Information on this page, including unit offerings, is from the 2020 academic year.
Advanced Projects in Chemistry and Mineral Science (CHE309)
|Organisational Unit||Chemistry and Physics|
|Availability||MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal, SUM-internal|
|Teaching Timetables||Murdoch S1
|Description||Most laboratories undertaken as an undergraduate student are limited to a single 4 hour session. However, scientific investigations in the workplace are often conducted over days or months. Additionally, scientists may have to search literature, develop methods, and incorporate data from bioassays/industrial processes into their work. This project unit allows students to undertake a semester long research study under the guidance of a member of the Chemical and Analytical Sciences staff, providing valuable experience in scientific practice.|
|Unit Learning Outcomes||1. Conduct deep level searches of the scientific literature to find background and specific support for your research activities.
2. Interpret procedures and results published in the scientific literature and be able to adapt and/or apply those to your own research activities.
3. Plan, conduct, and critically analyse experiments at a level sufficient for the needs of your research topic
4. Critically evaluate published scientific literature and be able to relate your work to that published in the same/similar areas.
5. Communicate the background, aims, results and interpretation of your research, in print and verbally, to peers and mentors.
6. Be able to work collaboratively within a research group.
|Timetabled Learning Activities||No formal timetabling. Students will complete a minimum of 54 hours laboratory work, organised individually in consultation with Supervisor.|
|Unit Learning Experiences||This particular unit is very focused on a self directed (with appropriate support from an academic supervisor) research project. This will encompass an extensive literature review, writing of a detailed project report, managing an integrated 6-12 week project, and communicating the aims and results of the project via seminars to peers and staff. No formal classes are utilised and it is expected that, at a minimum, the student will meet with their academic supervisor on a weekly basis.|
|Assessment||Assessment in the unit is based around your performance in this research focused project. You supervisor is the best person to assess how well you find & utilise background material from the scientific literature and how you design and perform experiments and this will account for 25% of your final mark. The literature review, which forms the basis of the introduction to your final report, is assessed by your supervisor, while the final report itself will be assessed by a staff member who is not directly involved in your project. The literature review is 15% of your final mark and the final report 40%. As communicating scientific results is a particularly important skill the final seminar presentation is 20% of your final mark.|
|Prerequisites||Students need to have completed a minimum of 24 points at 200 and 300 level.|
|Exclusions||Students who have successfully completed CHE306 Advanced Projects in Chemistry and Mineral Science cannot enrol in this unit for credit.|
|Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
|Appears in these Minors||Organic and Biological Chemistry
|Internet Access Requirements||Murdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.|