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MChem Chemistry with International Study / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
MChem Yr4 Project Presentation and Viva
|Unit level||Level 7|
|Teaching period(s)||Full year|
|Offered by||Department of Chemistry|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
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.
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.
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
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.
Dependent on the project undertaken
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||54.4|
|Independent study hours|
|Simon Webb||Unit coordinator|