Postgraduate

CHY8812 : Research Skills and Development

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

To provide students with skills in research necessary for their project. Specifically to:
To provide skills in scientific information retrieval and curation from a variety of sources.
To provide skills in searching for chemical, biochemical and biophysical data from public databases. To develop key literacy and communication skills.
To research and produce a critical literature mini-review on a topic related to the project.
To provide key skills in chemical risk assessment.
To use spectroscopic data for structure determination of organic molecules.
To recognise practical constraints in the design of synthetic procedures.
To develop skills in key experimental techniques, including chromatography

Outline Of Syllabus

Lectures and Workshops will cover the following topics:
Research seminars: a selection of invited speakers presenting current research topics Scientific literature: searching, curating and citing the scientific literature.
Scientific databases: Reaxys, SciFinder, ChemBL, pubchem, pdb.
Scientific writing skills, including reports and reviews.
Preparation of visual material for presentation and reports, including data and molecular structures. Presentation skills.
Safety and preparation of risk assessments.
Analytical techniques (1H, 13C NMR, MS, IR, chromatography).
Structure determination using spectroscopic data
Laboratory course on experimental techniques and multi-step syntheses.

A schedule of the delivery of the different workshops will be provided at the beginning of the course on Blackboard.
Up to date details on times and locations of the research seminars can be found on http://www.ncl.ac.uk/chemistry/about/seminars/

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials20:301:00Non-Sync Online via Canvas - Mod intro and recap. Familiarise yourself with topics & reading list.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials41:004:00Non-synch Online via Canvas - introduction to workshops and exercises
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials41:004:00Online via Canvas - Dry lab recordings
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion70:303:30Formative online coursework (0%)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion41:004:00Safety and Reaxy exercise
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Drylab report (40 %)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Online coursework (100%)
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading150:0050:00Online - module lecturer will give students relevant reading for module topics throughout semester
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities11:001:00Online - info on what students can expect
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops41:004:00Session workshops
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops101:0010:00Synchronous Online - workshops on analytical techniques and dry lab exercises
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study741:0074:00Online - post webinar questions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision41:004:00Online synchronous guidance
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk10:300:30Online - a short online session given by a lecturer introducing topics
Guided Independent StudyDistance Learning Advance Preparation120:0020:00Online - background reading and research
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Online lectures provide necessary information and tools for the academic preparation with workshops consolidating the work through practical applications of taught material. Supervision meetings provide guidance for literature report writing. Independent study for literature research and background reading are required for the completion of all assessed components.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M40Literature Review (4 Pages)
Written exercise2M10Safety exercise (COSHH form and online assessment)
Written exercise2M40Laboratory Report (covering 4 individual experiments) approx. 12 pages including appendices
Written exercise2M10Reaxys exercise
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation2MPresentation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The Literature Review will give students a detailed knowledge of the literature related to their project topic and an opportunity to practise written skills.
The Research Seminar Report contextualises the wider research activity in a critical fashion.
The Safety exercise prepares the students for the safety aspects of their project.
The Lab Report test the student’s ability to accurately record data and observations and to make reasoned structural assignments based on data.
The spectroscopy essay tests the students ability to analyse different types of data and to make reasoned structural assignments.
Formative assessments are provided to reinforce taught material and give an oppotrunity for practice and feedback

Reading Lists

Timetable