CHY3011 : Research Literature Project

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 in poster format and to produce a well-constructed review of a given aspect of the chemistry literature to a standard format.

Outline Of Syllabus

Sessions will include workshops on:
•       Introduction (Dr C Bleasdale)
•       Scientific ethics (Dr C Bleasdale)
•       Referencing and citations (Dr C Bleasdale)
•       Scientific databases (Mrs M Bent, Library)
•       SciFinder (Library staff)
•       Reaxys (Dr JG Knight)
•       Poster Presentations (Dr A Benniston)
•       Report writing skills (Prof AC Benniston)
•       Feedback on the poster exercise (Prof AC Benniston)
•       Feedback on the Chemical Communications exercise (Dr J Eriksson)

And scheduled meetings with individual supervisors

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading2010:00200:00Background reading and research
Guided Independent StudyProject work189:0089:00Completion of assessment activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops21:002:00Feedback Sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops91:009:00N/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
Poster1M20A4 Poster Exercise
Written exercise1M10Project Plan
Case study2M60Chem. Soc. Tutorial Review
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

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

The poster exercise will assess understanding, presentation skills and scientific ethics and will develop scientific communication skills.

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.

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