CHM2990 - Introductory chemical research project - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

School of Chemistry


Professor Alan Chaffee

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 (Day)
  • Summer semester A 2017 (Day)


This course allows students to undertake an introductory research project as part of their second year of study in Chemistry within the BSc Adv (Hons) or BSc (Science Scholar) degrees and students undertaking CHM1051 and CHM1052 with a minimum of a distinction grade for both units. The project will be carried out within the School of Chemistry teaching and research laboratories. Allied with the practical work will be tutorial materials and discussion on formal matters relating to OH&S, database searching, data analysis and presentation and report presentation.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to locate, synthesize and critically evaluate relevant scientific literature associated with the research project;
  2. Prepare, explain and undertake appropriate OHS Risk Assessments associated with laboratory (and if relevant, fieldwork) activities;
  3. Demonstrate the ability to work efficiently and safely within a research laboratory environment;
  4. Access relevant data for comparative purposes using modern information technologies;
  5. Synthesise and present in a format suitable for the discipline, experimental results and data analysis associated with the research project;
  6. Present scientific research findings to an appropriate expert audience;
  7. Integrate the research findings from the project into the larger context of research in that particular field, primarily through completion of the required report;
  8. Demonstrate the capability to learn new technical skills within the research project ambit and use these proficiently and safely.


  • Laboratory work: 20% + Reflective assessment: 10% + Project report: 60% + Poster/oral presentation: 10%

Workload requirements

  • Six hours per week of laboratory work plus additional private study time

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


A distinction average over CHM1051 and CHM1052 or; high distinction average over CHM1011 and CHM1022 or; special permission from the unit coordinator.


CHM2911 and CHM2922. (Note that students enrolling in the Semester One offering must at least be enrolled in CHM2922 for the same academic year.)