CHM4100 - Chemistry research project - 2018

36 points, SCA Band 2, 0.750 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Chemistry

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Mike Grace


Associate Professor Mike Grace

Unit guides



  • Full year 2018 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2018 to First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Enrolment in an approved Honours or Graduate Diploma in the discipline of chemistry




Students undertake a supervised research project in a specialised area of chemistry. Candidates may commence the honours year at the beginning of either first or second semester. Further information is available from the course coordinator and at a meeting held with prospective students during second semester of third year.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Critically review the scientific literature in their discipline;
  2. Understand, discuss and actively participate in the design, development and implementation of a research project;
  3. Execute, analyse and evaluate a set of laboratory-based exercises, showing an improved ability to work with minimal supervision and to implement their own ideas;
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in computer-based literature searching word processing and other computer programs commonly used in their chosen chemistry discipline;
  5. Experience then discuss the breadth and diversity of the chemical sciences, specifically through, but not limited to, attendance at seminars;
  6. Demonstrate proficiency in safe work practices for a chemical laboratory, including the use of MSDS and the performance of risk assessments;
  7. Synthesise and present in a format suitable for the discipline, experimental results and data analysis associated with the research project;
  8. Present orally the scientific research findings to an appropriate expert audience;
  9. Integrate the research findings from the project into the larger context of research in that particular field, primarily through completion of the required thesis;
  10. Demonstrate the capability to learn new technical skills within the research project ambit and use these proficiently and safely.


Research Project with a written report in thesis form and oral defence and 2 x 15 minute oral presentations on the students research during the Honours year: 100%

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