|Unit level:||Level 6|
|Teaching period(s):||Both semesters|
- To equip students with effective research and communication skills in chemistry;
- To develop students’ essay writing and presentation skills;
- To provide training which will enable students to carry out the final research project;
- To familiarise students with the use of specialist chemical databases for literature searching such as Web of Knowledge and SciFinder, and software for presenting chemical information, eg chemical drawing packages;
- To establish a specialist understanding of the area in which the research component of the MSc is to be undertaken via relevant literature searching and to report the findings in an extended piece of writing.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
Literature searching; abstraction of significant information; analysis of data; essay and report writing; critical reflection; independent learning; pair and team working; giving effective academic presentations; IT skills related to literature searching and scientific writing and presentations; time management and organisational skills (ability to work independently and to work efficiently and effectively).
- Academic malpractice awareness, on-line test (Pass/Fail)
- Presentation, 15%
- 1500-word essay, 25%
- Written exam, 1 hr, 20%
- Research review, 10-15 sides A4, 40%
Students successfully completing this unit should have developed the ability to:
- conduct and report on research in chemistry, using appropriate databases and software;
- write effective, well-organised scientific essays and reports;
- deliver effective, well-organised academic presentations;
- use the style and conventions of academic scientific writing and speaking;
- use the referencing conventions of the Royal Society of Chemistry;
- paraphrase and summarise from academic sources, and understand how to avoid plagiarism and other forms of academic malpractice;
- use the English language accurately and effectively in a scientific context;
- become familiar with research already carried out in their intended project area.
- Jane Bottomley (2014) Academic Writing for International Students of Science, Oxon: Routledge..
Workshops, seminars, feedback on drafted material
- Lectures – 6 hours
- Seminars & workshops – 14 hours
- Tutorials – 2/3 hours
- Independent study hours – 127 hours
Jane Bottomley; Ishbel Saxton
Alan Brisdon - Unit coordinator