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CHY3011 : Research Literature Project (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
Semester 2 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 15.0


In this module, students will develop their skills to review and critique source material. It is increasingly important for current graduates to evaluate data and information with respect to accuracy and relevance. Within this module, different areas of specialisation within Chemistry will be explored that will highlight current research in fundamental and applied chemistry. Learning to communicate scientific information in a variety of formats (executive summary, presentation, review article) is key to bridging the gap between the scientific experiment and the contextualisation of findings within the wider community.

Students will develop competency in literature searching, learn to read, reproduce and evaluate the content of research papers, and practice oral presentations on a research topic. The production of a review article in a standard format aims at training scientific writing skills, as well as critical evaluation of source material.

Outline Of Syllabus

Scientific ethics
Types of literature and understanding journal articles
Referencing and citations
How to prepare an academic profile
Scientific databases (Library)
SciFinder (Library)
Reaxys (Library)
Endnote revision (Library)
Preparing ChemDraw schemes and other visual material
Career profiles and presentation skills
Job applications, further study and skills workshop (Careers service)
Time management for CHY3011
How to write a literature review
Feedback session

Scheduled meetings with individual supervisors are arranged by the students to obtain feedback on their progress on the literature project.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials41:004:00PiP lectures with a combination of short recordings of material published on VLE each week as backup
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials12:002:00Online careers session by delivered by the Careers Service
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials21:002:00PiP lectures with a combination of short recordings of material published on VLE each week as backup
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion118:0018:00Assessment Prep: Chemical Comm Exercise
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion123:0023:00Assessment Prep: Project Plan
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00Assessment Prep: Tutorial Review
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion123:0023:00Assessment Prep: Presentation
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1810:00180:00Reading materials given during online sessions and project meetings for project review
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion60:303:00Online - Review/Feedback sessions with project supervisor
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk20:301:00Online - Overview and introduction to referencing by module leader
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk41:004:00RSC Referencing, How to prepare an academic profile, Scientific Databases, Careers Q&A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

A series of workshops will develop subject specific and key skills. Feedback sessions will be used following the return of marked set exercises. Students will be assigned a supervisor and meetings scheduled throughout the project.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M10Chemical Communications Exercise (1000 words max)
Written exercise1M10Project Plan (1 page)
Case study2M70Chem. Soc. Tutorial Review 5 pages (template provided)
Prof skill assessmnt2M105 minute oral presentation on chosen research topic
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The Chemical Communications exercise will probe understanding of a recent paper and related chemistry.

The presentation will develop scientific communication skills. The target audience will be semi-informed scientists and the scientific content will need to be adapted to a less specialised audience.

The project plan will test the ability to plan and structure a review.

The final review report will assess understanding of the subject area and the ability to present this in a coherent, structured way following a given format (the RSC Chem.Soc Tutorial Review format).

Students registered on the BSc/MChem Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry programmes will be allocated a project in the Medicinal Chemistry area.

An alternative assessment will be set for any Semester 1 Study Abroad student taking this module, who will not be in Newcastle during the January assessment period.

Reading Lists