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CHEM6129 Group Analytical Project

Module Overview

CHEM6129 is a short project set in semester two that students complete in assigned groups. Each group will be assigned an analytical problem that will require the coherent use of all of the skills that were learned during CHEM6125 (MS), CHEM6124 (NMR) and CHEM6123 (XRD) in semester one. The groups will be responsible for assigning roles and workload within the team, developing a strategic approach to solving the assigned problem. As part of the focus of the module will be on the wider theme of project management, additional aspect of the course will involve negotiating between the assigned groups to efficiently manage access to the relevant instrumentation and the departmental resources.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply MS, NMR and XRD in advanced problem solving
  • Recognise the steps involved in acquiring robust and reliable analytical spectroscopic data and the critical importance of sample preparation
  • Critically evaluate the quality and reliability of your acquired data
  • Maintain a laboratory/ work record to a professional standard
  • Manage personal time effectively to balance the needs of self (lecture commitments, private study) and the team (assigned responsibility within the group, arranging instrument access)
  • Communicate project results with clarity, both verbally and in writing, and by using appropriate scientific terminology

Syllabus

1. Applied mass spectrometry 2. Applied NMR spectroscopy 3. Applied X-ray diffraction

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• Establishment of project objectives with academic supervisor • Regular group meetings (facilitated by academic and student co-chairs) to monitor progress and share results and ideas • Use of analytical instrumentation (MS, NMR and XRD)

TypeHours
Independent Study120
Teaching30
Total study time150

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Journal Article 40%
Laboratory notebooks 10%
Oral presentation 40%
Review 10%
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