CHEN40760 Research Methods in CBE

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module will addresses techniques and strategies of relevance to Chemical & Bioprocess Engineers, preparing for a research project. One of the primary outcomes of this module is the completion of a Literature Review in a specified research topic

The follow topic areas will be addressed

1. Principles of critical review of prior research, including information mining using resources available at UCD (hard-copy, as well as electronic resources), as well as other sources;
2. Safety, Health and the Environment (SHE) and Ethical appraisals in of scientific/applied research;
3. Statistical Analysis and Design of Experiments;
4. Best practices in written presentation.

70% of the module's grade is associated with a Literature Review, typically on a topic directly related to the Research Project (e.g. CHEN40590) which the student will normally later in the same academic year.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to: 1. Complete an in-depth critical analysis (written) of an original primary research paper involving an advanced topic of research; 2. Gather and assess information from a broad range of sources relating to a specific field of research; 3. Complete an assessment in experimental design; 4. Develop a strategy for the investigation and solution of an open-ended project relating to their selected field of research; 5. Communicate the results of a full literature review in an efficient and concise manner.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module is delivered (remotely) to students on Work Placement II (CHEN40750) and is intended to prepare and support students in preparation for their ME Research Project (CHEN40590). 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Research Project Literature Review Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Other No


Assignment: Critical Review of Published Work Unspecified n/a Other No


Continuous Assessment: DoX/Experimental Planning and Safety Review/HRA of Planned Research Project
(inc. Completion of Online Course Material/Associated Assignments)
Throughout the Trimester n/a Other No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

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Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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