Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


This unit is taken over two successive semesters and parts 1 and 2 must be completed to fulfil the requirements of the unit. Students can commence the unit in either semester 1 or semester 2. The unit involves undertaking a program of experimental study in a research-active laboratory under the supervision of an experienced member of the discipline. The experimental data obtained is then presented in the form of a written thesis which, after submission, is subjected to an oral defence. The thesis details the background to the research, the methods employed, the results obtained, an analysis of the results in the context of the field and a bibliography.

18 points

Students are able to (1) write and compile a scientific thesis in a format appropriate for the discipline; (2) show understanding of scientific methods relevant to their research project; (3) use statistical tools to assess reliability of their findings; (4) obtain, analyse and present original research data; (5) interpret and critically appraise their own and other research data; (6) explain the relationship of their findings to other work in the field; and (7) respond to questions on their thesis in a manner that shows mastery of the content and some knowledge of related areas.


This comprises an assessment of the thesis (67 per cent), a seminar on the research related to the thesis (13 per cent), an oral defence of the thesis (13 per cent) and a supervisor assessment of the student (7 per cent).

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Sam Saunders
Unit rules
enrolment in
honours in Chemistry
or Graduate Diploma in Science (50300)
CHEM7400/CHEM7401 Chemistry Honours Written and Oral Skills Part 1/Part 2

Patrick, G. L. An Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry, 3rd edn: OUP 2005

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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.