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CH30144: Dissertation

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Chemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 18      [equivalent to 36 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 360
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Academic Year
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: DS 55%, OR 15%, OT 30%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Dissertation Report (DS 55%)
  • Viva (OT 30%)
  • Presentation (OR 15%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: In taking this module you cannot take CH30050 OR take CH30063
Description: Aims:
The aim of the unit is to allow students to develop skills in conducting an in-depth analysis on a chemically-related topic, by collating and critically reviewing original data and presenting the work as written and oral reviews. The dissertation should not simply be a factual report but will attempt to identify and explain correlations, trends and exceptions within the data reviewed.

Learning Outcomes:
On completing this Unit the student should be able to:
* Use a variety of methods in searching for information from a range of information sources on a chemistry-related topic;
* Carefully and critically review this information;
* Assess the reliability, importance and significance of individual pieces of information according by their sources and relevance to the topic under study;
* Construct a structured, well-argued and analytical dissertation using the information sourced;
* Defend their analysis of the topic studied in an oral examination based on the dissertation material.

Planning and organisation (T, F, A), Study skills (F), Information and communication technology (T, F, A), Written communication (T, F, A), Oral communication (T, F, A).

A chemistry topic suitable for review and requiring access to primary data will be chosen by each student from a list provided. A tutor will be assigned to each student to monitor progress and give advice (including formative feedback). The data and its analysis will be reported as a dissertation and an oral presentation. It will be defended in a viva-voce examination. Students will attend a presentation by the Chemistry Librarian on the use of appropriate information sources.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CH30144 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Chemistry
  • USCH-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry (Year 3)
  • USCH-AAB02 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USCH-AFB07 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry for Drug Discovery (Year 3)
  • USCH-AAB08 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry for Drug Discovery with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USCH-AKB08 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry for Drug Discovery with Industrial Placement (Year 4)
  • USCH-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry with Industrial Placement (Year 4)
  • USCH-AFB03 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry with Management (Year 3)
  • USCH-AAB04 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry with Management with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USCH-AKB04 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry with Management with Industrial Placement (Year 4)


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