CHEM390 - Critical Readings in Chemistry
CHEM 390 Critical Readings in Chemistry is an 18-point, full-year paper.
This paper is designed to allow students to experience research in Chemistry by exposure to the scientific Chemistry literature and participating in a practical research project. It will give students an opportunity to develop their oral, written and experimental skills and to investigate in-depth multidisciplinary chemical topics.
CHEM 390 is intended for:
- 300-level BSc(Hons) students majoring in chemistry
- BSc students who are enrolled for at least 72 additional points of 300-level chemistry and who gained at least a B average in 54 points of 200-level chemistry and who may be considering postgraduate study
A list of topics and supervisors will be given to students. After discussion, each student will be assigned to a topic and will be provided with an initial paper concerning this topic by their supervisor. Students will use this paper as an introduction to their general topic. During the course, students will meet regularly with their supervisor, and class meetings will be held approximately every fortnight. Students will be required to attend departmental seminars given by visiting lecturers, and will write summaries on at least four seminars of their choice. Students will be required to keep a logbook of their work in this course and they will also present a 15-minute talk on their topic.
- to develop an ability to critically evaluate the importance and significance of chemical literature and presentations
- to gain experience in self-paced learning
- to give students the opportunity to develop written and oral skills via a constructive feedback process
- to allow students to become familiar with and utilise, the various methods of information retrieval commonly used in chemistry
Lecture times and venues
Semester 1 and 2 Thursday at 12.00 noon, fortnightly
Attendance at a number of departmental seminars is also required. These are generally held on Friday at 12.00 noon in Chem 1.
Expectations at the completion of the course
- To develop an ability to critically evaluate the importance and significance of chemical literature and presentations
- To gain experience in self-paced learning and research
- To give students the opportunity to develop written and oral skills via a constructive feedback process
- To allow students to become familiar with, and utilize, the various methods of information retrieval commonly used in chemistry
Communication, critical thinking, information literacy, research, self-motivation, teamwork.
Assessment (there will not be a formal written examination)
Written analysis of initial paper 20%
Oral presentation 20%
Final written project report 40%
Seminar summaries 10%
No textbook required for this paper.
Dr Eng Wui Tan
The list of project supervisors will change annually.