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Postgraduate Course: Research Techniques PGT (CHEM11079)

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 Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will follow on from the PGT Laboratory Techniques 1 course, introducing more advanced laboratory skills and provide training in the methods and skills required for the students to undertake individual summer research projects

The course forms a part of the curriculum for any student enrolled on the PGT MSc degree courses in Analytical Chemistry, Medicinal and Biological Chemistry and Materials Chemistry.
Course description The course consists of up to 20 x 3 hour practical sessions to introduce students to planning a research project, operating a range of modern chemical instrumentation, implementing experiments, data analysis and interpretation and communication skills. Students will work in small groups and complete a range of training exercises and investigations to introduce them to the key skills and techniques required across the relevant chemical research fields - focusing primarily on building research independence. The assessment of students will cover their performance during the laboratory exercises and their ability to communicate their findings in appropriate formats.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations 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 ( Lecture Hours 1, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 72, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 3, Summative Assessment Hours 51, Other Study Hours 24, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 45 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Prelab research time.
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 100%
Feedback Direct feedback (mentoring) throughout laboratory exercises. 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. Note-taking skills
2. Numerical data interpretation and analysis
3. Unseen problem solving skills
KeywordsMaterials Chemistry,Analytical Chemistry,Medicinal and Biological Chemistry
Course organiser Course secretaryMs Zoe Burger
Tel: (0131 6)50 7546
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