Chemistry Research Project - CH620

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2020-21
Canterbury Autumn and Spring
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6 30 (15) DR N Bristowe







Here, you will undertake a lab-based research project. You will choose one of three areas: Computational Chemistry, Solid-State Chemistry or Synthetic (Organic) Chemistry. You will then independently plan and execute your experiments or simulations (computational chemistry) with guidance from an academic supervisor. The module provides framework research training.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Project work (22 weeks).


This is not available as a wild module.

Method of assessment

Supervisor Mark 20%, Progress Report 10%, Presentation 20%, Project Report 50%.

Indicative reading

Literature as indicated by the project supervisor.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Principles and theories relating to Chemical Skills in presenting scientific material and arguments clearly and correctly, in writing and orally, to a range of audiences.

  • Core and foundation scientific physical, biological and chemical concepts, terminology, theory, units, conventions and methods. Also as applied to and in relation to forensic analysis.
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to the subject and to apply such knowledge and understanding to the solution of qualitative and quantitative problems.
  • Ability to recognise and analyse problems and plan strategies for their solution by the evaluation, interpretation and synthesis of scientific information and data.
  • Competence in the planning, design and execution of investigations, from the problem-recognition stage through to the evaluation and appraisal of results and findings; this to include the ability to select appropriate techniques and procedures.
  • Ability to interpret data derived from laboratory observations and measurements in terms of their underlying significance and the theory underpinning them, and to present such data in a professional environment.
  • Generic skills needed for students to undertake further training of a professional nature.
  • Communication skills, covering both written and oral communication.
  • Problem-solving skills, relating to qualitative and quantitative information, extending to situations where evaluations have to be made on the basis of limited information.
  • Numeracy and computational skills, including such aspects as error analysis, order-of-magnitude estimations, correct use of units and modes of data presentation.
  • Information-retrieval skills, in relation to primary and secondary information sources, including information retrieval through on-line computer searches.
  • Information-technology skills such as word-processing and spreadsheet use, data-logging and storage, Internet communication, etc.
  • Interpersonal skills, relating to the ability to interact with other people and to engage in team-working.
  • Time-management and organisational skills, as evidenced by the ability to plan and implement efficient and effective modes of working. Self-management and organisational skills with the capacity to support life-long learning.
  • Study skills needed for continuing professional development and professional employment.
  • Ability to plan and implement independent projects at BSc level.

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