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CHEM4101: Chemistry Research Skills

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.

Code CHEM4101
Academic unit Chemistry Academic Operations
Credit points 6
(CHEM3X11 and CHEM3X15) or (24 cp of CHEM3XXX or (18 cp of CHEM3XXX and SCPU3001))
Assumed knowledge:
Proficiency in safe chemical laboratory practices. Completion of a senior level laboratory course

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. collate, and critically evaluate chemical information from a range of relevant sources and identify knowledge gaps for investigation
  • LO2. develop a research question in contemporary chemistry with creativity and lateral thinking
  • LO3. demonstrate a command of relevant chemical conceptual and theoretical frameworks
  • LO4. communicate research methodologies and finding in written and oral form for a scientific audience
  • LO5. define the scope of a research project and effectively identify, how this can be achieved using established ethical and regulatory frameworks

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.