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CHEM5440M Laboratory-based Project Work 4M

40 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Prof Dejian Zhou

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

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Level 3 of an MChem or equivalent

Module replaces

CHEM4440 Laboratory-based Project Work 4M (renumbered)

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should have an understanding of the aims, nature and methodology of a chemistry research project.

Students will have gained experience of the design and implementation of an investigation into a chemical problem using modern experimental techniques, developed an awareness of the nature of investigative chemistry, and the ability to interpret and present experimental evidence; and enhanced and developed their practical and problem solving skills.

Students will have the opportunity to develop their communication skills, and to describe their work competently through a variety of media, including a detailed written report and a poster presentation.


Following a short induction programme (which will provide general information and instruction on topics such as safety in the laboratory and the COSHH regulations, library and literature search facilities), students will undertake a substantial laboratory-based project. This 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.

A second supervisor will also be allocated to provide additional support. During the initial stages of the project, the student will work in cooperation with the supervisor to formulate the direction of the research.

The major part of the project will feature the collection (under supervision) and evaluation of relevant experimental data to meet the specific aims and objectives of the project.

During the course of the project, the students will be supported by regular supervisions with their research supervisor, and by seminars on practical techniques and presentation skills to prepare them for the final presentation stages of the project. The latter will include the preparation of a substantial written report, and the display of a poster presentation at an organised event to their peer group and the examining panel.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent Learning554.00220.00
Private study hours126.00
Total Contact hours238.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)364.00

Private study

- 3 x 2 hour seminar preparation and follow up = 6 hours
- Preparation of reports and presentation = 120 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Supervisors' support via regular meetings throughout the module.
(Supervisor and second supervisor)

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportInitial report, 2000 words10.00
PracticalSupervisor's assessment of practical work35.00
PresentationPoster presentation15.00
ReportFinal report40.00
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: 28/04/2023 14:52:17


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