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COURSE NUMBER: CHEM 494
COURSE TITLE: Senior Independent Project
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Natural Sciences Faculty Members
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 2(hrs lect 0 - hrs sem 1 - hrs lab 3)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: A weekly seminar through the entire academic year, exploring the contexts for the discipline of chemistry, including historical, methodological, ethical and societal dimensions, as well as current chemical topics of interest in basic research, industrial and environmental settings. Ethical and professional responsibilities for chemists in industrial, research and academic settings will be addressed, as well as other topics that explore the interface between chemistry and society. Students, faculty and visiting speakers will give presentations. This course will meet concurrently with CHEM 395, and from time to time with BIOL 395/495. It is required for fourth-year chemistry majors. First and second year students are strongly encouraged to attend presentations.

Prerequisites: Six credits in chemistry at the 300-level
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Amount and quality of the work 40%
Punctuality, initiative 20%
Final paper 30%
Presentation 10%
100%

The CHEM 497 final grades are arrived at in consultation with all faculty members in the Chemistry Department.

Depending on the nature of the project, individual supervisors might allocate a certain percentage to a lab/field notebook

SCHEDULE:
  • Organizational Meeting All Biol and Chem 49x student meet to hear about the various research projects within the Faculty of Natural Sciences. 
  • Signed Contract After meeting with your supervisor and having them approve your project, complete the contract form (on Moodle). You will have 3 copies of this form – one for you, one for your supervisor and one to be handed in to Dr. Ooms.
  • Progress Report & Literature Review The progress report will be in the form of a 5 minute oral presentation to a small group of other 494/497 students and one or two faculty members. Submit your Literature Review to your supervisor.
  • Final Paper and Presentation Submit this to your supervisor. Be sure to include your final title, abstract and powerpoint presentation. E-mail your title and abstract to Dr. Ooms.
  • Science 49x Presentation Day You must have your powerpoint on USB and uploaded to your room’s computer by 8:30 am at the latest! You are responsible for ensuring that your file is displaying properly. If using your own laptop, you are responsible for ensuring compatibility the LCD projector.


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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