The experimental thesis for the achievement of the Laurea Magistrale degree is formally divided into two parts/activities. These two activities are, however, strictly connected each to the other and the learning outcomes should be considered together. Together with all the subjects of the study course, contributes to the achievement of the learning targets and practice connected to the profession of the chemist.
1. Knowledge and understanding. During the experimental thesis the knowledge acquired with the different subjects of the study course will be reinforced thanks to the laboratory practice and the daily comparison with a tutor and a research team.
In particular the student will acquire advanced knowledge on the:
- analytical methods, separation techniques and their applications;
- principles of spectroscopy and its application;
- synthetic methods for the synthesis of organic, inorganic and/or organometallic compounds;
- methods of structural characterisation of organic and inorganic compounds and of materials;
- structure-property correlations for molecules and materials;
- search of chemical information through the use of electronic data-banks;
- problems related to the protection of intellectual properties.
2. Applying knowledge and understanding. The student will be able to:
- understand and predict the relationship between the structure and the properties of complex systems;
- understand a problem connected to his profession and to carry out a critical investigation on this problem even suggesting possible solutions;
- use the scientific instrumentation and to elaborate the experimental data, to plan and carry out proper analyses and characterisations of real samples;
- use computational methods for the elaboration of experimental data;
- plan and carry out a scientific experiment though individual or team activities;
- find all the bibliographic and chemical information necessary to plan and carry out research in chemistry.
3. Making judgements. The student will be able to:
- critically evaluate experimental observations, collect and interpret the data resulting from laboratory measurements;
- plan experimental activities evaluating the time, instrumentations and methods necessary;
- organise his work also in connection with that of a team;
- make judgements independently and in dependence of the experimental results;
- find and evaluate the chemical information extracted from literature of data-banks;
- give opinions on important scientific and ethical issues.
4. Communication skills. The student will be able to:
- communicate, in oral or written form, on chemical/scientific problems/issues even with the use of multimedia systems and of the English language;
- carry out a discussion on the basis of an opinion autonomously elaborated and on issues related to his studies;
- interact with other people and to work in team even on multidisciplinary projects;
- carry out teaching and training activities with undergraduate students.
5. Learning skills. The student will be able to:
- easily find chemical information from literature, data-banks and the web;
- learn autonomously even tackling new scientific and professional problems;
- critically evaluate new chemical problems;
- continue to independently study solution to complex and even interdisciplinary problems, finding useful information and being able to defend his proposals and opinion in different contexts.