CH3PRJ-Research Project

Module Provider: Chemistry
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites: CH2NUI BSc Applied Chemistry Year 2 (NUIST)
Non-modular pre-requisites: Only available for students from NUIST on the BSc Applied Chemistry (3+1 route)
Co-requisites: CH3PRA Advanced Laboratory Skills
Modules excluded: CH3PR BSc Chemistry Project
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Peiyi Li


Summary module description:
To give students the experience of working on an extended project.

To develop the skills required to undertake and complete an independent investigation into some aspect of research in the chemical sciences.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students should appreciate how to tackle a problem which requires many steps to solve. They should know how to search the literature for previous relevant work. They should know how to implement necessary experiments to solve the problem they are tackling. Students will organise and record their work in a laboratory notebook which will be maintained as evidence of independent work on the project. The notebook should be shared regularly with the supervisor and forms a formal record of steps taken to carry out the project. They should be able to present their results in a logical and legible form in their written report, to give an oral presentation of their work and be able to respond to questions on their presentation.

Additional outcomes:
Students will further develop their numeracy, IT and communication skills. Students will develop techniques for independent learning, become familiar with the chemical literature and the methods used in research. Students will recognise the importance of time management in the planning of the project and preparation of the report and presentation. Students will refine their literacy skills in English and further develop their oral communication skills.

Outline content:
The Project Handbook outlines in full complete details for delivery and assessment of the research project and the details in the handbook should be referred to.
Students are assigned to work with a member of academic staff within one of the research teams or project groups, wherever possible taking into account the students preference.

The research teams are:
Chemistry for Life and the Environment
Materials Chemistry
Molecular Chemistry

Project supervisors (1 hour lecture) Introduction to group projects
PL (1 hour lecture) Starting your research project
Guidance on the structure of the project, aims, objectives, requirements, assessment, deadlines etc.
EMP/PL (2 hours lecture) How to write up a project report and prepare for a group presentation

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
130 hours practical work over 10 week period (practical includes computational and theory)

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 4
Practicals classes and workshops 130
Guided independent study 38 228
Total hours by term 38.00 362.00
Total hours for module 400.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Dissertation 75
Oral assessment and presentation 25

Other information on summative assessment:
Practical work will be assessed both through work in the laboratory and laboratory notebooks and records including electronic media. In the case of literature or computational projects a journal or notebook will be required and will be assessed. An eight page (approx) literature review and report will be compiled prior to commencing the project. This is due in on the first day of the spring term. The final project report must be submitted by the named date in the summer term. The project report will be assessed by two members of staff. Students should be aware that the project report will be subject to a check for plagiarism. Instructions for submitting the report will be given during the spring term. A 10 minute talk on the project, with up to a further 5 minutes available for questions and discussion, will be given during the summer term.

Full details of project available in project handbook and on relevant Blackboard site.
Guidance on good practice on avoiding plagiarism can be found in the Handbook.

Relative percentage of coursework : 100 %
Performance during the project and laboratory records (to include COSHH assessments, log book/journal signed by supervisor) (Supervisor’s mark) 25%
Final project report (First and second Assessors’ agreed mark) 50%
Assessment of final oral presentation 25%


Formative assessment methods:
An interim report is required by week 7 of the spring term. Supervisors will give feedback on this report.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40 % overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    It is not possible to retake this module in the same format. If a student fails the programme overall, reassessment will be by re-submission of the project report and oral examination in August.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding: Students should be expected to pay approx. £20.00 for 2 bound copies on a 70 page double sided document.
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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