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2015/16 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CHEM3430 Literature-based Project Work

10 creditsClass Size: 26

Module manager: Dr R J Ansell

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2015/16

Pre-requisite qualifications

Level 2 in Chemistry or equivalent

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should be able to carry out a literature search in a defined area of chemistry, using books, reviews and journals as source material, and to write a developed and coherent dissertation which highlights the continuing developments in the chosen area.

Learning outcomes
Will vary according to the precise topic chosen by the student.


The project will be allocated from a list of available topics which are appropriate to the overall scheme of study, taking into account the preferences of the student, and will be supervised by a member of staff.

The project requires the selection and detailed study of relevant literature, and the submission of a written dissertation of up to 4,000 words.

Each topic will focus on an aspect of modern chemistry, so as to require the location of original papers in the primary scientific literature, and to gain an appreciation of the continuing developments in the chosen area.

Teaching methods

Private study hours100.00
Total Contact hours0.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

100 hours - collection and evaluation of literature and preparation of dissertation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Supervision by a member of staff throughout the project via email and telephone; including formatted list of references and feedback on draft report.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or DissertationTo be completed by the end of semester 2.90.00
Source AnalysisA preliminary, formatted list of references submitted in semester 110.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2016


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