The module aims to develop students' skills in searching and assimilating literature, as well as developing the ability to critically appraise and organise the material. The material is written up as a literature review in an area related to the student's research project
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The aim of this module is to develop and to improve your scientific information retrieval, organisation and writing skills, and critical assessment of other scientists work. These are important transferable skills, which are used in the preparation of all scientific publications and reports. Individual components include:
The literature review written within this module can form the basis of the introduction to your project report.
The review should ideally be between 2500 and 3000 words long, as in this many words you should be able to say what you need to clearly. This limit does not include references, tables, tables of contents or legends to tables or figures and within sensible limits of clarity and good layout, there is no limit to the number of figures or tables you can include. However, figure and table captions should not be used to introduce extra ideas not discussed in the text or as a way of adding extra text. The upper limit is an absolute 3000 words and the penalties for exceeding this length are set out above. Conversely, while there is no explicit penalty for writing fewer than 2500 words, we also believe that it is unlikely that you will be able to cover the breadth of material necessary in so few words.
The referencing should reflect the extensive reading you have done in preparing the review and references should be presented correctly and consistently in the accepted style of one of the major journal houses (e.g. Royal Society of Chemistry, American Chemical Society).
The review should end with a critical conclusion. This is not the same as a simple summary, rather it should gather together the most important parts of the review and should make critical comments. The conclusion should, therefore, show evidence of your imprint and your contribution to the discussion of the area of literature that you have reviewed.
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Literature Review Skills
The closed examinations are marked typically within 10 days with mark slips (with per-question break-down) being returned to students via supervisors. Outline answers are made available via the Chemistry web pages when the students receive their marks, so that they can assess their own detailed progress/achievement. The examiners reports for each question are made available to the students via the Chemistry web pages.
P. Atkins, T. Overton, J. Rourke, M. Weller, F. Armstrong, “Shriver and Atkin’s Inorganic Chemistry”, Oxford University Press, 2010. Available from University library.
J. Clayden, N. Greeves, S. Warren, P. Wothers, “Organic Chemistry”, Oxford University Press, 2001. Available from University library.
P. Atkins, J. de Paula, “Atkins' Physical Chemistry”, Oxford University Press, 2010. Available from University library.
D. A. Skoog, D. M. West, F. J. Holler, S. R. Crouch, “Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry”, Thomson/Brooks/Cole, 2012. Available from University library.
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