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CHEM5501M Extended Research Project for Chemistry-based MSc courses

80 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Professor Bruce Turnbull

Taught: 1 Jan to 31 Oct View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Research project for 1 year taught MSc in one of the following areas: Chemical Biology and Drug Design Polymers, Colorants and Fine Chemicals Atmospheric and Planetary Chemistry Computational Chemistry and Chemical Physics Crystallisation and Directed Assembly Process Research and Development

Objectives

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

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should:
1. have an appreciation of literature background to an important problem in their chosen field;
2. be able to formulate hypotheses to be tested experimentally;
3. keep an accurate, formal record of research performed;
4. be able to plan new experiments in the light of earlier results;
5. apply key methods in appropriate scientific technology for the investigation of important problems and/or develop new methodology;
6. be able to interpret experimental data and to develop new models on the basis of these experiments;
7. disseminate research results both orally, and as a written research paper, technical report or thesis format;
8. to develop generic transferable skills for personal development.


Syllabus

An ongoing programme of transferrable skills development will begin prior to the project. This will include:
1. Reading, writing and presenting in a scientific context.
2. Career development; applying for a PhD or job.

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
Atmospheric and Planetary Chemistry
Computational Chemistry and Chemical Physics
Crystallisation and Directed Assembly
Process Research and Development

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Workshop32.006.00
Supervision Meetings201.0020.00
Lecture31.003.00
Practical1254.00500.00
Private study hours271.00
Total Contact hours529.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)800.00

Private study

Production of initial report = 100
Production of final report = 100
Oral presentation preparation 15
Preparation of mini-review article = 25
Preparation of presentation = 15
Lab induction training = 16
Total 271 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Written feedback on initial essay from personal tutors
Written feedback on slides immediately after presentations in semester 1
Supervisor meetings through the research project period

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportResearch paper or technical report40.00
Literature ReviewIntroductory report with research proposal15.00
Oral PresentationOral presentation on project results10.00
PracticalResults achieved, research skills25.00
PracticalData analysis10.00
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: 07/08/2020 18:22:57

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