BSc Research Project in Natural Sciences with Specialisation in Chemistry - CHE00034H

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  • Department: Chemistry
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Angelika Sebald
  • Credit value: 40 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20 to Summer Term 2019-20

Module aims

This module consists of an interdisciplinary research project in key aspects of Chemistry. This project may take place in a research lab, in a teaching laboratory or in a non-lab-based setting and may involve aspects of group work. Importantly, the student will experience a blend of many of the most important skills needed to conduct interdisciplinary research work.

Module learning outcomes

  • Undertake an interdisciplinary research project, culminating in the production of a dissertation thesis and oral presentation to a lay audience. The project will test the student’s organisational skills, initiative, practical skills and bring together key elements of their understanding of the subject specialism.

  • Develop skills of project writing.

  • Develop presentation skills.

  • Develop an interdisciplinary and synoptic understanding of your subject specialism and related areas.

Module content

Students will be allocated/have the opportunity to develop an interdisciplinary BSc project taking their subject specialism and preferences into account. There are two possible types of BSc project available.
1) Group Projects: These projects will involve up to four students working as a group to cover different aspects of a particular scientific problem. There are both Teaching Lab-based projects and non-lab-based projects.

2) Individual Research Projects: These projects will involve working in a research group and/or independently on a topic devised by you and your supervisor.

Primary and/or secondary data can be used for the purposes of the research project. In week 1 of the Summer term, students present their research orally to their peers and two academic staff for 15 min followed by 10 min of answering questions from the audience. Students write a project report with a submission deadline of Mon week 3 Summer term. The word limits for the project is 'up to 6,000 words'.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Project Report
N/A 90
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Oral Presentation
N/A 10

Special assessment rules

Other

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Project Report
N/A 90

Module feedback

BSc research project supervisors provide regular feedback on project progress throughout the academic year.

Informal verbal feedback on the project will be provided by the panel present during the oral presentation.

Indicative reading

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



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