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CHEM5500M Extended Laboratory Project for Chemistry-based MSc courses

90 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Bao Nguyen

Taught: 1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

BSc or MChem in Chemistry or other related subject suitable for MSc entry, at IIi level or higher (or equivalent).

Alternative entry may be based on alternative criteria such as level of industrial, research or teaching experience.

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Practical research project for 1 year taught MSc in one of the following areas:• Chemical Biology and Drug Design • Polymers, Colorants and Fine Chemicals


To give students experience of practical work of relevance to their MSc course in:
• Chemical Biology and Drug Design
• Polymers, Colorants and Fine Chemicals

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should: (a) have an appreciation of literature background to an important problem in their chosen field; (b) be able to formulate hypotheses to be tested experimentally; (c) keep an accurate, formal record of research performed; (d) be able to plan new experiments in the light of earlier results; (e) apply key methods in appropriate chemical technology for the investigation of important problems and/or develop new methodology; (f) be able to interpret experimental data and to develop new models on the basis of these experiments; (g) disseminate research results both orally, in the style of a communication and in thesis format; (h) to develop generic transferrable skills for personal development.


An ongoing programme of transferrable skills development will begin from the start of semester 1. This will include:
1. Reading, writing and presenting in a scientific context (ca. 20h).
2. Career development; applying for a PhD or job (ca. 10h), including mock interview.
3. Common analytical tools and data analysis (ca. 20h).

At the beginning of semester 2, students will be given a list of potential research projects of relevance to their MSc. Projects will be in the following areas:
Chemical Biology and Drug Design
Polymers, Colorants and Fine Chemicals

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Supervision Meetings201.0020.00
Private study hours196.00
Total Contact hours704.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)900.00

Private study

Production of initial report = 70
Production of final report = 75
Oral presentation preparation 10
Preparation of mini-review article = 20
Preparation of presentation = 10
Analytical tools and data analysis = 12
Total 197 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Weekly meetings during semester 1 with personal tutors
Written feedback on slides immediately after presentations in semester 1
Standard feedback mechanism as with MChem students in semester 2 until the end of the projects

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ProjectProject Report40.00
Literature ReviewLiterature Review15.00
Oral PresentationVerbal Presentation10.00
PracticalResults achieved, Practical Skills35.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 05/11/2019 08:50:06


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