Timetable: Please check http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au/ for the official timetable of the unit. Note that this unit is meant to have a high degree of flexibility and the official timetable is a guide only.
Lectures/Tutorial/Seminars: The coursework component of this unit will be used to explore topics of relevance to contemporary chemistry and employment in the Chemistry field. Attendance is compulsory. At times we may use the time allocated to lectorials for work related to the research project and vice-versa.
Laboratory Work: This is a large component of CBMS302. Your self-directed research project will help you to understand which techniques you have learnt over the past few years can be used in a given practical situation. You will design the project, using literature procedures as a guide. Considerable preparation is therefore needed. Practical sessions will be organised in a semi-formalised manner, with sufficient flexibility to allow individualised investigations.
Required and Recommended Texts and/or Materials
None prescribed. This unit will draw upon the recent chemical literature, accessed through journals (paper and electronic) as source material for the topics being studied.
Technology Used and Required
You will be using modem and sophisticated research instrumentation when conducting your research. This will be provided by the Department.
You will acquire current scientific literature using database search tools such as SciFinder Scholar, Reaxys, PubMed and Scirus.
You will be giving seminars and submitting documents. It is expected that these will be prepared in a professional manner. Access to presentation software, such as Powerpoint, and word processing software will be necessary.
Unit Web Page
The URL of the CBMS302 web site is: ilearn.mq.edu.au
You will be asked for a username and password. Your username is your student MQlD. Your MQID and password have been mailed to you by the University. lf you have lost them go to the student portal: my.mq.edu.au
Teaching and Learning Strategy
This unit is designed to have a flexible, open and self-directed learning environment. Much of the learning in the coursework component of the course will involve readings and discussion of those readings. You will be expected to exhibit a grasp of contemporary chemistry through application of your previous and current learning in the units that comprise your Major, by in class discussions and presentations and through essays and the final examination.
The essays provide a mechanism developing your level of understanding of the topic and your ability to communicate to others. They also provide, to some extent, a method of providing objective assessment of your level of attainment.
Active participation by you in the lectures/tutorial, seminars and laboratory sessions is expected. This means that you are expected to ask questions and contribute to the discussions during lectures/tutorials, seminars and in the laboratory.
The research project is intended to provide you with the opportunity to act as a real research chemist. It will be your responsibility to understand the problem, first through the literature and then in the lab. You will be expected to justify your research plan, and to present your research results to your peers. The research project consists of planning, execution and communication of results. These sections will be assessed through a written proposal for the project, performance in the laboratory, a written report (journal article format), and an oral presentation on the project. Some of these may be given as group work (to be determined by consensus).