Undergraduate Course: CP Literature Review (CHPH10003)
|School||School of Chemistry
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course provides training in the searching, reading and critical assessment of primary scientific literature. Students produce a review article on a subject normally in the area of the research project to be carried out in the final year. The course forms part of the Honours curriculum for students on the in-house MChemPhys degree programme in Chemical Physics.
The course provides a structured introduction to searching the primary literature in order to extract and summarise important results from a wide body of literature.
Critical appraisal of the literature is a key aim of this course. The results of the literature search are condensed into a report, which is presented in the form of a professional review article. The course extends over several weeks. The topic of the literature survey is defined in preliminary meetings with an assigned supervisor. Preliminary results are presented as a summary to outline the proposed structure and content of the review. The review then develops through a first and final draft stage before final submission. The supervisor will give feedback and guidance at several stages during the searching and review-writing process. The review article will be assessed independently by the supervisor and a second assessor using a set of marking descriptors.
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Define the scope of a scientific literature review given a general problem or area.
- Search for literature using academic citation indexing and search services such as SciFinder and Web-of-Knowledge.
- Make a critical assessment of results published in relevant scientific papers and reports.
- Demonstrate effective time-management and ability to work independently with periodic supervision.
- Plan and execute a report on results of the review in written form to a professional standard.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||The following skills will be developed through the course:
1. Evaluation and critical analysis.
2. Independent working and scheduling of time and meetings.
3. Written reporting to professional standards.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||You will be expected to work independently during the review process, be pro-active and flexible in scheduling meetings, and to schedule your time within the scope of the hours allocated.
|Course organiser||Prof Eleanor Campbell
Tel: (0131 6)50 4729
|Course secretary||Mrs Moira Wilson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4754