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Frontiers of Chemistry 5M CHEM5051

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Chemistry
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Training in research methods, literature searching, intellectual property, ethics, presentation skills, group work, essay writing and preparation for placement applications and interviews.


25 hours of lectures normally on Friday afternoons

Requirements of Entry

Admission to the Chemistry and Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry MSc degree programmes.

Excluded Courses





1. Continuous assessment from the students' portfolio (30%)

2. Essay (70%)

Course Aims

To provide a broadly-based education and training in all branches of Chemistry appropriate for those who will become professional chemists working probably in a research environment, together with specialisations in areas of the subject where significant advances and developments are currently being made, with enhancement of professional skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


1. Recognise who owns research results and how they can be legally protected and commercially exploited.

2. Identify and discuss examples of malpractice that may present ethical dilemmas to professional scientists.

3. Organize material from various sources before commencing the writing of essays or reports.

4. Prepare suitable audio-visual material and give a short group presentation and express this material in a clear, grammatical and concise way for the appropriate audience.

5. Recall some of the "hot" research areas in modern chemistry.

3. Be able to explain the data obtained and the phenomena exhibited in the materials analysis.

4. Apply knowledge of these method to practical problems in characterising materials.

5. Write a detailed research report suitable for use by peers that demonstrates an understanding of the role of research undertaken and critical analysis of the data required.

6. Prepare an academic poster presentation and effectively communicate, to a range of audiences, the outcomes of the chemistry research.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.