CHY8812 : Research Preparation and Development

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To prepare students for the research project. To introduce key literacy and communication skills in order to enhance performance in the research project. To research and produce a detailed literature review covering the background to the project topic.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lectures and Workshops will cover the following topics:

Research seminars (Tuesday afternoons; a selection of invited speakers presenting current research topics)
Different types of scientific literature
Tools and databases for searching the scientific literature
Report writing skills
Citing the literature including the use of appropriate software
Preparation of visual material for presentation and reports, including data and molecular structure
Safety and preparation of Risk Assessments
Presentation skills

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

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Project plan presentation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Preparation for the Reaxys, COSHH, Research Seminar reports and the Data Visualisation exercise
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Preparation for the project review
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture51:005:00Invited Research Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading18:008:00Presentation preparation
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading120:0020:00Literature research for the project background and project plan
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops41:004:00Session workshops
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision51:005:00Supervisor meetings for project plan
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study115:0015:00Background reading for coursework assignments
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation102M15Project background presentation (10 slides)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M40Project background review (10 pages)
Written exercise2M15Research seminar report (1 page)
Written exercise2M15Safety exercise (COSHH form and online assessment)
Written exercise2M15Reaxy's exercise (15 pages)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The Project Background Review and presentation will give students a detailed knowledge of the literature for their project topic and an opportunity to practise written and presentation 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 Reaxy's exercise helps students to search the scientific literature.

Reading Lists