Chemistry plays a part in our lives every day. The production of materials that we need is reliant upon the discoveries that scientists make. In this two week course, you’ll learn from two leading academics at the University of Leeds. They explain how: knowledge of natural materials has influenced the development of man-made fibres. chemistry is used in the development of consumer products. For centuries natural materials have been used by people to meet their daily needs. You’ll discover how scientists are using their knowledge of the molecular structure of naturally occurring compounds to develop new and exciting materials. From clothing to tooth enamel, the possibilities are endless. We buy consumer products on a regular basis, but rarely stop to think about how they are developed. You’ll investigate the use of chemistry in developing consumer products, and consider the ethics behind the products you use. Intrigued? Then sign up for this short course to find out more. Earn credit from the University of Leeds This course is part of the Discovering Science program from the University of Leeds. If you complete all five courses in the program and buy a Certificate of Achievement for each, you will be eligible to complete an assessment that can lead to the award of 10 credits (or equivalent) from the University of Leeds. Gain key science writing skills This course is currently seeking CPD accreditation. Once accredited, it can be used to provide evidence of your continuing professional development. To learn about the fundamentals of science writing, it is recommended that you complete Discovering Science: Science Writing before taking this course. Your science writing skills are then further developed in this and three other topic courses in the Discovering Science program. Choose how you would like to learn If you have a general interest in this topic, you can work through the activities in around four hours each week. You will have the opportunity to check your understanding and spend some time joining the discussions. If you would like to know more about the topic, you can spend up to an extra one hour a week reading the additional materials and watching the videos provided in the ‘Downloads’ and ‘See also’ sections within some course steps. By doing this, you will have the required knowledge to attempt the end of course test. If you have more time to study, you can also complete the optional revision activity and join a live Q&A session in the second week of the course – this will help you when you attempt the end of course test. You will need to allow a further two hours a week to cover the revision tasks.