Chem 560 Research Tools and Special Topics
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Each 0.5-credit module will be offered by a different faculty member, and each of which will cover the equivalent of ~11 hours worth of delivery (lectures, discussion, hands-on participation, student presentations, etc.) and assessment. The exact modules offered are likely to differ from year to year.
Modules will be offered throughout the Fall, Spring or Summer terms at the discretion of the instructor. There is no set time or classroom for the course. Students should not embark upon this course without a good idea of which three modules they will be taking. These should be chosen in consultation with your research supervisor, who may have some specific recommendations. Students may sit in on modules without enrolling in them with the approval of the instructor.
If you're interested in taking a module just email your potential instructor (see "List of Modules" page) in the first few weeks of the Fall term, and indicate which modules you would like to take. Earlier notification of the instructors is better, as each module is only offered if sufficient demand exists. Each separate module will require a Pro forma 560 registration that will be filled out by the instructor, the students, with the help of the graduate secretary ("Chem 560" may be taken more than once for credit, provided the topic is different, so the Pro forma registration forms offer a way of tracking the topics that have been completed by each student).
Only graduate students can get credit for the course; it is not offered to undergraduates. The modular nature of the course means it is poorly suited to an undergraduate timetable, and it is desirable to keep numbers relatively low for the each module to allow a somewhat less conventional style of teaching. Undergraduates may sit in on particular modules if they are given permission by the instructor, but will not receive any direct credit for their participation. This situation is most likely for undergraduates doing a 498 or 499 project with direct relevance to a particular topic covered in one of the modules.
If you have registered for a module, your instructor will keep in touch with you about that module. This website offers only an overview of offerings and their timing.
Students must complete three modules, each of which will be worth 0.5 credits. The 1.5 credits earned from completing three modules can take the place of a 1.5-credit lecture course for the purposes of UVic M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree programs in Chemistry. Each completed module will be assigned its own grade and will appear on your transcript as a separate course for use in calculating your GPA.
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