CHT216: Colloquium

School Cardiff School of Chemistry
Department Code CHEMY
Module Code CHT216
External Subject Code F100
Number of Credits 10
Level L7
Language of Delivery English
Module Leader Dr Niklaas Buurma
Semester Double Semester
Academic Year 2018/9

Outline Description of Module

This module trains students in searching, retrieving, managing and subsequent analysis and discussion of current scientific literature in a specialised area of research. The module will develop written communication skills through the preparation of a written report in one of the standard formats (e.g. RSC and ACS). The module will also develop oral communication skills. Specialised chemical topics provide the main themes. 

On completion of the module a student should be able to

Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Critically review a combined body of scientific literature in a specialised area of knowledge.
  2. Support his/her professional opinion in a specialised area of knowledge using scientific literature.

Intellectual Skills:

  1. Separate the objective facts in a report from the interpretation of those facts.
  2. Critically evaluate the published interpretations of data and generate alternative interpretations where appropriate.

Discipline Specific Skills:

  1. Collect, manage and review a body of scientific literature
  2. Evaluate whether advanced and specialised techniques in the chosen area of research have been applied appropriately in solving complex chemical problems.
  3. Report (in writing and orally) chemical information at a professional standard.

How the module will be delivered

An introductory 2-hour workshop on handling scientific literature, including the use of Voyager, Endnote (web), Scopus, Web of Knowledge, Scifinder. Supervision during the preparation of a written report and a presentation on walk-in basis will be provided by the member of staff proposing the topic of the literature study. Whereas the supervision on walk-in basis will enable and support student learning of complex and specialised knowledge and skills, the student is expected to develop the autonomous learning processes associated with the preparation of critical literature reviews.

Skills that will be practised and developed

  1. Writing review reports on a body of scientific literature
  2. Presenting findings in public and engaging in public discussion

How the module will be assessed

The presentation and the report will allow the student to: (1) demonstrate his/her ability to judge and critically review a significant body of existing literature in a specialised area of research; (2) present results from a study of the scientific literature in both written and oral form.

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs)
Dissertation 50 Written Report N/A
Presentation 50 Oral Presentation N/A

Syllabus content

Application of information technology in chemistry

Writing of reports in one of the standard formats

Plagiarism and its potential consequences

Oral presentation and scientific discussion

The module consists of a literature review of a specialised area of knowledge, resulting in a written report and an oral presentation. The topics are allocated from a list to which staff contribute and can be in any area of the student’s MSc programme.

Essential Reading and Resource List

The module will predominantly use recent scientific literature focussing on a specialised area of knowledge of the student’s choice.  Support is provided through resources on Learning Central.

Background Reading and Resource List

The module will predominantly use recent scientific literature focussing on a specialised area of knowledge of the student’s choice.  Support is provided through resources on Learning Central.


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