FAQ for CHEM 4F90/4F91 students:

Department of Chemistry




FAQ for CHEM 4F90/4F91 students:


What grades must I have in order to take CHEM 4F90/4F91?
 
WHEN do I register in CHEM 4F90/4F91?
 
HOW do I register in CHEM 4F90/4F91?
 
WHO is the CHEM 4F90/4F91 Course coordinator?
 
How do I find a CHEM 4F90/4F91 research supervisor?
 
Can I start CHEM 4F90/4F91 in January or May?
 
Can I finish CHEM 4F90/4F91 in one semester?
 
Where are the CHEM 4F90/4F91 guidelines?
 
How long should the progress report be?
 
How long should the final thesis be?
 
How many copies of the thesis are required?
 
How should I set up my references?
 
How can I generate a Table of Contents, List of Figures, etc.?
 
What are the due dates?
 
Are there late penalties?
 
 
 
What grades must I have in order to take CHEM 4F90/4F91?
            Students should have a minimum 70 percent average in all major credits and 60 percent average in the remaining credits.  Normally students will have completed ~15.0 or more credits towards a BSc Honour’s degree.
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When do I register in CHEM 4F90/4F91?
            Normally students will have completed ~15.0 or more credits towards a BSc Honour’s degree.  Students must first fill in an Application to Year 4 Studies and obtain a departmental override to enable them to register in 4F90/4F91.
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How do I register in CHEM 4F90/4F91?
            1) Obtain and fill in an Application to Year 4 Studies from the Office of the Registrar; obtain departmental approval (Undergraduate Advisor or Chair); submit form to Office of Registrar
            2) Find a Research Supervisor (this may be done before or after your Application to Year 4 Studies)
            3) Obtain CHEM 4F90/4F91 Override Form from Chemistry main office;  you and your research supervisor fill in requested information; submit to Chemistry Main Office.
            4) Register online in CHEM 4F90/4F91 once override has been granted
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Who is the CHEM 4F90/4F91 Course coordinator?
            Prof. Travis Dudding (tdudding@brocku.ca)
            MCE 219
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How do I find a CHEM 4F90/4F91 research supervisor?
            Approach any faculty member in the Department of Chemistry with whom you would be interested in working.  Descriptions of faculty research interests are available online.  Talk to the Undergraduate Advisor.  Talk to your laboratory TAs – if they are graduate students then they are working with a faculty member.  Faculty members are not obligated to supervise any particular student or number of students, so it is wise to check if your first-choice in research supervisors is available (i.e. is not on sabbatical) and has space in his/her laboratory.
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Can I start CHEM 4F90/4F91 in January or May?
            Yes, if your research supervisor is willing to supervise you for two semesters from January to August or May to December.
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Can I finish CHEM 4F90/4F91 in one semester?
            No.  CHEM 4F90 and 4F91 must be taken concurrently and both courses span two semesters.
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Where are the CHEM 4F90/4F91 guidelines?
            The CHEM 4F90/4F91 guidelines are on the web.  We are also requiring that students purchase a hardcopy of the guidelines from the Campus Bookstore.  This copy also contains the Intellectual Property Agreement which must be signed by both student and supervisor and returned to the Chemistry Main office.  In addition the copy from the bookstore has meetings record and marks sheets that 4F90/4F91 students are responsible to bring to their supervisory committee meetings.
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How long should the progress report be?
            Approximately 20 pages of double-spaced text, not including literature references.  Consult with your research supervisor as to what the progress report should contain.  Some faculty members prefer that this document constitute the literature review or introductory chapter of the final thesis.  Some faculty prefer a summary of work done to date.  The intent is to have the student start the process of writing their thesis and to do some review of the pertinent literature.  It is STRONGLY recommended that students take one of the many RefWorks workshops offered by the Library, BEFORE you start your progress report.  You will save time and make fewer errors in setting up proper literature citations!
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How long should the final thesis be?
            Approximately 50 pages of double-spaced text, not including literature references, and ancillary tables, figures, lists, abstract, etc.  Students are not penalized for submitting a thesis longer than this, but a substantially shorter document may be viewed as a lack of effort on the student’s part, unless the quality of the thesis warrants.
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How many copies of the thesis are required?
            For the defence, each member of your supervisory committee must have a copy.  Bring a copy of the thesis to your defence yourself, for reference during the closed question session.  After a successful defence and corrections to the thesis have been approved by the research supervisor, bring 3 copies (one each for supervisor, department and student) of the corrected thesis to the Chemistry Main Office to be bound.  In the case of a joint research supervision, bring 4 copies for binding.  Binding is done at no cost to the student, unless he/she wishes additional personal copies.
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How should I set up my references?
            Check with your research supervisor as to the style he/she recommends.  It is STRONGLY recommended that students take one of the many RefWorks workshops offered by the Library, BEFORE you start your progress report.  You will save time and make fewer errors in setting up proper literature citations!
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How can I use Microsoft Word to generate automatically a List of References, Table of Contents, List of Figures, etc.?
            Most wordprocessing software packages can be used to generate a Reference List (either with or without RefWorks), a Table of Contents, Lists of Figures and Tables.  It is worth the effort to learn how to do this and there are excellent resources on the web.
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What are the due dates?
            Check the CHEM 4F90/4F91 guidelines!  Ask the CHEM 4F90/4F91 Coordinator!
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Are there late penalties?
            Yes.  Late penalities will be applied for tardy submission of the progress report or thesis to the supervisory committee UNLESS documentation (e.g. medical) is provided to CHEM 4F90/4F91 coordinator and research supervisor.
 
            1)  The student must supply all members of the supervisory committee with a copy of the progress report by the last day of exams in the first term.  If the progress report is late, a penalty of 10% will be applied for each week or portion thereof, to a maximum of 40%.  If the progress report is not submitted until the day of the progress meeting, a 40% penalty will apply, regardless of the number of intervening weeks.
 
            2)  The student must supply all members of the supervisory committee with a copy of the final thesis a minimum of 7 days prior to the final defence date.  If the thesis is late, a penalty of 10% will be applied for each week or portion thereof.

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