BSC RESEARCH PROJECT - 2017/8

Module code: CHE3047

Module provider

Chemistry

Module Leader

HOWLIN BJ Dr (Chemistry)

Number of Credits

45

ECT Credits

22.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 6

JACs code

X210

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Year long

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 425

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) WRITTEN DISSERTATION 75%
Oral exam or presentation ORAL PRESENTATION 25%

Alternative Assessment

Not available. Would have to repeat project.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

  None.

Module overview

To provide practical experience in carrying out a research project

Module aims

To provide experience in information retrieval relevant to a known area of chemical research

To enhance practical research skills specific to the assigned project

To develop the ability to complete research objectives independently and/or as part of a research team

To develop written and oral presentation skills

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Deal with abstract concepts and obtain information related to a research problem from a variety of sources including electronic databases
Analyse and carry out detailed risk assessments (to comply with COSHH regulations) prior to carrying out new chemical procedures
Carry out advanced practical manipulations in the laboratory
Critically evaluate arguments in the literature to inform the scientific investigation
Analyse and interpret research data
Have an increased capacity to prepare and disseminate information to an audience in written and oral form

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

During the summer break students will be asked to nominate three project areas in an order of preference. Projects will be assigned sympathetically, based on student choice, degree programme and available staff.

Only exceptionally will projects be undertaken in collaboration with industry, and only then if the project is unrelated to a previous professional training placement. In such circumstances, prior agreement must be made so that the Department can have access to the science (for purposes of student monitoring and assessment). The Department will ensure commercial confidentiality. Any intellectual property must be resolved to the satisfaction of all parties before work is commenced.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Give the student sufficient subject knowledge and practical and transferable skills to cope with a research project and later professional life

The learning and teaching methods include:

The project will run over two semesters, and the student is expected to spend a minimum of two days each week working on the project. The student and supervisor(s) will discuss how the work is to be divided into background research, laboratory work and report writing. Students will be expected to liaise regularly with their supervisor(s) and to follow good laboratory practice at all times.

 

Students are required to carry out detailed risk assessments (to comply with the COSHH regulations) for all new chemical procedures. These assessments are to be checked/validated by supervisor(s) prior to any associated practical work.

 

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

Subject knowledge, practical and Transferable skills

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:



Written dissertation, 75% (meets learning outcome 1,2,3,4)


Oral presentation, 25% (meets learning outcome 5)



 

Formative assessment

Supervisors will support the projects

Individual feedback will be given on an interim report if submitted.

 

Reading list

Reading list for BSC RESEARCH PROJECT : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/che3047

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.