2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
CHEM3650 Laboratory-based Project Work 2M
20 creditsClass Size: 30
Module manager: Dr S A Gorman
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
Pre-requisite qualificationsLevel 2 in Chemistry and Maths, Natural Sciences or equivalent
This module is mutually exclusive with
|CHEM3417||Advanced Lab Work for MChem|
|CHEM3421||Project Work for BSc Students|
|CHEM3455||Advanced Lab Work for MChem (Medicinal)|
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryStudents acquire, develop and apply research and evaluation skills by undertaking an extended project.
ObjectivesTo give experience of the design and implementation of a short programme of investigation into a chemical problem using modern experimental techniques.
To develop an awareness of the nature of investigative chemistry, and the ability to interpret and present the available experimental evidence.
Students completing the project will be able to demonstrate:
(a) a detailed appreciation of a specialist area through research based learning in that area;
(b) the ability to undertake advanced independent experimental work, with due attention to safety
(c) the ability to write clear, scientific reports
(d) the ability to design and implement an investigation into a chemical problem using modern experimental techniques;
(e) an awareness of the nature of investigative chemistry, and the ability to interpret and present experimental evidence;
(f) enhanced practical and problem solving skills.
Students undertake a laboratory-based project. This project will be allocated from a list of available topics, taking into account the preferences of the student, and will be supervised by a member of staff.
Each project will feature the collection and evaluation of relevant experimental data, and the submission of a written dissertation summarising the chemical background to the project and the results obtained.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||125.00|
|Total Contact hours||75.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyConducting literature searches 3h
reading and evaluating research papers 12h
constructing initial plan for practical project 10h
designing experiments, performing COSHH and risk assessments 16h
analysing experimental data and results 52h
constructing final report for practical project 24h
constructing poster 8h
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackThe initial practical project plan (10%) and the draft section of practical project report (purely formative) provide opportunities for feedback that will guide the student in preparing their final report and poster. Feedback is also delivered by regular discussions with the member of academic staff supervising the project.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Poster Presentation||Poster Presentation||15.00|
|Practical||Assessment by Supervisor||25.00|
|Project||Initial Practical Project Plan||10.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Dissertation to be completed by the end of semester 2.
Reading listThere is no reading list for this module
Last updated: 30/04/2018
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