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BSc Hons Chemistry

Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Chemistry
UCAS Code: F100 Duration/Length: 3 Year(s)
QAA Subject Benchmark: Chemistry Director of Studies: Dr MP Coogan
Total Credit Points: 360 Credit Points Year 2: 120
Credit Points Year 3: 120

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

  • PartI
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • PartII (Year 2)
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • PartII (Year 3)
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • The student must take 1 modules from the following group:

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Students gain an advanced understanding of all of the main areas of chemistry including those traditionally covered by inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry, but also including analytical, computational and biological aspects of chemistry over the course of the programme of study. In the first year, in addition to chemistry content, students develop mathematics and other transferable skills to support their studies. In the second year, the degree programme further expands the core subjects of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry and also includes courses on spectroscopy, quantum chemistry and other advanced chemistry modules. The course contains research training to enable students to complete a substantial project. In the third year, students are supported in producing a research project that matches their interests and will be offered course options that place their knowledge in a real world context, selecting from other branches of chemistry including biomedical imaging, polymer and analytical topics.

    Across the full programme, students undertake at least 300 timetabled hours of laboratory based practical work in chemistry, in addition to completing a substantial project. Laboratory work involves synthetic, computational, spectroscopic and measurement-based techniques.

    In sum, the programme aims are that students:

    Will be fully conversant with all major aspects of chemical terminology.

    Will be able to demonstrate a systematic understanding of fundamental physicochemical principles with the ability to apply that knowledge to the solution of theoretical and practical problems.

    Will gain knowledge of a range of inorganic and organic materials;

    Can evidence their understanding of general synthetic pathways, including related chemical mechanisms and isolation, purification and characterisation techniques.

    Develop an awareness of issues within chemistry that overlap with related disciplines.

    Acquire a systematic and broad understanding of key chemical concepts.

    Gain in-depth knowledge and critical awareness of a substantial area of chemistry, and are suitably prepared for contemporary professional practice in the chemical sciences or for further study at postgraduate-level.

    Sustain their academic curiosity in preparation for lifelong learning.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills 

    Graduates with Honours will be able to demonstrate:

    Knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to the areas of chemistry being studied.

    The ability to apply such knowledge and understanding to the solution of qualitative and quantitative problems.

    The ability to recognise and analyse problems and plan strategies for their solution.

    Skills in the evaluation, interpretation and synthesis of chemical information and data skills in communicating scientific material and arguments.

    Information technology (IT) and data-processing skills, relating to chemical information and data.

    The ability to adapt and apply methodology to the solution of unfamiliar chemical problems.

    Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

    Chemistry Skills:

    Graduates with Honours will be able to demonstrate:

    Skills in the safe-handling of chemical materials, taking into account their physical and chemical properties including any specific hazards associated with their use and the ability to conduct risk assessments (COSHH).

    Skills required for the conduct of documented laboratory procedures involved in synthetic and analytical work, in relation to both inorganic and organic systems.

    Skills in the monitoring, by observation and measurement, of chemical properties, events or changes, and the systematic and reliable recording and documentation thereof skills in the operation of standard chemical instrumentation.

    The ability to interpret and explain the limits of accuracy of their own experimental data in terms of significance and underlying theory.

    The ability to select appropriate techniques and procedures.

    The ability to design synthetic approaches to key targets.

    Competence in the planning, design and execution of chemistry experiments.

    Skills required to work independently and be self-critical in the evaluation of risks, experimental procedures and outcomes.

    The ability to use an understanding of the limits of accuracy of experimental data to inform the planning of future work.

    Generic Skills:

    Graduates with Honours will be able to demonstrate:

    Communication skills, covering both written and oral communication.

    Problem-solving skills, relating to qualitative and quantitative information.

    Numeracy and mathematical skills, including such aspects as error analysis order-of-magnitude estimations, correct use of units and modes of data presentation.

    Information retrieval skills, in relation to primary and secondary information sources, including information retrieval through online computer searches.

    A range of IT skills using different platforms.

    Interpersonal skills, relating to the ability to interact with other people and to engage in team working.

    Time management and organisational skills, as evidenced by the ability to plan and implement efficient and effective modes of working.

    Skills needed to undertake appropriate further training of a professional nature.

    Problem-solving skills including the demonstration of self-direction and originality.

    The ability to communicate and interact with professionals from other disciplines.

    The ability to exercise initiative and personal responsibility.

    The ability to make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations.

    The ability to assimilate, evaluate and present research results objectively.

    Skills required to: plan, conduct, complete and present a major research project.

Learning and Teaching Strategies and Methods: Knowledge, Understanding, Skills

  • Teaching consists of lectures, problem workshops, seminars, tutorials and practical classes.

    Laboratory, workshop, seminar and tutorial sessions ensure interaction with staff and exposure to scientific research. Directed student-centred learning is encouraged using the library and other facilities including dedicated VLE support. Students are supported in the production of a substantial research project via supervision and the development of their research skills.

    Acquisition of knowledge is mainly through lectures and student-centred learning. Fundamental information in lectures is expanded by further reading which is encouraged from year 1 to include primary research papers.

    Teaching is hierarchical with a broad first year, becoming progressively deeper and more specialised in years two and three. Workshop and laboratory sessions develop problem-solving and analytical skills connected with the lecture material. Students complete laboratory-based projects and associated literature reviews which develop a wide range of intellectual skills. Practical classes throughout the curriculum involve the generation and interpretation of data.

    In summary the following teaching methods apply:

    Knowledge and understanding is developed through a combination of lectures, workshops, practical sessions, coursework exercises and reading from a range of literature sources.

    Intellectual skills are developed as follows:

    Analytical skills are developed through workshop sessions, projects and practical classes and are informed by lectures and reading.

    Skills in interpretation of data and testing and formulating hypotheses are developed through practical classes and projects.

    Problem solving skills are developed through workshops, practical classes and projects.

    Skills in critical evaluation are developed through lectures, workshops, practical work, projects and through reading of primary research papers.

    Practical skills are developed as follows:

    Test, measurement and evaluation skills are developed through lectures, workshops, practical classes and laboratory sessions.
    Experimental and risk assessment skills are developed through practical classes and projects.

    Transferable skills are embedded and developed in modules throughout the curriculum.

    Communication skills are developed through instruction and practice in writing reports, essays, projects and giving presentations.

    General ICT skills are developed through use of computers in several aspects of the course and for communication in the University and beyond.

    Information retrieval skills are developed in coursework and projects.

    Data manipulation and presentation skills are developed through practical classes, report writing and projects.

    Independent-learning skills are developed through coursework and projects.

    Time management skills are developed through coursework and student projects.

    Employability skills and team working are embedded throughout the curriculum.

Assessment Strategy and Methods: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Assessment of the intended learning outcomes, both subject-specific and general will include:

    a substantial final year research project
    formal examinations, including a significant proportion of 'unseen' examinations
    laboratory reports
    problem-solving exercises
    oral and poster presentations
    project work
    essay assignments
    literature surveys and evaluations
    collaborative project work

    Knowledge and understanding is assessed through unseen examinations and end of modules tests.

    Intellectual skills are assessed by a combination of coursework exercises, practical and project work and written examinations. 

    Practical skills are assessed by a combination of practical and project work, a written dissertation and data analysis examination questions. 

    Transferable skills such as written and oral presentation skills, graphical presentation of data, general IT skills and information gathering are assessed by a variety of coursework assignments, e.g. essay writing, practical reports, oral presentations, research poster design, and the final project report.

External Benchmarks

  • QAA Subject Benchmark Statement
    Royal Statistical Society accreditation guide


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