The Coffee Project revisited: teaching research skills to forensic chemists

Hamnett, H. J. and Korb, A.-S. (2017) The Coffee Project revisited: teaching research skills to forensic chemists. Journal of Chemical Education, 94(4), pp. 445-450. (doi:10.1021/acs.jchemed.6b00600)

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Abstract

This study describes a new module design for teaching research skills to analytical chemists based on the use of a student-led, in-class experiment involving coffee. The module was redesigned in response to feedback from students, and aims to give them the skills they need to be productive in future research projects both within the institution and beyond. Over the course of 10 weeks, postgraduate MSc students at the University of Glasgow design, carry out, and write up an experiment to determine the effect of pH on the perceived taste of coffee. The module is structured to introduce students to key concepts in research such as experimental design, health and safety, ethics, and bias, which the students incorporate into their final experimental protocol. Evaluations of the module for the 2015–16 academic year were positive, and questionnaire data on the participants’ self-efficacy with certain research tasks showed an overall increase across the range of skills covered during the module.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hamnett, Dr Hilary
Authors: Hamnett, H. J., and Korb, A.-S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
Journal Name:Journal of Chemical Education
Publisher:American Chemical Society
ISSN:0021-9584
ISSN (Online):1938-1328
Published Online:20 January 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 American Chemical Society and Division of Chemical Education, Inc.
First Published:First published in Journal of Chemical Education 94(4):445-450
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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