Faculty of Science

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Chemistry
Monash Passport categoryResearch Challenge (Investigate Program)
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton Summer semester A 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Perran Cook


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. 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;

  1. Prepare, explain and undertake appropriate OHS Risk Assessments associated with laboratory (and if relevant, fieldwork) activities;

  1. Demonstrate the ability to work efficiently and safely within a research laboratory environment;

  1. Access relevant data for comparative purposes using modern information technologies;

  1. Synthesise and present in a format suitable for the discipline, experimental results and data analysis associated with the research project;

  1. Present scientific research findings to an appropriate expert audience;

  1. Integrate the research findings from the project into the larger context of research in that particular field, primarily through completion of the required report;

  1. Demonstrate the capability to learn new technical skills within the research project ambit and use these proficiently and safely.


Written project proposal: 10%
Laboratory work: 30%
Project report: 50%
Oral presentation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Six hours per week


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