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CH4431   Scientific Writing

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: Full Year

Availability restrictions: Only available to students on the MChem Chemistry, Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry and Materials Chemistry programmes

Planned timetable: To be arranged

This module aims to provide a comprehensive experience in sourcing and working with scientific literature related to a topic of chemical research, and seeks to develop a number of important skills concerning the dissemination of complex ideas to a wider scientific audience. Via a short sequence of seminars, supervisory meetings, and on line resources, students are provided with detailed guidance on how to conduct a research literature search and evaluate critically scientific articles. In addition, students will develop skills relating to the communication of science, both written and oral. As a consequence, this module provides valuable experience and preparation for a Final Year Honours Research Project. An insight into the academic peer review process is also provided.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass at least 2 modules from {CH2501, CH2601, CH2603, CH2701}

Co-requisite(s): You must also pass CH4421

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take CH4442

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2-hours seminar (x 4 weeks), 1hr weekly meeting with supervisor (x 6 weeks), (1 x 3hr) mini-symposium attendance

Scheduled learning hours: 17

Guided independent study hours: 186

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Short Presentation = 10%, Coursework = 90%

As defined by QAA
Coursework: 90%

Re-assessment: Resubmission of coursework = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr T Van Mourik
Module teaching staff: Dr T Van Mourik , Dr R Schaub, Dr S King, Dr K Jones