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CHY3011 : Research Literature Project

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Hanno Kossen
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
Semester 2 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 15.0


To develop competency in literature searching, to gain a good understanding of the chemistry in research papers, to reproduce the content of a paper, to practice oral presentations on a research topic and to produce a well-constructed review of a given aspect of the chemistry literature to a standard format.

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
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture41:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion44:0016:00Completion of Presentation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion44:0016:00Completion of Project Plan
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion44:0016:00Completion of Chem Commun Exercise
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1810:00180:00Background reading and research
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching173:0051:00Preparation of Tutorial Review
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00Presentation Session (compulsory)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops21:002:00Library
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops22:004:00Reaxys and Scifinder
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops22:004:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00Feedback sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision60:303:00Supervisor Meetings
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.

Reading Lists