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CHEM6090 Chemistry Advanced Research Project

Module Overview

The project involves approximately 600 hours of commitment including 14 weeks of full-time practically based research work (ca. 450 hours, Semester 1 + the January examination fortnight) followed by a period of literature research and dissertation preparation (ca. 150 hours) in the period of Semester 2 prior to the Easter vacation.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To offer the opportunity to develop a high level of practical and theoretical understanding in the area of the research project and to enhance those transferable skills, associated with chemistry research.

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;
  • 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 * Full-time work throughout first semester (requirement of 35 hours per week), including most of examination period. The majority of time will be spent in practical research on your project although there will be an expectation that you complete the necessary literature work to allow you to accomplish your laboratory work effectively. For most students all of the practical work associated with the project will be completed during this period. A project plan is required for submission by 1400 on Tuesday of week 3. An interim report is required for submission by the 1400 on Monday of Week 8. Both components are mandatory (guidance on format will be provided) and both will be returned with feedback. A signed and dated copy of each must be included as appendices in the final dissertation. Semester 2 content * Throughout semester 2 your timetable will also include four lecture courses. As a consequence there is a reduced requirement in terms of time commitment (15 hours per week). There is also a refocusing of your work towards the background literature and preparing your dissertation. You might be able to spend a small amount of time tidying up the practical aspects of your research but only with the approval of your research supervisor. Practical work will finish last day of the spring term. Please note the deadline for submission of the dissertation and penalties for late submission will be applied according to the university regulations. Oral examinations (viva) of the project work - you will need to arrange a time to suit you, your supervisor and nominated examiner. There is also an assessed presentation that will be in the early part of the summer term. There is also a mandatory, non-contributory poster presentation session for all graduating MChem students (date pre-Easter vacation). * Students on a combined honours/ NatSci course might have one lecture course in Semester 1. While the organisation of the research work should conform to the above model as much as possible there will be a need to accommodate more practical research time in Semester 2.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Self-study with one to one tuition as appropriate.

TypeHours
Completion of assessment task70
Preparation for scheduled sessions10
Revision10
Supervised time in studio/workshop450
Lecture2
Project supervision12
Follow-up work44
Total study time598

Assessment

Formative

Summary

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Dissertation 40%
Interim Report 10%
Supervisor's evaluation 20%
Symposium  (20 minutes) 10%
Synoptic exam 10%
Viva 10%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 50%
Dissertation 50%

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: CHEM3046 or CHEM3012.

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