of every week if you want to gain validation for what you have learned.

You will get the most out of the course if you already hold a GCSE qualification in science as, over the duration of the next four weeks, we will cover some complex scientific concepts. For those coming to the course with more of a general interest in the subject, we have provided some additional support, including a Glossary - regardless of your science experience, we hope that by the conclusion of this MOOC you have a much better understanding of the key principles at work.

Using FutureLearn

If this is your first FutureLearn course (welcome aboard!) then you may find it useful to read the FAQ guide. Even if you’ve taken courses before, you may still like to read this FutureLearn blog post as a refresher, which explains in-course navigation. We also recommend reading six tips and tools for social learning on FutureLearn to get the most out of the interactive and social learning features of this course.

Follow Professor Andrew Parsons

Professor Andy Parsons is the lead educator on this course. To see Andy’s comments in your activity feed or when using the ‘following’ filter in discussions, visit his FutureLearn profile and click “follow”. Andy is the Admissions Tutor for Chemistry and Head of Vanbrugh College at the University of York.

We would also advise that you use the social features of the platform to help personalise your own learning experience. To that end, be sure to ‘like’ the posts of other learners, and ‘follow’ those who have similar (or even contrary views) to your own. More information on these tools can be found at the Social Features component of the site.

Evidence your learning

For anyone wishing to gain validation of their engagement with Exploring Everyday Chemistry, statements of participation and certificates of achievement are available. Details on requirements to be eligible for those at the completion of the course can be found within FutureLearn’s Guidance of Certificates and Statements. It’s worth building this into your study model at the very start, so do think about this as we enter the first week. If you haven’t already, we’d be very grateful if you could complete the pre-course survey.

Let’s get started

This week we’ll be hitting the ground running, looking at the fascinating world of chemical attraction… so, let’s get started! When you have finished, please Mark as complete below, and move on by pressing Next - it’s a good habit to get into as you progress through the course so you can measure your progress and work towards final statements and certificates.

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Exploring Everyday Chemistry

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