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MChem Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
MChem Project Planning & Literature Review

Unit code CHEM44600
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 4
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Department of Chemistry
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

Students successfully completing this unit should have developed the knowledge and understanding necessary to:

  • Undertake a substantial research project with a high degree of autonomy;
  • Produce a detailed scientific report on their research;
  • Communicate their knowledge of the research topic and defend the course of their investigation in an oral examination.

 

Aims

The unit aims to:

  • This two-semester project exposes students to:
  • Developing a research project with appropriate supervision;
  • Undertaking a significant piece of research work in a chemistry context;
  • Writing a detailed scientific report with full bibliography;
  • Presentation and viva voce (oral examination) on the project work.

Literature-based projects are not allowed

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Review critically the state of knowledge in a given research topic drawing from a range of primary sources
  • Formulate appropriate research questions based on a review of current literature
  • Plan, structure and execute a substantial research project with a high degree of autonomy and in a safe and efficient manner
  • Maintain a clear, accurate and chronological record of work undertaken as part of a project
  • Generate an appropriate archive of results obtained from experimental and theoretical research
  • Synthesise new, experimental and theoretical data and make analyses of data based on theoretical models and chemical context
  • Prepare and present a detailed written scientific report covering all aspects of the research undertaken
  • Communicate knowledge of the research topic and defend the course of investigation orally

 

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Project planning
  • Time management
  • Presentation skills
  • Problem solving and analytical skills
  • Reporting skills

 

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Dissertation 100%

Feedback methods

A wide range of feedback opportunities exist over the 2 semesters that this unit operates, including:

  • 1:1 meetings with project supervisor;
  • Research methods seminars in which peer feedback will be available.
  • Feedback on a draft of the literature review submitted for formative feedback by the supervisor.
  • Formative Feedback on the execution component of the project based on 1st semester work
  • Practise presentation to supervisor and research group with peer feedback.
  • Feedback on one chapter/section of report by supervisor.
  • Continuous peer-feedback on literature review, presentation skills and research methods through staff-facilitated meetings.

 

Recommended reading

Dependent on the project undertaken, but likely to involve the primary research literature and specialist reviews/monographs.

 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 5
Practical classes & workshops 25
Independent study hours
Independent study 170

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Simon Webb Unit coordinator

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