CHEM 4082B - Honours Chemistry Project Part 2

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022

Students will undertake a research project under the supervision of an academic in the Department of Chemistry that will provide advanced knowledge and skills for professional or highly skilled work and/or further learning. The intention is that students will collect and present novel scientific data of a quality that could be published in the open literature however, students will not be penalised if their research project does not produce conclusive results.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHEM 4082B
    Course Honours Chemistry Project Part 2
    Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 18
    Contact By supervision
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Incompatible CHEM 4060A, CHEM 4060B, CHEM 4070A, CHEM 4070B
    Restrictions Available only to students admitted to the relevant Honours program
    Assessment Report, thesis, seminar and oral examination
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Greg Metha

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1 demonstrate an understanding of the close relationship between scientific research and the development of new knowledge in a global context;
    2 demonstrate that current scientific knowledge is both contestable and testable by further enquiry;
    3 apply the concepts and theories of a range of advanced topics in chemistry to research in a particular area;
    4 analyse critically, evaluate and transform research findings to complete a range of activities;
    5 present information, articulate arguments and conclusions, in a variety of modes, to audiences in their field of research;
    6 comply with regulatory frameworks (including HSW) and practising professional ethics relevant to the chemistry field;
    7 undertake independent supervised research in a chemistry field and demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner or learner
    8 demonstrate and articulate personal attributes in preparation for employment

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    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The Honours Chemistry project involves placement in the laboratory of a member of the Chemistry academic staff (cross disciplinary projects involving Chemistry academics and others outside Chemistry may be approved at the discretion of the Chemistry Honours coordinator who will consult with the Department). Students will be allocated to a particular research group by the Honours coordinator according to the preference of the student and the availability of Supervisors. Undergraduate performance will be taken into account during the allocation process where the availability of a particular supervisor is limited.

    Each student will devise a single research project in Chemistry, in consultation with their allocated Supervisor, that will allow them to develop their research skills in a particular area beyond the level achieved in their Chemistry Major. The placements will be full-time in one laboratory between the start of April and the end of October, and each student will be mentored by their Supervisor as well as other members of that research group.

    Students will develop their informal written and oral scientific communication skills through meetings with their Supervisor and participation in research group meetings, and formal communication skills will be developed by presentation of a research seminar and production of a research project report (thesis).

    Each student will be allocated a “second reader” by the Honours coordinator; this will be a member of the Chemistry academic staff who does not work directly in the same field of research but who will help the student to develop the ability to communicate their research outcomes to a broader audience.

    A student will receive informal feedback regarding scientific writing from their Supervisor as they draft their thesis. A formal requirement for the submission of an interim report at the start of June, covering the background and motivation for each research project, will be enforced. Both the Supervisor and the second reader will provide feedback on the interim report. Attendance at Department research seminars will allow students to place their research projects in a wider context in the field and develop perspective about the importance of their work.

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

    Students undertaking an Honours research project in Chemistry should expect to spend, on average, 40 hours per week on the studies required. This includes time at the bench, reading and literature surveys, research group meetings, preparation of seminar and thesis, as well as attendance at the Chemistry seminar program. Students should note that significant variations in day-to-day workload requirements will occur depending on the nature of the research project.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Students will undertake an independent research project under the supervision and guidance of a member of the academic staff in the Department of Chemistry. This will develop the research capabilities of the student to the point where they would be considered suitable for entry into a PhD program at an Australian or international University.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students will be required to attend all Chemistry and special research seminars as defined by the Honours coordinator
    (1-2 hr/wk). Students are also required to attend a library resources training session as well as equipment specific training sessions
    relevant to their research project as identified by their project supervisor (e.g. NMR training).
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    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
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    Interim report Formative

    Early June

    0% 1
    Research report
    Summative Early November 70% 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
    Oral examination Summative Mid November 20% 5,7,8
    Research seminar Summative Mid November 10% 1,5,8
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Item with
    Hurdle or compulsory component
    % needed to meet
    hurdle or requirement to meet
    Is additional
    assessment available if student

    If additional assessment is available, explain
    what type
    Research report
    50% Yes Revision of thesis
    Assessment Detail
    For the research project, the student is expected to:

    1. prepare an Honours report, which describes what was done in the research project (70% of CHEM4082A/B mark),
    2. present a seminar on the research carried out (10% of CHEM4082A/B mark), and
    3. undergo an oral examination (20% of CHEM4082A/B mark).

    Further information will be published in the Chemistry Honours Course Handbook available on MyUni.
    Late Submission
    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to  maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that a thesis that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only
    receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available.

    Course Grading

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

    M11 (Honours Mark Scheme)
    GradeGrade reflects following criteria for allocation of gradeReported on Official Transcript
    Fail A mark between 1-49 F
    Third Class A mark between 50-59 3
    Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B
    Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A
    First Class A mark between 80-100 1
    Result Pending An interim result RP
    Continuing Continuing CN

    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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