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Undergraduate Course: Chemistry 4P (Semester 2) (CHEM10054)

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 chemical research fields. The course forms part of the Honours curriculum for students on the MChem degree programmes in chemistry and medicinal and biological chemistry.
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 chemical 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)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking BSc Chemistry Research Project/Transferable Skills Course (CHEM10043) OR Science Education Placement: Chemistry (40 credits) (CHEM10044) OR MChemX Research Project (CHEM11029) OR MChem Introduction to Research Methods (CHEM10029) OR MChem Research Project (CHEM11040) 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) OR Chemistry 4P (Semester 1) (CHEM10053)
Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 5, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 30, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 155 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Feedback Direct feedback (coaching) throughout the structured exercises and written exercise. Formal written feedback will be provided alongside grades on assessed components.
No Exam Information
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.
Course organiserDr Simon Daff
Tel: (0131 6)50 7386
Course secretaryMrs Moira Wilson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4754
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