What Are the Expectations of Students (Syllabus)?
BCH/CHM 392 - Introduction to Research Techniques Spring 2021
Instructor: Prof. George Wolf
Office Hours: By appointment
No class meetings will be held this semester.
Introduction to Research Techniques is a course designed to give credit to chemistry and biochemistry majorswho are conducting undergraduate research in the laboratory of faculty members of the School of Molecular Sciences or chemistry- or biochemistry-related undergraduate research with faculty members of other departments.
Students conducting chemistry- or biochemistry-related undergraduate research with faculty members of other departments (e.g. School of Life Sciences) can enroll in the class with PRIOR authorization of the instructor. These students MUST include in the web-based authorization page a short description of the research project in which they will be participating. Approval to enroll in this class will ONLY be granted after the student has provided the required information and the research advisor has approved the request for enrollment in this class.
Credit Hours and Time Commitments:
Students have the option to enroll in this class during the fall and spring semester session for one or three credit hours. Students are required to dedicate a minimum of four hours per week per credit hour, as indicated below:
- One credit hour: 4 hours/week
- Two credit hours: 8 hours/week
- Three credit hours: 12 hours/week
For summer semester, students are required to register for the 8 week session. Students are required to dedicate a minimum of eight hours per week per credit hour.
Research advisors have the right to increase the minimum hours that a student must dedicate to undergraduate research per research hour. Faculty members have been asked to take into consideration the time that a student spends in the laboratory when determining the final grade. Failure to comply with the minimum time requirements could serve as the basis to grant a lower grade.
Honors contracts are NOT available for this class. Honors College students are able to obtain honors credit for their participation in undergraduate research while working on their honors thesis through our two Honors Thesis courses: BCH/CHM 492 (Honors Directed Study) and BCH/CHM 493 (Honors Thesis) courses. These courses are usually taken during the senior year.
Your final grade will be determined based on the grade recommendation from your research advisor and completion of final report. Students are required to turn in a final report no later than April 23 (last day of classes). If a student fails to turn in the final report, an Incomplete grade (I) will be assigned until this requirement has been fulfilled. If a student completes the final report, the grade that the faculty advisor assigns will be awarded. Research advisors are required to provide the final grade through our web-based system by May 3rd. If a professor does not provide a final grade for a student by this date, an Incomplete grade (I) will be assigned until a grade is provided by the professor.
All students will be required to turn in a Final Report. The final report is due no later than April 23 (last day of classes). The final report (usually 5-6 pages, single or 1.5 lines), should include an abstract, an introduction, a short list of the specific research goals, a short description of the results indicating the techniques used to obtain these results, a short discussion/conclusion, and a final statement indicating the future plans for the project. Include any pertinent references.
Only the final version of the report should be uploaded. As your research advisor will need to approve the final report and he/she may require you to make changes or corrections to your initial report, it is imperative that you start working on your final report before the due date to allow time for this process. The quality of the final report is an important factor in determining the final grade for the course. An incomplete or deficient final report will be the basis for assigning a lower grade.