Chemistry Research Project

Course code CHEM3590Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

Students will be assigned to undertake and complete a research project under the supervision of a Discipline of Chemistry academic staff member. The project may involve external academic and/or industrial partners. Assessment is based on:

1. A project or laboratory notebook.
2. A project report.
3. An oral presenation.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory course component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will have and be able to demonstrate:

1. Clear awareness of the workplace and safety requirements in place within a chemistry research laboratory.
2. Application of knowledge gained in previous courses to a research project in Chemistry and associated disciplines.
3. The ability to work independently and collaboratively.
4. Problem solving and critical analysis skills.
5. Their ability to effectively collect, analyse, organize and report on acquired scientific data.
6. Evidence of written and verbal communication skills that allow them to communicate a convincing and reasoned scientific argument at a level and style appropriate to the audience.
ContentStudents will work on a project developed in collaboration with assignef supervisors and/or co-supervisors and/or a research team. Course assessment will involve:

1. Written evidence of research methodology
2. A formal written report
3. An oral presentation (seminar), reviewed by academic staff and student peers


Students will be required to attend two 2-hour lectures during the semester (Weeks 1 and 7). Week 1 letures will focus on Workplace Health and Safety, development research methodology, and contextual issues such as the chemical world, research in Chemistry, the chemical industry and the importance of the scientific method. Week 7 lectures will focus on more practical issues leading up to course completion, such as compiling data, writing the final report, and giving a presentation.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
TransitionThis course is a compulsory course in the Chemistry major of the 2014 revised Bachelor of Science Program.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge40 units of compulsory CHEM2000 level course in the Chemistry major.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Experience Based Learning
Individual Supervision
Seminar
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Methodology: Designed to elicit the level of skills attained in pursuit of the experimental goals. Assessment will be based on performance in the laboratory, as well as the quality of record keeping in the laboratory notebook.
ReportsFinal report: Designed to assess the student's ability to employ relevant sources to identify, extract and report approprirate information. Also to extract information from raw scientific data, organize this information in a coherent logical fashion, and then present the written information in a meaningful way. As part of this report the student will also be required to briefly summarize their project work in a way that is understandable by an intelligent layperson including a description of their project in a broad scientific context i.e. convince the reader as to the value of undertaking the project.
SeminarThis task is designed to assess oral presentation skills (confidence, preparation, etc.), evidence of analytical skills and ability to present data in a concise coherent manner, and the capacity to respond effectively in scientific discussion.
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 60 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 2 weeks
Individual Supervision: for 60 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentIn order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory WHS safety induction.

Laboratory induction: All students are required to successfully complete a laboratory induction process for the specific laboratory that will house their project.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for CHEM3590