CHEM ENG 4056 - Research Practice

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

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Principles underpinning research (e.g. scientific method; ethics; health & safety) and associated skills (e.g. record keeping; literature research; proposal writing) will be expounded and developed. This will be done through a combination of lectures, workshops and project work. The project work will centre around the development of a research proposal; a major element of this will be literature research and review.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHEM ENG 4056
    Course Research Practice
    Coordinating Unit School of Chemical Eng and Advanced Materials(Ina)
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Minimum of 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Assessment Assignments 40%, Final report 60%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Dzuy Nguyen

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the completion of this course, students should be able to:
    1 Demonstrate understanding of research ethics, and health & safety in the research
    2 Understand the scientific method and its' rational;
    3 Form well-posed research questions and hypothesis;
    4 Identify efficiently and effectively the literature relevant to a research question;
    5 Design a plausible approach to addressing a research question;
    6 Develop a suitable plan to address a research question;
    7 Prepare a sound and engaging research proposal;
    8 Prepare an effective poster reporting a literature review; and
    9 Maintain appropriate research records.
    University Graduate Attributes

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  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Reference Books

    Bock P 2001, Getting It Right, Academic Press.

    Booth WC, Colomb GG, Williams JM 2008, The Craft of Research, 3rd edition, The University of Chicago Press.

    Online Learning
    A range of online resources will be provided via MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course uses a number of different teaching and learning approaches including lectures, seminars and one-on-one or small group tutoring by academic & research staff.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Activity Contact Hours Non-contact Hours
    Lectures 12 24
    Research seminars 4 4
    1-on-1/Small Group Tutoring 12
    Literature research 60
    Proposal writing 24
    Poster preparation 8
    TOTAL 28 132
    Learning Activities Summary
    Topic 1: The Research Process
    The scientific method; framing research questions & hypotheses; design and planning of research; research proposal development; record keeping; ethics; health & safety.

    Topic 2: Searching and Using the Literature
    Search strategies; hands-on use of bibliographic databases; use of literature resources, both off- and on-line; Endnote; citing sources.

    Topic 3: Communication of Research Findings
    Preparation of: literature review, poster, dissertation, and various forms of papers.

  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

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    Assessment Detail

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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