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Module Title LH Year 3 Research Methodology I
Department Chemistry
Module Code 03 29900
Module Lead Dr Laura Hancock
Level Honours Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1
Pre-requisites LI Practical Chemistry IIa1 - (03 34312) LI Practical Chemistry IIa2 - (03 34314) LI Practical Chemistry IIb2 - (03 34318) LC Practical Chemistry Ia2 - (03 34302) LC Practical Chemistry Ib1 - (03 34307) LC Practical Chemistry Ia1 - (03 34299) LI Practical Chemistry IIb1 - (03 34317) LC Practical Chemistry Ib2 - (03 34309)
Co-requisites LH Year 3 Research Methodology II - (03 29901)
Restrictions Programmes on which module is compulsory:
MSci Chemistry
MSci Chemistry with a Year in Computer Science
MSci Chemistry with a Modern Language
As an optional module:
BSc Chemistry
BSc Chemistry with a Modern Language
BSc Chemistry with a Foundation Year
2+2 BSc (Honours Chemistry)
BSc Chemistry with Year in Computer Science
BSc Chemistry with Industrial Experience
BSc Chemistry with a Modern Language with Year in Computer Science
Contact Hours Lecture-3 hours
Practical Classes and workshops-78 hours
Guided independent study-119 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description This is a laboratory-based module, extending the skills developed in Years 1 & 2 to cover advanced aspects of synthetic (inorganic and organic) chemistry, measurement, separation and analysis. Students take increased ownership in the design and planning of their laboratory work, some elements of which may involve group work. The students carry out a smaller number of more extensive practical investigations, allowing the areas to be studied in greater depth and providing the students with training in how to conduct project work. The module is also designed to develop and enhance their scientific communication skills, and associated skills such as searching the literature. These activities are closely aligned to the experimental work being undertaken, aspects of which are written up in the form of a research paper or presented orally. The module provides valuable training for students who will be undertaking a major research project at Masters level.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Design and plan a scientific investigation
  • Demonstrate proficiency with a number of advanced synthetic and manipulative skills;
  • Collect, analyse and interpret data;
  • Present scientific observations in a coherent and sound manner, and to maintain a laboratory notebook;
  • Apply advanced spectroscopic and structure determination techniques to analyse molecules and materials.
  • Present the results of experimental investigations in the form of a scientific paper.
  • Present their findings in the form of an oral presentation.
Assessment 29900-01 : Laboratory/Mini-Project : Practical (100%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessments:
Assessment is entirely by coursework – pre-laboratory exercises, assessed laboratory work, assessment of laboratory notebook, scientific paper, oral presentation and completion of associated skills workshop tasks.

Because this module is assessed by multiple coursework assignments throughout the year, reassessment is possible only by repeating the module.
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