- Class Number 6307
- Term Code 3160
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Prof Mick Sherburn
- Prof Mick Sherburn
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 26/07/2021
- Class End Date 29/10/2021
- Census Date 14/09/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
A selection of research projects from within the Discipline of Chemistry will be on offer. Students will undertake their individual project within a research group in the Research School of Chemistry under the supervision of an RSC group leader. This is an Honours Pathway Course. Completion of particular 2000 or 3000 level chemistry courses may be a requirement for certain projects.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Plan and engage in a critical investigation of a chosen area of specialisation in chemistry, in the context of working within an internationally competitive research group.
- Systematically identify relevant theory and concepts, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence, and draw appropriate conclusions.
- Engage in systematic discovery and critical review of appropriate and relevant information sources.
- Communicate research concepts and contexts clearly and effectively both in writing and orally.
The entire course is devoted to teaching and learning research skills and conducting original research for potential publication. Students will learn core knowledge about conducting research and will implement that learning.
You must wear the appropriate protective clothing (laboratory coat, safety glasses and covered, non-absorbant shoes) to work in the laboratory. Students who do not comply will not be permitted to work in the laboratory.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
Students are encouraged to meet regularly with their supervisor and research mentor.
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Workload and expectations: A total estimated workload of 130 hours of independent research under supervision of a Research School of Chemistry academic supervisor.||Assessment and attendance requirements for each course will be discussed with you and must be agreed upon within the first week of the semester.|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Written Project Report||70 %||21/10/2021||02/12/2021||1,2,3,4|
|Research Performance Assessment||10 %||29/10/2021||02/12/2021||1,2,3,4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.
Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Students should meet regularly with their supervisor (research group leader) and, in laboratory-based projects, be under the constant watch of research mentor(s) (senior research group members).
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Written Project Report
Research project report, submitted via electronic submission on Wattle, marked by two independent group leaders at RSC not involved in the project.
The research report should detail the student's results during their research project.
Maximum length: 3000 words and 15 pages. Detailed format requirements provided on Wattle.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Research Performance Assessment
The supervisor will provide this mark, which is an evaluation of the student’s research skills. For experimental projects, it will be an evaluation of the laboratory work, the laboratory notebook and data (i.e. spectra, etc.). For computational projects, it will be an evaluation of the student’s computational skills and a computational details file, which should contain a summary of work performed/jobs logged and dates, and associated findings and computational datasets.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
The research seminar will be open to attendance by all RSC staff and students, and should inform a non-specialist audience of the student's results obtained during their research project. It will be marked by all RSC group leaders present.
Each seminar is a fixed total time of 15 minutes, including roughly 10-12 minutes for the presentation and 3-5 minutes of questions. Every CHEM3060 student will attend and participate in ALL of the student talks.
Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.
The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.
The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.
You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.
For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Resubmission of Assignments
If the standard of a research report is deemed unsatisfactory by the course convenor (on advice from the supervisor or grader) you may be asked to resubmit the report.
Distribution of grades policy
Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.
Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
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- ANU Health, safety & wellbeing for medical services, counselling, mental health and spiritual support
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- ANU Dean of Students for confidential, impartial advice and help to resolve problems between students and the academic or administrative areas of the University
- ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre supports you make your own decisions about how you learn and manage your workload.
- ANU Counselling Centre promotes, supports and enhances mental health and wellbeing within the University student community.
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Prof Mick Sherburn