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Science project course: frontiers in chemistry

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  • Points: 30
  • Code: SXM390
  • Level: 3
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This course is hard work, but it's really worthwhile doing to gain familiarity with the academic literature and develop your skills in synthesising and evaluating information.

Having a good tutor makes a world of difference - this module above all is one where you need to be looking at the feedback on the TMAs, not just the mark, so you can put it all into practice in the final submitted project.

5000 words is nowhere near enough though - it's short compared to equivalent courses elsewhere.

Don't underestimate the importance of the skills audit, project plan and log. You may not like that sort of stuff - I don't! - but if you want a good mark, take it totally seriously and go overboard on doing it perfectly. With only 3 TMAs, each worth a third of OCAS, you haven't got much margin for error.

Course starting: February 2013

Review posted: July 2014

This is a brilliant course. At the beginning you may feel out of your depth but it is worth persevering as slowly but surely everything starts to come together. I cannot recommend this course highly enough. Your tutor becomes more valuable than in any other course and it is vital that you contact them regularly. At the end when you see that finished project you will get such a sense of achievement that all the hours of hard work are worth it. Be aware that you need to put a lot of hours in but it is still possible to do this course alongside another.

Course starting: February 2007

Review posted: January 2008

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