CHEM3047 Chemistry Literature and Mini-Research Projects
This module is comprised of two components: Firstly a practical course designed to extend the practical skills developed in years 1 and 2 of the Chemistry degree programmes and extend them through the completion of a series of advanced/open ended min-projects which will enable students to develop and demonstrate their ability to conduct an independent investigation, and secondly a dissertation to be completed by the student under the guidance of a supervisor. The dissertation may take the form of a literature review or other extended written report, the production of a web page or podcast, or other agreed format.
Aims and Objectives
(1) To allow students to apply previously learned practical skills in a more open ended context. (2) To develop students abilities to manage their own learning. (3) To apply core chemistry knowledge in advanced problem solving. (4) To develop students abilities to present their work in written format.
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Communicate the results of an open ended investigation with clarity, both verbally and in writing, using appropriate scientific terminology.
- Manage personal study time effectively to balance the different needs of practical and other project work.
- Prepare risk assessments, for approval, in advance of any practical work.
- Maintain a record of practical work to a professional standard.
- Collate and analyse data from a variety of sources.
- Work effectively as a member of a team as required.
- Work independently towards achieving well defined objectives.
- Identify key elements of the scientific literature that are relevant to a research area.
The course will comprise two parts: (a) Advanced practical skills (Minimum of 75 hours of laboratory time) - Completion of a series of laboratory and/or computational based experiments either independently or in groups. - Submission of reports in a variety of formats, which may include formal written reports, posters, and oral presentations. - The topics covered by the practical sessions will vary from year-to-year, but may include: Chemical biology, Chemical simulations, Computational chemistry, Electrochemisry, Mass spectrometry, Materials chemistry, NMR, Organometallic chemistry, Supramolecular chemistry, Synthetic organic chemistry, X-ray crystallography (b) Dissertation - Completion of an extended piece of written work. - Fortnightly meetings with supervisor(s), either independently or in groups. - Submission of the dissertation report.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Practical sessions Workshops and short lectures will be used to present key knowledge, concepts and a general framework of for the conduct of independent research. Tutorials Supervisory meetings one-to-one tuition to devise dissertation subject, set milestones, and review progress.
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||24|
|Wider reading or practice||114|
|Practical classes and workshops||72|
|Completion of assessment task||40|
|Total study time||300|
Resources & Reading list
Kirsty MacDonald. Key Skills for Scientists.