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Postgraduate Course: MSc Research Methods (CHEM11012)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Chemistry CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course aims to provide experience and training in activities that are important to professional chemists (including transferrable skills) and to the research process. This course consists of four modules that are assessed individually.
Course description 1. Data Handling and Statistics
The students will take lectures on data handling and statistics, which are followed by a tutorial and assessed coursework. The module contributes 20% of the course mark.

2. Scientific Presentation
Student groups of 3 or 4, investigate on a topic relevant to their studies and present their finding as a scientific presentation. The presentation contributes 30% of the course mark.

3. Literature Survey
In this exercise, students will learn to read and assess primary scientific literature critically and prepare a review article that is clearly and concisely written. The Literature Survey contributes 30% of the course mark.

4. Laboratory Techniques in Chemistry
Students will have exercises on various laboratory techniques relevant to their area of studt. This module contributes 20% of your course mark.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Pre-requisites : A 2.1 University Honours Degree or its equivalent in Chemistry or a closely related discipline, or with the permission of the Head of School.

Co-requisites : This course may only be taken as part of a Taught Postgraduate Masters degree in Materials Chemistry or Medicinal and Biological Chemistry.

Prohibited combinations : Graduates from Edinburgh University BSc (Hons) or MChem/MChemphys (Hons) degrees in Chemistry or Chemical Physics may only take this course with the approval of the Head of School.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 6, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 32, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 350 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Semester 1 - Data handling and statistics (20%), Scientific Presentation (30%)
Semester 2 - Literature survey (30%), Laboratory techniques (20%)
Feedback Written and/or oral feedback will be provided during/after each of the four modules.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Search the chemical literature on a chosen topic, and demonstrate a good critical understanding of the topic by summarising the findings in written form to a professional standard;
  2. Present, at a professional level, the results of an investigation in common scientific formats;
  3. Gain experience in team working, project planning and leadership skills in ways which show a clear awareness of his/her own and others' roles and responsibilities;
  4. Safely execute advanced experimental and analytical techniques used in physical, organic and inorganic chemistry, both singly and as part of a team;
  5. Use and apply common statistical procedures relevant to chemical data
Learning Resources
There is no textbook for this course. The course handbook, on LEARN, contains details of what is expected in each phase of the course.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Ability to work as part of team on a project;
Presentation skills in communicating science;
Effective searching of the scientific literature;
Summarising literature in the form of a review;
Skills and confidence on working in a laboratory setting.

Additional Class Delivery Information Approximately 400 hours of student teamwork and individual preparation effort, plus literature survey preparation effort, within times assigned.
Course organiserDr Annamaria Lilienkampf
Tel: (0131 6)50 4812
Course secretaryMs Zoe Burger
Tel: (0131 6)50 7546
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