Aims/Description: This module is composed of practical, literature and open ended project work. An experimental project builds on practical skills gained in level 2, and is part of the final development of laboratory work in chemistry. The teaching takes the form of longer project style practical sessions where students work as part of a group, and will design, execute, analyse and present work on a topic guided by an experimental manager. This design was arrived at following consultations with our industrial advisers to find out what qualities they wanted to find in the students they employ. This is complemented by a literature project, which provides the opportunity to write an extended review of the primary literature in an area of chemistry. This introduces students to the chemical research literature and strategies for finding chemical information, as well as critical analysis and presenting a complex set of information with a clear structure. Refereeing submissions and responding to referees' comments will be part of the experience. Each student works independently on this task, and is assigned a member of staff who provides feedback and advice on progress. Finally, these tasks are complemented by an open ended task that will involve exploring a contemporary issue in chemistry by exploring and gathering specific data from contemporary databases and broader information sources. Both data mining and validation will be involved, as well as developing a familiarity with accessing the large r

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Laboratory work, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Project work, Practical skills assessment, Project/ portfolio

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