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Handbook

All the details about the Chemistry Masters courses are below - the terms and conditions are the same for all the courses but there is also some specialist information about each course - click on the links below for any specifics about your course:

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Molecular Analytical Science Analytical Science & Instrumentation Polymer Masters Chemistry & Public Engagement

 

  1. Senate House Community
  2. Personal Tutor
  3. Communication - Emails and Pigeonholes
  4. Computers and Printing
  5. Health and Safety
  6. Timetables
  7. Examination and Assessment
  8. Submission of Assessed work
  9. Feedback
  10. Module Evaluation
  11. Cheating and Plagiarism
  12. Extensions to MSc registrations
  13. Disabilities and Specific Learning Differences
  14. Attendance, Absence and Medical Self-certification
  15. Extenuating/Mitigating Circumstances
  16. SSLC

Senate House Community

Chemistry PGT students are very fortunate to have study space in the the MAS CDT and MOAC DTC centre on the top floor of Senate House. The CDT/DTC is a community of students, academics and administrative staff, and we benefit a great deal from being based in Senate House with our own kitchen, common room and teaching room facilities. It is important that you make the most of the facilities we have but also help to keep the environment a pleasant and inviting place for people to visit. The MSc students, although the newest members, play a very important part in making the centre an effective place for multidisciplinary science—simply because you are physically in the centre the most. There will be duties including preparing seminar lunches and filling the dishwashers which help to make the centre pleasant for everyone.

During the week, the doors at the front of Senate House are locked from 8:00 pm. To get in after this time you can enter via the Systems Biology back entrance but you will need your University card programmed to give you access.

The people you will see in Senate House on a regular basis:

PGT Courses Director: Dr Nikola Chmel - Chemistry - N dot Chmel at warwick dot ac dot uk- Ext 23234

Director of PG Taught Studies: Professor Andrew Dove - Chemistry -A dot Dove at warwick dot ac dot uk - Ext 24107

Director of MOAC DTC and MAS CDT: Professor Pat Unwin - Chemistry - P dot R dot Unwin at warwick dot ac dot uk- Ext 23264 or 22187

MAS CDT PhD Director: Professor Steven Brown – Physics - S dot P dot Brown at warwick dot ac dot uk- Ext: 74359

PGT and CDT Administrative Officer: Naomi Grew - mas at warwick dot ac dot uk - Ext: 75808

PGT Course Coordinator: Christina Forbes -Christina dot Forbes at warwick dot ac dot uk- Ext: 24621

Personal Tutor

All MSc students are assigned the PGTcourse director as their personal tutor. Weekly student meetings will give you the oppourtunity to address any issues arising from the MSc course (problems with modules or research projects) and you can book a personal appointment to discuss any personal issues or career prospects etc.

Communication - Emails and Pigeonholes

All urgent notifications about your course will be sent by email to your warwick account and we expect you to check this account at least once a day during the course. Changes to times and venues for lectures will be communicated by email and will be confimed on your timetable. If you have another email address that you use on a regular basis, you should arrange for the emails from your Warwick email account to be forwarded on; the Postgraduate Office cannot use any personal email addresses.

It is the student’s responsibility to update their centrally held record via Start.Warwick with any changes in contact details (address, phone number, emergency contacts). You are required to check your University e-mail account at least twice a day, unless this is impossible due to down times of the University’s IT system or because you have arranged to take holiday. It will be assumed that any message is received within 24 hours of being sent. Students are responsible for liaising with IT services about their University e-mail account and user code if this is necessary. Students need to ensure that their University alias (e.g: A.N.Other@warwick.ac.uk) always points to their current user account. Please note that the user account may change with the transition from MSc to PhD and provisions will need to be made accordingly.

Students are responsible for keeping the administration office informed if there are any problems with their University e-mail account so that alternative contact arrangements can be made.

You will have a pigeonhole available in the MOAC/MAS common room which will be used for returning marked assessed work and personal post. We do allow personal packages to be delivered to the department (within reason!) please have them addressed to: MOAC DTC, Senate House, Univeristy of Warwick, CV4 7AL

Computers and Printing

Students are provided with a laptop at the beginning of their MSc course; this remains the property of the department of Chemistry and will need to be returned after the MSc year. The laptops will contain software necessary for the MSc course. Students will be expected to keep their laptop safe and advise the administrator should any fault arise. It will be assumed you have the required computing facilities unless you indicate otherwise.

There are two open access desktop computers available in the Common Room, connected to a scanner.

There are two printers available in MOAC:

  • HP Laserjet (Black & White) in the CDT Student Study room N1794
  • Kyocera MFP in the common room (scanning and printing and photocopying)

MOAC/MAS also owns an A0/A1 poster printer which students can use for research and teaching purposes. To use it, you will need to sign the list which is kept next to the printer with a cost code. Please do not abuse your photocopying and printing privileges.

The central university computing facilities include a printer credit system for which credit can be bought.

Health and Safety

Health and safety procedures are explained in the Department of Chemistry Students’ Handbook (which you will have received at the start of the year) under Regulations & Procedures. Health and Safety within the University is dealt with by the University Safety Officer. All matters of safety referring to the University are set out in the publication “Safety in the University” (SITU). As the University is so large, the campus is broken down into areas, and each area has a Safety Officer. Chemistry is in Area 4; the current Safety Office is Robert Jenkins extension: 72877. Issues concerning safety should be discussed with him. All staff and students must work and study within the guidelines set out in SITU. Information on first aiders, fire alarms, etc. is prominently displayed around the Department.

Timetables

The timetables for all Chemistry Masters courses can be found in Tabula

Examination and Assessment

Your modules are assessed through a combination of written asignments, lab work, and oral and written examinations. For the specific breakdown for each module please see the module pages on Moodle.

The university requirements for PGT examinations and assessement

PGT Mark equivalents

The University MSc regulations require students to pass (i.e. get more than 50%) on at least 150 CATS out of the 180 CATS required for an MSc degree. The remaining 30 CATS must be above 40%.

For an MSc with Merit to be awarded, the University requires an average of 60% or above to be obtained. In addition, Chemistry requires the student to have obtained at least 150 CATS at 60% or above.
For an MSc with Distinction to be awarded, the University requires an average of 70% to be obtained. In addition, Chemistry requires the student to have obtained at least 150 CATS at 70% or above.
If a student achieves an overall module mark beneath 50% they have the option to re-sit the components marked below 50% once. However, the whole module or research project mark will then be capped at 50%.
The Warwick Interdisciplinary Science Transferable Skills module CH948 is assessed as pass/fail and must be passed.

Submission of Assessed work

  • All assessed work is to be submitted via Moodle
  • Please note that you can only submit documents in pdf format
  • Your attachment will be automatically prefixed with your student ID number and module code. After completing the form the system will email you a confirmation receipt to your Warwick account.
  • Please keep the email confirmation for future reference.
  • You can re-submit up until deadline which will overwrite any previous submission.
  • You will be informed by the module leader if you are required to also submit a hard copy.
Late Work Penalties

No summative credit is awarded for module assignments that are submitted more than two weeks late except by prior, written agreement from the MSc Director. Such permission will not normally be given unless documented evidence of inability is provided (such as a doctor’s note). Late penalties for coursework and projects are applied at 3% per working day late.

Feedback

The University of Warwick maintains a policy that assignments should be returned to students within 20 University working days. This applies to all types of assessment whether formative or summative - but not to exam marks.

In the unlikely event that you have not received feedback/marks for your coursework via email or your pigeonhole within this time period please notify the office.

Module Evaluation Forms

In order to help us improve the course year to year, each student asked to complete an online module evaluation form at the end of each module, which allows you to comment on the teaching of the module. All issues raised will be taken up by the SSLC and the teaching committee for your course.

Cheating and Plagiarism

The University of Warwick takes plagiarism seriously and employs the plagiarim detection software, Turnitin, on the majority of submitted work. Please note that the detection software is capable of detecting copied phrases and sentences from most published sources of information including the internet and reports submitted to universities. If you are unsure of what plagiarism is and how to avoid it then you are strongly advised to do "Plato - Plagiarism Teaching Online". Please note that penalties will be applied if plagiarism is confirmed. Also, ignorance of plagiarism is not an acceptable excuse.

The Univeristy policy on cheating and plagiarism.

Extensions to MSc registrations

Students may request an extension to their Registration for an MSc for up to 6 months by writing to the Department’s Director of Graduate Studies. Such extensions will be notified to the Examination Board and to the Graduate School.

In cases of documented need, extensions of up to a total of 12 months may be requested, but in this case the request will need approval by the University’s Chair of the Board of Graduate Studies.

Disabilities and Specific Learning Differences

The University offers a range of academic support services to students with disabilities or specific learning differences. These services are offered on an individual basis, both through Disability Services and through departments. As well as this, we aim to ensure that all the academic facilities and support available to non-disabled students are fully accessible to students with disabilities. In order to ensure that your individual study needs are met, you should discuss them with Disability Services and your Department before you arrive. Please contact Disability Services

Attendance, Absence and Medical Self-certification

Attendance at taught MSc sessions (lectures, workshops, laboratory practicals etc.) is mandatory. If you are unable to attend a session please email chem-pgt at warwick dot ac dot uk as soon as you can to let us know and then complete an absence form as soon as possible, uploading any doctors certificates where relevant.

For periods of absence due to illness of one week or more, in addition to the absence form, a doctor’s note clearly stating the reason for the absence together with start and end dates is required. If the Administrators have any reason to believe that the system of self-certification for absences is being abused, a doctor’s note may be requested from the first day of any absence. Absence due to illness from any sessions leading directly to assessment or examinations will need to be excused by a doctor’s note irrespective of the duration of absence. Laboratory sessions are not to be missed without a supporting doctor's note (or genuine emergency, bereavement etc.); if they are, you will not be able to submit work for that portion of the module. When laboratory sessions are missed on an unauthorised basis, you will be required to meet with the Director to discuss the reason for your absence in more detail.

Periods of absence due to causes other than illness (e.g. holidays, other external commitments and conferences) should be agreed in advance with the Course leader as well as any relevant module leaders or supervisors, prior to the time of absence. You must complete the online form for each period of absence:

If you do not attend all compulsory parts of the course you may be unable to complete your MSc.

Extenuating/Mitigating Circumstances

Extenuating or mitigating circumstances are those events that have had a detrimental effect on your study, to the point that it is in your interest to draw your department’s attention to them and ask for them to be considered in mitigation of poor performance. Such circumstances include (but are not limited to) illness, both bodily and emotional; disability; the severe illness or death of a close family member; a shocking or traumatic personal experience. In addition, sudden, unexpected changes in family circumstances might affect your ability to make academic progress as a consequence of their demonstrable emotional impact upon you, and may also be considered as mitigation.

The University is aware that in some cultures it is considered shameful or embarrassing to disclose the details of these kinds of circumstances to those outside one’s family. This is not the case in the prevailing UK culture and you should be aware that your department and the University are fully supportive of students in difficult circumstances and want to assist if at all possible. If you feel inhibited from talking to a member of academic staff (such as your course Director) in the first instance, you may also consider talking to a member of your SSLC, the Students’ Union, the University Senior Tutor or a member of staff in Student Support for initial, informal advice.

Clearly, though, in order for your circumstances to be considered as mitigating by your department, they must be conveyed formally to someone in the department. The University expects that you will discuss your circumstances before Exam Boards meet, so that they may be taken into account in good time. You should be aware that, in the event you feel you need to appeal the outcome of an Examination Board, offering extenuating or mitigating circumstances at that point, you will need to provide a (very) good reason why you withheld the information earlier. Without wanting to invade your privacy, the University does expect that you bring such circumstances to your department’s attention in a timely manner, despite the discomfort you might feel in so doing. Failure to disclose such circumstances at a time when you could have done so may subsequently be problematic. Your department will do all it can to support you in difficult situations.

There is a comprehensive network of support and welfare services available to students to support you in times of difficulty. There is often more than one service which may be able to help, and services work together to ensure that any problems are dealt with swiftly and effectively. Details of these services, along with others available to students can be found Student Support Services webpages

SSLC

Student-Staff Liaison Committees (SSLCs) are student-led committees that form the basis for the representation of students' views within the department and at higher University committees. They are an integral feature of the University's quality assurance framework. SSLCs provide a forum for academic staff and students to discuss issues relating to a module, course, department or centre. The SSLCs are student-led and organised forums. There is a Chemistry PGT SSLC which also has representation on the main Chemistry SSLC.