Chemistry BSc/MSci

Frontiers Of Chemistry 3M CHEM5016

  • 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

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


Essay (70%), Portfolio (30%).

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

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 the coursestudents will be able to;

■ Recall some of the "hot" research areas in modern chemistry

■ Organise material from various sources before commencing the writing of essays or


■  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.

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

■ 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 of the course's summative assessment.