Project - Quadruple Module
Run by School of Natural Sciences
40 Credits or 20 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Prof Mike Beckett
Overall aims and purpose
To give the student the opportunity to discover the excitement of carrying out chemical research by undertaking an extended open-ended laboratory based project.
CORE MODULE. This module is CORE to your degree programme. In order to progress to the next year of study or qualify for a degre you MUST successfully complete and pass this module.
This practical module concentrates on an area of research in a sub-discipline (organic, inorganic, physical) of your choosing. You will be required to undertake chemical laboratory / computational / instrumental research for a considerable period of time each week (approx. 18 hours) and to write-up an extended report (40 page maximum) on your findings.
Course Team: Project Supervisor, Research Committee Members (2) RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS ESSENTIAL READING - None RECOMMENDED READING - None SPECIFIC RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS FOR STUDENTS - None
PART 1 Project Execution (20%) The student appreciated the progress of the project only when aided. The student only made poorly formulated suggestions to the supervisor. Completed simpler tasks with assistance, but unable to complete more demanding tasks. The student exhibited the bare minimum commitment of time and effort consistent with completion of the project. The student used the available time to the bare minimum with very little significant effort on a day-to-day basis and little evidence of longer term organisation and planning. Records of observations and data were not always clear and accurate.
PART 2 Project Report (60%) The report was produced to a low standard with a significant number of typographical errors and hand-drawn or photocopied diagrams. The report was poorly structured with significant errors. Content was marginally acceptable. The report demonstrated evidence of some analysis of the experimental data. The report demonstrated minimal knowledge of the objectives and minimal appreciation of the results with respect to the specific objectives
PART 3 Oral (20%) The student could describe the aims of the project but with significant gaps in understanding. The student only demonstrated a fair knowledge of the background theory and literature. The student showed basic understanding of the results obtained.
PART 1 Project Execution (20%)
The student assessed the project as it developed, and exercised critical judgment on the significance of developments.
Student was able to make several reliable independent decisions to the supervisor about the direction the work should take.
The student was able to successfully complete complex tasks with minimal instruction and minimal assistance
The student worked at all specified times in the laboratory (library) and showed excellent commitment during these sessions. Evidence of completion of many additional non-requested tasks apparent.
The student used the available time very effectively and exhibited forethought and long term organisation and planning.
The records of observations and results were always clear and accurate and sufficiently detailed to be easily followed by another worker.
PART 2 Project Report (60%) The report was produced to a high standard, using recommended fonts, sizes and bindings. It contained minimal errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation. Figures, diagrams, tables were produced to a high quality. The report was well structured and virtually free from errors and clearly written. Content excellent. The report demonstrated a complete analysis of the experimental data. The report demonstrated a clear and thorough grasp of the project and an excellent appreciation of the significance of the results with respect to the specific objectives of the project.
PART 3 Oral (20%) The student demonstrated an excellent understanding of the aims of the project. The student showed extensive knowledge of the relevant literature and background theory. The student demonstrated an excellent understanding of the results obtained and their significance.
Students should be able to demonstrate an ability to plan (in consultation with your supervisor) and undertake experiments relating to the chemical project.
Students should be able to demonstrate an ability to complete a relevant literature survey in the project area, and to keep good records of your experimental data.
Students should be able to demonstrate an ability to organise your time spent in the laboratory/library for maximum effect.
Students should be able to demonstrate written communication and IT skills through your ability to write up a report on the project according to specific guidelines using a presentational template.
Students should be able to demonstrate communication skills during an oral examination.
Students should be able to correctly complete appropriate risk assessment procedures e.g. complete COSHH forms.
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Teaching and Learning Strategy
Write-up/private study time (approx 39 hours )
The laboratories are open and staffed for 18h/week over the project period and it is expected that you make good use of this available time. The project period starts in week 1 of semester 1 and continues until the Easter vacation during semester 2. You will be allowed 2 weeks at the end of this project period, when the laboratories will be closed, to fully concentrate on writing up your report. It is expected that you should expend 400h effort on this 40 credit module. (360 hours combined laboratory work, 1 hr introductory lecture and private study with 39 hours of write-up).
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
Subject specific skills
- CC3 Skills in thePractical application of theory usingComputational methodology and models
- CC4 the ability to recognise and analyseProblems andPlanStrategies for theirSolution
- CC5 Skills in the generation, evaluation, interpretation andSynthesis ofChemical information and data
- CC6 Skills inCommunicatingScientific material and arguments
- CC7 information technology and data-processingSkills, relating toChemical information and data.
- CC8 the ability to adapt and apply methodology to theSolution of unfamiliarProblems
- CC9 the ability to assimilate, evaluate andPresent research results objectively
- CC10 Skills required to undertake a researchProject reporting outcomes that arePotentiallyPublishable (in aPeer-reviewedPublication)
- CP1 an ability to determine hazards associated with carrying out chemical experiments in terms of chemical toxicity, chemical stability and chemical reactivity and be able to find information to enable effective risk assessments to be carried out
- CP2 Skills to handleChemicalsSafely andCarry out experiments andChemical reactions in aSafe manner, based on effective risk assessments
- CP3 Skills required for theConduct of documented laboratoryProcedures involved inSynthesis and analysis, in relation to both inorganic and organicSystems
- CP4 Skills in the monitoring, by observation and measurement, ofChemicalProperties, events orChanges, and theSystematic and reliable recording and documentation thereof
- CP5 Skills in the operation ofStandardChemical instrumentation
- CP6 the ability to plan experimental procedures, given well defined objectives
- CP7 the ability to interpret and explain the limits of accuracy of their own experimental data in terms ofSignificance and underlying theory
- CP8 the ability toSelect appropriate techniques andProcedures
- CP9 Competence in thePlanning, design and execution of experiments
- CP10 Skills required to work independently and beSelf-critical in the evaluation of risks, experimentalProcedures and outcomes
- CP11 the ability to use an understanding of the uncertainty of experimental data to inform thePlanning of future work
- PS1 CommunicationSkills,Covering both written and oralCommunication with a variety of audiences
- PS2 Skills in the employment ofCommonConventions andStandards inScientific writing, dataPresentation, and referencing literature
- PS3 Problem-solvingSkills, relating to qualitative and quantitative information
- PS4 numeracy and mathematicalSkills, including handling data, algebra, functions, trigonometry,Calculus, vectors andComplex numbers, alongside error analysis, order-of-magnitude estimations,Systematic use ofScientific units and different types of dataPresentation
- PS5 information location and retrievalSkills, in relation toPrimary andSecondary informationSources, and the ability to assess the quality of information accessed
- PS6 information technologySkills whichSupport the location, management,Processing, analysis andPresentation ofScientific information
- PS7 basic interpersonalSkills, relating to the ability to interact with otherPeople and to engage in teamworking
- PS8 time management and organisationalSkills, as evidenced by the ability toPlan and implement efficient and effective ways of working
- PS11 Problem-solvingSkills including the demonstration ofSelf-direction, initiative and originality
- PS12 the ability toCommunicate and interact withProfessionals from otherSubjects
- PS13 the ability to make decisions inComplex and unpredictableSituations
- PS14 independent learningSkills required forContinuingProfessional development
- PS15 the ability to thinkCritically in theContext of data analysis and experimental design
- PS16 the ability to work in multi-disciplinary and multi-skilled teams
- SK1 are fullyConversant with major aspects ofChemical terminology
- SK2 demonstrate aSystematic understanding of fundamentalPhysicochemicalPrinciples with the ability to apply that knowledge to theSolution of theoretical andPracticalProblems
- SK5 demonstrate an understanding of the qualitative and quantitative aspects ofChemical metrology and the importance of traceability
- SK6 develop an awareness of issues withinChemistry that overlap with other relatedSubjects
- SK8 develop an understanding ofSafe workingPractice, in terms of managingChemical toxicity,ChemicalStability andChemical reactivity, through knowledge-based risk assessments
- SK9 read and engage withScientific literature
- CC1 the ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts,Concepts,Principles and theories relating to theSubject areasCovered in theirProgramme
- CC2 the ability to applySuch knowledge and understanding to theSolution of qualitative and quantitativeProblems that are mostly of a familiar nature
- PS9 skills needed to undertake appropriate further training of a professional nature
- PS10 other relevant professional skills such as business awareness
Pre- and Co-requisite Modules
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- F100: BSC Chemistry year 3 (BSC/C)
- F102: Chem with Europ Exper year 4 (BSC/CEE)
- F105: BSc Chemistry with International Experience year 4 (BSC/CHIE)
- F103: BSC Chem with Ind Exper year 4 (BSC/CIE)
- F104: MChem Chemistry year 3 (MCHEM/CH)
- F106: MChem Chemistry with International Experience year 4 (MCHEM/CHIE)
- F101: MChem Chemistry with Industrial Experience year 4 (MCHEM/CIND)