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CH5002 - Advanced Chemistry Research Project

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Available only to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Advanced Science.

This subject is designed to promote the skills necessary as a research or professional chemist whilst consolidating and enhancing the students' underpinning knowledge base. Students will select an area of topical chemistry research under the direction of one or more chemistry academic staff members. Students will conduct laboratory and/or theory based research to improve their practical and data interpretive skills. In addition, students will identify, understand and critically analyze the scientific literature of their chosen area. Students will be exposed to the peer review process, and develop an understanding of the indicators and attributes for quality research publications, relevant to chemistry. Students will further develop written and oral skills for effective communication of key concepts, techniques, and research status associated with the selected research topic for a variety of forums.

Learning Outcomes

  • critically review and analyse literature databases and citation indices to identify scientific articles that support a research topic;
  • develop experimental chemistry laboratory based skills in a area of chemistry research;
  • construct a scientific report and present research results on a selected topic.

Subject Assessment

  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (10%) - Individual
  • Written > Research report - (60%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (30%) - Individual.
Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of 9 credit points of level 2, 3 or 5 CH subjects.


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coordinator: Dr Murray Davies
Lecturers: Dr Murray Davies, Assoc. Professor Michael Oelgemoeller, Dr Mark Robertson, Dr Yang Liu, Professor Peter Junk.
Workload expectations:
  • 20 hours workshops - This includes the time to prepare and present an oral presentation on the research topic
  • 110 hours was Other - This is a literature review of a chemistry research topic. There are no lectures, tutorials etc.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.