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Undergraduate Course: MChemPhys Research Project (CHPH11003)

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 Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryAn extended research project and associated grant proposal writing exercise in chemical physics.
Course description The research projects are 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 student will write a grant proposal related to the theme of their research project in which they will be required to present the aims and objectives, the techniques to be used to achieve those objectives, as well as a clear statement of the beneficiaries and pathways to impact of the proposed research. For the project itself, the student is required to review the background of their research and to carry out appropriate analytical or experimental work, before subsequently writing a report and making an oral presentation of the research before a small audience. The aim is to acquire the necessary skills to perform chemical or physical research in a professional environment. The research project forms part of the Honours curriculum for students on any of the MChemPhys degree programmes in Chemical Physics that DO NOT also include 'with Industrial Experience' or 'with a Year Abroad'.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( Chemistry 3A (CHEM09005) AND Chemistry 3B (CHEM09006) AND Chemistry 3A (CHEM09005)) OR ( Chemical Physics 3S1 (CHPH09007) AND Chemical Physics 3S2 (CHPH09006) AND CP3 Physical Chemistry Laboratory (CHPH09005))
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking MChemPhysX Research Project (CHPH11002) OR BSc ChemPhys Research Project/Transferable Skills Course (CHPH10004)
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: 600 ( Lecture Hours 2, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 10, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 435, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 134 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 80 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course is assessed entirely on the basis of coursework: personal attributes (20%), experimental work (20%), project report (35%), oral presentation (10%) and grant proposal (15%). 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 assimilating feedback as a member of a wider team working in a professional research environment. The student and supervisor will meet to review progress at the end of Semester 1. Written feedback on drafts of the grant proposal and on a draft of the project report will be available to allow the student to develop and mature 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 The following skills will be developed to a high level during the course:
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
Course organiserProf Eleanor Campbell
Tel: (0131 6)50 4729
Course secretaryMrs Moira Wilson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4754
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