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CHY8511 : Research Project

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr John Errington
  • Lecturer: Dr Ian Hardcastle, Dr Julian Knight
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 35.0


To provide students with research training through an investigative project involving original, unpublished work in a modern area of chemistry, and for students registered on the Medicinal Chemistry programme, a specific project related to that specialism; to give students the experience of working in a research environment.

Outline Of Syllabus

The project provides Stage 4 students with an opportunity to work in an active research environment on a project relevant to their areas of interest. Students registered on the Medicinal Chemistry programme will complete a project in the relevant specialism.

Students indicate their research area preferences at the start of Stage 4.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion152:0052:00Preparation for and completion of project report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion152:0052:00Preparation for and completion of project plan, safety/risk assessment and literature review
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture51:005:00Guidance in completing the various components of the module
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion123:0023:00Completion of assessed project work
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Preparation for oral examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Preparation of oral presentation
Guided Independent StudyProject work1140:00440:00Perform practical work in the research laboratory to satisfy the requirement of the research project
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision201:0020:001h supervision sessions with supervisor
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1100:00100:00Background reading - Project planning - Analysis of data
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures/Seminars provide guidance for completion of the different components, including writing the project plan and report, laboratory work and presentation skills. Most of the project involves training in research methods, i.e. literature searching, planning, safety, record keeping, communication and teamwork provided by the supervisor and senior members of the research group.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination352A25N/A
Oral Presentation152A10N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M30Written Project Report (30 pages)
Written exercise1M15To include a written safety and risk assessment, literature review, project plan and Research Seminars.
Practical/lab report2M20Assessed project work
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Projects may be in labs or computer based. Assessment of the practical work performed during the project will be carried out by the project supervisor. The coursework exercises include an online safety and risk assessment exercise, a written project plan and literature survey and attendance at the School research seminars. Students will be expected to submit a final written report at the end of the module. Students will deliver a final presentation (15 minutes), summarising their work, to an audience consisting of their peers and members of staff. Academic staff assess the Project Plan and Final project Report and conduct an oral examination (35 minutes) of the candidate. Student progress is monitored via their regular online submissions to a “Project “Portfolio” which provides a skills and professional development record.

These various components assess all aspects of the student’s research skills, knowledge gained and professional development during the project, and are consistent with best practice throughout UK Chemistry departments. They enable students to demonstrate and gain credit for their different strengths as related to research.

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