The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course is composed of directed research in a selected area of current chemistry at an advanced level, applying knowledge of the project area based on a relevant literature review and developed experimental methodology already completed.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020
  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Advanced knowledge relevant to the professional practice of chemistry at an advanced level

2. Developed an understanding of the application of chemistry to problems in industrial and research environments

3. Developed high-level skills in information searching, selection, retrieval and interpretation

4. Developed an understanding of the tasks of the research chemist in project development and problem solving

5. Been provide with experience and developed independence in the pursuit of an advanced experimental project

6. Developed skills in procedures and instrumental methods relevant to pursuit of an advanced experimental project

7. Developed high-level skills in the scientific method of planning, developing, conducting, reviewing and reporting a major project

8. To develop a deeper understanding of the professional and safety responsibilities residing in experimental research and development projects


This course consists of several task areas:

  1. Experimental Research
  • The candidate will pursue a research project in a selected area of current chemistry at an advanced level, under the direction of a member of academic staff. Advanced experimental techniques relevant to the research project will be employed.
  1. Experimental Planning and Recording
  • Project planning skills and effective recording of results will be developed, guided by the project academic supervisor.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Honours), or Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management (Honours) programs.

Assumed knowledge

CHEM4110 and CHEM4120

Assessment items

Thesis: Thesis

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Self-Directed Learning: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.

Contact hours


Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term