The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


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.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2019
  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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.


Students 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 lectures 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.

Assumed knowledge

40 units of compulsory CHEM2000 level course in the Chemistry major.

Assessment items

Report: Laboratory Notebook

Presentation: Oral presentation

Report: Final Project Report

Written Assignment: Assessment

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Experimental

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Individual Supervision: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - All students are required to successfully complete a laboratory induction process for the specific laboratory that will house their project.

Contact hours


Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 6 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks

Individual supervision for 60 hours per semester for the full semester (10 weeks, one day per week, 6 hours)


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 2 Weeks

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 60 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Term Full Term