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CHEMISTRY HONOURS & GRAD. DIP. CHEMISTRY HONOURS & GRAD. DIP. Induction Feb 3 2015.

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1 CHEMISTRY HONOURS & GRAD. DIP. CHEMISTRY HONOURS & GRAD. DIP. Induction Feb

2 Welcome! Semester 1 Dr Meredith Jordan Honours Coordinator, Room 544 Phone: Dr Girish Lakhwani Deputy Honours Coordinator, Room 358 Phone:

3 Rules and Regulations Honours rules and regulations are available online: chemistry/honours/current-honours-students.shtml Please check the website regularly!

4 Formal Requirements You must: 1.Carry out a research project under the supervision of an academic member of staff. 2.Present a thesis describing the research. 3.Present a seminar describing the research. 4.Complete all required coursework. 5.Attend on average one research seminar per week during semester and all SUCS meetings (monthly).

5 Assessment Research Work (30%) Thesis (40%) Coursework (10%) Seminar (20%) Note that current Science Faculty Guidelines are followed in the awarding of all marks. Also note: Research = 90% and Coursework = 10%!

6 Research (~30%) This mark is awarded on the basis of the research carried out throughout the year and includes an assessment of your overall performance, as well as: Initiative Competence in experimental techniques Understanding of project fundamentals Diligence (including participation/attendance in seminars/courses) Research aptitude and potential. Your final mark is based on a written report from your supervisor addressing these criteria (with written justifications). This mark is determined by the Hons Board of Examiners at the end of the year. The final mark does not depend on the success of your project!

7 Thesis (~40%) This mark is awarded on your written thesis describing the project you carried out throughout the year. Introduction (relevant literature, context, overall aims) Description of research Analysis of data, discussion of results, conclusions Style (grammar, spelling, use of correct terminology) Use and presentation of tables, figures, etc. References (using a form adopted by leading journals) Final thesis mark is provided by at least 4 members of staff. Please follow the thesis guidelines (pretty detailed, online). Deadline for thesis submission: very strict: 3 pm MON Nov 2 nd

8 Coursework (10% total) Semester 1 - Scientific Literature (starts Thursday Feb 5, 3pm LT4) Meredith Jordan Use of scientific literature databases. How to cite papers. How to write scientifically (and engagingly!). Assessment on searching scientific literature, writing an opening paragraph, making a publication quality figure and writing a short report article (~1500 words). Semester 2 - Scientific Communication (12 weeks) Toby Hudson How to present science orally. Assessment: short seminar of 8 minutes on a scientific subject (last year on a Nobel Laureate).

9 Coursework (10% total) Semester 1 - Scientific Literature (before Sem 1 starts) Meredith Jordan Use of scientific literature databases. How to cite papers. How to write. Assessment on searching scientific literature. Assessment on writing short report (~1500 words). Will also go over courses & resources available through the University Library and there will be a training at the SciTech Library Wednesday Feb 10 th Training Rooms 3 and 4 Tuesdays/Thursdays 3pm – 5pm Feb 5,10,12,17 LT4

10 Seminar (20%) You must present a seminar to the School at the end of your course. Will be held Monday Nov 9 th or Tuesday Nov 10 th minute seminar (20-25 min. talk + 10 min. questions) You can use Powerpoint, pdf, … or overheads for your presentation. You are not awarded bonus marks (or penalised marks!) for the type of presentation you use. Final seminar mark is based on overall presentation and ability to answer questions (marked by at least 6 academic staff).

11 Honours Grades Final Honours grades are based on Faculty Guidelines, which are used to assess each of the four assessment components. There is no quota and there is no maximum markup on SciWAM. ClassDescriptionMark RangeSciWAM H1MHonours Class I and Uni medal90 – H1Honours Class I80 – 90 H2.1Honours Class II (Division 1)75 – 79 H2.2Honours Class II (Division 2)70 – 74 H3Honours Class III65 – 69 FFail< 65 AFAbsent Fail

12 Grad. Dip. Grades Final Grad. Dip. grades are based on Faculty Guidelines, which are used to assess each of the four assessment components. There is no quota and there is no maximum markup on SciWAM. PPass50 or greater FFail< 50 AFAbsent Fail

13 Special Consideration The Special Consideration Procedure for Honours and Graduate Diploma Students in Chemistry is on the website: chemistry/honours/current-honours-students.shtml#speccons Special Consideration forms must be submitted in support of claims that the performance in any of the four assessment categories Reseach/Thesis/Seminar/Coursework has been adversely affected. They must be accompanied by supporting information and you will be advised the outcome of your special consideration application as soon as possible. Follow the instructions on the web or ask Meredith or Girish for assistance

14 Plagiarism The University of Sydney is opposed to and will not tolerate plagiarism. You will have access to Turnitin – anti-plagiarism software through Blackboard. You can use this to checking your writing for any (unintentional) plagiarism as you go along. You submit to the local (ie Uni) database while checking against the worldwide database. (Your thesis markers can also check using Turnitin)

15 Some pointers… Safety is paramount. Discuss project with supervisor(s) on a regular basis. Self-motivation is the key to success, as are persistence and hard work. Planning is everything! Hons is a full-time commitment. You’re expected to work like a full-time “employee” at a minimum. Undergrad vacations/annual leave don’t exist for Hons students! Check with your supervisor(s) prior to taking any necessary leave.

16 Where to next? Photos near front office after this session Safety Induction LT3 from 10 am – 12 noon tomorrow Get settled in this week. Speak with your supervisor(s) about your project. Commence your literature search/reading.

17 Where to next? If you haven’t already, please double check your enrolment. If there are any problems let Suzanne at the front office know, or me, or Girish or the Science Faculty. Complete the safety quiz, have it checked off by your floor safety officer. Fill out all your forms with all signatures bar Gemma’s Leave your form with Dimetra at the front office Get your keys from Front Office.

18 Coming up… Library –Roderick Dyson, Chemistry Liaison Librarian –Courses, online guides searching, citing, writing… Wed 10 th Feb 10am-12 noon –check library website: 1st Yr Demonstrating - Dr Rob Baker (level 5) General Matters – Suzanne Kania (front office) Hazardous Substances/Safety – Your supervisor, Gemma Thompson Honours Coursework: Scientific Literature Tuesdays/Thursdays 3 – 5 pm LT3 from Thursday

19 Questions, Complaints, etc? See me! or Girish


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