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CH40164: Chemistry research 2

[Page last updated: 21 April 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/3
Owning Department/School: Department of Chemistry
Credits: 30 [equivalent to 60 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 600
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Academic Year
Assessment Summary: CW 40%, OR 25%, OT 10%, PR 25%
Assessment Detail:
  • Written Report (CW 40%)
  • Lab Work (PR 25%)
  • Viva (OR 25%)
  • Oral Presentation (OT 10%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: In taking this module you cannot take CH30050 OR take CH30063 OR take CH40165 OR take CH40167
Learning Outcomes: After studying the Unit, students should be able to:
* Demonstrate advanced experimental techniques appropriate to the chosen project
* Work with minimal supervision and guidance
* Work safely in a laboratory in a manner commensurate with current legislation
* Record experimental observations and data in an efficient manner
* Conduct literature surveys to identify previous work in the area of the research topic
* Critically analyse and evaluate literature data relating to the chosen area
* Place and evaluate experimental results in the context of other researchers' work
* Present results in a variety of formats (oral, written)
* Demonstrate the ability to conduct and develop an experimental programme.

Aims: To allow students to experience an in-depth, open-ended practical research project typical of research in an academic environment. To develop and reinforce the skills necessary for research work.

Skills: Research Methods (T, F, A), numeracy (F, A), Problem solving (T, F, A) Scientific writing (F, A), Independent working (F).

Content: A research topic will be selected in conjunction with a supervising member of staff and a program of experimental work planned. Regular contact with the supervisor will be maintained to offer guidance and formative feedback. In addition to the experimental aspects, appropriate library work will be conducted. Aspects of project planning, safety, report writing skills and oral presentations will be introduced as appropriate.

Programme availability:

CH40164 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Chemistry
  • USCH-AFM07 : MSci(Hons) Chemistry with Management (Year 4)
  • USCH-AKM07 : MSci(Hons) Chemistry with Management with Industrial Placement (Year 5)


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