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Science project course: frontiers in chemistry

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  • Points: 30
  • Code: SXM390
  • Level: 3

Student reviews

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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Module satisfaction survey

The figures below are taken from a survey of students who sat the exam/completed the end-of-module assessment for the February 2016 presentation of SXM390. The survey was carried out in 2016.

22 students (a response rate of 27.8%) responded to the survey covering what they thought of 10 aspects of the module.

Please note that if the percentage of students who responded to this module survey is below 30% and/or the number of responses is below 23 it means that only a small proportion of students provided feedback and their views as shown here may not be fully representative of all students who studied the module.

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% Count
Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of this module 90.9 20
Overall, I am satisfied with my study experience 81.8 18
The module provided good value for money 90.5 19
I was satisfied with the support provided by my tutor/study adviser on this module 95.5 21
Overall, I was satisfied with the teaching materials provided on this module 90 18
The learning outcomes of the module were clearly stated 95.5 21
I would recommend this module to other students 90.9 20
The module met my expectations 85.7 18
I enjoyed studying this module 81.8 18
Overall, I was able to keep up with the workload on this module 63.6 14
Faculty comment: "The module team warmly thanks students for their feedback and comments via the recent survey. Clearly, the vast majority of those who responded are satisfied with their study experience, with the support provided by their tutor, and would recommend the module to other students. This student comment captures a common view: ""I feel this module is reflective of the true world of science and academia more than many I have encountered and it was a fitting end. I really enjoyed this module even though it was very challenging and at times overwhelming, but I felt I learned so much through the experience.""
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