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Undergraduate Course: MChemPhysX Research Project (CHPH11002)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Chemistry CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Year 5 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course consists of a research project in an area of contemporary chemical physics research. The aim is to acquire the necessary skills to perform chemical or physical research in a professional academic research environment. The research project forms part of the Honours curriculum for students on the MChemPhys degree programmes in Chemical Physics with a Year in Industry and Chemical Physics with a Year Abroad.
Course description The research project is carried out in the research group of a member of the academic staff in the School of Chemistry or School of Physics and Astronomy. The initial direction of the research project is defined in preliminary meetings with the academic supervisor.

During the research project the student is required to review the background of the area, and to carry out appropriate experimental or theoretical work. The supervisor and senior researchers from the research group will give guidance and feedback at several stages throughout the duration of the project. Towards the end of the project the student will present and their research to a small audience, and also write a short project report.
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 MChemPhys Research Project (CHPH11001)
Other requirements Must include a weighted average of Grade C or higher in all Chemical Physics 3 courses, AND a weighted average of Grade D or higher in all Chemical Physics 3 courses with degree examinations, at the first attempt.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 3, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 170, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 16 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 85 %, Practical Exam 15 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course is assessed entirely on the basis of coursework. Full details of the assessment of each element of the course and the corresponding performance descriptors will be available via Learn.
Feedback Feedback will be available on a day-to-day basis as arranged with senior researchers and the academic supervisor. It is expected that the student will be pro-active in seeking and acting on feedback from members of the research group. The student and supervisor will meet to review progress at the end of Semester 1. Written and oral feedback on drafts of the oral presentation and on the project report will be available to allow the student to mature their presenting, writing and reporting skills.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a high level of understanding on a topic relating to contemporary chemical physics research.
  2. Plan, execute and develop a defined project of research, working with substantial autonomy in a professional research environment.
  3. Obtain, analyse, and critically appraise and interpret research results.
  4. Deliver a professional presentation and defence of the research to a non-specialist scientific audience.
  5. Write a detailed report that demonstrates advanced understanding of technical aspects of the research undertaken, and an original critical analysis of the research results.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
2. Project planning, execution and management.
3. Advanced problem-solving skills.
4. Written and oral presentation and defence of technical information.
Additional Class Delivery Information Approximately 200 hours of student practical work, preparation of oral presentation and project report, within times arranged.
KeywordsCP5MX proj
Course organiserProf Eleanor Campbell
Tel: (0131 6)50 4729
Course secretaryMrs Moira Wilson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4754
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