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CHEM3437 Literature-based Project Work

10 creditsClass Size: 10

Module manager: Dr Richard Ansell

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan), Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Level 2 in Chemistry or equivalent

This module is mutually exclusive with

CHEM3423Laboratory work for BSc Chemistry students

Module replaces

CHEM3435 Extended literature-based project workCHEM3436 Extended literature-based project work (semester 2)

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Students undertake a substantial review of the scientific literature in a particular area of chemistry research.


On completion of this module, students should be able to carry out a literature search in a defined area of chemistry or physics, 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
Students completing the project will be able to demonstrate:
(a) a detailed appreciation of a specialist area through researching the literature in that area;
(b) an ability to design a search strategy to find literature appropriate to a topic;
(c) the ability to summarise complex research and communicate the important aspects in writing;
(d) the ability to critically engage with literature and to evaluate published work.


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 formatted list of references, and a written dissertation of some 4,000 words.

Each topic will focus on an aspect of modern chemistry or physics, 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. Training will be provided in literature searching and referencing.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours97.50
Total Contact hours2.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Conducting literature searches 7h
reading and evaluating research papers 36h
constructing list of formatted references 4h
constructing a draft report 20h
constructing a final report 30h

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The list of formatted references (10% of module marks) and the draft report (purely formative) provide opportunities for feedback that will guide the student in preparing their final report.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Written WorkList of formatted references10.00
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: 07/07/2022 11:10:18


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