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Undergraduate Course: Chemistry 4P: Group Research Project (Semester 2) (CHEM10060)

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. Students will complete a small-group project introducing them to 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 group research exercises, which introduce the students to: reviewing scientific literature, planning a research project, risk/safety assessment, implementing experiments (practical and computational), data analysis/interpretation and communication. The exercises are carried out in small groups, and development of group-working skills is an important aim of the course. Students are assessed on their performance during the exercises and on their ability to communicate their findings in appropriate formats, such as written reports, posters and oral presentations.
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 Chemistry 4P: Group Research Project (Semester 1) (CHEM10059) OR Chemical Physics 4P: Laboratory Skills (CHPH10006)
Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, 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) Coursework 100%
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. Survey the scientific literature in a given field, and successfully summarise recent research progress in written form.
  2. Plan a research project, assessing safety and resource requirements.
  3. Apply a range of research-skills to implement a programme of original research, working as a member of a team.
  4. Critically analyse and interpret the results of original research.
  5. Present, at a professional level, the results of research in an appropriate format and defend conclusions drawn.
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 secretaryMiss Jenna Owen
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