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CHEM6089 Advanced Research Project for MChem students

Module Overview

The project involves approximately 300 hours of commitment between the beginning of week 1 and the end of the last week before the Easter vacation. This corresponds to around 15 hours per week in the laboratory/ research environment and an appropriate amount of private study time for literature research and preparation of the dissertation. The project organisation and assessment process is the same as for CHEM3012 but the students taking this module have a significant prior research experience from their research placement (one year). The learning outcomes are more aligned with those associated with the equivalent Masters level project CHEM6090.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Effectively time manage the practical and theoretical workload associated with the research work;
  • Present conclusions and suggestion for further work that are evidence based and consistent with the results of project work.
  • Make judgments on the direction of research work on the basis of an understanding of the chemical literature;
  • Demonstrate initiative in developing solutions to problems related to the research project.
  • Prepare risk assessments for all practical work undertaken;
  • Undertake complex practical and theoretical tasks to support any given research hypothesis;
  • Maintain a laboratory/ work record to a professional standard;
  • Collate and analyse data from a variety of sources;
  • Apply core chemistry knowledge in advanced problem solving and placement research experience in achieving project objectives;
  • Distill complex data from different sources into a coherent package of supporting evidence;
  • Identify key elements of the scientific literature that are relevant to the research area;
  • Communicate the project results with clarity, both verbally and in writing, and by using appropriate scientific terminology;

Syllabus

Semester 1 content All students will spend up to 15 hours a week doing laboratory based work throughout the full term of the project. The literature work associated with the project will be carried out throughout the whole project period, as necessary. A 500 word summary of the research topic is due in week 5, for which formative feedback will be given. All students are expected to give a minimum of a 5 minute oral presentation to their research supervisor in week 11 (Formative) and to submit a 3-page journal article style report in week 15 (10% of the marks). Semester 2 content The practical focus of the work continues throughout the early part of the spring term with an expectation that the private study element of the project work is focused on writing the dissertation. Practical work will finish on the last day of the spring term. The dissertation (50% of the marks) will be independently assessed by your supervisor and one independent examiner. Please note the deadline for submission of the dissertation and penalties for late submission will be applied according to the university regulations. Your supervisor will assess your performance on the project (20% of module mark) You will present your work to a panel of academics at the end of your project, and be questioned on your presentation. (20% of the module marks).

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Self-study with one to one tuition as appropriate.

TypeHours
Supervised time in studio/workshop150
Lecture2
Follow-up work70
Project supervision38
Preparation for scheduled sessions10
Completion of assessment task30
Total study time300

Assessment

Formative

Summary

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Dissertation 50%
Interim Report 10%
Panel presentation  (20 minutes) 20%
Supervisor's evaluation 20%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 30%
Dissertation 70%
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