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CHEM3050 Chemistry Literature Project

Module Overview

This module requires students to produce a dissertation under the guidance of a supervisor extending the skills developed in the Advanced Practical module. 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

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

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.
  • Collate and analyse data from a variety of sources.
  • 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 preparation of a 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

Short lectures will be used to present the key objectives of the course and to provide a general framework for the presentation of an independent research review. Supervisory meetings to devise dissertation subject, set milestones, and review progress.

Preparation for scheduled sessions1
Follow-up work20
Project supervision8
Completion of assessment task20
Wider reading or practice99
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Kirsty MacDonald. Key Skills for Scientists. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Diligence and Initiative 80%
Supervisor's evaluation 20%


MethodPercentage contribution
Diligence and Initiative 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules


To study this module, you will need to also study the following module(s):

CHEM3048Advanced Practical Chemistry
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