Chemical research involves the identification of a problem worthy of investigation, formulation of a hypothesis, the design of experiments and the communication of the outcomes of the research. This unit focuses on the preparation of a research proposal that should be distinct from your Honours project work currently being undertaken in the School of Chemistry. You will, in consultation with a member of the academic staff and the unit coordinator, develop a research proposal that provides an account of the relevant scientific literature that leads to the identification of specific research aims. The proposal will describe the methodologies needed to test your hypothesis and demonstrate the feasibility of these by reference to the existing literature and the significance of the research. You will present a short seminar based on you proposal. This unit will also introduce you to the relevant workplace health and safety requirements. By completing this unit you will be prepared to develop and initiate a chemical research project.
1 x 1hr seminar/week for 8 weeks
safety quiz (10%), oral presentations (5% and 15%), research proposal (70%)
Proficiency in safe chemical laboratory practices. Completion of a senior level laboratory course.
(CHEM3X11 and CHEM3X15) or (24 cp of CHEM3XXX or (18 cp of CHEM3XXX and SCPU3001))