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Undergraduate Course: Chemical Physics 4P (CHPH10005)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Chemistry CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to provide training in the methods and skills required for students to successfully undertake their final year research project. There will be a variety of small-group projects covering key skills and techniques required for a broad a range of research fields across Chemistry and Physics. The course forms part of the Honours curriculum for students on the MChemPhys degree programme.
Course description The course consists of structured exercises, which introduce specific analytical, computational, research planning, and practical techniques. These exercises are carried out in small groups, and development of group-working skills is an important aim of this part of the course. Students will be assessed on their performance during the exercises and on their ability to communicate results in an appropriate format, such as written reports, posters, oral/video presentations etc.

In a written exercise, students will also research and write a literature review which summarises a current area of research.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Chemistry 3A (CHEM09005) AND Chemistry 3B (CHEM09006) AND Chemistry 3P Practical and Transferable Skills (CHEM09007) OR Chemical Physics 3S1 (CHPH09007) AND Chemical Physics 3S2 (CHPH09006) AND CP3 Physical Chemistry Laboratory (CHPH09005)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking BSc ChemPhys Research Project/Transferable Skills Course (CHPH10004) OR MChemPhysX Research Project (CHPH11002) OR Group Project (PHYS11011) OR CP Literature Review (CHPH10003) OR Physics Skills (PHYS10042) OR MChemPhys Research Project (CHPH11003) OR Chemistry/Chemical Physics Year in Industry Level 10 (CHEM10026) OR Chemistry/Chemical Physics Year in Industry Level 11 (CHEM11030) OR Chemistry/Chemical Physics Year Abroad Level 10 (CHEM10047) OR Chemistry/Chemical Physics Year Abroad Level 11 (CHEM11039)
Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically analyse and interpret the results of original research, drawing and defending a set of conclusions.
  2. Present, at a professional level, the results of research in an appropriate format.
  3. Survey the scientific literature in a given field, and successfully summarise recent research progress in the form of a written article.
  4. Apply this range of research-skills to embark upon a programme of original research, working as a member of a team.
Reading List
Project specific resources will be provided.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. Become familiar with working as part of a team.
2. Develop professional research skills.
3. Practice in communicating science.
KeywordsChemical Physics 4P,Chemistry,Physics,Research,Group-work
Course organiserProf Eleanor Campbell
Tel: (0131 6)50 4729
Course secretaryMrs Moira Wilson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4754
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