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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

Please note

Each of the views expressed above is an individual's very particular response, largely unedited, and should be viewed with that in mind. Since modules are subject to regular updating, some of the issues identified may have already been addressed. In some instances the faculty may have provided a response to a comment. If you have a query about a particular module, please contact your Regional Centre.


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 2013 presentation of SXM390. The survey was carried out in 2014. 48.7% of our students responded to the survey covering what they thought of 10 aspects of the module. See this page for the full text of questions and more information about the survey.

Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of this module 86.8 %
Overall, I am satisfied with my study experience 81.6 %
The module provided good value for money 69.4 %
I was satisfied with the support provided by my tutor/study adviser on this module 94.6 %
Overall, I was satisfied with the teaching materials provided on this module 72.2 %
The module met its stated learning outcomes 92.1 %
I would recommend this module to other students 74.3 %
The module met my expectations 78.9 %
I enjoyed studying this module 75.7 %
Overall, I was able to keep up with the workload on this module 73 %
Faculty comment: "We are pleased that the vast majority of students taking this module were very satisfied with: (1) the quality of the module: (2) the assessment, (3) the clear statement of the learning outcomes; (4) the support from their tutors; and (5) SXM390 met their expectations. We note that a minority of students reported experiencing difficulties navigating between the different areas of the website and forums, and finding information, and so we will seek to provide improved guidance and/or to modify these areas in future. Finally, the majority of students stated they enjoyed the experience of studying SXM390 and that they would recommend it to other students."
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