Frontiers of Catalysis CHEM5071

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • 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

Short Description

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


25 h of tutorials running across Semester 1 and 2.

Requirements of Entry

Admission to M.Res. programme in Industrial Heterogeneous Catalysis.

Excluded Courses





Essay (60%), Portfolio (20%), Presentation (20%).

Course Aims

To provide a broadly-based education and training in heterogeneous catalysis 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. Recall some of the "hot" research areas in modern catalysis

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

3. 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.

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

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

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.