Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07
The level-4 individual
research project for MChem students runs in the second half-session and affords
students opportunities to learn modern research techniques and to develop some
expertise in the topic of their project. As
far as possible, projects are allocated in accordance with student preferences.
Every project has a named supervisor and there is considerable scope for
students to use their initiative in experimental design
and interpretation of results. The development of a variety of transferrable skills is an important feature of this module,
including project planning, presentation of results, time management, report writing
and verbal communication.
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||30 credits (15 ECTS credits)|
This course introduces students to research-level activities, in terms of a concise literature survey, risk assessment, experiment planning, use of research equipment and report writing. At the end of the course, the student should be able to: find and critically assess previous work in the research area of their project; design experiments and data collection and analysis protocols using research instrumentation; prepare a report at a level equivalent to a research paper; communicate the results of their project to an audience of informed scientists.
Content: literature review and critical assessment of previous work in the area; development of transferable skills including project planning, presentation of results, and time management; experiment design, data collection and analysis using a variety of techniques applicable to the project; preparing a final report summarising the work and giving a presentation to a small group of staff; communication skills, written and verbal
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1st Attempt: 100% Continuous assessment: literature survey and risk assessment; laboratory performance, oral presentation/oral examination and final report.
On-going interaction, support and feedback with/from supervisor and assessor.