CHEM 784/7840 - Foundations of Chemistry and Biochemistry Research Literature Review

Semester: Winter 2024

Professor: D. O'Flaherty | | Campus: Guelph


CHEM 784(0) is a required one term course for all graduate students who are enrolled for an MSc degree; students must complete the requirements for CHEM 784(0) within their first two terms in the program and are strongly encouraged to take this course in their first term. CHEM 784(0) is offered in Fall and Winter terms.

The main goal of CHEM 784(0) is to encourage MSc students to learn to use scientific literature at an early stage of their program, to stimulate in-depth thinking about the basis of their thesis research, and to develop their network and communication skills.

Students will learn how to use multiple resources to search and vet scientific literature relevant to their own research. Based on this literature, students will write a review paper (MSc research proposal) (about 20-25 typed pages in length), in which they present and explain scientific concepts and methods, the up-to-date state of research, and the open questions that are relevant to their research field, including reasons and methods for undertaking their MSc research studies. The course delivery will be in-person and/or online streaming (Zoom or TEAMS). The material of the review/research proposal will be further developed, presented and defended in the CHEM 794(0) MSc Research Seminar in the following semester.








  • Mon: 7:00 pm - 9:20 pm in MacN 101

Office Hours