BSc Research Project - CHE00021H

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  • Department: Chemistry
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Angelika Sebald
  • Credit value: 30 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18
    • See module specification for other years: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2017-18 to Summer Term 2017-18

Module aims

This module is composed of two components as outlined below.

  • BSc research project (25 credits)
  • Scientific Literacy (5 credits)

BSc research project: (25 credits)

During this module you will undertake a research project, giving you the opportunity to do an original piece of work, covering a wide spectrum of different types of chemistry research, from the synthesis of novel compounds, to designing new analytical methods, to completely non-lab based projects. The BSc project is spread over Terms 7 and 8. Sessions are timetabled for project work and preparation of your report on Thursdays and Fridays weeks 4 - 10 of Term 7 and weeks 1 - 8 of Term 8. You are expected to have completed the majority of your experimental work before Week 5 of the Spring term and then focus on writing your report in Weeks 6 - 8. You will prepare a project report to be handed in to the Departmental Undergraduate Office.

There are four possible types of BSc project available. These are briefly outlined below:

  1. Group Projects: These projects will involve up to four students working as a group to cover different aspects of a particular chemical problem. There are both Teaching Lab-based projects and non-lab based projects.
  2. Individual Research Projects: These projects will involve working in one of the department’s research groups on a topic devised by you and your supervisor.
  3. Industrial Techno-Commercial Evaluation Projects: These projects consist of evaluating the techno-commercial environment of a chemical/pharmaceutical-based business area from published sources and by direct contact with companies. Maximum of three students who have completed the Management in Industry and/or Managerial Economics option modules.

4. Chemical Communication and Outreach Projects: These projects are aimed at students who have an interest in science education or communication. There are up to 8 projects available but this can change yearly. Selection for these projects is by interview, which also involves giving a short presentation.

Module learning outcomes

  • Students will perform a research project, culminating in the production of a project report. The project will test their organisational skills, initiative, team working, practical skills and bring together key elements of their understanding of chemistry.
  • Students will develop skills of project writing.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to handle Scientific Literature and their own data in a critical manner.
  • Students will demonstrate a high level of comprehension of Scientific Literature
  • Students will exhibit writing skills and an ability to express chemical principles clearly.

Module content







BSc Project


Project time: Thurs & Fri Autumn weeks 4-10,
Spring weeks 1-5

Project execution 10 credits Project report 10 credits

Literature review 5 credits

Examination 5 credits


Task Length % of module mark
BSc Research Project
N/A 83.33
University - closed examination
Research Project Exam - Scientific Literacy
2 hours 16.67

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Research Project Exam - Scientific Literacy
2 hours 16.67

Module feedback

BSc Research project supervisors provide regular feedback on progress with experimental/educational work as well as during the writing up period.

Students will receive feedback on the scientific literacy exam when exam results and outline answers are published in week 10.

Indicative reading

Will depend on the project being carried out - research literature.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.